Daily Fantasy MLB 7/2/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 2, 2014
We’ve officially reached the middle of the fantasy baseball week, and it’s getting to be pretty easy to start looking forward to the weekend. Before we do that, however, let’s focus on some of the more immediate prospects out there by taking our daily look at a few up-and-coming players who are worth your attention.
Jesse Hahn, SP, San Diego Padres: Hahn doesn’t pitch again for another few days, but we’ll check him out since he’s trending like hotcakes in fantasy circles. He’s coming off yet another victory on Monday, logging five innings of shutout ball in a 1-0 win over Cincinnati. Hahn struck out nine in that one.
Hahn now has four wins in a row and has given up runs in exactly one of those games. He’s rocking a cool 1.95 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP and should be grabbed in way more leagues. He’ll pitch again Sunday.
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Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: Arrieta doesn’t pitch again for a few days either, but he’s too hot to ignore. He posted yet another win on Monday, going 7 2/3 against Boston and allowing just one hit and striking out 10. It was his fourth victory in a row.
Even the lowly Cubs can win with Arrieta on the mound, and he’s proving that with a 1.81 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. There are question marks surrounding his long-term health, but you’d be silly to let him sit idly by on the wire in most leagues where he’s available.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Pearce finished off June on a high note. In his final three games of the month, he posted five hits, two homers and five runs--with the two long-balls coming in the same game on Monday. He had a homer and two RBI yesterday.
Pearce’s major success usually comes off left-handed pitching, so you’d be wise to check the rotations and see who’s opposing the Orioles if you’re thinking about using him. He makes a nice plug-and-play option right now.
Mookie Betts, SS, Boston Red Sox: One of the hottest players on the wire since this weekend has been Betts, who has taken fantasy leagues by storm. He started out well with a 1-for-3 effort in the Yankees finale that yielded a run, but posted an 0-fer against the Cubs in his second game and another empty line yesterday.
It’ll take Betts some time to get acclimated to the majors, but he’s definitely worth snatching up in most fantasy formats. He tore his way through the minors and has a high ceiling on speed and finesse numbers.
Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: It’s time to pick Taveras back up again. Before yesterday’s game in San Francisco, it was announced that he would be rejoining the club after a stint in the minors. He was on the field for that game, but came up empty at the plate.
Though Taveras’ overall numbers during his first big-league appearance weren’t that impressive (.189 BA, one homer, two RBI), he’s still one of the hottest offensive names in the game. Just on potential alone, he needs to be owned in most fantasy formats, so snatch him back up.
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