Buster Posey – The Giants catcher has dominated Chad Billingsley over his career, a trend that figures to continue as Billingsley has surrendered 10 earned runs in his last 11 innings pitched. Posey owns a .455 career average against the LA righty and has only struck out one time. The Giants as a team are batting .281 against Billingsley, so this could be a rare outburst for a very limited offense. Keep an eye out for Posey as well as Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Theriot in daily fantasy baseball leagues.
Andre Ethier – The Dodgers outfielder has hit Tim Lincecum well over his career, and with Big Time Timmy struggling, Ethier’s mouth has to be watering. He has a .316 batting average against the baby faced starter with a pair of homers. Nearly half of his hits have gone for extra bases, leading to a .553 slugging percentage. Lincecum will turn things around sooner or later, but he has never been able to retire Ethier on a consistent basis.
Players to avoid:
Adrian Gonzalez – A major disadvantage to Gonzalez joining the AL East was that he would be facing Ricky Romero more often. The Blue Jays lefty has held Gonzo to a .154 career average while striking him roughly once every 3 at bats and not walking him a single time. Gonzalez has struggled to find a groove all season long, and his average has only gotten worse this month. He has to show me something before I shell out the big bucks to roster him in any daily fantasy baseball game.
Josh Hamilton – He may be the top ranked fantasy baseball player this season, but he trails 7 teammates when it comes to success against Doug Fister. The Tigers righty has held Hamilton to a .200 average and has struck him out just as many times as he has walked him. Fister may only have one win this season, but his 2.72 ERA indicates a pitcher who has had good stuff. There aren’t many days in which Hamilton isn’t worth every penny of his asking price, but today I am looking elsewhere to fill my outfield positions.
Prince Fielder – Another big bat who simply runs into a buzz saw tonight. Roy Oswalt has dominated Fielder like no other pitcher in the MLB, holding the slugger to 5 hits in 36 at bats (.139 batting average) with more strikeouts than hits and walks combined. Oswalt looked great in his first start of the season, making it impossible to justify picking Prince Fielder tonight.