Not a lot of daytime action here today so you’ll get to take your time making selections for your daily fantasy baseball salary cap games. The match-ups this weekend are as exciting as they been over the last couple of weeks and if you’re looking for big run production, well, there are certainly a number of games from which to choose. Here’s a look at some of the data you’ll wan to know before making those final decisions.
Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals (7:05pm ET)
Veteran lefty Mark Buehrle is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Nationals this season but is allowing right-handed hitters to bat .276 against him this season. That’s good news for Ryan Zimmerman who is batting .373 with four home runs and three doubles over his last 51 at-bats and for Michael Morse who is hitting .333 with four home runs and two doubles over his last 57 at-bats. Jordan Zimmermann hasn’t allowed more than one run in each of his last seven starts and is holding lefties to a .226 average this season. Switch-hitter Jose Reyes is batting .316 in 19 at-bats against him while Emilio Bonifacio is batting .286 with a double through 14 at-bats.
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Los Angeles Angels at White Sox (7:10pm ET)
Right-hander Ervin Santana has a 6.83 ERA on the road this year and he’s allowed 18 earned runs over his last four road starts. Lefties are batting .276 while righties are hitting just .245, however, both are hitting for power against him. Alexei Ramirez is batting .353 with one home run through 17 at-bats against Santana while Alex Rios is hitting .333 with three doubles in 21 at-bats against him. Gavin Floyd has a 1.34 ERA over his last three starts but lefties are hitting .296 against him this year. Switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo is batting .360 against him with one home run, a double and a triple over 25 at-bats while fellow switch-hitter Maicer Izturis is hitting .350 with two doubles over 20 at-bats.
Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (7:10pm ET)
Right-hander James McDonald may be holding the opposition to a .219 batting average but he’s allowed a total of 20 earned runs over his last four starts. Brandon Phillips is batting .333 with one double over 18 at-bats against McDonald while Ryan Ludwick, who is batting .273 in 11 at-bats against him is batting .415 with five home runs and four doubles over his last 41 at-bats. Mike Leake is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against the Pirates this year but as a team they are only batting .229 against him. That doesn’t matter to the switch-hittting Neil Walker as he is batting .368 with a home run and four doubles over 19 at-bats against him. Andrew McCutchen is batting .286 against Leake with one home run in 21 at-bats.
Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (7:15pm ET)
This will be right-hander Mark Rogers’ second career big league start after posting a 4.72 ERA over 95.2 innings for Triple-A Nashville. But he was looking good in his last few starts and was holding righties to a .247 average. It will be a challenge for him to contain the likes of Matt Holliday who is batting .367 with seven home runs and four doubles over his last 49 at-bats or David Freese who is batting .432 with one home run and five doubles over his last 37 at-bats. Adam Wainwright has struggled in two of his last three starts but has a 2.84 in two starts against the Brewers this year. But Aramis Ramirez is batting a robust .404 with two home runs and seven doubles over 47 at-bats against the veteran right-hander. Fellow righty, Ryan Braun, however, is batting just .209 over 43 at-bats against Wainwright, but does have two home runs and a pair of doubles.
San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (8:10pm ET)
Southpaw Madison Bumgarner hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last four starts and is destroying lefties, holding them to a .168 batting average this season. But that doesn’t matter to Carlos Gonzalez, especially at home, as CarGo is batting .353 with two home runs and a double over 17 at-bats against Bumgarner. Dexter Fowler, on the other hand, is batting just .263 with one triple over 19 at-bats against him. Jeff Francis has given up 12 earned runs over his last three starts (15 innings) and is allowing righties to hit .324 against him. Buster Posey is batting .381 with three home runs and four doubles over his last 42 at-bats while switch-hitting Melky Cabrera is batting .321 with a home run, two doubles and a triple over his last 53 at-bats.
Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers (9:10pm ET)
Clayton Kershaw is coming off a complete game shutout of the Giants, is holding lefties to a .208 average and keeping righties at bay with a .222 mark. Starlin Castro is 0-for-10 in his career against Kershaw but is batting .300 with three home runs, three doubles and a triple over his last 50 at-bats. Anthony Rizzo is batting .283 with four home runs over his last 46 trips to the plate. Right-hander Justin Germano is making his fourth appearance of the season but just his second start. He’s holding lefties to a .192 mark but righties are clubbing him with a .346 average. Matt Kemp is 6-for-11 (.545) in his career against the Cubs’ righty and has one home run. meanwhile, James Loney should get the start at first as he is batting .455 against Germano in 11 at-bats and has a home run and two doubles.
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