Los Angeles Dodgers – The current Dodgers are batting .337 against the Giants Ryan Vogelsong, a number that is actually higher without Matt Kemp. Mark Ellis and Dee Gordon lead the team with a .455 career mark and they only strikeout once every 11 at bats. Most of the damage comes via base hits, so if you’re a power hungry daily fantasy baseball owner, you may want to look elsewhere, but runs will be scored by LA in this contest.
Michael Bourn – The speedy center fielder has swung a hot bat this month and has the best chance at providing fantasy baseball value in a battle of Hudson’s on the mound. He has 5 hits in 9 career at bats (.556 batting average) against Daniel Hudson, a pitcher who has a .313 batting average against this season. Bourn bats 36 points higher at home, and is a good bet for a multi hit game tonight against the Diamondbacks.
Players to avoid:
Rickie Weeks – The Brewers second basemen has struggled through June and today’s starter has dominated him over his career. Bronson Arroyo has struck out Weeks 14 times in 38 at bats while surrendering a mere 6 hits (.158 batting average). While 5 of those 6 hits have gone for extra bases, I am looking for a more reliable option when filling out my roster for daily fantasy baseball games.
Carlos Beltran – There is no way around it, Beltran is the top hitter for the defending champion Cardinals and has been consistently solid all season long. That ends today as Carlos Zambrano has owned the right fielder over his career. Beltran is batting a putrid .143 against the righty and the Cardinals as a team are a shade above the Mendoza line (.202 team batting average vs Zambrano). It’s very possible that Big Z records more hits than some of the expensive Cardinals today.
B.J. Upton – A disappointing season will only get worse when the Rays outfielder faces off against the Royals Bruce Chen tonight. Upton owns a .083 career average against KC’s lefty with 5 times as many strikeouts as hits. Without Evan Longoria in the lineup, this Tampa Bay team lacks a true middle of the order hitter, making runs difficult to come by. Upton has talent, but his rough season hasn’t gotten any better of late (batting under .200 over the last week and under .230 for the month of June) and needs to show me something before I consider rostering him again.