Tuesday Player Matchups: The Castro Revolution

Jun 28 3:34am

There are a ton of games today and some nice matchups. I’m looking forward to seeing Cliff Lee vs. Josh Beckett and Tommy Hanson vs. Michael Pineda and Johnny Cueto vs. David Price and Barry Zito vs. Rodrigo Lopez, oh wait, scratch that last one.

Let’s take a look see at some of the better matchups for you FanDueler and droolers.

Starlin Castro: Being a Cubs fan I often want to punch and throw stuff at small woodland creatures, but watching Starlin Castro this season has eased the rage to near acceptable levels. He’s been hitting like Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks all wrapped up in a Chicago style hot dog that can hit, drink an Old Style and eat itself all at the same time. He’s 12 for his last 28 and he’s also near the top in the NL in average, hitting .325. Barry Zito (late game) has given up 2 hits in 3 at bats to Castro and has pitched God-awful this season.  I’m going with Darlin’ Starlin in the MLB Line Drive today. How ’bout you?

Billy Butler: He is nothing if not consistent. He’s not going to blow you away with his power, but he’s going to get on base. He’s batting .329 in June and hits Clayton Richard well, going 5 for 9 off him with a homer.

Paul Konerko: He is 2 for 5 off Jason Hammel with 2 donkaroos and just happens to be hitting with the power of Zeus.

A.J. Pierzynski: It hurts me to my very core being to recommend starting Pierstinkski for anything, but he has been hitting well of late. 9 for his last 20 to be exact and he also hits Jason Hammel at a 3 for 7 clip and a homer.

Michael Bourn: His identity was never in question, but his fantasy usefulness has been. He might not be able to drive a car backwards through a subway at top speed, but he has been playing baseball well lately. He is 4 for 7 off CJ Wilson and is 8 for his last 25. If he can get on base he’ll get you a steal or two as well.

Adrian Gonzalez: Really this guy can do no wrong right now. He’d hitting a crazy .443 in June and .500 in the last week. But what’s this? He face the studly Clifford “The Big Red Pitching Machine” Lee? (Yeah, that nickname won’t catch on) Let’s take a look at how he’s done against Mr. Lee.  He’s a crazy ass 7 for 10 off him with a home run. That’ll do.

J.J. Hardy: J.J. hardly is a walker, but he does swing for the fences. (I crack myself up) He’s a hefty 34 for 92 with 8 home runs in June, which is a .370 average and in his last 7 games he is 10 for 27 with 2 homers, which is also a .370 average, spoooooky! He is 3 for 9 off of Kyle Lohse for his career, so there’s that as well.

Johnny Cueto: JC hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in any of his 9 starts this season and is 3-0 with a .43 ERA in his last 3 starts. The Rays aren’t exactly chump change in the hitting department, but Cueto likes getting out of the band box in Cincy and is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA on the road.

Ryan Vogelsong: In the first game of the double header the Cubs get Vogelsong who hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in his last 9 starts. He is 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA on the season and faces a Cubs team who is averaging 3.5 runs a game in June.

Daniel Hudson: the Indians are batting .218 in June as a team. That’s 30th in the league.  If my calculations are correct, that’s not very good. Hudson has won his last 6 decisions and is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last 3.

Besides, Chet has written for the N.Y. Times: Fifth Down Blog,, and his own sites Razzball and Third Coast Sports. He is extremely/obsessively active on Twitter and will answer your questions as best he can if you throw them @ChetRazzball.

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