'' photo (c) 2011, Daniel Oines - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ It's Friday, and that means a couple of things. First, the weekend is nearly upon us (thank goodness). Second, it's time to get your crunk on. Third, it's time to get ready for your weekend of fantasy baseball  with DailyJoust.com.

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Robinson Cano: I feel a bit stupid suggesting you should starts Cano, it's not like there is anyone out there who doesn't know he's a HOF bound second sacker, but in 20 career at-bats against the Red Sox Clay Buchholz he's racked up nine hits for a .450 batting average.

Ryan Ludwick: I'm not a huge fan, and think the Reds made a mistake not just going with Chris Heisey, but there is no denying the track record of Ludwick against the Cubs as he's hit .279 with 10 homers, 37 RBI an a .843 OPS in 201 at-bats. He's been even more dominant at Wrigley hitting .349 with seven homers an a 1.041 OPS in 109 at-bats there.

Ryan Raburn: He has only 12 at-bats against Matt Harrison, but he's been a superstar in the matchup batting .667 with two bombs, seven RBIs an a 2.026, yes that's a two, OPS. As you read about, you did read Quick Starting Pitchers right?, I'm not a huge fan of Harrison either.


Ted Lilly: In his first outing he allowed one unearned run to the Padres. He faces Houston Friday, a team he has thoroughly dominated in his career: Lilly is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 7.27 K/9 and a 3.50 K/BB. Toss in the fact that the Astros aren't very good, and this is a dream matchup on paper.

And for the second straight weeks, two oldies but goodies...

Carlos Zambrano: After allowing one run to the Astros in his last outing, why not go to the well again? Big Z has a matchup with the Nats next, and he's had a lot of success against that organization in his career with an 8-3 record, 3.35 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 73 Ks in 78 career innings.

Barry Zito: Through 16 innings Zito has allowed 11 base runners (0.69 WHIP), and just two earned runs (1.13 ERA). We all know the dream will end soon, but it may last another start. Zito has a 3.31 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, with 30 Ks in 35.1 innings, against his opponent Friday – the Mets.


Travis Hafner: We're only talking 12 at-bats here, and that isn't necessarily enough data to draw any sort of lasting conclusion, but Hafner has four hits, including two homers, against the Athletics' Brandon McCarthy. Hafner has also knocked in six runners in the matchup while also garnering two walks.

Brandon Phillips: The only thing that seems likely to stop him on Saturday is his bum wheel. In 48 career at-bats against Paul Maholm he has 17 hits, good for a .354 average an a 1.034 OPS. He's also taken the Cubs hurler deep four times leading to nine RBI. Plus and play with this gu - as long as he is in the lineup.

Martin Prado: Off to a bit of a slow start hitting .250, Prado is a .292 career hitter. He's also raked against the D'backs in his career going 22-for-60 leading to a .367 average and 13 RBI in 17 games played. He's also picked up a hit in seven of his last nine games while he's driven in four runs while scoring four times in his last two contests. Joe Saunders isn't exactly a dominating opponent either.


Mike Leake: When a guy is 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.11 WHIP against a team (the Cubs), you had better take notice. Don't expect a lot of strikeouts, he has just 32 in 50.2 innings against the Cubs, but he should still have an effective outing.

Brandon McCarthy: Last season he went 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home. This season he's made three “home” starts and in that time he's got a 2.50 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. The matchup with the Indians isn't a great one on paper given that the Indians offense has been humming along in the early going, but McCarthy is still a solid option given his success in Oakland and his 6-3 record and 1.30 WHIP against the Indians over 16 games, if he can avoid letting Travis Hafner beat him that is.

Mike Pelfrey: The Mets hurler gets to face the less than imposing offense of the Giants. That's good news for the 6'7” righty who has a 2.18 ERA and 0.99 WHIP against the Giants in six starts. He'll also be pitching at Citi Field, a place where he has enjoyed a lot of success (19-13, 3.46 ERA, 1.34 WHIP).


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By Ray Flowers


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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.

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