Weekend watch: Lee, Kinsler, Lidge 

April, 30, 2010
The final day of April will feature season debuts for three very noteworthy fantasy baseball options, as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Cliff Lee, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge are all finally healthy enough to play a meaningful game. My take is that all three are going to be instantly successful and I wouldn't have any concerns about activating them in a fantasy league.

Lee faces Kinsler's Rangers, and while Lee does have an awful career ERA against the Rangers of 7.09 in eight starts (though he is 5-3), I don't buy that as a meaningful trend. Lee also has a career ERA of 3.97, but don't we expect much better now? He's a different pitcher. With some pitchers I wait a start or two to see how they fare, but that's not the case with Lee, debuting for a new team in a giant ballpark.

Kinsler warrants instant activation as well. For one, he's scheduled to hit fifth in the lineup, behind Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero, so one would assume there will be RBI chances. Kinsler rakes against southpaws, and is 7-for-13 with five RBIs lifetime against Lee. Saturday against Felix Hernandez should be tougher, but Doug Fister on Sunday isn't particularly scary. Activate Kinsler.