Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Can't Trust a Guy Named Wandy

Well, yesterday was a dud - we eliminated what turned out to be a winning play on the Colts for MNF, then got burned when Wandy Rodriguez turned in his poorest home start of the season. But, that's all ancient history now, as we turn the page to Tuesday and try to line up some successful fantasy options, and then some even better wagers.

NL
Joe Blanton
- Blanton had himself a nice bounceback performance his last time out, silencing the Nationals for 6 innings after they had roughed him up in his previous start. Blanton is 1-1 against the Marlins, but has posted an ERA of 1.98 in 2 starts against them, with 15K's and 3BB's in just under 14 innings of work.
Nick Johnson, Josh Johnson - The last name has it. Nick Johnson is the one Marlin with outstanding career numbers against Blanton, having gone 7-for-13 against him with 1 homer and 4 RBI; Josh Johnson, a bonafide ace having his coming out party this year, is 1-0 against Philly, giving up just 1 run in 13 innings, striking out 14, walking 3, and holding the Phils to a ridiculous .159 BAA.
Jamie Moyer - The game 2 starter for Philadelphia, this is the old "Moyer in Florida" routine.
Scott Rolen - The Reds, playing a little bit better here at the end of the season, face Zach Duke tonight in Pittsburgh, and Rolen is 5-for-11 off him.
The Dodgers - The Dodgers can sniff the postseason, and start a rather easy (on paper) road trip with a contest in Washington facing Livan Hernandez - excluding the O-dog and Russ Martin, here are the prospective Dodgers starters' numbers off Livan: Furcal (20-for-50, 3 HR, 7 RBI), Ethier (7-for-18, HR, 3 RBI), Manny (7-for-10, HR, 7 RBI), Kemp (3-for-4), Blake (5-for-13, RBI), Loney (4-for-12).
Jair Jurrjens, most of the Braves position players - Jurrjens is 3-0 against the Mets this year with an ERA of just 1.69; I can't go through every name, but suffice it to say that ballplayers named Diaz, Escobar, McLouth, Laroche, McCann, Prado and Sammons are all hitting Nelson Figueroa very hard in limited action.
David Wright - Wright is 4-for-9 off Jurrjens this season, and 6-for-17 overall, with a homer
Kosuke Fukudome - Fukudome is a solid 6-for-15 off Dave Bush with a home run and 2 driven in.
Ryan Braun - Much like the Cubs, the Brewers have one "thorn in the side" batter for the opposing pitcher; Braun is 5-for-10 off Randy Wells, also with 1 homer and 2 RBI
Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee - Berkman is 3-for-6 off Pineiro this season, to go along with a career mark of 5-for-14, which includes 2 dingers and 5 RBI; Lee is even more frightening, going 4-for-6 this year and 11-for-21 overall, for mad "ownage" with 2 homers and 7 RBI.
Matt Cain, Bengie Molina, Edgar Renteria, Freddy Sanchez - As far as the batters are concerned, you can look at yesterday's list, since Doug Davis got pushed back a day (Molina is 11-for-28 with 2 homers and 8 RBI, Renteria is 8-for-18, also with 2 homers, and Sanchez is 17-of-37 with 1 homer).
Stephen Drew - Drew seems to enjoy batting in the NL West, as he's 6-for-16 off one of the best pitchers in the West, with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

AL
Shin-Soo Choo
- A struggling Edwin Jackson has to face Choo, who has knocked him around 8-of-15 times, including 3 RBI.
Victor Martinez - Martinez is 5-for-9 off Greinke this year, and batting in the mid-300's against him, overall.
David DeJesus, Mark Teahen - DeJesus is 11-for-23 off Paul Byrd, and Mark Teahen is 6-for-15.
Michael Cuddyer, Brendan Harris - We'll start with Harris, who's batting .393 against Jon Danks in almost 30 AB, pretty good. Not as good as Cuddyer, who is 13-for-27 with 4 homers and 10 RBI, bombs away!
Derek Jeter - Jeter is a brilliant 9-for-19 with 2 homers off Angels' starter Ervin Santana, though Ervin is 5-2 in his career against the Spankees.
NOT Chad Gaudin - Gaudin gave up 8 runs in 3 innings in a start earlier this year against LAA, and for good reason -- Figgins is 4-for-10 against him, Vladdy's 7-for-18, Izturis is 8-for-18, Napoli is 5-for-14 with 3 homers, Rivera is 2-for-4, and Willits is 4-for-9.
Marlon Byrd - Aside from Michael Young, who may or may not play, Byrd is the only other Ranger with decent values against Trevor Cahill, going 4-for-8 this year.

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