Daily Joust: The Weekend Ahead
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
Robinson Cano/Nick Swisher/Mark Teixeira: All three of these Yankees face King Felix, and in most cases that is a recipe for a benching. However, the three Yankees bats have had ample success against the Mariners' ace.
Cano: .355/.429/581 with two HRs, 4 RBI in 31 at-bats Swisher: .238/.333/.548 with 4 HRs, 5 RBI in 42 at-bats Tex: .321/.393/.679 with five HRs, 9 RBIs in 53 at-bats
Sometimes things don't make a lot of sense.
Casey Kotchman: Clay Buchholz has allowed only 10 hits to all the players currently on the Indians, it just so happens that six of them have been to Kotchman in 11 at-bats, and that's good for a .545 average. Kotchman is also eight for 23 of late good for a .348 average the past eight days.
Adrian Beltre: The Rangers' slugger is back to playing third base after dealing with a lower body injury for a while now, and he's likely looking forward to facing C.J. Wilson given that he has seven hits in 19 at-bats against the lefty (.368/.429/.684).
Jeff Baker/Geo Soto: The two Cubs batters face the always moderately effective Randy Wolf (if you're looking for a cheap play, Baker is your guy. Look at how many teams over at Fleaflicker have him rostered). The duo has combined to hit four homers with 13 RBI in 54 at-bats against Wolf with Soto hitting three of the bombs with a .333 average while Baker has hit .417 in the matchup.
PITCHERS – FRIDAY
Chris Capuano is undefeated through six starts with a 2.21 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 36 Ks in 36.2 innings. He faces a Rockies club that has hit just .235 against him, and Capuano is 5-1 in his career at Dodger Stadium where the game will take place.
Gio Gonzalez faces a Reds club that he has held to a .109 batting average over 14 innings. The Reds hitters have only managed to bat .109 against Gio who has allowed just three runs in his last five outings this season.
I know I wrote earlier about three hitters from the Yankees that have had a lot of success against Felix Hernandez, but that doesn't mean King Felix is a bad play Saturday. He is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA in his outings at the new Yankees Stadium.
Johan Santana has been fantastic this year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 34 strikeouts through 31 innings. He faces the Marlins Saturday, a team that he has gone 6-1 against with a 1.46 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 81 punchouts in 68 innings.
HITTERS – SATURDAY
Michael Bourn/Jack Wilson: In 25 at-bats against Adam Wainwright Bourn has hit .320 whereas Wilson has hit .364 in 22 at-bats against the righty from St. Louis.
Omar Infante: The guy just keeps on hitting everyone, including going deep with a greater frequency than we've ever seen from the slap hitter. Infante has had immense success against the Mets' R.A. Dickey with 12 hits in 25 at-bats, good for a .480 batting average.
Andrew McCutchen: Hitting .330 through 28 games, McC has only two bombs on the year, though they have come in the past five days. McCutchen faces J.A. Happ Saturday, a hurler who he has beat around for three homers and five RBI in just 22 at-bats (he has also hit .364 against Happ).
David Wright: This guy has flat out murdered the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco. Wright, in 57 at-bats, has hit .386 with a 1.118 OPS. He's also gone deep four times with 13 RBI against the perpetually underachieving Nolasco who has actually performed pretty well this year.
PITCHERS – SATURDAY
R.A. Dickey faces a Marlins club that continue to struggle to score despite the talent they possess. Dickey shut down the Marlins earlier this season with a one run, seven inning effort that led to a victory. Dickey was bombed in one start this season but in five of his six outings this season he has produced a “quality start.”
Doug Fister faces the Athletics, arguably the worst offense in baseball. Fister also tossed seven shutout innings in his first start back from the DL to up his season long mark to 10.2 shutout innings. Fister has enjoyed plenty of success in his career against the Athletics with a 5-3 record in 10 outings. Fister has also posted a 2.55 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over those 60 innings.
Shaun Marcum is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in three games against the Cubs. Rather amazingly he also has 17 Ks and just one walk in 20 innings against the Cubbies.
Adam Wainwright is 6-0 with a 2.25 ERA, 1.14 WHIP against Braves in 44 innings. Wainwright has also gone 2-0 with only five runs allowed in his last three starts this year as he rounds into form as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.
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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-Fri 5-8 PM EDT and Sunday 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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