Justin Morneau – If news comes out that Morneau is healthy enough to play, make sure to roster him in daily fantasy baseball leagues. He has torched Erik Bedard over his career to the tune of a .407 batting average and a .704 slugging percentage. He has as many RBI as hits, meaning he is not only hitting Bedard hard, but he is doing it in dangerous situations. Watch the health status of Morneau as he is a bit banged up, but strongly consider him as a power option for your squad.
Shin-Soo Choo – The Indians outfielder has enjoyed some big time games recently, and that figures to continue against his favorite pitcher in the MLB. To say Choo has dominated Bronson Arroyo simply wouldn’t do him justice, as he owns a .500 career batting average with a remarkable 1.583 slugging percentage: two thirds of his hits have left the ball park! Throw in the fact that Choo bats 126 points higher against righties, and you’ve got your self a great play today.
Chicago Cubs – Sign me up for a hot offense against a struggling pitcher. The Cubbies clubbed 5 homers on Monday against the South Siders and with Gavin Floyd on the bump, could be in for another huge day. The White Sox starter is 1-4 with a 10.38 ERA of his last 6 starts, and he is truly lacking the confidence it takes to get major league batters out. Look for another strong offensive day from the Cubs today, a roster which is full of low priced options.
Players to avoid:
Michael Cuddyer – The Rockie is having a spectacular season, and rewarding his fantasy baseball owners on a daily basis, but today is a day to leave him off of your roster. He has only 4 hits in 18 career at bats (.222 batting average) against Blanton and hits 45 points lower when his team is on the road. Most of his run producing hits have come at Coors as well, making this road game a tough spot for fantasy production from Cuddyer. Blanton may not be an elite starter, but he has Cuddyer’s number, thus making the Colorado utility man a player to avoid in daily fantasy baseball games.
New York Mets – In a tiny sample size, the current Mets are hitting a lifetime .067 against Brian Matusz. I am not buying the Mets as an offensive juggernaut, and believe the O’s starter can keep them contained for at least 6 innings. Don’t be suckered into spending big bucks on David Wright or attempting to ride the powerful Ike Davis on this day.