Fantasy Baseball Update 7/30/15: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 30, 2015
It’s a fantasy baseball Thursday, and that means it’s time for us owners to start looking forward to the big MLB matchups coming this weekend. We’ve checked out the waiver wire and come up with a few intriguing names you’ll want to know. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
Ken Giles, RP, Philadelphia Phillies: Let’s head straight to the mound and check out Giles, who jumped onto fantasy radar this week in his new role as the Philly closer. He bagged a save in the Toronto opener, allowing one hit in an otherwise clean inning.
Giles has a pretty good lock on the closer job, so he’s a guy who needs to be owned in fantasy. He won’t see as many opportunities playing for the Phillies as he would for another team, though. He’ll get the Braves at home this weekend.
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Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds: Leake has been on quite a run lately. In his last start, he managed eight innings of shutout ball, holding the Cards to four hits in a win. It was his fourth W in a row.
Leake owns a 3.56 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP so far. He’s also got nine wins. He’ll try to go for double-digits on Sunday against Pittsburgh at home.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, Milwaukee Brewers: Nelson is also coming off a nice start in his last appearance. He went seven innings against the Diamondbacks, allowing no earned on five hits.
Nelson has won five of his last six starts, allowing more than three earned in just one of those games. He’ll get the Cubs at home today and seems like a nice start at that level.
Curt Casali, C, Tampa Bay Rays: Need a catcher? Casali could be your answer. He bagged six hits, four homers and six RBI in the first two games of the Tigers series, but whiffed in the third.
Casali has seven homers and 11 RBI already in a very limited number of plate appearances. We’re not trying to jump to conclusions, but he might be worth a spin in Boston this weekend.
Jung Ho Kang, 3B/SS, Pittsburgh Pirates: We’re officially on the Kang bandwagon these days, and with the way he’s been playing, we’re not alone. He bagged a solo homer and two runs in the Minnesota opener, then slammed another homer among his three hits yesterday.
Kang has seven multi-hit outings in his last nine games, raising his BA to a nice .289 on the year. We just wish he’d get more RBI opportunities.
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