Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 7/7/15 (Late Games)
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July 7th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 7/7/15
Here is my lineup for tonight’s games. Please note that I’m using the salary cap based on FanDuel prices.
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Also, as this is written the day before/morning of the games, please check the lineups and weather to ensure you have all active players going tonight and that any pitching matchups mentioned below haven’t changed. Good Luck everyone!
Pitcher – Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
There are a lot of good pitching matchups on Tuesday but I’m going to have to go with Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians because of his matchup against the strikeout prone Houston Astros. Kluber is having trouble getting wins for the Indians this year as he only has a 3-9 record however, he is posting a 3.64 ERA and 1.14 WHIP and has piled up 141 strikeouts in just 118.2 IP. Houston is leading all of MLB in total strikeouts with 797 k’s (2nd is at 744) and with Kluber posting a 10.7 K/9 ratio and 29.44 strikeout percentage (ranked 5th among pitchers), he could have a big strikeout day. Cleveland will be going against the right-handed Vincent Velasquez in which I feel that their big hitters in Kipnis, Brantley, and Moss should be able to do enough damage to get Kluber a win. As I said, there are a lot of good options out their today but I think Kluber is worth the high price tag as I can see him having one of those games where he goes 7 or 8 innings, getting us 10-15 K’s and a win.
Catcher – Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasmani Grandal has been a pleasant surprise for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season as the three year veteran is currently hitting .271 with 13 homeruns and 34 RBI’s. Grandal has basically done all of his damage against RHP on the season and has a favorable matchup against a former Dodger, in Philadelphia’s Chad Billingsley. Billingsley has really struggled in his limited starts this year as he is currently posted a 7.71 ERA and 1.86 WHIP and has given up 33 hits in just 21 IP. Billingsley has been awful against LHB on the season as LHB have an incredible .475 (19-40) average and 1.312 OPS. Grandal hasn’t faced Billingsley before, but I think similar to last night, Dodgers LHB will be a popular stack play on Tuesday and I’m hoping that Grandal can hit another homerun like he did last night Sean O’Sullivan.
First Base – Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays
I’ve been saving money at the first base position over the last few days but I’m going to spend a little bit of money today as I like Edwin Encarnacion’s matchup against the left-handed Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox. Encarnacion is certainly not piling up the hits as he is only hitting .237 so far on the season however, he still have been displaying his power as he has 17 homeruns and 50 RBIs on the season. In his career against Quintana, Encarnacion has posted a .300 (3-10) average with 2 BB’s and a homerun. Quintana has been tough on LHB on the season but has struggled against RHB as he is allowing RHB to have a .310 average and .814 OPS against him. Encarnacion has done much better against LHP on the season as he has a .286 average. Toronto has a very dangerous offensive lineup and it’s been a generally a smart decision to get as many Blue Jays RHB in your lineups when they are facing an average LHP.
Second Base – Johnny Giavotella – Los Angeles Angels
I was really going back and forth between Johnny Giavotella and Kolten Wong as they were both priced at $2900 today, however, even though Wong certainly has a better chance to get us a homerun, I’m going with Giavotella as the Angels bats have been hot as of late and they have a great matchup in Coors Field. Giavotella is hitting .271 with 3 homeruns and 31 RBI’s on the season and is hitting .333 with a couple of doubles and 4 RBI’s over the past week. Giavotella will going up against the right-handed Chad Bettis and although Giavotella has yet to face Bettis in his career, Bettis is actually has fared worst against RHB on the season allowing RHP to hit .269 against him compared to LHB hitting just .233. Giavotella has been hitting at the top of the Angels lineup as of late and although we certainly can’t expect a homerun out of Giavotella, we can certainly expect to get on base a few times and hopefully have the big Angels bats behind him drive him in.
Shortstop – Starling Castro – Chicago Cubs
Starling Castro has certainly not been hitting like the Cubs were hoping for this year as the 5 year veteran is hitting just .254 with 5 homeruns and 36 RBI’s, however, he has a good matchup on Tuesday against the left-handed Tim Cooney of the St. Louis Cardinals. Castro has been in a bit of slump as of late as he is 0 for his last 11 with a walk but has fared much better against LHP on the season as he has posted a .277 average. Cooney has struggled on the season as he is currently posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.68 WHIP and couldn’t get out of the third innings in his recent start against a weak hitting Philadelphia Phillies team. Castro is certainly a bit of a reach today but as he does have a little pop in his bat (double-digit homeruns in each of the last 4 seasons) and his price tag is as low as it can get at 2200, I’ll roll the dice with Castro today.
Third Base – Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
After going with Trevor Plouffe over the past three days, I’m finally going to spend some money and go with Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Donaldson is having a monster year for the Blue Jays as he is currently hitting .300 and has 20 homeruns and 57 RBI’s on the season. Donaldson has a great matchup against the left-handed Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox in which in his limited experience against the lefty, has a .333 (2-6) average. As I mentioned above in Encarnacion’s write-up, Quintana has struggled against RHB allowing them to hit .310 and as Donaldson has been crushing LHP to the tune of a .343 average and 1.029 OPS, Donaldson could have a big game on Tuesday.
Outfield – Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers
I don’t fully understand with Andre Ethier’s price tag is so low against a weak RHP, but I won’t complain and will happy add Ethier to my lineup for a low price of just $2400. Ethier has had a decent season with the Dodgers as the veteran right-fielder is hitting .276 with 10 homeruns and 29 RBI’s. As I mentioned yesterday, all of Ethier’s homeruns this year have come against RHP and although he hasn’t faced Chad Billingsley of the Philadelphia Phillies, this still is a very favorable matchup. As I mentioned above, Billingsley has been dominated by LHB on the season allowing LHB to have a .475 average and 1.312 OPS. Billingsley has given up 3 homeruns to LHB in just 40 AB’s on the season and I think the LHB’s of the Dodgers will once against him a big day as they did last night.
Outfield – Avisail Garcia – Chicago White Sox
As a Red Sox fan, I have a clear memory of the struggles of the left-handed Felix Doubront and feel that I need to have a RHB in my lineup against him so I’m going to go with the hot-hitting Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox. Garcia is having a decent season with the White Sox as the right-fielder is currently hitting .277 with 7 homeruns and 30 RBI’s. Garcia has been hot as of late as he is hitting .348 over the past week and .389 so far in the month of July. Garcia has been great against LHP on the season as he has posted a .339 (19-56) average and .820 OPS. Garcia has seen Doubront before is in his career is hitting .333 (1 for 3) with a walk. In his career, Doubront has posted a 4.78 ERA and 1.47 WHIP and has not been overly impressive in his limited action in 2015 so far. Garcia is someone that the White Sox are high on and I think for the affordable price tag of just $2600, he is a great value play tonight.
Outfield – Kevin Pillar – Toronto Blue Jays
As I mentioned before, stacking Toronto RHB’s against an average LHP has generally been a safe option this year, so I’m going to add Kevin Pillar to my outfield tonight. Pillar has had a nice season with the Blue Jays as the center-fielder is currently hitting .280 with 7 homeruns, 36 RBI’s and 12 SB. Pillar has been on fire as of late as he is hitting .379 over the past week and is hitting .400 so far in the month of July. Pillar does have some experience against the left-hand Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox as in his career he has posted a .333 (1-3) average with a double. As I’ve mentioned above, Quintana has struggled against RHB’s on the season and as Pillar is hitting .303 against LHP, he is a solid option for your outfield tonight.