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A lot of Fantasy players either set daily lineups, or play in daily Fantasy leagues such as Draft Kings, Fantasy Feud, etc. During the course of the season, each day in Major League Baseball, we'll have a short and sweet blog to help guide you with your lineup decisions. And, in the late afternoon/early evening on busy nights in MLB, we'll have an updated blog with injury news, lineup changes, etc. to help you set the best possible lineup and pad your bank account.
For Sunday, April 21, there are 16 games in Major League Baseball, including an Kansas City-Boston day-night doubleheader. The L.A. Dodgers-Baltimore (1:35pm ET, TBS), Minnesota-Chicago White Sox (2:10pm ET, WGN) and St. Louis-Philadelphia (8:05pm ET, ESPN) will be televised nationally. The Oakland-Tampa Bay (1:40pm ET) game can be viewed free at MLB.com.
THESE SIX WILL CLICK
Lance Berkman, 1B, Texas (vs. SEA): Berkman has shown tremendous power in his career against Seattle Mariners SP Aaron Harang. He is just 15-for-58 (.259), which is rather middlin, but he has four doubles, seven homers, 10 RBI and nine walks. That's good for a .690 slugging percentage and 1.048 OPS.
Ian Desmond, SS, Washington (at NYM): Desmond has posted four hits in 15 at-bats (.267), which isn't terrible or great, against New York Mets SP Dillon Gee. However, he has managed a pair of solo homers and two walks, which is good for a .353 on-base percentage, .667 slugging percentage and 1.020 OPS.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto (vs. NYY): Encarnacion has fared pretty well in his career against New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova, going 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, four RBI and a .904 OPS. He is well worth his salary.
Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota (at CHW): Mauer has owned Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd in their frequent meetings. Mauer is 19-for-43 (.442) with four doubles, a triple, three homers, eight RBI and 10 walks. Sure, he has four strikeouts, but Mauer owns a .556 on-base percentage, .791 slugging percentage and 1.346 OPS against Floyd all-time.
Justin Upton, OF, Atlanta (at PIT): Upton has been boom or bust in his career against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jonathan Sanchez. Upton is 8-for-29 (.276) with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and eight walks, but also 11 strikeouts. Still, a 1.019 OPS is well worth the salary and risk.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Washington (at NYM): Since the start of the 2010 season, Zimmermann is 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA in nine starts over 49 2/3 innings. During that span, he has walked just eight Mets hitters while striking out 37. At Citi Field during the span, he is 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 22 1/3 innings.
THESE SIX WON'T CLICK
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas (vs. SEA): Beltre has a solo home run in his career against Harang, but that's his only hit in eight at-bats. He has also struck out twice. The power could be there, and he might be due to tee off against Harang, but he is not worth the risk at such a high salary.
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis (at PHI): Holliday has struggled in his career against Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick, going just 2-for-18 (.111) with a double, home run, three RBI and three strikeouts. A .111 on-base percentage and .444 OPS all-time against Kendrick makes him far too expensive of a play.
Carlos Pena, 1B, Houston (vs. CLE): Many people have solved Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez early and often. Pena is not one of them. He is hitless in nine career at-bats with a walk and three strikeouts.
Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF, L.A. Angels (vs. DET): Trumbo has just one hit in seven career at-bats against Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister. The good news is that he has never struck out against Fister, but he also has just one walk and a dismal .143 slugging percentage.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta (at PIT): Many have had tremendous success against Sanchez, who pounds the strike zone, but is also very hittable. Uggla is just 1-for-7 (.143) with a double, three walks, an RBI and a strikeout in his career against Sanchez. The on-base percentage of .400 isn't actually all that bad, but he is not worth his salary based on those numbers.
Barry Zito, SP, San Francisco (vs. SD): Zito was tuned up in his last outing at Milwaukee, and if history repeats itself, the same will happen when Zito toes the slab against the Padres. Since the start of the 2010 season, Zito is just 1-3 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts. He has 17 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings, which is fine, but he has also walked 17 batters during the span. Not good.
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