Just four games today with which to build your daily fantasy baseball salary cap team today. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build yourself a fantastic squad here. There are a few high-quality hurlers available and some red-hot hitting too. Here’s a look at some of the numbers you’ll want to know before making those final decisions.
Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays (7:07pm ET)
Right-hander Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Nationals and faces some familiar foes from his days with the Tigers. But while he’s been successful against the likes of Edwin Encarnacion (.143) and Rajai Davis (.100), Jose Bautista is batting .364 with a home run and a double and Colby Rasmus is killing him, batting .600 with a home run, a double and two triples over 10 at-bats. The Blue Jays are countering with right hander Brandon Morrow who is enjoying one of his best season, posting a 2.90 ERA through 12 starts while holding the opposition to a .191 batting average. He’ll have his hands full with rookie Bryce Harper who is batting .296 with two doubles and two home runs over his last 27 at bats and Adam LaRoche who is hitting .265, but with eight home runs and 31 RBI against right-handed pitching this season.
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New York Yankees at Atlanta Braves (7:10pm ET)
The Braves are surging right now which should prove to be a strong challenge for Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova who threw eight innings of one-run ball his last time out. He’s holding lefties to a .256 average, but Jason Heyward is looking tough, batting .320 with two doubles and two home runs over his last 27 at-bats. Another tough lefty out will be table-setter Michael Bourn who is now batting a robust .482 with three doubles, a home run and two stolen bases. Braves rookie right-hander Randall Delgado, who is also coming off his best start of the season — 6.1 innings, one run and seven strikeouts, faces a tough Yankees lineup that just swept a red-hot Mets squad over the weekend. Delgado might be holding right-handed batters to a .211 average, but he’ll have to contend with Russell Martin who was batting .333 with two home runs and two doubles before he smacked two more home runs on Sunday.
Boston Red Sox at Miami Marlins (7:10pm ET)
Over his last five starts, Josh Beckett is 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a 5:1 K:BB over 36.2 innings and looks to improve on those numbers in Miami. The Mets will be looking for a rebound, but Jose Reyes is batting just .071 against Buck over 16 at-bats, and John Buck doesn’t fare much better, batting .214 through 14 at-bats. It might be worth noting that two of Buck’s three career hits off Beckett went for extra bases. Marlins ace right-hander Josh Johnson takes the hill for the Fish looking to continue his turnaround. Johnson has five quality starts in his last six outings and has a 2.95 ERA with a 27:8 K:BB in that span. But will that be enough to subdue the recently surging Adrian Gonzalez who owns a career .364 average against Johnson or Mike Aviles who is batting .304 over his last 23 at-bats?
Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10pm ET)
Time for the battle of Los Angeles! The Dodgers are sending veteran left-hander Chris Capuano to the mound and he’ll be looking to turn things around after having given up eight earned runs over his last 10.1 innings. But he’s got a tall order in front of him as Albert Pujols is batting .545 with five home runs and four doubles against him over 33 at-bats and Torii Hunter owns a .467 average with one home run over 15 at-bats. For the Angels, recent call-up Garrett Richards makes just his second start of the year. He looked good in his first start, holding the Mariners to one run over seven innings, and pitched well enough in the hitter-friendly PCL, but he could have trouble with the likes of veteran Jerry Hairston who is batting .348 with one home run and two doubles over his last 23 at-bats as well as former Angel Bobby Abreu who is batting .286 over his last 17 plate appearances.
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites, including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.