Friday, July 24, 2009

Crawford's Prescription for the Doc

Well, a miracle Angels comeback left us 1-1 yesterday as the Tigers took another tough loss. That moves the Fantasy Plays to 1-1, 4-0, 3-2, 3-2, and 1-1, while making a profit of over 5 units at 1 unit on every play. An extremely busy day for yours truly on the horizon tomorrow, so I thought I'd pop out the AFTERNOON fantasy notes tonight before bed, then cover the evening games while the afternoon affairs are active tomorrow! Let's rock:


Miguel Cabrera
- Just a ton of history in the early game, and we'll list 'em all! Cabrera is 8-for-16 lifetime off Contreras, so some awfully nice numbers there.
Placido Polanco - Polanco has logged 42 AB off Contreras; that's an MLB career for some pinch-hitters. In any case, Polanco has a respectable .357 average in all those trips.
Jermaine Dye - Still one of the most underrated power hitters in the game, Dye is hitting .318 off Justin Verlander, with 4 homers in 44 head-to-heads.
A.J. Pierzynski - Similar average to Dye (.316), 3 homers, 12 driven in.
Contreras and Verlander - We mentioned the batters with some good history, well, the rest of the lineups have been pretty awful against these guys. Some examples: Konerko (4-for-30!), Alexei Ramirez (3-for-15), Josh Fields (0-for-8), Inge (.224 in 49 AB), Magglio (.217 in 46 AB, and he was juicing then...), Thames (goose-egg), Granderson (near his career numbers at .262, but just 1 home run).
Carl Crawford - Crawford, believe it or not, has eaten Roy Halladay alive. He's faced him 56 times, and is batting well over .300 with 2 homers and 7 RBI.
Matt Garza - Garza has been a bit up and down this year, but he's been excellent against the Jays. Looking at Toronto's lineup, the only batters with any notable success are the guys who have faced him just a couple times and, seemingly, got lucky.
Michael Cuddyer - Strange to see a righthanded bat with marked success against John Lackey, but Cuddyer is 4-for-11 with THREE longballs
Joe Mauer - Not too shocking, I know, Mauer's hitting .412 off Lackey.
Ichiro Suzuki - 5-for-11 against Aaron Laffey, and yes, I'm flabbergasted he's had that many AB against him, too.

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