Daily Notes: Ohka gets Red Sox again

Updated: May 8, 2007, 9:39 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Fantasy Game Notes for Wednesday: American League
Comerica Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of rain, high of 76 degrees)
Cha Seung Baek, RHP (0-0) versus Nate Robertson, LHP (3-1)

Notable Injuries: Joel Zumaya, RP (finger, DL)

Game Story: Baek is nothing more than mediocre rotational filler; in 633 2/3 career minor league innings, he has a 3.97 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Play your Tigers with abandon. Craig Monroe (three HR in 20 May at-bats) is on fire. Robertson has a history of hot starts -- his 3.48 ERA before the All-Star break is nearly two runs better than his ERA after it -- and May has been his best month. So even though the Mariners hit lefties well -- Jose Vidro, Jose Guillen and Adrian Beltre are all much better against southpaws -- you have to go with Robertson.

Camden Yards (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 78 degrees)
James Shields, RHP (3-0) versus Erik Bedard, LHP (3-2)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Shields has been rolling, racking up 29 strikeouts and four walks in his last three starts. He has allowed a startling seven home runs, but as long as his strikeout rate remains high, he'll be fine. Don't look for much from the Baltimore hitters outside of the obvious candidates. Bedard actually has similar stats to Shields -- check out their strikeouts, walks and homers -- with the main difference being Bedard issuing more walks and having worse luck with balls in play. Just as Shields will regress, Bedard should get better. Unfortunately, the Devil Rays hit lefties hard; their 16 home runs against southpaws rank second in the majors. With the Rays' best regulars hitting lefties well, you may want to exercise caution with Bedard.

Yankee Stadium (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 77 degrees)
Robinson Tejeda, RHP (3-2) versus Mike Mussina, RHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: Eric Gagne, RP (hip, DL)

Game Story: Tejeda has been solid in the young season, allowing more than three earned runs only once and even pitching well against some above-average offenses. He logged a quality start against the Yanks last week, though this time around Johnny Damon will be back in the lineup. Still, Tejeda has outpitched his peripherals by a fair bit, and it's unreasonable to expect him to do well against the Yankees twice in two weeks. Mussina is also facing the Rangers for the second time in as many weeks, and he was magnificent before being pulled after the fifth inning. A healthy Mussina is good enough to shut down the Rangers again, so play it safe with your Rangers.

Rogers Centre (indoor/retractable roof) 7:07 p.m. ET
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (3-2) versus Tomo Ohka, RHP (2-3)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Matsuzaka struck out all but one Blue Jay (Aaron Hill being the lone exception) in his first start against them, so they have some figuring out to do. The Red Sox have seen Ohka twice and have scored seven runs (six earned) off him, and they really should have hit him harder. Mike Lowell went 4-for-7 against Ohka and is swinging the stick pretty well right now, so insert him in your lineup. As a whole, though, Boston's lineup isn't destroying pitchers (.780 OPS, 7th in the majors) like the Red Sox usually do. While Ohka should be mediocre, the Sox likely won't demolish him.

Metrodome (indoor) 8:10 p.m. ET
John Danks, LHP (0-4) versus Ramon Ortiz, RHP (3-2)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: The Twins are one of the worst-hitting teams against lefties (.663 OPS, 26th in the majors), although Michael Cuddyer (.894 OPS versus lefties last year) is expected to be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game. Torii Hunter also kills lefties, but outside of those two, there isn't much else. With Joe Mauer also out of the lineup, Danks can be expected to have a start similar to his earlier start against the Twins (six innings, three earned runs, six strikeouts). The White Sox are in a similar position; without their core players performing, the lineup is extremely weak. Expect Ortiz to keep up the smoke-and-mirrors production for at least one more start.

Kauffman Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 76 degrees)
Dan Haren, RHP (3-2) versus Gil Meche, RHP (3-1)

Notable Injuries: Travis Buck, OF (wrist, day-to-day); Shannon Stewart, OF (ankle, day-to-day); Nick Swisher, 1B/OF (hamstring, day-to-day)

Game Story: The Royals, because of their perennially poor offense, are often used as a target to spot start pitchers against. It's not an unsound strategy -- the Royals are tied for 20th in team OPS -- but they are not quite a walkover. Ross Gload is playing predominantly against right-handers and is hitting them well (.307 average in 75 at-bats); Mark Teahen may be beginning to heat up (.863 OPS in May); and recent call-up Billy Butler is the real deal. The lineup should be no problem for Haren, but there are some hidden gems here. Meche has had just one poor outing but has still gone at least six innings in every start. His level of competition has been poor, yes, but the A's have been on the border of the worst offense in the league all season long. Expect another great start out of Meche.

Angel Stadium (outdoor) 10:05 p.m. ET (sunny, high of 74 degrees)
Paul Byrd, RHP (2-1) versus Jered Weaver, RHP (1-3)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Byrd is always going to be hittable, and he's never going to have many strikeouts, but he can stay a fair bit above average if he continues to keep his homers moderately low and his walks extremely low. When you start Byrd, you're mainly just hoping to survive; against lesser offenses, he can do just that. The Angels fit that bill, although Gary Matthews Jr. and Casey Kotchman could pose problems for Byrd given his struggles against lefties. Even if you take out Weaver's poor start against Detroit, he hasn't been close to the Weaver of last year, just barely getting by versus inferior offenses. The Indians are a top-of-the-line offense, though, and the Weaver of this year should not do well against them. Platoon players David Dellucci and Trot Nixon are always good bets against right-handers, and let's not forget Jhonny Peralta, who has six home runs since April 22.

Fantasy Game Notes for Wednesday: National League

Miller Park (indoor/retractable roof) 1:05 p.m. ET
Jason Bergmann, RHP (0-3) versus Claudio Vargas, RHP (3-0)

Notable Injuries: Corey Hart, OF (wrist, day-to-day)

Game Story: Bergmann has a 3.34 ERA despite facing a lot of good offenses, but he has been quite lucky; his batting average on balls in play is .223, 75 points lower than the National League average. Although Bergmann has allowed just three home runs on the year, his minor league stats suggest he's not that good at preventing homers, and two of those home runs have come in his past two starts. With the Brewers possessing the best OPS in the majors against right-handed pitching (.788), Bergmann should get touched up. Hart is likely out for Wednesday's game, so expect to see Kevin Mench in the starting lineup. Bergmann's counterpart, Vargas, is not this good -- 20 of his strikeouts came from two games -- but with the Nats (.629 OPS versus righties, last in the majors), you don't have to be. Outside of my boy Ryan Church, who's still available in nearly 90 percent of ESPN leagues, the Nats have slim pickings.

Busch Stadium (outdoor) 1:10 p.m. ET (50 percent chance of rain, high of 81 degrees)
Jason Hirsh, RHP (2-2) versus Adam Wainwright, RHP (2-2)

Notable Injuries: Willy Taveras, OF (groin, day-to-day)

Game Story: You can make a living spot starting average pitchers against below-average teams, and Hirsh is the perfect proof. While his peripherals don't support his 3.82 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, four of his starts have been against poor offenses. The Cardinals will be No. 5; they have the fewest runs scored in the majors. Chris Duncan (five HRs, .927 OPS) is the best player on the team right now, and he's available in 64.2 percent of ESPN leagues. Wainwright is struggling, but it is always nice to face Colorado away from Coors. Wainwright's line may not look pretty, but it should result in a quality start, though do make note of Troy Tulowitzki's current nine-game hitting streak.

AT&T Park (outdoor) 3:35 p.m. ET (sunny, high of 70 degrees)
John Maine, RHP (5-0) versus Matt Morris, RHP (4-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Anyone with a 1.37 ERA has definitely received a fair share of luck, as Maine's .232 BABIP proves. But as long as there are underlying indicators to support it, it's not necessarily a sell-high situation. Maine is striking out almost a batter per inning and has allowed just two home runs. His ERA will rise as he faces better opposition, but that is not the Giants, who are still 22nd in OPS against right-handers and would likely be dead last without Barry Bonds. Morris is an example of a sell-high guy, as with 18 walks to just 15 strikeouts, something has got to give. He has been very hittable but has allowed just one home run; normally that would be a positive thing worth noting, but he hasn't played any offenses with substantial power. Because the Mets lean to the left, and AT&T Park is very difficult for left-handers, Morris has some margin for error, but a quality start is out of reach.

Chase Field (indoor/retractable roof) 6:40 p.m. ET
Jamie Moyer, LHP (3-2) versus Randy Johnson, LHP (0-2)

Notable Injuries: Ryan Howard, 1B (leg, out)

Game Story: When these pitchers don't allow home runs, they can achieve greatness. Moyer has done his part, with one homer allowed in 41 innings. He has become more prone to give up home runs as he has aged, so a substantial part of that is just a small sample size, but against the Diamondbacks -- 28th in OPS against lefties and 24th in home runs hit -- it shouldn't be a problem. The D-Backs are in a team slump and will certainly be better than that, but for now you have to pick on the struggling. Johnson's quest not to give up a home run gets a lot easier with Ryan Howard confirmed out; to fill in for him, Wes Helms moves to first base and Abraham Nunez gets the start at third. That substantially bumps up the Big Unit's chance for a good start, especially with Pat Burrell's temporary power shortage.

Dolphin Stadium (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (30 percent chance of rain, high of 85 degrees)
Brett Tomko, RHP (0-3) versus Dontrelle Willis, LHP (5-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: There have been rumblings Willis is losing it, that he is closer to an average pitcher than a good one. Just six weeks into the year, it is important to weigh schedule heavily; a particularly soft or strong schedule has a huge impact on numbers. Except for Washington, all of Willis' opponents hit lefties pretty well, so he really hasn't been that bad. He should turn back into "D-Train" against the Dodgers, whose offense against lefties consists of Jeff Kent, Russell Martin and little else. Tomko can occasionally masquerade as a league-average pitcher, despite below-average peripherals, but don't play with fire here since the Marlins have a legitimately good offense. Mike Jacobs' thumb injury slowed down the steam he was picking up, but doesn't make him a bad risk against Tomko here.

Great American Ball Park (outdoor) 7:10 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 80 degrees)
Woody Williams, RHP (0-5) versus Matt Belisle, RHP (3-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Williams looked done until he strung together three quality starts in a row. Unfortunately, he wasn't particularly good in them, allowing two home runs and accumulating four walks and only three strikeouts. If that's the best Williams can offer, well, maybe he's done. The Reds hit well at home and against right-handers, so pretty much everyone is fair game. Alex Gonzalez is sure to see his ownership rise; he has four homers on the month and is hitting .306 on the year. Belisle has nice peripherals to support his ERA and WHIP, and the Astros can't hit, so bench all but the best Stros for Wednesday.

Turner Field (outdoor) 7:35 p.m. ET (sunny, high of 78 degrees)
Greg Maddux, RHP (2-2) versus John Smoltz, RHP (4-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: As long as you don't fall in love with the Maddux name, he has spot-start value. He consistently does well against the teams he should do well against and is poor against teams with good offenses. The Braves fall into the latter category, so don't expect a quality start out of him. Cheap speed alert for NL-only leagues: Willie Harris is replacing Ryan Langerhans in the Braves' outfield and is getting regular playing time against right-handers. For San Diego, Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Cruz Jr. are the only regulars not struggling against righties, so sit your Padres.

Wrigley Field (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 71 degrees)
Tom Gorzelanny, LHP (4-1) versus Jason Marquis, RHP (4-1)

Notable Injuries: Cliff Floyd, OF (back, day-to-day)

Game Story: No, Marquis is not this good and is definitely getting lucky, but quality of opposition has a lot to do with it, too. To put it simply, he hasn't faced much; only his start against Cincinnati could be construed as difficult. He gets a rematch against the Pirates after shutting them down for eight innings and one earned run a week ago. Keep an eye on Ryan Doumit, who is bringing some life to the Pirates' offense. The Cubs are quite poor against lefties, although lefties are the only type of pitcher Matt Murton can hit.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Craig Monroe, OF, DET versus Seattle Mariners
Ramon Ortiz, SP, MIN versus Chicago White Sox
Mark Teahen, OF, KC versus Oakland Athletics
Gil Meche, SP, KC versus Oakland Athletics
Casey Kotchman, 1B, LAA versus Cleveland Indians
Trot Nixon, OF, CLE @ Los Angeles Angels
Ryan Church, OF, WAS @ Milwaukee Brewers
Jason Hirsh, SP, COL @ St. Louis Cardinals
Jamie Moyer, SP, PHI @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Belisle, SP, CIN versus Houston Astros
Ryan Doumit, C, PIT @ Chicago Cubs

Please Note that the notable injuries are not meant to be a comprehensive report of each team's disabled list. For brevity, we include only day-to-day injuries or new DL additions for players you might otherwise consider using in these games. Long-term DL or day-to-day injuries to starting pitchers who were not scheduled to appear are omitted.

Adam Madison is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and TalentedMrRoto.com. He can be reached at Adam@TalentedMrRoto.com