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Omar Infante could be a surprise low-end DFS option Thursday

Omar Infante could be a surprise low-end DFS option Thursday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 31, 2014

There are 11 games in Major League Baseball Thursday, July 31, with three early games (1:08pm-3:40pm first pitch) and eight late games (7:05pm or later first pitch)

TV SCHEDULE

7:05pm – L.A. Angels at Baltimore – OR – 7:10pm – Cincinnati at Miami (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

1:08pm – Chicago White Sox at Detroit (30 percent of isolated t-storms – starting around 2pm or about the fourth inning…)
2:20pm – Colorado at Chicago Cubs (35 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs ($17250 vs Colorado – EARLY): Arrieta has been outstanding all season, but he has been particularly effective lately. At home, he is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in six starts with 37 strikeouts over 36 2/3 innings with an opponent batting average of .197. Arrieta will be facing SP Pedro Hernandez, who gets the call from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start this one. Hernandez posted a 6.14 ERA for the Sky Sox, which is poor even by Pacific Coast League standards. Look for Arrieta to pick up his second win at Wrigley this season.

Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($10450 at L.A. Angels – LATE): Jones will be facing Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tyler Skaggs, a left-hander. Usually that works out well for Jones, who is hitting .396 (40-for-101) with 10 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 15 RBI with a 1.178 OPS against southpaws as opposed to a .260 average with a .694 OPS against right-handed pitching.

Tom Koehler, SP, Miami ($13250 vs Cincinnati – LATE): Koehler has rolled up a 4-3 record with a 2.75 ERA in nine home starts while posting an impressive .199 opponent batting average. He also has struck out 41 batters in 59 innings while giving up just three homers at Marlins Park.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Matt Kemp, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($8850 vs Atlanta – LATE): Kemp has been killing Braves pitching, going 6-for-8 with three homers, six RBI, a walk and four runs scored in the first two games of the series. He has three straight multi-hit games, and two or more hits in six of the past nine games. During the span, Kemp has 11 RBI, raising his average from .265 to .288 just since July 19. General manager Ned Colletti said Wednesday that Kemp will not be traded, and perhaps the assurances have Kemp rejuvenated. At this price, Kemp is worth a roster spot since he has been red hot.

Kyle Seager, 2B-3B, Seattle ($9200 vs Cleveland – LATE): Seager has hit safely in six straight games with three extra-base hits during the span. His price has been held down due to the struggles of the Seattle offense as a while lately, as the M’s have averaged just 1.75 runs per game over the past eight outings. The offense is due for a breakout game, and Seager could be the one to lead the hit parade. He is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with three doubles, an RBI and a 1.071 OPS against Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Welington Castillo, C, Chicago Cubs ($6300 vs Colorado – EARLY): Castillo is expected to draw the start behind the dish after C John Baker started the evening game Wednesday. Castillo has a .725 OPS against left-handed pitching as opposed to a .649 OPS against righties. He is a cheap option if you want to spend money at other more valuable positions.

Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City ($6800 vs Minnesota – LATE): Infante had a three-hit game Wednesday against the Twins, and he also reached base a fourth time via a walk. The good times should continue against Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Correia, who has been awful this season. Infante knows him well, hitting .375 (9-for-24) with a double, triple, three RBI and an .875 OPS against Correia over his career. At this low, low price, Infante is worth a look at a position that isn’t that deep.

ONES TO AVOID

John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox ($12750 at Detroit – EARLY): Danks’ name has been bandied about frequently in rumors leading up to Thursday’s 4pm ET non-waiver trade deadline. Since first pitch is before the deadline, there is a chance he could still be scratched at the last minute if the White Sox are able to swing a deal shipping Danks to the Miami Marlins, or any other teams interested in his service. There is too much risk here. Avoid.

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 30, 2014

There are nine evening games in Major League Baseball Wednesday, July 30.

EVENING TV SCHEDULE

7:05pm – L.A. Angels at Baltimore (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

7:08pm – Chicago White Sox at Detroit (40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms – game might start in delay, but clear after 8pm ET)
8:05pm – N.Y. Yankees at Texas (20 percent chance of precipitation, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing in from RCF)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Don’t worry Fantasy owners and Orioles fans, 1B Chris Davis (flu) isn’t being trade. He is sidelined for a second straight game due to flu-like symptoms. 1B-OF Steve Pearce ($7500) gets the start at first base in his absence, and he will bat fifth. Pearce is a nice addition to most Daily Fantasy lineups, and he can play be slotted in multiple positions. OF David Lough ($5000) makes a start in left field, batting seventh. He is a nice salary saver, if you want to spread more money across other positions.

CLEVELAND INDIANS

Indians C-3B Carlos Santana ($11750) is at first base again tonight, a place he has mostly been playing this summer. There is good reason, too. Where he plays on the diamond has correlated to success at the plate, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Santana is hitting .338 with 15 of his 20 home runs in 43 games playing first base this season. When he has played third base, he has hit a paltry .129 in 26 games, and he is just 3-for-34 (.088) in 11 games when playing behind the plate. He hasn’t appeared anywhere except first base since May 25, and for good reason.

DETROIT TIGERS

Tigers SS Eugenio Suarez (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game early due to a tight back. SS-3B Andrew Romine ($6100) gets the start at shortstop, batting in the ninth spot. … 3B-OF Nick Castellanos ($5800) (finger) is also back in the starting lineup after missing some time. He plays third and bats seventh.

MINNESOTA TWINS

Twins OF Josh Willingham ($9000) is in the lineup, for now, but he is listed as the designated hitter to give manager Ron Gardenhire options in case a trade is made and Willingham is a late scratch. Daily Fantasy owners would do well to avoid ‘The Hammer’, who could be on his way to the Seattle Mariners before the non-waiver trade deadline, or another destination. … C Kurt Suzuki ($6350) is another player who has had his name bandied about in trade rumors for a while now. It might be best to avoid him, too.

NEW YORK YANKEES

Yankees C Francisco Cervelli ($6600) is back in the starting lineup after a night of rest. He carries a 10-game hitting streak into play, going 12-for-34 (.353) with a shomer, two RBI and five runs scored during the stretch. If you need a cheap backstop, Cervelli could be your man. … With 1B Mark Teixeira ($9250) in the lineup, and OF Carlos Beltran ($8850) occupying the designated hitter spot, C Brian McCann (rest) is the odd-man out Wednesday. … OF Zoilo Almonte ($5000) makes another start, his second since his latest recall from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He bats eight and plays right field.

SEATTLE MARINERS

The Mariners have a pair of bargain basement outfielders in their starting nine Wednesday. OF Endy Chavez ($5000) is in right field and batting out of the two-hole, while OF James Jones ($5000) is in center field and batting ninth. Chavez has a little more Daily Fantasy upside, and he’ll likely see at least one more at-bat. If you need to save salary, remember Chavez (or Jones). … 1B-OF Logan Morrison ($5650) is also in the starting lineup, playing first base and batting sixth.

Build your lineup around southpaw killer Josh Donaldson Wednesday

Build your lineup around southpaw killer Josh Donaldson Wednesday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 30, 2014

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball Wednesday, July 30, with six afternoon games (12:10p – 3:45p first pitch), and nine evening games (7:00p or later first pitch).

TV SCHEDULE

12:35pm – Arizona at Cincinnati (MLB Network)
12:40pm – Washington at Miami (MLB Network)
3:45pm – Pittsburgh at San Francisco (MLB Network)
7:05pm – L.A. Angels at Baltimore (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

7:05pm – Seattle at Cleveland (40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
7:08pm – Chicago White Sox at Detroit (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
8:05pm – Colorado at Chicago Cubs (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
8:05pm – N.Y. Yankees at Texas (0 percent chance of precipitation, 11 to 14 mph wind in from CF)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland ($10750 at Houston – EARLY): Donaldson has torn up left-handed pitching this season, hitting .280 with 17 extra-base hits (six doubles, one triple, 10 homers) in just 93 at-bats while posting a 1.073 OPS. That’s one XBH every 5.47 at-bats vs LHP as opposed to one XBH every 13.43 at-bats vs RHP while hitting just .236. Look for Donaldson to tear up Houston Astros SP Dallas Keuchel in this one.

Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore ($12350 vs L.A. Angels – LATE): Gausman’s performances in evening games is like night-and-day compared to the afternoon – literally. In night games, Gausman is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA in four starts with his only complete game of the season, while he is 1-3 with a 5.92 ERA in five day games.

David Ortiz, 1B, Boston ($11450 vs Toronto – LATE): The Boston Red Sox have plenty of players on the trade block, and by the time I wake up, SP Jon Lester (who was scratched from his start Wednesday) might be wearing a new uniform. One Red Sox player who isn’t going anywhere is Big Papi. And he should cheer up Red Sox fans with his performance against Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle. D.O. is a career .316 hitter (25-for-79) with nine doubles, four homers, 14 RBI and a .939 OPS against the southpaw Buehrle.

Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit ($20450 vs Chicago White Sox – LATE): Scherzer is 9-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 starts with zero complete games against all teams other than the Chicago White Sox. Against the Pale Hose, he is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA and his only complete game with 25 strikeouts over 21 innings and a minuscule .182 opponent batting average. And at Comerica, Scherzer is 7-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 10 starts with 73 strikeouts over 66 1/3 innings. He’ll be well worth the money.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Michael McKenry, C, Colorado ($7350 at Chicago Cubs – LATE): McKenry is likely to draw the start Wednesday, as C Wilin Rosario went the distance behind the dish in a 16-inning loss Tuesday. McKenry is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with two homers, five RBI and a 1.118 OPS in the month of July.

David Murphy, OF, Cleveland ($6950 vs Seattle – LATE): Murphy faced Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez quite frequently when he was a member of the Texas Rangers, and he posted amazing numbers against the All-Star. Murphy is 24-for-78 (.308) with six doubles, three homers, 16 RBI and an .837 OPS in his career against King Felix. He is worth a roll of the dice at this price level.

David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($8550 vs Philadelphia – EARLY): Wright is hitting .320 with an .841 OPS in day games this season, while hitting just .270 with a .787 OPS in night contests. And he has fared extremely well in his career against Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick, hitting .319 (15-for-47) with three doubles, three homers, seven RBI and a .914 OPS.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

J.P. Arencibia, C, Texas ($5550 vs N.Y. Yankees – LATE): Don’t you wish you started Arencibia Tuesday night? He had two doubles, two homers (including a grand slam) and a career-high seven RBI in a 12-11 loss. Since his recall July 18 from the minors, Arencibia is hitting .250 (11-for-44) with two doubles, five homers and 16 RBI in 12 games. Whether it is behind the plate or as the designated hitter, Arencibia will be in the lineup. He is also a .375 career hitter (9-for-24) with three doubles, a homer, two RBI and a 1.000 OPS against New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda.

Jose Altuve will keep producing for DFS owners Tuesday

Jose Altuve will keep producing for DFS owners Tuesday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 29, 2014

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball Tuesday, July 29.

TV SCHEDULE

8:10pm – N.Y. Yankees at Texas (FOX Sports 1)
10:10pm – Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers (MLB Network)
10:15pm – Pittsburgh at San Francisco (MLB Network)

WEATHER REPORT

7:05pm – Seattle at Cleveland (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
7:08pm – Chicago White Sox at Detroit (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
8:05pm – Colorado at Chicago Cubs (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms)
10:15pm – Pittsburgh at San Francisco (0 percent chance of precipitation, 10 to 13 mph wind to CF)

(StatClash.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Dillon Gee, SP, N.Y. Mets ($32.50 vs Philadelphia): Gee has posted a 2-1 record with a 2.85 ERA in six home starts, and the opposition is batting just .218 against him during the span. In an earlier start at Citi Field, Gee allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk over six innings in a no-decision May 10 against the Mets. He has racked up four or more strikeouts in six of the past seven starts. Gee should be fine, as long as he can limit the damage against 1B Ryan Howard and SS Jimmy Rollins, two guys who have hit him well over the years.

Jeff Samardzija, SP, Oakland ($44.00 at Houston): In his last time out, Samardzija allowed just one earned run and five hits with no walks and six strikeouts over eight innings in a win against the Astros July 24. The Astros swing and miss a lot, and Samardzija should have another solid outing in this one.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston ($20.00 vs Oakland): Altuve pushed his hitting streak to 10 games with a hit and run scored Monday against the Athletics. The Major League Baseball hits leader has posted a .413 average (19-for-46) during the impressive stretch. He has managed 26 extra-base hits in 316 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season.

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami ($23.00 vs Washington): Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg has been dominant against most Miami Marlins batters. Stanton is not one of them. The Marlins’ All-Star has a .346 career average (9-for-26) with four doubles, three homers, eight RBI and a 1.260 OPS against Strasburg. He is hitting just .213 in the month of July, but he could make up for lost time in this one.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington ($15.50 at Miami): Harper is starting to show some signs of life, posting his third multi-hit game in 10 outings. He had a pair of hits, including an double, run scored and RBI Monday night in Miami. And in his career against Miami’s Henderson Alvarez, he is 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, two homers, four RBI and a 1.400 OPS.

Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia ($15.00 at N.Y. Mets): Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has been limiting the playing time of Howard lately, sitting him against left-handed pitching. There is no way Sandberg keeps Howard out of the lineup against Gee, a pitcher Howard has had a ton of success against over the years. Howard is 9-for-18 (.500) with a double, six homers, 14 RBI and a ridiculous 2.056 OPS in his career against Gee.

Stephen Vogt, C, Oakland ($16.00 at Houston): Vogt had two hits, including a solo homer, in Monday’s game in Houston, and he leads the American League over the past 30 days with a .389 average (33-for-87). During the span, he has seven doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI and a .993 OPS. He is putting up elite-type numbers, yet his salary is representative of a backup catcher. If he is in the lineup, either was catcher or designated hitter, take advantage.

 

Monday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Monday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer July 28, 2014

There are nine evening games in Major League Baseball Monday, July 28.

EVENING TV SCHEDULE

7:05pm – Toronto at Boston (ESPN)

WEATHER REPORT

7:05pm – Toronto at Boston (60 percent chance of thunderstorms — midway through the game, starting around perhaps the fourth inning…)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

DRAFTDAY.COM RAPID FIRE PICKS

At DraftDay.com, a ‘Rapid Fire’ Daily Fantasy game is available. You have five head-to-head matchups, and you simply choose which player you believe will have more Fantasy points that day. If you win a majority (at least three) of the matchups, you win. You can risk as little as $1.10 to win $2, $5.50 to win $10, $11 to win $20 (my personal favorite) or $22 to win $40. It’s simple and fun.

David Ortiz, SP, Boston over Paul Goldschmidt, SP, Arizona: I am a big fan of Goldschmidt and his power potential, but I like Ortiz facing Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer SP R.A. Dickey. He has handled the twig better than any Red Sox hitter against Dickey, and if anyone hits it will be D.O. The only thing that scares me is the potential of a lengthy rain delay mid-game. Then again, that gets Dickey out of the game earlier, too.

Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto over Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee: The thinking here is hitter in a familiar park with good power against hitter in an unfamiliar park against an unfamiliar pitcher. I don’t like Braun’s prospects against a hot Jake Odorizzi at Tropicana Field.

Mike Napoli, 1B, Boston over Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati: This was a late decision change for me, but Bruce strikes out too much for my liking, and he is hitting just .227 against righties, with only four of his 10 homers. He has six homers in just 78 at-bats against lefties. Meanwhile, Napoli has halfway decent numbers against Dickey in his career. Again, with the potential of rain mid-game, Dickey could be gone earlier than expected.

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati over Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado: I like Mesoraco at home against a young pitcher in Arizona’s Chase Anderson. Mesoraco has hit righties well, smacking 14 of his 16 homers vs RHP with 41 of his 48 RBI and an impressive .955 OPS.

Ian Desmond, SS, Washington over Xander Bogaerts, 3B, Boston: Desmond is a poor man’s Troy Tulowitzki. He doesn’t hit for as high of an average, of course, but his power numbers are at least comparable. He’ll be facing Miami Marlins SP Nathan Eovaldi, who has struggled mightily lately.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

The Diamondbacks are without 2B Aaron Hill (hand), as he is battling a right hand ailment after being hit by pitch Saturday. SS Didi Gregorius ($6950) slides over from shortstop to play second, while SS Nick Ahmed ($5000) makes another start at short. Both could be nice low-priced options at a tough position, if you want to save thousands of salary dollars to throw at the pitching spot. … Another low-cost option is OF Ender Inciarte ($5000), who bats leadoff while starting in left field.

CINCINNATI REDS

The Reds are giving SS-OF Kristopher Negron ($5000) a chance to start Monday night. He could be worth a roll of the dice, especially since he has multiple eligibility. He is an exciting young player who do some things in a rare start.

COLORADO ROCKIES

Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez ($10650) (ankle) is back in the starting lineup Monday at Chicago Cubs. He was unable to start the past two games after rolling his ankle in pre-game activities Saturday. Despite his inclusion, wait to see him make it through one full game before using him in Daily Fantasy again.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

The Brewers have 2B Scooter Gennett ($8350) (quadriceps) back in the lineup for Monday’s game at Tampa Bay. He is a decent mid-level Daily Fantasy option, but it might be best to let him prove his health in one full game before plugging him into your active lineup.

NEW YORK YANKEES

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) remains out of the starting lineup due to his latissimus muscle injury. C Brian McCann ($7550) gets the nod at first base, and he is batting third, so he might be a nice mid-level Daily Fantasy option with such an advantageous spot in the lineup. … Not only was OF Zoilo Almonte ($5000) recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he is in the starting nine. He will play left field and bat ninth. If you want to punt a position and save money to spend elsewhere, Almonte is a good pick. … OF Jacoby Ellsbury (rest) is getting a night off, which is believed to be just a rest. Either way, avoid him.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg is giving 2B Chase Utley (rest) a day to rest Monday, as he is dealing with no known injury at this time. SS-3B Reid Brignac ($5000) handles the chores at second base, and is a nice low-cost option if you want to allocate funds to other positions.

TEXAS RANGERS

Rangers OF Jim Adduci ($5200) is in the starting nine, starting in left field while batting fifth in the order. That’s attractive, and he is 3-for-7 with a double, two runs scored, two walks and an RBI over his past three games, and he tossed in a stolen base. That’s good production for such a low-cost option, and his spot in the order makes him almost a must-have.