Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 9/19/2015
MLB Picks for your MLB Daily Fantasy Leagues
September 19th, 2015
Here is my lineup for tonight’s games. Please note that I’m using the salary cap based on FanDuel prices.
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!
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Pitcher – Sonny Gray – Oakland Athletics
Sonny Gray got a bit roughed up in his last start against the Chicago White Sox but still has had an incredible year as the right-hander has posted a 2.56 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while striking out 160 batters in 196.2 IP. Gray is currently posting a 7.3 K/9 and has a strikeout percentage of 20.46%. Gray has a nice matchup against the struggling Houston Astros on Saturday as Houston is hitting just .249 over the past week and ranked 2nd in MLB in total strikeouts. Gray has pitched well against the Astros this season as in his three starts against the Astros, Gray is currently posting a 1.71 ERA. Gray is holding the current Astros roster to a .237 average over his career. Gray has struggled in two of his last three starts, but this is still one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and I think he’ll continue his success against Houston on Saturday.
Catcher – Chris Iannetta – Los Angeles Angels
We’ll have to check to ensure Iannetta is playing on Saturday but I think he is decent value option if he gets the start against the right-handed Mike Pelfrey of the Minnesota Twins. Iannetta is hitting only .185 on the season but does have some pop in his bad as he does have 9 HR’s and 32 RBI’s. Pelfrey comes into the contest with a 4.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Pelfrey is currently allowing RHB’s to post a .296 average and .707 OPS on the season. In his career against Pelfrey, Iannetta has posted a .462 (6-13) average with a HR. Iannetta hasn’t seen much playing time as of late but was 2 for 5 with a HR on Thursday night against the Twins, and I’m hoping that he can have similar success if he gets the start on Saturday.
First Base – Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals
Kendrys Morales is having a monster season for the Royals as the 8 year veteran is currently hitting .289 with 17 HR’s and 101 RBI’s. Morales has had a great September as the switch hitter is hitting .328 with 2 HR’s and 11 RBI’s and should be a popular pick on Saturday as he is facing the left-handed Matt Boyd of the Detroit Tigers. Boyd has had a difficult year as in his 10 games played (9 starts), Boyd has posted an 8.02 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. Boyd has allowing opposing hitters to post a .341 average and 1.014 OPS on the season. Morales should be hitting as a RHB on Saturday in which he has posted a .300 average and .749 OPS. In his career against Boyd, Morales has posted a .714 (5-7) average and 1.857 OPS. Morales is hitting .359 with 2 HR’s and 17 RBI’s against the Tigers on the season and should be in line for another strong performance against Boyd on Saturday.
Second Base – Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier is hitting just .238 on the season but has been by far the best second baseman when it comes to power as he has hit 27 HR’s and driven in 70 RBI’s. Dozier is hitting just .200 over the past week but did have a solid game on Thursday against the Angels going 2 for 5 with a double and run scored. Dozier will be up against Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels who comes into the contest with a 3.81 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Richards hasn’t been as strong on the 2nd half of the season as he is posting a 4.15 ERA while giving up 9 HR’s since the All-Star Break. Richards has struggled more against RHB’s this season as he is allowing RHB’s to post a .258 average and .715 OPS. Dozier has struggled in the month of September hitting just .182 but as he has 20 of his 27 HR’s against RHP this season, I’m willing to roll the dice with him on Saturday night.
Shortstop – Marcus Semien – Oakland Athletics
Marcus Semien is hitting .253 with 12 HR’s, 39 RBI’s and 11 SB’s on the season and although he has a tough matchup against the left-handed Scott Kazmir, he is a decent play at a night in which the SS position is pretty thin. Kazmir has a great 2.63 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season but has struggled a bit as of late as he has given up 6 runs (3 HR’s) in his last two games. Kazmir has struggled against the Athletics this season as in is one start against Oakland he gave up 4 ERs on 7 hits (2 HR’s) in 6.0 IP. Semien is has posted a .307 average and .787 OPS against LHP on the season. Semien is just 1 for 4 against Kazmir in his career, however the hit was a HR. Semien has fared well against Houston this season hitting at a .288 mark.
Third Base – Todd Frazier – St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Frazier has had his struggles in the 2nd half of the season as he is hitting just .218 since the All-Star Break but Frazier still is having a great season as he is hitting .259 with 34 HR’s and 86 RBI’s. Frazier is hitting just .158 over the past week but did have a solid game on Friday night going 2 for 5 with a double and RBI. Frazier will be up against the right-handed Taylor Jungmann of the Milwaukee Brewers who comes into this matchup with a 3.05 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on the season. Jungmann has been solid against Cincinnati in his two starts this season but has given up 10 ERs on 11 hits (3 HR’s) in the last 9.2 IP. Frazier has been solid against the Brewers this season as he is currently hitting .288 with 3 HR’s and 8 RBI’s against Milwaukee. Frazier has hit 20 of his 34 HR’s against RHP on the season and although he does have a tough matchup, he still has great value at a cost of $2800.
Outfield – Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
Outfield – Ben Zobrist – Kansas City Royals
I’m grouping Lorenzo Cain and Ben Zobrist just as I did last time against the left-handed Matt Boyd of the Detroit Tigers. On the season, Boyd has posted an 8.02 ERA and 1.73 WHIP and has a 6.75 ERA against the Royals on the season. Cain is hitting .308 on the season with 16 HR’s, 68 RBI’s and 27 SB’s while Zobrist is hitting .283 with 12 HR’s and 52 RBI’s. Both Cain and Zobrist have been great against LHP’s this season as Cain is hitting .345 while Zobrist is hitting .316. Cain is hitting .375 against Boyd in his career while Zobrist is hitting an incredible .714 against the left-hander. Cain and Zobrist combined to go 6 for 10 with a HR, 6 runs scored, and 5 RBI’s against Boyd and the Detroit bullpen in their last matchup in early September and although we can’t expect that same type of production again, both Cain and Zobrist are solid options tonight.
Outfield – David Murphy – Los Angeles Angels
With my last pick of the day, I’m going to go with David Murphy of the Los Angeles Angels who is hitting .287 with 10 HR’s and 42 RBI’s. Murphy has fared well over the past week as he is hitting .281 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s. Murphy will be going up against Mike Pelfrey of the Minnesota Twins who comes into the matchup with a 4.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Pelfrey has struggled a bit against LHB’s as he has allowed LHB’s to post a .298 average and .815 OPS. The current Angels lineup has fared well against Pelfrey as they are hitting .302 against the right-hander. Pelfrey has hit all 10 of his HR’s against RHP’s on the season. Murphy has done well against the Twins this season posting a .357 average. Murphy has been leading off for the Angels when he has started which gives him some extra value and is solid play this Saturday with a price tag of just $2600.