Jeff Francoeur - The Royals young offense gets a look at a grizzled veteran in Andy Pettitte today, and I love their potential to hang a crooked number on the 39 year old. Not only is Pettitte not in mid-season form, the current Royals have batted .302 as a team against the Yankee lefty. Francoeur has led the charge by batting .625 and slugging 1.125 in 8 career plate appearances. He is a bargain today, fetching only a $90,000 price tag, as I would prefer him to players like BJ Upton, who costs 33% more. Wednesday winners will have a player in common, and that player might very well be the Royals outfielder.
Rafael Furcal and Matt Holliday – There is no question about it, Jeff Suppan would prefer to be pitching for the Cardinals these days instead of against them. Furcal (.385 against Suppan) is among the hotter hitters in the NL, and seeing Suppan can only help. Holliday is the play if you’re looking for power, as he has left the yard 3 times in only 14 at bats. On top of the success against the Padres pitcher, Holliday has a home batting average that is 32 points higher than his road BA.
Players to avoid
Every Tampa Bay Ray – They are a great team, but Wednesday night figures to be a struggle for those counting heavily on the Rays. Ricky Romero has dominated the current Rays to the tune of a .192 batting average in 167 at bats. He has struck out more batters (43) than hits surrendered (32) and has had loads of success against the current leaders of Tampa (Desmond Jennings and BJ Upton). The tandem has 6 hits and 8 strikeouts in 37 at bats. The potential for Jennings is off the charts for 162 game season, but his ceiling may be one hit tonight, not nearly worth the $110,000 it”ll take to roster him.
Alfonso Soriano – No longer the stud he used to be, Soriano has struggled to produce recently, and today will be no different. He swings hard, always giving him a chance for a big day, but against Wandy Rodriguez, it simply doesn’t matter. The Cubbie has only 4 hits in 35 at bats (.114) against the Astro lefty, and has struck out 11 times.
Troy Tulowitzki – He’s an elite option most days, but in a small sample size, Carlos Zambrano has owned the Rockie SS. Tulo has yet to record a hit against Big Z in 6 at bats, striking out 4 times. Normally I wouldn’t pass judgement based on a 6 at bat sample, but Zambrano is throwing better now than he was when he had the success against Tulo. Over his last 4 starts, the Marlin pitcher has a 2-0 record and a sparkling 0.90 era. Pass on Tulowitzki today, and spend your big salary cap fantasy baseball budget elsewhere.