Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 8/11/15
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August 11th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 8/11/15
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 – Taylor Jungmann – Milwaukee Brewers
Taylor Jungmann has been great for the Brewers since being called up from the minors as the right-hander has posted a 2.26 ERA and 1.07 WHIP while striking out 61 batters in 71.2 IP on the season. We went with Jungmann in his last start against the Padres, he came through for us collecting the win after going 7 innings, giving up just 2 runs while striking out 8. I’m going back to Jungmann on Tuesday as he once again has a solid matchup against the strikeout prone Chicago Cubs. Currently on the season Jungmann has posted a 7.7 K/9 ratio and has a strikeout percentage of 21.4%. The Cubs have struggled against RHP throughout the season as they rank 1st in total strikeouts and next to last in batting average, hitting just .237 against righties. The Cubs have a lot of momentum as they’ve won 10 of their last 11, but one of their weaknesses throughout the season has been beating the teams they should beat and I think they’ll once against struggle tonight against Jungmann and the Brewers.
Catcher – Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez is not having a great year at the plate as the veteran DH has battle a few injuries and is hitting just .243 (career .303 hitter) with 9 homeruns and 46 RBI’s. Martinez is hitting just .214 over the past week but has found his power swing as of late as he does have 3 homeruns and 7 RBI’s in that span. I’m going with Martinez tonight mostly due to his past success against the right-handed Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals. In his career against Ventura, Martinez has posted a .500 (4-8) average with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI’s. Ventura has really not been what the Royals were hoping for this year as he comes into this matchup with a 5.29 ERA and 1.34 WHIP and is allowing opposing hitters to have a .269 average against him on the season. Martinez hasn’t fared that well against RHP on the season but he is too good of a hitter to be scared off by his 2015 splits as this a hitter who in his last three seasons hit .319 and had a .871 OPS as a LHB.
First Base – Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
I’m going to get the big righted bats of the Angels in my line up today starting with Albert Pujols as I like their matchup against the rookie left-hander, Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox. Pujols has had a great year with the Angels as although he is hitting just .257 on the season (career .314 hitter) he has collected 30 homeruns and 66 RBI’s. Rodon comes into this matchup with a 5.00 ERA and 1.68 WHIP and although he has flashed some of his potential, the rookie has mostly struggled as of late getting past the 5 innings on once in his last four starts. Rodon has really run into problems against RHB’s as he is allowing RHB’s to have a .312 average and .906 OPS against him on the season. Pujols is hitting .281 so far in the month of August and although he is fared better against RHP on the season, I think this is too good of matchup to pass up on Tuesday.
Second Base – Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
The last time that Stephen Wright of the Red Sox was on the mound, I went heavy with the LHB’s of the Yankees which ended up disastrous, as Wright pitched the game of his career. Although that night didn’t work out for me, I’m still going to go with the LHB of Dee Gordon at second base tonight as if he can get on, he should have no problems getting us a few SB’s against the knuckleballer tonight. Gordon has had a great first season in Miami as he has hit .326 with a homerun, 29 RBI’s and 34 SB. Gordon is hitting .315 with 25 of his SB’s against RHP on the season. Although Wright’s knuckleball looked almost unhittable against the Yankees, this is still an at best average pitcher who is posting a 4.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. As with most times with Gordon, you’re picking him in the hopes that he can do some damage with his legs and as Miami has struggled a bit on the offensive end recently, I think they’ll have no hesitation to utilize Gordon’s speed tonight if he can get on base.
Shortstop – Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
Bogaerts has been one of the best players for the Red Sox in 2015 as the young phenom is currently hitting .311 with 3 homeruns and 53 RBI’s on the season. Bogaerts will be up against the left-handed Justin Nicolino of the Miami Marlins and although Bogaerts has yet to face Nicolino in his career, he has been an absolute monster against LHP throughout the season. Against LHP, Bogaerts is currently is posting a .390 average, .429 OBP, .505 Slugging Percentage, and a .934 OPS. Nicolino has only has two starts in his career in the majors and although he looked great in his MLB at Cincinnati, his second start against the Dodgers didn’t go well as he gave up 5 runs in just 4 IP against the Dodgers. Bogaerts hasn’t hit as well away from Fenway Park, but as he still is posting a .300+ average in night games on the season, I think he is good bet against Nicolino and the Marlins tonight.
Third Base – Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals
I went with Moustakas last night and he rewarded me with a wonderful 0-4 performance…….so why go back to him tonight? Mostly because he is only going to cost me $2200 and he does has a decent matchup against Anibal Sanchez of the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Moustakas is hitting .272 on the season with 10 homeruns and 40 RBI’s and although he hasn’t fared well against Sanchez in the past, Sanchez is certainly not the same pitcher that he has been in recent years. Sanchez comes into this matchup with a 4.82 ERA and 1.27 WHIP and has given up at least 3 ER’s in 9 of his last 10 starts. Sanchez recently took the mound against the Royals in which he last 6 innings, giving up 4 ER’s on 5 hits and 4 BB. Moustakas has posted a decent .295 average and .803 OPS against RHP on the season and as the Royals offensive has looked decent as of late, I think he’ll get a few opportunities with RISP if he is batting out of the 6th spot of the lineup against tonight.
Outfield – Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout has been on my roster a bit as of late and I’m still waiting for him to have a Mike Trout like game in which he goes 3-4 with 2 homeruns. Trout is having another MVP type season as the center fielder is hitting .304 with 33 homeruns, 69 RBI’s and 10 SB. Trout is one of the best in the game and once again, you can see this by his 7.1 WAR (Win Above Replacement). Trout will be going up against the left-handed Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox, which I mention in the Pujols write-up that he has struggled against RHB’s on the season. Trout has been great against LHP on the season as he has posted a .312 average and a 1.026 OPS and has 8 homeruns in just 93 AB’s against lefties. Rodon does have some talent but until he learns how to pitch at the MLB, I will be happy to stack RHB’s like Mike Trout against him every day of the week.
Outfield – Randal Grichuk – St. Louis Cardinals
Randal Grichuk has been a great player for the Cardinals this season as the left-fielder is currently hitting .286 with 14 homeruns and 43 RBI’s on the season. Grichuk is hitting .294 so far in August and I think he is a solid choice tonight as he has a good matchup against the left-handed Jeff Locke of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his career against Locke, Grichuk has posted a .375 (3-8) average with a double. Locke has been decent for the Pirates this season, however, is allowing opposing hitters to have a .267 average against him on the season. Locke was hit hard in his only start in August so far as he lasted on 5.2 innings while giving up 4 runs on 4 hits (2 homeruns) last Wednesday. Grichuk has been a monster against the Pirates this season hitting .444 (8-18) against them with 3 doubles and I expect him to have another big game tonight in this big NL Central matchup.
Outfield – Christian Yelich – Miami Marlins
Christian Yelich had a tough beginning to the 2015 season as he battle injuries and he a hard time at the plate when he initially returned, however the young center fielder has hit .333 over the past week and is now currently hitting .275 with 6 homeruns, 29 RBI’s and 14 SB on the season. Yelich will be up against the knuckleballer, Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox in which he has yet to face in his young career. Yelich has a decent .278 average and .742 OPS against RHP on the season as has fared well at home as he has hit .302 at Marlins Park on the season. Yelich was solid in his first series against the Red Sox this season as he hit .429 (3-7) with a double and 2 RBI’s. Similar to Dee Gordon, Yelich can do some damage with his legs and I’m hoping that Gordon and Yelich will cause Wright and the Red Sox headaches all night.