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Fantasy Baseball Preview: April 1, 2014

After an exciting opening day, we’re already ready to look forward. Here’s a fantasy baseball preview with a few favorable match-ups for the games on April 1.


Today’s Favorable Matchups

  • Pitchers

1. Zack Greinke at San Diego Padres

You may not love his chances at a win if he leaves a close game and you see Brian Wilson enter the game, but Greinke has great numbers at Petco. If the Padres are to be successful, they’ll do it with good pitching.

After the opening games on Monday, nothing is guaranteed. But I feel pretty good thinking that Greinke will deliver a good game on Tuesday.

2. Brett Anderson at Miami Marlins

He’s always been good on the mound, but Anderson’s always had an issue staying there. I’m not quite buying the Marlins’ offense just yet, although their first game was quite spectacular.

Apart from his injuries, the concern that I (along with probably every baseball fan in the world) had with Anderson was how well he’d do away from Oakland’s great pitcher’s yard. Fortunately, we won’t have to figure that out for a while, as Miami is as good a place to pitch as this fine game has to offer.

Normally streaming this early is a little unwise but in all honesty, you could do worse.


  • Hitters

1. Mark Teixeira vs. Scott Feldman

Mark Teixeira may not be the player that he once was, but he has great numbers against Feldman, hitting .333 (6-for-18) with a bomb.

In the always hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park, don’t be surprised if he dials up a “Teix Message” or two.

2. Dan Uggla vs. Kyle Lohse

Here’s what I won’t do. I won’t be like a dog chasing a car with Dan Uggla, thinking that he’ll finally get things turned around.

Here’s what I will do. I’ll simply point out that in a great hitter’s park (Miller Park), Uggla is going against a pitcher that he has a .278 average and a homer against.

That may not seem like much but the way Uggla’s been going, that would be on par with saying Miguel Cabrera hits .900 against a pitcher. It definitely grabs your attention.

Again, streaming pitchers this early is usually not smart. Streaming hitters is even worse. But if you do that and you have an opening at second base for the day, give it some thought.

Tags: Brett Anderson Dan Uggla Mark Teixeira MLB Zack Greinke

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