Robinson Cano – “Big Game” James Shields has not been up for the challenge when facing the Yankees unquestioned MVP. Cano owns the Rays starter to the tune of a .415 batting average and a .769 slugging percentage. An amazing 48% of Cano’s hits off of Shields have gone for extra bases, and with Derek Jeter (.289 average vs Shields) and Alex Rodriguez (.289 average vs Shields) providing protection, Cano cannot be pitched around. He is worth every penny in daily fantasy baseball leagues, as he is not only the games top second basemen this season, but also for today.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau – The M&M boys knock around the erratic Max Scherzer, and even with very little support around them, figure to be solid plays in daily fantasy baseball. The duo holds a .429 batting average against Scherzer, but more importantly, they have left the yard on 44% of their hits. Scherzer has been solid of late, but he does struggle with giving up the long ball on occasion.
Cincinnati Reds – If you’re looking for power, look no further than the Reds against Chris Capuano. They are batting .289 against the lefty with 17% of their hits going for home runs. All of the usual suspects have gotten into the act (Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, and Drew Stubbs) and they have power up and down the lineup. The Dodgers are in a bit of a tail spin, and that figures to continue against the first place Reds.
Players to avoid:
Curtis Grandson – The All Start center fielder has had a spectacular campaign and has proven that his extreme power is here to stay. That all changes against James Shields however, as the Grandy Man holds a career .096 batting average against the righty. He strikes out nearly 3 times as often as he reaches base and tends to show flashes of the “old Granderson” who is impatient at the plate. He is a great player, but avoiding him in daily fantasy baseball games is a good idea today.
David Ortiz – From the “I can’t believe it” train of thought, the All Star starter cannot hit Bartolo Colon of all pitchers. Big Papi has been held to a .116 career batting average with almost 4 times as many strikeouts as walks. The BoSox are hitting only .186 against Colon as a team, so baserunners and RBI opportunities may be tough to come by for Ortiz. He has hit for power lately, but this is a night to look elsewhere for your source of homers.