No matter who you have on your team or what the scoring system is, these are a few tips you can use to make the most of your fantasy baseball season. These strategies rely less on numbers and more on matchups or location.
Hitting Against the Houston Astros
You should try to start as many batters as you can whenever they are going up against the Houston Astros’ pitching. As bad as we think the team is overall, their offense is actually somewhat decent and with another year of experience should be even better in 2014. Their pitching however still needs a lot of improvement.
In 2013 the pitching staff was such a mess that nobody managed to start more than 26 games. For this season newcomer Scott Feldman will be the team’s ace yet is still someone you should avoid as he will be lucky to reach double digit win figures.
When unsure whether to start a fringe-level player take a look if he will be swinging the bat against the Houston Astros. If he is, you should highly consider putting him in your starting lineup.
Pitching Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, and Minnesota Twins
Three teams on three different points in their organizational timeline, all three with expected poor offenses in 2014 make for favorable odds when starting a pitcher against them.
The Philadelphia Phillies are streaky and have few players guaranteed to even reach their career averages. The Miami Marlins are still improving, but aside from Giancarlo Stanton there is no true threat in the lineup an even he needs to prove himself this year. Finally the Minnesota Twins, a stagnant team who did little in the offseason to improve their offense, are candidates to be no-hit at some point this season.
Of course, a fourth or fifth starter against these teams or even an ace on a particularly bad night may be an exception. There’s no science, only possibilities.
Playing at Coors Field
Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, is a legendary place where balls travel far and pitchers never get comfortable on the mound. Lopsided offensive numbers may have leveled out significantly, but there is still reason for you to take this stadium into consideration.
Obviously you will want to use batters playing at Coors Field and try to avoid pitchers pitching there. When in doubt on which free agent to sign, go with someone that plays half of their games in a hitter’s park like Coors Field. Players like Todd Helton, while talented in any stadium, bolstered their statistics thanks to the infamously thin Colorado air.