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 drink on. Third, it's time to get ready for your weekend of fantasy baseball with DailyJoust.com.
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HITTERS – FRIDAY
Billy Butler: Guess who loves to see the mustached one, Carl Pavano, toeing the rubber? This guy. Butler has hit .429 with a 1.124 OPS against the Twins' righty in his career, and we're talking 21 hits in 49 at-bats making those numbers pretty imposing. Toss in two homers and nine RBI and you should be giddy with Butler in your lineup.
Chipper Jones: Around an around the wheel spins, and where it stops no one knows. Will it stop on Chipper being IN or OUT of the lineup Friday? Who knows as this situation is about as dicey as your local weather forecaster who, inevitably, somehow ends up being off by 15 degrees when they tell you what the temperature will be. If Chipper plays he has a great matchup with 13 hits in 37 at-bats, a .351 average, with two homers and six RBI against A.J. Burnett.
Hunter Pence: Paul Maholm often posses little difficulty for the elite hitters in the game, so it's hardly a surprise that a guy like Pence has had success against the Cubs hurler. In 44 career at-bats Pence has hit .318 with two bombs and nine RBI spread out over 44 at-bats.
PITCHERS – FRIDAY
John Danks: Normally I wouldn't suggest starting a pitcher against the Red Sox, but the team is a mess right now. No Ellsbury or Crawford, Ross has a knee issue, they've got the off the field turmoil, all of that would seem to make Danks a passable play. Current Sox batters have a .186 batting average against Danks, not to mention that he has a 2.82 ERA over his last 30 innings against the Red Sox.
Tommy Hanson: He's made four starts this season an only once has he allowed more than two runs. He's also won two of his last three decisions, and on the year he has 23 Ks in 24 innings pitched. When you toss in the gravy on top of that turkey dinner, the competition, it's a meal you'll want to saddle up to the table to eat. His opponent Friday is the Pirates, a team hitting .221 with 41 runs scored, 18 fewer runs than any other team in baseball.
Corey Luebke: He's starting against the Giants, and in general, that's usually a good thing for a pitcher. Add in the fact that he's won his last two starts, and that he's allowed a total of two runs over his last three starts to drop his ERA to 2.52 and now we're cooking with gas. You might pause to start him when you realize the game is being played in San Francisco, but that's only because you haven't looked at the numbers. In his career at home he has a 3.69 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, impressive numbers to be sure, but no match for his work on the road (2.73 ERA, 1.08 WHIP).
HITTERS – SATURDAY
Orlando Hudson: Yes he is hitting .206, and he is also facing Tim Lincecum Saturday. So why in the world is he listed here as a potential play? Surprisingly, O-Dog has 10 hits in 27 at-bats against The Freak, a .370 average. Hey, if you really think that Lincecum is that awful then you don't have a problem starting Hudson, do you?
Grady Sizemore: He is hitting .550 with three homers in 20 at-bats against Dan Haren... oh, sorry.
Paul Konerko: The White Sox first sacker, who just blasted his 400th career homer, has enjoyed a ton of success against Jon Lester who also happens to be struggling to find any consistency this year on the hill. That make Konerko, who is hitting .389 with three homers and six RBI against Lester (18 at-bats) a solid play.
Danny Valencia: Not a name you probably figured you would be reading about, but when a guy has nine hits in 18 at-bats against someone (Bruce Chen) people tend to take notice. He hasn't taken the lefty deep but he does have five RBI and just one punchout in their matchups.
PITCHERS – SATURDAY
Colby Lewis: Not only is Lewis 3-0 against the Rays with 15 Ks in 17.1 innings in his career, he's off to a blazing start this year with a 2.03 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 24 Ks in 26.2 innings. He's also not beating himself with only one free pass issued proving that he's about as locked in as any hurler in the game right now.
Brandon Morrow: The Blue Jays hurler has a 3.71 ERA and 1.12 WHIP on the year, but only 12 strikeouts through four starts causing some people to be a bit nervous. He should be able to turn that worry on its ear given that he faces a Mariners club that he's racked up 19 Ks in just 13 innings against. He's 2-0 against the Mariners while posting a 2.77 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Anibal Sanchez: This righty has made five starts against the D'backs to the tune of a 3-1 record, 3.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 31 Ks in 34 innings. He's allowed only two runs in each of his three starts this year. Seems like a recipe for success, does it not?
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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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