Fantasy Baseball: Start ‘em and Sit ‘em for Thursday, April 10th

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Need a little “juice” in your lineup? Make sure you’re starting Ryan Braun on Thursday

Thursdays can be a little, well, borrrrring for baseball fans.  Traditionally a “get-away day”, the schedule is usually very sparse.

Today’s MLB slate gives us a decent amount of games, though — nine to be exact.

While fantasy baseball owners won’t be fielding full lineups, it’s still important to put the best players out there, so don’t be afraid to sit a few of your studs…

START ‘EM:

» Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers: Think what you want about the former cover model for PED Magazine, but the guy can still hit.  He proved that on Tuesday, launching three home runs over the Citizens Bank Park walls, which moved him into third all-time for most home runs in Brewers’ franchise history.  The boos came reigning down and even one Phillies’ fan chanted “cheater, cheater” as he trotted around the bases after connecting on his third dinger.  Such are the Philadelphia “faithful”.  Eagles fans have even booed Santa Claus.  Santa Claus! 

Many owners may have been benching Braun, not because of his steroid scandal, but because he had just been plain ol’ sucky during the first week of the season.  It could’ve been due to some anxiety or overextending himself to prove his worth, but it likely had to do with a nerve issue that has been bothering him since last season.

Braun’s thumb should be in the forefront all year long, but as long as he’s suiting up, he needs to be in fantasy baseball lineups — especially when playing the Phillies.

In his seven years in the league, Braun has torched Phillies’ pitching, hitting .392/.435/.739 with 17 HR and 36 runs scored.  When playing them at Citizens Bank, he’s even better, hitting .405/.467/.835 with 10 dingers.  There’s no exception to the rule when he’s gone up against Thursday’s starter Cliff Lee, either.  In 23 at bats against the former Cy Young Award winner, Braun has 10 hits, including three home runs, a double, and three RBI.

There may be a point when Braun opts for surgery, but for now, fantasy baseball owners need to roll him out there.

Put me in, coach: Brian Roberts (10-for-25, .400 BA, 2B, 3B, 5 BB, 2 SB, 3 RBI vs. Buchholz), Ryan Raburn (1.020 OPS vs. LHP in 2013; 11-for-35, .314 BA, 3 HR, 5 2B, 8 RBI vs. Danks), Nick Swisher (6-for-18, .333 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI vs. Danks), Miguel Montero (6-for-19, .316 BA, 1 RBI vs. Vogelsong)

SIT ‘EM:

Take a seat, meat: Pedro Alvarez (.180 BA vs. LHP in 2013; 1-for-16, .067 BA, 6 K vs. Wood), Asdrubal Cabrera (7-for-30, .233 BA, 2 XBH vs. Danks), Brett Gardner (2-for-17, .118 BA vs. Buchholz)

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