Daily Notes: Dilemma in Arlington

Updated: July 2, 2007, 8:39 PM ET
By Will Harris | Special to ESPN.com

Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: American League
Fenway Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (20 percent chance of showers, low of 59 degrees)
Scott Kazmir, LHP (5-4, 4.26 ERA, 1.56 WHIP) versus
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (9-5, 3.802 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Coco Crisp, OF, (thumb, out)

Game Story: A pitching duel is in the offing here, as two top starters square off. No Devil Rays hitter has a plate appearance against Matsuzaka, so the advantage of surprise might go to Boston. The Red Sox hit lefties well, and Kazmir has been really struggling with his control, but I'd still use him. Don't expect much scoring, and play only your stud hitters from both sides.

Comerica Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (40 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 65 degrees)
Paul Byrd, RHP (7-3, 4.67 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) versus
Nate Robertson, LHP (4-6, 4.82 ERA, 1.62 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Unlike the Boston-Tampa Bay contest, this one should see plenty of scoring. Robertson pitched well in his first outing back from the disabled list, but he's not recommended against the potent Indians lineup. Casey Blake (9-for-26, 5 HR) and Jhonny Peralta (10-for-19) have given Robertson fits in the past and are both recommended. Byrd has a 6.90 ERA in June after posting a 3.50 in April and a 3.60 in May. Plus, the league is hitting .323 off him for the year. Detroit's offense should have a field day, as well. Play all your hitters from both sides. Red-hot Sean Casey makes for a good pickup.

Yankee Stadium (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (20 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 65 degrees)
Carlos Silva, RHP (6-8, 4.15 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) versus
Chien-Ming Wang, RHP (7-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Considering his disastrous 2006, Silva has been a pleasant surprise for the Twins this season. He hasn't fared well against the Yankees in his career, however, and there's not much reason to think he'll have an effective outing Tuesday. Get all your Yankees in the lineup. Wang was off to a great start in June but wasn't sharp in his last two outings. He should still be safe to use here if you normally would. Play only the big-name Twins hitters.

Kauffman Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 71 degrees)
Ryan Feierabend, LHP (1-2, 6.46 ERA, 1.61 WHIP) versus
Jorge De La Rosa, LHP (5-9, 5.38 ERA, 1.58 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Ryan Shealy, 1B, (hamstring, DL); Jose Lopez, 2B, (back, day-to-day)

Game Story: De la Rosa is to be avoided against the lefty-mashing Mariners; he has allowed five or more runs in half of his 16 starts this year. Seattle starter Feierabend is no prize, either, despite tossing five scoreless innings in his last start. Get all your hitters into the lineup in this matchup of two highly flammable starters. Solid pickups include Royals speedster Joey Gathright, hitting .500 with three steals last week, and Jose Guillen, who has the hot hand for the visitors.

U.S. Cellular Field (outdoor) 8:11 p.m. ET (30 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 71 degrees)
Daniel Cabrera, RHP (6-8, 5.02 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) versus
Javier Vazquez, RHP (4-5, 3.95 ERA, 1.14 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Jermaine Dye, OF, (quadriceps, day-to-day); Scott Podsednik, OF, (rib, day-to-day); Melvin Mora, 3B, (foot, day-to-day); Scott Williamson, RP, (foot, day-to-day)

Game Story: This one's an interesting matchup of two starters who have teased with their potential. Vazquez has been the far more consistent of the two. Vazquez is 14th in the major leagues with a 1.14 WHIP and 93 strikeouts -- figures that are not far out of line with his career norms -- yet remarkably is owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues. The overlooked strikeout source's stellar WHIP and sub-4.00 ERA are not likely to change anytime soon. Pick him up for this matchup and keep him for the rest of the season. Bench your Orioles hitters if you have alternatives; only injured Miguel Tejada has any history of success against Vazquez. Be selective with your Sox hitters against the inconsistent Cabrera, as well, starting only the bigger names.

Rangers Ballpark (outdoor) 8:35 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of heavy rain, low of 70 degrees)
Ervin Santana, RHP (5-8, 5.27 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) versus
Kevin Millwood, RHP (4-7 7.06 ERA, 1.84 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Erick Aybar, 2B, (hand, day-to-day); Reggie Willits, OF, (knee, day-to-day); Mike Napoli, C, (foot, day-to-day); Ian Kinsler, 2B, (foot, day-to-day)

Game Story: Two offenses that haven't needed much help (fourth- and fifth-best in the majors in runs scored) might get some from the opposing pitchers in this matchup. It's become a well-documented story that Santana has been terrible on the road this year. Meanwhile, Millwood has just been terrible. Normally I would recommend stacking your lineup with Angels and Rangers hitters, but in this game the key stat might be the weather report. Follow it closely until your lineup-setting deadline, and if the prognosis hasn't improved, bench all your hitters from both sides if you have options. Getting caught with a hole in the lineup because of a rainout won't help you in any category. Some hot hitters to pick up if the weather improves and the game is played are Kenny Lofton, Marlon Byrd and Orlando Cabrera.

McAfee Coliseum (outdoor) 10:05 p.m. ET (clear, low of 56 degrees)
Jesse Litsch, RHP (1-2, 6.62 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) versus
Joe Blanton, RHP (7-4, 3.24 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Travis Buck, OF, (thumb, DL)

Game Story: Blanton has been outstanding all year and even better lately. He posted a 1.58 June ERA, with only six walks in more than 45 innings. Blanton is starting to catch on with shallow-league fantasy owners. He's owned in 60 percent of ESPN leagues. The Jays struggle against right-handed pitching, so this is the perfect time to grab him. Play only the stud hitters from the Toronto side. Oakland isn't any destroyer of worlds against righties, either, but the A's have been swinging the bat well lately and should prove more than a match for Toronto rookie Litsch. Recommended pickups from the Oakland roster are Jack Cust, Dan Johnson and Shannon Stewart, each with three home runs and a gaudy average in the past seven days.

Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: National League

PNC Park (outdoor) 4:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 61 degrees)
Chris Capuano, LHP (5-5, 4.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) versus
Shane Youman, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Chris Duffy, OF, (ankle, DL)

Game Story: Capuano is scheduled to start here in his return from a groin injury. His rehab has gone well, and it should be safe to use him against the punchless Pirates. Freddy Sanchez, however, is hitting .370 the past seven days and has given Capuano trouble in his career. He's a good pickup if you need an infielder. The Pirates send Youman to the mound for his first action of the season. He'll get the first chance to replace injured Zach Duke in the rotation but is not a good bet to succeed. Play all your Brewers here, but be aware that Kevin Mench likely will start over Geoff Jenkins against left-handed Youman.

RFK Stadium (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (20 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 67 degrees)
Carlos Zambrano, RHP (9-6, 4.20 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) versus
Tim Redding, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: After struggling in April and May, Zambrano has turned it around, tossing five straight outings without surrendering more than two runs. He should be effective in RFK against a weak Washington lineup. Play only the very best Nationals hitters. Washington starter Redding, meanwhile, was recalled to take injured Micah Bowie's rotation spot. He hasn't been effective at any level in years, so get all your Cubs in the lineup. That should include second baseman Mike Fontenot, who is hitting .378/.402/.646 for the past month and .462/.481/.808 this week. Fontenot should keep Ryan Theriot on the bench for as long as he stays hot.

Great American Ball Park (outdoor) 7:10 p.m. ET (mostly clear, low of 64 degrees)
Barry Zito, LHP (6-8, 4.61 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) versus
Aaron Harang, RHP (8-2, 3.80 ERA, 1.18 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Both starters have been up-and-down, especially Zito, who seems to alternate stellar outings with disasters, but both have solid histories against the opposing batters. Neither offense is performing that well lately. Reds left-handers Josh Hamilton and Scott Hatteberg have been swinging hot bats, but neither can be recommended against left-handed Zito. Play only your big-name hitters from both sides, and start Harang and Zito if you normally would.

Minute Maid Park (indoor/retractable roof) 8:05 p.m. ET
Adam Eaton, RHP (7-5, 5.75 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) versus
Roy Oswalt, RHP (7-5, 3.42 ERA, 1.39 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: The two starters in this matchup have identical records, but as usual, that doesn't tell us much. Oswalt is obviously the superior pitcher, and although he has struggled this year compared with previous seasons, he is still one of the game's best. Play only the biggest names among your Phillies hitters. Eaton, on the other hand, has been consistently below average. The Astros aren't the best offense against right-handed pitching, but they have been hitting well lately. Get your Astros in the lineup, and if you need help at first base, consider Mike Lamb. He's hitting .350/.411/.625 in the past month.

Coors Field (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (10 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 61 degrees)
Jason Vargas, LHP (0-0, 6.43 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) versus
Aaron Cook, RHP (4-5, 4.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

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

Game Story: There's not much new to say about Coors Field matchups. The Rockies finally have assembled a staff of sinkerballers, and that has helped them, but the numbers show that Coors is still Coors. Never play your starters there, no matter how good they are, unless you are so far ahead or behind in pitching ratio stats that it makes sense to risk disaster. Needless to say, this is not the time to test-drive Vargas, who was recalled to take ailing Oliver Perez's rotation spot. Get all your hitters into the lineup whenever they play there. On Tuesday, that group should include Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is hitting .360/.429/.640 in the past seven days.

Busch Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 70 degrees)
Randy Johnson, LHP (4-3, 3.81 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) versus
Todd Wellemeyer, RHP (2-1, 6.04 ERA, 1.74 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: There's some risk involved with Johnson this time because he struggled last week in his return from the DL. The Unit is still suffering from back problems, so use him only if you're not risk-averse. I'd recommend only the big-name Cardinals hitters, however. Wellemeyer was effective in his last turn, but just doesn't have the command necessary to sustain any consistent success. Get your Diamondbacks into the lineup against the St. Louis right-hander. Orlando Hudson has the hot hand for the visitors.

Petco Park (outdoor) 10:05 p.m. ET (patchy fog, low of 67 degrees)
Scott Olsen, LHP (6-6, 4.93 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) versus
Greg Maddux, RHP (7-4, 3.66 ERA, 1.23 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: Milton Bradley, OF, (oblique, DL); Terrmel Sledge, OF, (thumb, day-to-day)

Game Story: Both offenses much prefer to face left-handed pitching, but only the Padres get their wish in this matchup. Maddux hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in seven straight starts. He should have success against the Marlins in spacious Petco. Pick up Maddux for a spot start and play only your essential Marlins. Olsen has been up-and-down in 2007, mostly down. He'll benefit from Petco, as well, but you shouldn't shy away from Padres hitters in this one. Mike Cameron is still on fire after a disastrous beginning to the season. Also, it's a tiny sample size, but Marcus Giles has an impressive six hits and a walk in nine career plate appearances against Olsen.

Dodger Stadium (outdoor) 10:10 p.m. ET (clear, low of 64 degrees)
Kyle Davies, RHP (7-3, 5.42 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) versus
Randy Wolf, LHP (9-6, 4.33 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Neither starter is recommended right now, and both teams have been hitting fairly well of late. However, the Braves aren't at their best against lefties and the Dodgers don't hit right-handers very well. A good pitchers' park and inconsistent starters make this a difficult matchup to predict. Andruw Jones is only 10-for-52 against Wolf, so he might be a good hitter to bench for this one. Make sure Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann are in the lineup, however. They've been big catalysts for the Braves during their recent winning streak. James Loney is hitting well for the Dodgers. All three are good options in this matchup.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Sean Casey, 1B, DET vs. Cleveland Indians
Jose Guillen, OF, SEA @ Kansas City Royals
Joey Gathright, OF, KC vs. Seattle Mariners
Javier Vazquez, SP, CHW vs. Baltimore Orioles
Shannon Stewart, OF, OAK vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Jack Cust, DH, OAK vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Dan Johnson, 1B, OAK vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, PIT vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano, SP, MIL @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Mike Fontenot, 2B, CHC @ Washington Nationals
Mike Lamb, 1B, HOU vs. Cincinnati Reds
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL vs. New York Mets
Orlando Hudson, 2B, STL @ St. Louis Cardinals
Greg Maddux, SP, SD vs. Florida Marlins
Mike Cameron, OF, SD vs. Florida Marlins
Marcus Giles, 2B, SD vs. Florida Marlins
James Loney, 1B, LA vs. Atlanta Braves
Brian McCann, C, ATL @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeff Francoeur, OF, ATL @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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.

Will Harris is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and TalentedMrRoto.com. He can be reached at willharris@TalentedMrRoto.com.