Daily Notes for Wednesday: Aces on parade
I know there have been a few other days like this so far this season, but this is the first Fantasy All-Star pitcher day I have had the pleasure of writing about. What am I supposed to tell you when there are so many ace pitchers set to take the mound? I suppose finding some solid hitters who are lucky enough to take on one of the below-average starters is sound advice.
There are still a few OK spot starters to be had, but really, odds are you already own a hurler who will be logging some numbers for you.
|12:37 p.m.||Felix Hernandez||R||4-5||3.07||1.37|| |
|3:35 p.m.||Scott Kazmir||L||6-1||1.40||0.91|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Garrett Olson||L||5-1||3.86||1.42|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Nick Blackburn||R||4-4||3.94||1.41|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Javier Vazquez||R||6-4||3.64||1.26|| |
|7:05 p.m.||John Lannan||L||4-6||3.47||1.39|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Brandon Webb||R||11-2||2.58||1.00|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Braden Looper||R||7-5||4.86||1.53|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Cole Hamels||L||6-4||3.36||1.07|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Manny Parra||L||4-2||4.33||1.59|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Jair Jurrjens||R||6-3||3.77||1.44|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Vicente Padilla||R||7-3||3.73||1.43|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Tim Lincecum||R||8-1||2.15||1.22|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Darrell Rasner||R||3-3||2.58||1.07|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Chad Billingsley||R||4-6||3.57||1.37|| |
Ryan Freel, OF, Reds (hamstring)
Jonny Gomes, OF, Rays (suspension)
Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays (concussion)
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B, Padres (shoulder)
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves (quadriceps)
Carlos Pena, 1B, Rays (finger)
Shannon Stewart, OF, Blue Jays (ankle)
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Brewers (knee)
Rick Ankiel, OF, Cardinals (knee)
Alexi Casilla, 2B, Twins (back)
Ryan Church, OF, Mets (concussion)
Bobby Crosby, SS, A's (ankle)
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox (wrist)
Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers (infection)
Xavier Nady, OF, Pirates (ankle)
Ian Snell, SP, Pirates (elbow/back)
Ryan Spilborghs, OF, Rockies (back)
Michael Young, SS, Rangers (knee)
Hitters: Maybe only good enough to be a matchups-type player anymore, Ivan Rodriguez has good numbers against Javier Vazquez. Pudge is 10-for-26 (.385) with a home run and three doubles. ... Adrian Beltre doesn't need an off day against Shaun Marcum (even though his Mariners can barely hit righties). Beltre is 6-for-10 versus Marcum, with a pair of doubles and a pair of home runs. ... B.J. Upton (10 at-bats), Dioner Navarro (12) and Eric Hinske (13) all hit below .200 versus John Lackey. Don't hesitate to bench any Rays hitter besides Carl Crawford, if you like micromanaging matchups. ... Todd Helton can hold his own just fine versus Tim Lincecum. With six hits in nine at-bats against the Giants phenom, Helton has a 1.838 OPS. ... Jason Giambi is a must-start versus Justin Duchscherer, even though the converted middle-man has been lights-out this season. Giambi is 3-for-4 with two home runs against Duke. That's as many home runs as Duchscherer has given up all season (in 54 1/3 innings), so I think the 93-percent-owned starter will hold his own versus the rest of the Yanks. ... Look for other options at second base, as Brandon Phillips is boggled by Braden Looper (1-for-11). ... No need to panic: Josh Hamilton is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday, so Wednesday should be a lock. Just double-check to make sure he's good to go.
Hitters: If you are desperate for a usable outfielder, Kevin Mench does OK against Felix Hernandez (4-for-9, 1.000 OPS). ... Mark Teahen has been swinging a lukewarm bat lately (three home runs in June). He has an OPS of 1.357 in seven at-bats versus Vicente Padilla. He is another option off the wire for your outfield. ... For help at first base, look to Ryan Garko. He is as streaky as they come and is currently hitting .438 with 10 RBIs in June. ... Luke Scott is another streaky commodity, with a .348 average and two home runs in the previous week. ... For middle-infield help, Maicer Izturis is still available in 80 percent of ESPN leagues. In the weekend series with Oakland, Izturis homered in the first game, had a combo meal in the second game (home run and stolen base) and swiped a bag in the final game.
Just two weather-proof contests, with the Mariners in Toronto and the Brewers in Houston. ... Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Miami, so the Phillies-Marlins game is far from a guarantee to be played. ... The rest of the country gets a free pass from Mother Nature.
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.
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