While finding the right pitching match-up for your daily fantasy baseball salary cap teams is going to take some work on Wednesday, offense should be plentiful all over. You’ve got several marquee names in favorable match-ups, but you also have numerous role players available that should make for great low-cost sleepers. Her’s a look at some of the game that might be of interest to you today.
Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees (1:05pm ET)
Braves righty Tommy Hanson is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA over his last three starts, holds righties to a .212 average, and has faced the Yankees once in his career, throwing 5.1 scoreless innings. Right-handed Derek Jeter is batting .333 with a pair of doubles over his last 30 at-bats while Curtis Granderson is batting .280 with three home runs and two doubles through his last 30 trips to the plate. On the hill for the Yankees is right-hander Phil Hughes who is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA over his last three starts. He’ll have to contend with Brian McCann who is batting .286 with two home runs and Jason Heyward who is batting .316 with three doubles over his last 19 at-bats.
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Seattle Mariners at Arizona Diamondbacks (3:40pm ET)
Lefty Jason Vargas is looking to rebound from some recent struggles in which he has a 5.95 ERA over his last three starts. But Arizona, as a team is hitting lefties at a .267 clip and have plated 96 runs, good for sixth overall in the majors. Aaron Hill is batting .385 with two home runs, a double and a triple over his last 25 at-bats and Justin Upton is hitting .321 over his last 28 plate appearances. Trevor Cahill takes the mound for the Diamondbacks and faces an old AL West nemesis in the Mariners. Ichiro Suzuki is batting .407 with a pair of doubles over 27 at-bats against Cahill while Justin Smoak is batting just .235 with no extra-base hits against him.
St. Louis Cardinals at Detroit Tigers (7:00pm ET)
Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook returns to Detroit for the first time since he pitched for the Indians and will have his hands full with their big guns — Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Cabrera is 6-for-10 with a home run and a double against him while Fielder, who he used to face regularly in the NL Central is batting .357 with a home run and a double over 14 at-bats. Tigers ground-ball specialist Rick Porcello has struggled lately and it won’t get any easier as he takes on Carlos Beltran who is batting .455 with a home run over his last 22 at-bats and Matt Holliday who shook off a hip injury and is hitting .348 with three doubles and two home runs over his last 23 trips to the plate.
Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians (7:05pm ET)
Bronson Arroyo has seen plenty of the Indians during this annual in-state rivalry and unfortunately for him, the Tribe gets the better of him most of the time. Shin-Soo Choo is 6-for-12 with four home runs and a double, Carlos Santana is 3-for-6 with a home run and even Casey Kotchman is batting .467 with a home run and a double over 14 at-bats. For Cleveland, right-hander Justin Masterson is on the hill and he’s just starting to heat up, allowing just one run over his last 14 innings. Perfect timing for him, but not so much for the Reds as their big bats have struggled against him in the past. Joey Votto is batting just .111 against him over three games worth of at-bats while Jay Bruce is hitting .222 but with a home run over the same span.
Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates (7:05pm ET)
Since rejoining the Twins rotation, the enigmatic Francisco Liriano has a 3.04 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. He’ll have his hands full as these Pirates are no pushovers anymore. Casey McGehee is batting .435 with two home runs and a double over his last 23 at-bats while Andrew McCutchen hasn’t gone deep in a few games, but is batting .320 over his last 26 trips to the plate. For Pittsburgh, Erik Bedard is hoping for a rebound after giving up seven runs in just 3.1 innings his last time out. Only, it doesn’t get easier with the match-up against the Twins. Justin Morneau is back in mlb lineups and batting .407 with two home runs and two doubles over 27 at-bats against Bedard while Joe Mauer is batting .316 over 19 at-bats and has a double and two walks.
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox (8:10pm ET)
Randy Wells is coming out of the Cubs’ pen to make a spot start here and we just might see why he was banished from the rotation in the first place. He’s been struggling with lefties this year and Adam Dunn, who happens to be 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in his career versus Wells, has three home runs over his last 21 at-bats right now. And then there’s lefty A.J. Pierzynski who is 5-for-6 in his career against Wells and is batting .273 with two home runs over his last 22 at-bats. The White Sox will go with Gavin Floyd who has faced the Cubs plenty but with some mixed results. Alfonso Soriano is batting just .200 over 15 at-bats against Floyd, David DeJesus is hitting .270 with a home run and two doubles over 37 at-bats, and then Starlin Castro is batting .444 with a home run and a triple over just nine plate appearances.
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