Happy 4th of July, everyone! What better way to celebrate the holiday than to collect a boatload of money picking players for your daily fantasy baseball salary cap teams? You’ve got some early games on Wednesday’s slate so you’ll want to make your decisions now while you can. Here’s a look at the data for a few of the games that may be of interest to you.
San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals (11:05am ET)
Apparently it’s hotter than the sun down there in D.C., so watch your starters as they may not go too deep into the game with a start so close to midday. Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner is coming off a complete game, one-hit shutout and has a 1.76 ERA over his last four starts. But a tough match-up with Michael Morse who is batting .314 against lefties this year and also happens to be hitting .519 with two home runs and a double over his last 27 at-bats. Ian Desmond is batting .276 against lefties and is hitting .440 with two home runs and a whopping seven doubles over his last 27 at-bats. Right-hander Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Nationals and has a 4.85 ERA over his last two starts against the Giants. And that’s before they brought in Melky Cabrera who is batting .308 against him over 26 at-bats.
Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets (1:10pm ET)
So what are the chances that this is the day Cliff Lee earns his first win of the 2012 season? In three starts against the Mets this season already, he has just a 4.26 ERA and he’s got the likes of David Wright batting .308 against him in just this season. Daniel Murphy, who is batting .409 with three home runs and three doubles over his last 22 at-bats, is batting .364 with three doubles in 11 at-bats against Lee. Chris Young has been steady, though not spectacular in his five starts this season, posting a 3.30 ERA with just 18 strikeouts over 30 innings. He does, however, have success against Juan Pierre (.154 in 26 at-bats) and Shane Victorino who is batting just .200 over 15 at-bats against Young.
Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians (4:05pm ET)
It appeared as if Ervin Santana turned a corner when he allowed just two runs over 17 innings (two starts), but then he reverted back to his extremely hittable ways when he gave up five runs in six innings during his last start. He could have a better game though here as Asdrubal Cabrera is only hitting .130 against him over 23 at-bats, Jose Lopez is at .222 over 54 at-bats and Johnny Damon is sitting on a .192 average over 30 trips to the plate. Veteran right-hander Derek Lowe takes the mound for the Tribe here so you can expect very few strikeouts for Angels hitters. Albert Pujols is batting .323 with a home run and two doubles over 31 at-bats against Lowe while you should look for Maicer Izturis to get the start at third as he is batting .471 with three doubles in 17 at-bats against him.
Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers (4:10pm ET)
Josh Johnson has been looking more and more like the pitcher of old, posting a 1.87 ERA with 33 strikeouts over his last five starts. Norichika Aoki has been hot lately, batting .409 over his last 22 at-bats, and is hitting .301 against right-handed pitching this year. Ryan Braun has been struggling lately, batting .222 with a pair of home runs over his last 18 at-bats, but also happens to be 3-for-10 against Johnson in his career. Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf is on the mound for the Brewers and has been extremely hittable this season. In fact, he’s posted a 9.19 ERA over his last three starts. Justin Ruggiano has been raking in the short amount of time he’s been playing and has a.424 average in 33 at-bats against lefties this season. And watch for Jose Reyes who is batting .293 with two home runs and two doubles over 43 at-bats against Wolf.
Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (7:05pm ET)
Twins starter Brian Duensing is a converted reliever who has failed to make it past the fourth inning in his first two starts this year and has allowed a total of seven earned runs. Funny though that Miguel Cabrera is batting just .222 against him over 27 at-bats. Two home runs though. On the other hand, Jhonny Peralta crushes him and is batting .500 with a home run and three doubles over 20 at-bats. The Tigers will send Justin Verlander to the mound who has some surprising numbers against the Twins. Somewhat shocking, but Denard Span is batting .382 with two doubles and a triple over 34 at-bats against him. Not surprising is that Joe Mauer is batting .392 with three home runs and three doubles through 51 at-bats against him.
San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks (9:40pm ET)
Veteran right-hander Jason Marquis coughed up five runs through six innings his last time out, but had a 2.05 ERA over the previous four outings. Chris Young seems to do well against him, batting .300 with three home runs and a double over 20 at-bats while Miguel Montero has two long balls of his own but has a .250 average over the course of 12 at-bats. On the hill for the Diamondbacks will be Ian Kennedy who has been somewhat inconsistent over his last seven outings, posting a 3.86 ERA, but getting hit hard one night and shutting out the opposition the next. Chase Headley is batting just .250 against him over a dozen at-bats, but is batting .346 with a home run and a double over his last 29 plate appearances. And look out for the hot-hitting Alexi Amarista still, batting .476 with four home runs and two doubles over his last 21 at-bats.
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