Fantasy Baseball: Start ‘em and Sit ‘em for Monday, April 7th

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The Padres batters won’t be “pad-ding” any of their stats on Monday (via UTSanDiego.com)

Welcome to Week 2…

There are just eight games on Monday, but fantasy baseball owners need to resist the urge to play everyone that is available to them on their rosters.

I know it’s tempting, but in league’s that count BA, OBP, SLG or OPS, your team can be hurt if you throw guys out there simply for the game volume.  Don’t be stubborn about it!

While there are no true aces starting today, Monday offers plenty of matchups worth taking a look at, whether good or bad.

Also, keep in mind that the Phillies/Brewers game has already been postponed due to impending rainstorms in the Philadelphia area.

START ‘EM:

» Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles: Having lost four straight games, the Orioles ended their series with the Tigers on a good note, winning 3-1 on Sunday.  They’ll begin a three-game set in the Bronx on Monday, where they’ve gone 9-9 over the past two seasons.  Right fielder Nick Markakis has been a big part of the O’s success in New York, hitting .378 (28-for-74) with 3 HR, 3 2B and 10 RBI at Yankee Stadium during that span.  He’ll be matched up vs. veteran hurler Hiroki Kuroda, who he owns a .368 (7-for-19, HR, 2B) career batting average against.

Batter up: Trevor Plouffe (5-for-14, .357 BA, 2 2B, 2 RBI vs. Kazmir), Ben Zobrist (9-for-22, .409 BA, 4 2B, 5 RBI vs. Vargas), Carlos Beltran (4-for-11, .364 BA, 2 HR, 2B, 3 RBI vs. Jimenez)

SIT ‘EM:

» Anyone from the San Diego Padres: There isn’t much batter vs. pitcher data to go on here, as Seth Smith is the only Padre to have previously faced Cleveland Indians’ starter Corey Kluber, but if we dig a little deeper, there are some useful stats to be had for fantasy baseball owners.

At age 27, Kluber was somewhat of a revelation last year.  The tall right-hander went 11-5 with a 3.85 ERA and 136 K in 147.1 IP.  He fared much better against right-handed batters in 2013, allowing a .704 OPS against (.751 vs. LHB).  Conversely, the Padres as a team were much worse against right-handed pitching than they were when facing southpaws.  In 3,916 at bats vs. RHP, the Friars had an OPS of .668 (compared to a .728 OPS in 1,601 at bats vs. LHP).

Another thing going for Kluber was that he was absolutely dominant last year when pitching at home, compiling a 5-2 record with a 2.76 ERA and .254 BA against at Progressive Field.  For as good as he was at home, he was remarkably bad on the road, amassing a terrible 4.98 ERA and .288 BA against.  Of course, this game will be played in Cleveland, so make sure to get any Padres that may be on your fantasy baseball team out of your lineup on Monday.

Take a seat, meat: Nelson Cruz (1-for-14, .071 BA, 4 K vs. Kuroda), Matt Dominguez (1-for-12, .083 BA vs. Wilson), Kurt Suzuki (2-for-22, .091 BA, 4 K vs. Kazmir), Elvis Andrus (5-for-28, .179 BA, 5 K, only 1 SB vs. Lackey), Yunel Escobar (4-for-19, .211 BA vs. Vargas)

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