Daiy Notes: Don't trust Looper at Coors

Updated: May 29, 2007, 9:51 AM ET
By David Young | Special to ESPN.com

Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: American League

Fenway Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (clear, low of 57 degrees)
Jeremy Sowers, LHP (1-4, 6.29 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) versus
Josh Beckett, RHP (7-0, 2.66 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Sowers looked great in his last start … against the Royals. Also, Boston kills lefty pitching. Start all your Red Sox. Josh Beckett is back from his finger problem. Perhaps there's a chance being on the DL affected his preparation, but don't bank on it. Start only your big-name Indians, but add Jason Michaels (4-for-10, 1 HR) to the list.

Rogers Centre (indoor/retractable roof) 7:07 p.m. ET
Andy Pettitte, LHP (3-3, 2.66 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) versus
Shaun Marcum, RHP (2-2, 4.33 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: If Boston kills lefty pitching, what Toronto does to it is unspeakable. Plus, the current Blue Jays' numbers against Pettitte are quite good (.321 BA, .552 SLG). Start all your Blue Jays except Matt Stairs (0-for-6). Marcum has pitched much better at home, but the current Yankees have some great numbers against him. Start your Yankees, especially Melky Cabrera (5-for-7) and so-far-disappointing Robinson Cano (3-for-5).

Tropicana Field (indoor) 7:10 p.m. ET
Jeremy Bonderman, RHP (3-0, 3.57 ERA, 1.90 WHIP) versus
Casey Fossum, LHP (3-4, 7.15 ERA, 1.63 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Placido Polanco, 2B (ribs, DTD)

Game Story: I recently watched "Bambi Meets Godzilla" for the first time in 20 years, which was fitting for this matchup. Tampa Bay is middle-of-the-pack against righties, and in 45 at-bats against Bonderman, its current batters have only a .156 average. Sit all your Devil Rays, except perhaps Carl Crawford. As for the Tigers, they love lefties as much as righties (which is quite a lot) and have had good success against Fossum. Start all your Tigers except Craig Monroe and Curtis Granderson.

Kauffman Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (50 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 64 degrees)
Jeremy Guthrie, RHP (2-1, 3.09 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) versus
Jorge De La Rosa, LHP (4-4, 4.65 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Guthrie was a waiver acquisition for the Orioles this past offseason and quietly has pitched better than most pitchers on your (and my) staff. Can he keep it going? Our only concern is what he does Tuesday against Kansas City, so I'll say yes, for at least one more start. Sit your Royals except perhaps Mark Teahen and Mark Grudzielanek, who both have hit over .300 against righties this year. Baltimore hits lefties for average but not power. In most of De La Rosa's bad starts, the long ball has been the problem, so perhaps he won't give up nine earned runs like in his last start. Start your Orioles, but don't expect power.

Metrodome (indoor) 8:10 p.m. ET
John Danks, LHP (3-4, 3.78 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) versus
Boof Bonser, RHP (3-1, 3.88 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Pablo Ozuna, 3B/OF (ankle, DL)

Game Story: This is the third time the Twins have seen Danks, and Minnesota has historically had (and currently has) trouble with lefties. This would be a good game to sit your Twins except Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau, and it is also a safe start for Danks. Bonser broke our high-expectations hearts in April with an 0-1 start, but he has won his last three and is rewarding those with patience. However, he has averaged more than a strikeout per inning in both months, so even if he gets hit hard again, he has value. Play your big-name White Sox.

Angel Stadium (outdoor) 10:05 p.m. ET (patchy fog, low of 54 degrees)
Ryan Feierabend, LHP (0-0, N/A ERA, N/A WHIP) versus
Ervin Santana, RHP (3-6, 6.00 ERA, 1.63 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Feierabend didn't have stellar numbers in Tacoma before his call-up, but we know how the Angels do against lefties. Actually, they do all right against them, so I'm not sure what the thinking is here. Start all your Angels with the possible exception of Chone Figgins (.172 average versus lefties this season). Santana has been great and awful this year, with his May being more the latter (1-3, ERA over 6.00, 7 homers in 5 games). But with Santana, it always has been about the splits, and his ERA is almost a full seven runs lower at home. Start your big-name Mariners (especially Richie Sexson), but start Santana, as well.

McAfee Coliseum (outdoor) 10:05 p.m. ET (patchy fog, low of 53 degrees)
Mike Wood, RHP (0-1, 7.02 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) versus
Lenny DiNardo, LHP (1-1, 1.83 ERA, 0.97 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Wood has an ERA over 7.00, but Oakland doesn't hit righties for power or average. In their limited at-bats against Wood, the current A's have a .297 average but only a .324 slugging percentage. What does all this mean? Start your A's, but don't expect power. This is DiNardo's first start for Oakland, so the obvious question is whether he can put in a full five innings. He can, but Texas should hit him well. Start your Rangers.

Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: National League

RFK Stadium (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (mostly clear, low of 64 degrees)
Brad Penny, RHP (6-1, 2.26 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) versus
Jason Simontacchi, RHP (2-2, 4.37 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Dmitri Young, 1B (back, DTD)

Game Story: Washington does not hit Penny well at all. Feel free to sit all your Nationals unless you feel inclined to ride an individual player's hot streak. Simontacchi has pitched well despite his high WHIP. He faces a Los Angeles team that is bad at hitting righties for average and downright awful at hitting them for power. Against most pitchers, I'd suggest him for a spot start. However, the best result for him is an exit with good ratios. Start only the big-name Dodgers.

Citizens Bank Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (clear, low of 62 degrees)
Micah Owings, RHP (3-1, 4.10 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) versus
Jon Lieber, RHP (2-2, 3.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: In his last start against Philly, Owings had 11 fly ball outs and two home runs. That's not going to work at Citizens Bank, where fly balls become souvenirs. Start your Phillies. The Diamondbacks know and love Lieber and have hit over .300 against him. Start your Arizona guys in what could be a high-scoring affair.

PNC Park (outdoor) 1:15 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 59 degrees)
David Wells, LHP (2-2, 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) versus
Tom Gorzelanny, LHP (5-3, 2.51 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Ryan Doumit, C/OF (head, DTD)

Game Story: Wells has been hit hard this year, but in his past two games -- against two NL Central teams -- he has given up only two earned runs. Pittsburgh is putrid against southpaws, so just start the big-name Pirates. Gorzelanny is in the top five in ERA this season, and that likely won't change against San Diego. Just start the big-name Padres, and give Gorzelanny the start, as well.

Shea Stadium (outdoor) 7:10 p.m. ET (clear, low of 62 degrees)
Tim Lincecum, RHP (2-0, 3.08 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) versus
Oliver Perez, LHP (6-3, 2.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Ray Durham, 2B (abdomen, DTD); Shawn Green, OF (foot, DTD)

Game Story: Remember when Oliver Perez was Tim Lincecum? OK, maybe he was never spoken of with the same reverence, but we know Perez has the same skill set. If I were a betting man, I'd go with the Mets because of their superior bullpen. However, Perez is coming off a 122-pitch outing and Lincecum is quickly learning the key to his wins is ground balls. Perhaps Lincecum can outlast Perez and avoid his bullpen. Either way, expect little offense. As has become a theme for Tuesday, start only the big names.

Miller Park (indoor/retractable roof) 8:05 p.m. ET
John Smoltz RHP (7-2, 2.58 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) versus
Ben Sheets, RHP (4-3, 3.75 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Chipper Jones, 3B (thumb, DTD)

Game Story: If you're looking for a good player to start against Smoltz, his name is Craig Counsell (8-for-16). If Milwaukee bats him leadoff, it could be a rough night for Smoltz, which would make it safe to start your big Brewers. Every current Atlanta hitter who has an at-bat against Sheets also has a hit against him. In other words, they're not intimidated. Start all your right-handed Braves.

Wrigley Field (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (mostly cloudy, low of 64 degrees)
Dontrelle Willis, LHP (6-3, 4.80 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) versus
Jason Marquis, RHP (5-1, 2.60 ERA, 1.02 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Here's the key to Willis' season this year: .082 BAA versus lefties, .320 BAA versus righties. His numbers against the current Cubs also match that stat. Sit Cliff Floyd, Aramis Ramirez and Jacque Jones and start the other Cubs. Is anyone else waiting for the other cleat to fall for Marquis? How can a guy pitch so poorly in a contract year for the eventual World Series winner, then pitch so well for a team that is underachieving? Until this mystery of the universe is revealed to us mere mortals, start only the big-name Marlins.

Minute Maid Field (indoor/retractable roof) 8:05 p.m. ET
Matt Belisle, RHP (4-4, 4.65 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) versus
Jason Jennings, RHP (0-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Ryan Freel, OF (head/neck, DTD)

Game Story: The Astros' results against Belisle are mixed. You probably should sit Craig Biggio, Morgan Ensberg and Luke Scott and start Adam Everett, Jason Lane and Hunter Pence (duh) in addition to the big-name Astros. If you're looking for a good waiver-wire pickup, and the Jennings owner in your league got impatient, well, there he is. But perhaps you shouldn't start him for this one because Cincinnati hits him very hard. Start all your Reds except Freel (involved in a horrific collision Monday), especially Alex Gonzalez.

Coors Field (outdoor) 9:05 p.m. ET (20 percent chance of showers, low of 43 degrees)
Braden Looper, RHP (6-3, 3.10 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) versus
Rodrigo Lopez, RHP (1-0, 1.59 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Scott Rolen, 3B (head, DTD); David Eckstein, SS (back, DTD)

Game Story: Dave Duncan knows a starter when he sees one. Looper has six wins for a floundering Cardinals team and has been able to do it by inducing ground ball outs. In six of his first eight starts, he allowed less than one fly ball out per inning. However, he has not done that in his past two starts and has given up three home runs in 10 innings. That's not the way to come into Coors Field. Start your Rockies. Lopez is returning from the DL and showed great promise in April. Let's see whether the warmer weather affects his performance at altitude. Start your big-name Cardinals, but watch Lopez for a possible NL-only pickup.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Jason Michaels, OF, CLE @ Boston Red Sox
Melky Cabrera, OF, NYY @ Toronto Blue Jays
Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY @ Toronto Blue Jays
John Danks, SP, CWS @ Minnesota Twins
Ervin Santana, SP, LAA vs. Seattle Mariners
Craig Counsell, 3B, MIL vs. Atlanta Braves
Right-handed Cubs, CHC vs. Florida Marlins
Adam Everett, SS, HOU vs. Cincinnati Reds
Alex Gonzalez, SS, CIN @ Houston Astros

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 stints or day-to-day injuries to starting pitchers who were not scheduled to appear are omitted.

David Young is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and TalentedMrRoto.com. He can be reached at MrSnappy@TalentedMrRoto.com

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