MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 8/5/13

Corey Kluber faces a Tigers lineup newly missing one of its top hitters.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Corey KluberSP22.02210001.05
Chad GaudinSP17.62$16,5001.07
Mike TroutCF14.98$8,6001.74
Robinson Cano2B14.73$7,8001.89
David OrtizDH16.06$7,1002.26
Shane VictorinoRF14.03$6,7002.09
Adrian Beltre3B12.56$5,9002.13
Buster PoseyC12.43$5,8002.14
Adrian Gonzalez1B12.25$5,7002.15
Jean SeguraSS13.12$5,5002.39
Carlos GomezCF14.02$5,1002.75

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The Top Three Pitchers

Corey Kluber – Don’t be fooled by Kluber’s 3.77 ERA – his 3.24 FIP indicates that he’s pitched significantly better this season but just hasn’t gotten a couple breaks. He’s pitched well recently, allowing seven earned runs in his past four starts, spanning 27.1 innings. Kluber will be facing a Tigers lineup suddenly missing Jhonny Peralta, thanks to today’s Biogenesis suspensions. Miguel Cabrera hasn’t been in the starting lineup for Detroit since Friday either, although he did pinch hit in Sunday’s game.

Chad Gaudin – Gaudin will face a Brewers lineup that was 10th in the National League in runs scored even before Ryan Braun accepted a season-ending suspension. Gaudin is having a career year for San Francisco, posting a 2.64 ERA along with his highest strikeouts/9 rate since 2009. Factor in his insane home-away splits (1.96 ERA, .247 opponents’ wOBA at home, 3.20, 2.84 on the road) and he’s an especially solid play.

Adam Wainwright – Wainwright takes on Zack Greinke and the scorching-hot Dodgers tonight. L.A.’s lineup could look fairly depleted however, as both Hanley Ramirez and phenom Yasiel Puig are battling injuries and may not start. It goes without saying that Wainwright has been excellent this year, but he may be even better than his 2.61 ERA, evidenced by his 2.29 FIP. And he isn’t walking anyone this year at all – his 1.01 BB/9 is tops in the majors.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Mike Trout – Trout could be a top hitter basically every single day. His wRC+ and wOBA are both second in the majors, trailing only Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis. Tonight he gets to face Martin Perez, the proud owner of a 4.46 FIP and a 5.47 K/9 rate. For his career, Perez has struggled mightily with righties to the tune of a .484 slugging against and nine homers in 63 innings. Not good for Perez, but great for Trout fantasy owners.

Robinson Cano – Cano faces Jose Quintana, who would seem to present a matchup problem as a lefty. But Quintana is actually sporting a reverse righty-lefty split this season, allowing a .330 wOBA to left-handed batters against just .290 to righties. Couple that with the fact that Cano hits lefties just fine (.288 for his career) and he should be just fine tonight. Not that anything Robinson Cano does will be the storyline of the Yankee game…

Mid-Range Cost-Effective Hitters

Buster Posey – Posey is facing Tyler Thornburg in just his second major league start this season and fifth of his career. Thornburg has struggled to get ground balls, but has given up plenty of line drives and flyballs, which likely won’t play well against Posey and his healthy career 15 percent HR/FB ratio. Throw in the fact that Thornburg’s got a reverse split for his career and fares worse against righties, and it might be a long night for the rookie.

Jean Segura – Segura is facing a tough right-hander in Gaudin, but he’s hit righties extremely well this season, to the tune of a .303 average. He’s also hit significantly better on the road: .335 versus .295 at home. If Gaudin’s got anyone to worry about in the Brewers’ lineup, it’s Segura.