Rafael Furcal – The Cardinals shortstop is typically a slap hitter with very limited daily fantasy baseball potential, but that changes against Jake Peavy. Furcal is batting a respectable .286 against the White Sox righty with 57.14% of his hits going for extra bases. The switch hitting Furcal has struggled against the AL thus far (0-11), but I think his comfort level and past success against Peavy outweighs that today.
Ryan Ludwick – The Reds left fielder hasn’t hit much this season (.203 batting average) but a visit from Derek Lowe could be just what the fantasy baseball doctor ordered. Ludwick has a .474 career batting average against Lowe, including 4 homers that have resulted in 10 RBI and a 1.158 slugging percentage. If you’re running low on money in a salary cap fantasy baseball game, I recommend giving Ludwick a long hard look.
Arizona Diamondbacks – They face off in Arlington against Matt Harrison tonight, a combination that tends to result in crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The current D-Backs are batting .308 against the lefty, albeit in a very small sample size (26 at bats). But Harrison sees his ERA jump nearly a full run at home with opponents batting 61 points higher. This game feels like a shootout to me, make sure you get a piece of the action.
Players to avoid:
Russell Martin – He has been smoking hot of late, as he has discovered his power, but a matchup with Atlanta’s Tim Hudson figures to slow down the Yankees catcher. Martin’s value comes from his ability to hit for a decent average and good power, but he is a miserable 1-10 against the Braves starter with 0 RBI. In addition to his struggles against Hudson, Martin has hit only 25% of his homers on the road this season. The Yanks may score some runs tonight, but I don’t expect Martin to be a big time contributor in daily fantasy baseball games.
Atlanta Braves – The Braves offense isn’t exactly the model of consistency, as they have shown signs of both brilliance and ineptitude. We tend to see the latter when they face Hiroki Kuroda, with current Braves batting a mere .211. Michael Bourn and Dan Uggla have combined for 8 hits in 35 at bats against the Yankees righty with a 7:1 strikeout to walk ratio. With a table setter like Bourn and a cleanup man like Uggla unlikely to produce, the Braves offense as a whole figures to be stagnant and ineffective tonight.