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April 29, 2012 posted by Collin Hager

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch for Week of April 30th

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Hit or Ditch for Week of April 30th
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Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers 2B

Another week down and another week of Hit or Ditch on deck for you. Check out what you need to know as you look at matchups this week across all of baseball.

Athletics (@ Bos, @ TB) – Oakland’s offense has been dragging. Only Kila Ka’aihue (.333) is hitting over .270. Hit Yoenis Cespedes given his upside and AL-only owners may want to look at Josh Reddick. Reddick hit Tampa Bay well last season and is returning to Boston with something to prove.

Red Sox (vs. Oak, vs. Bal) – Case where you need to stick with the hot hands. At home, Mike Aviles, Cody Ross, David Ortiz, and Ryan Sweeney are all over .300 Even though Adrian Gonzalez has struggled, he has hit .294 in 34 at-bats at home so far. No players to ditch right now in Boston.

Orioles (@ NYY, @ Bos) – Ditch Mark Reynolds. Hitting just .164 and does not have a home run yet this season. Power is his game, without it he is not worth it. Hit Nolan Reimold as he was back in the lineup after dealing with a neck injury and has had a red-hot start to the season so far and hitting .480 on the road.

Yankees (vs. Bal, @ KC) – Ditch Russell Martin and Alex Rodriguez if you have other options. Rodriguez is hitting just .221 and was only 3-for-13 against KC last year. Both hit Baltimore well, but have shown no signs of life in the early going.

Rangers (@ Tor, @ Cle) – The Texas offense is going too well to get cute, but may want to consider a ditch on Ian Kinsler in more shallow leagues. Kinsler is hitting just .225 in 40 at-bats on the road so far this season. Hit the rest of your regulars here as all are hot and hitting better than .300 even away from Arlington.

Blue Jays (vs. Tex, @ LAA) – Like the Rangers, but the opposite. Ditch Adam Lind as he is struggling this year and hit just .243 against the Rangers. Colby Rasmus has struggled as well and was horrible against the AL West last season. Hit Kelly Johnson. Yes, ugly average, but head-to-head leagues specifically will get the return on the power he’s provided. Keep hitting Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion.

Royals (@ Det, vs. NYY) – Hit Eric Hosmer. People are getting nervous, but Hosmer is hitting .286 (8-for-28, 3 HR) in the last week, pushing up his average. Keep Mike Moustakas rolling as well. Ditch Jeff Francoeur. Struggling lately and rough numbers against the Tigers last year.

Tigers (vs. KC, vs. CWS) – Ditch Brennan Boesch. Boesch has struggled in the last week at .200 and is hitting just .192 at home so far this season. Hit Jhonny Peralta and Austin Jackson. While Peralta has similar struggles to Boesch of late, he raked against the Royals and White Sox last year. Jackson led the team in average against the White Sox and was over .300 against the Royals as well.

Mariners (@ TB, vs. Min) – Time to make sure we hit Jesus Montero regularly. Montero is coming on, hitting .318 in the last week. Still want to ditch Chone Figgins, his average this season and of late has simply been too rough to keep in the lineup. Alex Liddi is hot and is worth hitting in deeper leagues.

Rays (vs. Sea, vs. Oak) – Need to take the leap if you have not yet and hit Matt Joyce. He is hitting .391 at home this season and .322 overall. Ditch Ben Zobrist until he realizes the season has started. Zobrist is only hitting .133 at home and .188 overall in April.

Twins (@ LAA, @ Sea) – Hit Denard Span and Josh Willingham. Both have been on fire over the last week. Both have had their struggles on the road, but are better off than the bulk of the team. Ditch Justin Morneau. His 3-for-18 stretch will be an issue and he has hit just .235 at Safeco in the last three years.

Angels (vs. Min, vs. Tor) – Kendrys Morales has been on fire at home, hitting .424 in nine games. Ditch Vernon Wells, as his numbers in his own ballpark have been a disaster early this season. Add to that he hit just .234 at home last year. Alberto Callaspo and Torii Hunter are good hit options as well.

Indians (@ CWS, vs. Tex) – Color me optimistic, but Jason Kipnis and Shin-Soo Choo are hit options this week. Kipnis is hitting .400 in the last week while Choo checks in at .294. Ditch Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera hit only .250 against the White Sox and .162 against the Rangers.

White Sox (vs. Cle, @ Det) – Ditch the bulk of the White Sox infield. Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel, and Alexei Ramirez have just been awful. Beckham and Ramirez did not play well last season against the two AL Central foes they will face this week. While Morel did, his struggles early make him a ditch.

Diamondbacks (@ Mia, @ Was, @ NYM) – Big eastern swing for Arizona. Justin Upton is still recovering and has hit poorly away from home. Only three of his home runs came on the road last year and he hit just .246. Ditch if you can. Gerardo Parra is 5-for-13 and hit .285 on the road last season. Deep league hit. At just .182 so far, ditch Ryan Roberts.

Marlins (vs. Ari, @ SF, @ SD) – The Marlins are struggling at the plate as a team, hitting only .232 to start the season. The bad news is that number drops to .202 away from home. Ditch Gaby Sanchez and it may be worth considering ditching even Hanley Ramirez. The third baseman is 4-for-39 with just one home run to start the season away.

Nationals (vs. Ari, vs. Phi) – Nothing surprising for the most part in Washington. Keep Adam LaRoche in the lineup until he cools off. LaRoche is carrying the offense for the Nationals and is worth the play for the time being.

Cubs (@ Phi, @ Cin, vs. LAD) – Bryan LaHair has shown he can hit at every level and is at .364 so far this season with four home runs. Worth being a hit this week. Darwin Barney is a strong option as well. Both LaHair and Barney are hitting over .315 on the road as well. Ditch Geovany Soto.

Phillies (vs. CHC, @ Atl, @ Was) – Ditch Jimmy Rollins as he is hitting just .229 this season, and hit only .254 against Atlanta and.224 against the Nationals last season. While there will be little power, hit Juan Pierre. He has had strong numbers early and it is hard to ignore the .339 average out of the gate.

Pirates (@ Atl, @ Stl, vs. Cin) – Hard to start Neil Walker and Jose Tabata right now as neither is showing power or average to keep them in the lineup. Hit Alex Presley. While a deep league play, his 19 hits are second on the team to Andrew McCutchen.

Braves (vs. Pit, vs. Phi, @ Col) – Hit Dan Uggla as he has been tearing it up at a .318 clip with two home runs in the last week. Uggla has struggled but is starting to pick it up. One of those hot streaks that we need to ride. Tyler Pastornicky is another one coming on of late and could help in deeper formats.

Mets (@ Hou, vs. Ari) – Ditch Ike Davis this week. It has been a rough go of it and the fact he has just two hits in his last 23 at-bats means that it is time to pull back. With Jason Bay on the DL, Lucas Duda and Dan Murphy will see some more time and both have been hitting well of late at better than .300 in their last 27 and 19 at-bats respectively.

Astros (vs. NYM, vs. Stl) – Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez have been playing solid baseball and both are hitting better than .300 at home. Jordan Schafer is in the same boat and he has two home runs inside Minute Maid Park as well. Ditch Jed Lowrie. He is just getting healthy and only at .245 so far.

Dodgers (@ Col, @ CHC) – While Dee Gordon is flashing the leather defensively, he is hitting only .236. If you can deal with that, the 10 steals are nice. Ditch him otherwise. Same for James Loney. He is hitting only .194 on the road this season.

Rockies (vs. LAD, vs. Atl) – Chris Nelson has been hot at home for the Rockies by hitting .379, but he has no hits in his last 13 at-bats. Good hit for NL-only owners, but ditch otherwise. Hit Michael Cuddyer and the rest of your regular Rockies. Nothing odd calling out for these matchups.

Brewers (@ SD, @ SF) – Rickie Weeks and Aramis Ramirez need to be on the ditch list. The two are hitting .120 and .125 on the road this season and .167 and .227 in the last seven days respectively. Find other options. Hit Mat Gamel as he has shown that there is still some potential in the prospect’s bat.

Padres (vs. Mil, vs. Mia) – Not much to enjoy with the San Diego offense. The team is hitting .213 overall. Even Chase Headley has drastically cooled off this week. Do yourself a favor and look to ditch anyone on this roster for the week until a turnaround starts…

Reds (vs. CHC, @ Pit) – While the Cincinnati offense is starting to come around, Zack Cozart has drastically slowed down. He is hitting just .217 in his last six games. Ditch him this week. Drew Stubbs is at .346 in the same stretch so make sure he is back in lineups.

Giants (vs. Mia, vs. Mil) – Ditch Melky Cabrera and Brandon Crawford. Both had had struggles at home to start the season and are below .260 in the last week. There are better options available. Hit Angel Pagan as he has been hot of late with three home runs and a .276 average in his last 28 at-bats. He is hitting .296 at home as well.

Cardinals (vs. Pit, @ Hou) – Hit David Freese and Rafael Furcal. Ditch Matt Holliday. In addition to Holliday’s slow start, he hit just .178 against the Pirates last season in 12 games. Though he was good against the Astros, the struggles early in the week as well as his numbers over the last 15 days suggest that it would be good to find another option.

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