Chris Johnson and Jason Kubel – The Diamondbacks have begun to put things together on offense, and that should continue against Mat Latos tonight. The Arizona duo holds a .563 batting average against the Reds righty, with two thirds of their hits going for extra bases. The DBacks are hitting .346 as a team against Latos, giving me confidence in their ability to score runs tonight. Justin Upton has quietly put together a solid month, and with him hitting his stride, this is a dangerous and power packed lineup that should be represented on your daily fantasy baseball team.
Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday – Yep, another recommendation for Cardinals in daily fantasy baseball games. The powerful core of the hot St. Louis lineup crushed Wandy Rodriguez when he was in Houston, and a chance in uniform isn’t going to change that. The 3-4 hitters are batting .327 against the newest Bucco, launching one home run every third hit. Holliday has not only hit Rodriguez hard, he has hit every pitcher in the last week (5 multi hit games in the last week). The Pirates are trending downward while the Cardinals are peaking, a good sign for fantasy baseball owners who have multiple Cardinals on their roster.
Scott Hairston – Cole Hamels is an elite pitcher, but he has been unable to contain Hairston of all people. The Mets left fielder is batting .393 against Hamels, with 9 of his 11 hits going for extra bases and 5 clearing the outfield wall. His power surge has lead to a remarkable 1.071 slugging percentage, a number few players can steak a claim to against Hamels. Hairston is batting 87 points higher on the road than at home this season, just one more reason to trust him in all fantasy formats tonight.
Evan Longoria – Despite a small sample size (6 at bats) and a relatively slow few weeks upon returning from the DL, Longoria is a can’t miss player tonight against the Rangers. The ball flies out of Arlington, and Longoria has hit for great power (2 home runs) and average (.833) against the Rangers lefty. The Rays offense is much more potent with Longoria in the lineup and that figures to be obvious tonight as they play in a hitter friendly ballpark. Tampa Bay is hitting .333 as a team against Harrison, giving them some hope in what should be a high scoring affair. don’t shy away from this stud under circumstances.
Players to avoid:
Toronto Blue Jays – A lineup that relies heavily on the long ball is usually a good play when they travel to Yankee Stadium, but that’s not the case when CC Sabathia opposes the Blue Jays. No current Toronto player has homered off of Sabathia, and with a .204 team batting average, runs are going to be hard to come by. Adam Lind and Kelly Johnson are the only players batting over .300 against the Yanks ace, but they have just as many strikeouts as hits. With no power to speak of, production needs to come at the top of the lineup, something that is unlikely as Rajai Davis holds a mere .156 batting average against Sabathia. The Blue jays power is legitimate, but on this night, I wouldn’t count on that superior power making itself known.