Yesterday was a day for power hitters, but tonight we are playing some small ball with slap hitters and speedsters highlighting the valuable options in daily fantasy baseball games.
Adam Jones – The young Orioles outfielder is having his best season as a pro, and it figures to continue against Francisco Liriano tonight. The last 3 games in which he has recorded a hit he has recorded multiple hits, and with a .333 batting average against the lefty, I like his chances of recording at least one hit. The O’s are batting .308 as a team against Liriano, making me optimistic about his run producing potential in daily fantasy baseball leagues.
Ichiro Suzuki – It has been a tough season for Ichiro, but I like his chances at packing a punch tonight against Bruce Chen. He owns a .423 career batting average against the lefty and has struck out only once in 26 at bats. The M’s offense showed signs of life on Monday, and Ichiro should ignite another solid night from one of the worst offenses in the league. His ceiling may not be incredibly high, but his floor isn’t low, making him a solid option in fantasy baseball leagues.
Howard Kendrick – The loaded Angels offense has had plenty off success against Doug Fister (.279 team batting average) with Kendrick being the most productive. He holds a .357 batting average against the righty with 60% of his hits going for extra bases. The arguement could be made that the current Angels offense is better than that of the Tigers, and I believe Kendrick and Company prove it tonight.
Players to avoid:
Matt Kemp – He is back in action and is likely to regain his MVP form before long, but tonight is not the night to bank on that happening in daily fantasy baseball games. Kemp faces Cliff Lee, who despite his 1-6 record has been pitching better of late. If Kemp was completely healthy, I probably would ignore his .100 batting average against Lee, but with him fresh off the DL, those numbers scare me. He has struck out every other at bat against Lee, and that was when he was healthy. Look for the Dodgers stud to struggle tonight and not prove worthy of his price tag.
Alfonso Soriano – He continues to appear on the wrong side of this article, as he faces another elite pitcher who has had his number in the past. Josh Johnson has held the Cuds outfielder to a .125 batting average while striking him out twice as often as he surrenders a hit. We saw how good Johnson can be in June (1.87 ERA) and against the soft hitting Cubs, I’m forecasting another strong start. Soriano swings hard, but that means very little if he is not hitting the ball or pounding it into the ground.