Fantasy Baseball Top 5 Matchups (May. 8th)

Hanley Ramirez will be rewarding you for using him this week.

Top Batters

1.Andre Ethier (Dodgers): Ethier has six home-games during the upcoming week against the Braves and Phillies (three each). Last week the Dodger slugger had a stat-line of .480/5/13 with only one strikeout. The Dodgers have a strong line-up and have a few players who will make this list more than a few times.

2.Hanley Ramirez (Marlins): The games top shortstop has a full week coming up with three games at Chicago and finishing with a four-game series at home verse the Mets. In 16 games last season Ramirez had 32 total bases and hit .373 against the Mets. He is currently batting .318 on the season and I suspect it will be above .320 come next week.

3.Evan Longoria (Rays): The Angels have the worst ERA in the AL and it won’t help that the Rays and Evan Longoria come into town on Monday for a three-game series. Longoria is hitting .417/3/7 over his last 7 games and is in, arguably, the best lineup in baseball. He finishes with a three-game series at home against Seattle.

4.Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): Cabrera is off to one of the best starts in all of baseball. He plays two good teams this week in the Yankees (four games) and Red Sox (three), but comes into the week hitting .545 with a .583 OBP over the last seven games. Boston has the third worst ERA in the AL (4.68) and in 2009 Cabrera hit .381 with a .458 OBP against the Yanks.

5.Alphonso Soriano (Cubs): Soriano is one of the hottest players in the game right now and gets to play six games at home this week. Three of which come against the hapless Pirates pitching (league worst 6.16 ERA). He is hitting .435/5/11 with 28 total-bases in his last 7.

Top Pitchers

1.Matt Garza (Rays): Garza is set to pitch against the Angels and Mariners this week. The Mariners are last in HR’s, RBI, TB’s, and OBP in the AL and the Angels are far from a scary lineup. Look for Garza to add two wins to his record this week.

2.Barry Zito (Athletics): Zito has resurrected his career and has become fantasy worthy again. He brings his 5-0 record to the table this week against the Padres and Astros (both home games). Zito has a 1.49 ERA and 0.92 WHIP  and will face two teams who are both in the bottom six in AVG. and HR’s. Zito could make a run at being a top-three fantasy pitcher if he continues to be dominant this week.

3.Felix Rodriguez (Mariners): King Felix recorded his first win this season against the Orioles in a complete game one-run effort. He will face them this week and will surely improve upon his 3.10 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. I would make sure to use him in all daily and weekly fantasy lineups.

4.Tim Lincecum (Giants): Lincecum pitched a gem in his first game against the Astros this year, he allowed just four people to reach base in the victory. In his last four games against the Astros he hasn’t had a batting average against (BAA) higher than .160 and has struck-out a combined 33 batters.

5.Cliff Lee (Mariners): Cliff Lee has two starts this week and with one being the Orioles he would be much higher if the other wasn’t the Rays. If your lineups are set weekly you have to use him as he has a 2.40 ERA and 0.87 WHIP after his first two starts. The Rays are scary, but if you have Lee you should probably start him regardless of who he is facing.

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