MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: 8/7/13
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The Top Three Pitchers
Matt Harvey â€“ Harvey has mowed down hitters all year, striking out an NL-best 10.27 batters per nine innings, so donâ€™t expect a good-hitting Colorado team to slow him down. We have him projected to strike out 7.21 batters tonight, best among todayâ€™s starters. Oh, and heâ€™s pitching at home, so donâ€™t worry about the mile high effect.
Madison Bumgarner â€“ We seem to be constantly recommended pitchers facing the Brewers. Whether thatâ€™s a coincidence, the fact that their best hitter is done for the season, or the fact that the Brewers rank just 10th in the NL in runs scored, weâ€™re picking against them tonight. Other than Harvey, Bumgarnerâ€™s the only starter projected to notch more than six strikeouts today.
Charlie Morton â€“ Morton takes the mound tonight for the majorsâ€™ best team. Yes, the Pirates are now the best team in baseball and appear to be a mortal lock to finally finish above .500. Mortonâ€™s got just a 4.07 ERA on the year, but he has a nifty 7.03 K/9 that puts him in the neighborhood of Yovani Gallardo, Jeff Locke, Kris Medlen and Wade Miley. Oh, and he gets to face the punchless Marlins tonight, who rank dead-last in the NL in runs scored.
Top High-Priced Hitters
Mike Trout â€“ What is there to say about Trout that hasnâ€™t been said a million times already? Heâ€™s third in baseball in just about every advanced offense stat, behind Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera, plus he brings basestealing ability that those guys donâ€™t have. Tonight he faces Alexi Ogando, whose 3.26 ERA looks good, but his 4.20 FIP says heâ€™s gotten a little lucky this year.
Troy Tulowitzki â€“ Tulo is projected to put up a full 2.5 more fantasy points than the next-best shortstop, which makes his high price worth it. Even though heâ€™s facing Harvey tonight, heâ€™s mashed righties this season, putting up a .324 average and .614 slugging against them this year.
Cost-Effective Mid-Range Hitters
Dan Uggla â€“ Sure, Ugglaâ€™s hitting just .193 on the year, but he might be having the greatest season ever by someone batting under .200. (And I only kind of mean that as a backhanded compliment.) Heâ€™s got 21 home runs, good for sixth in the National League, and he walks enough to put up a .309 OBP despite his horrible average. Oh, and heâ€™s the second baseman most likely to homer tonight, based on our projections.
Darin Ruf â€“ Ruf only has 96 plate appearances on the year, but heâ€™s put up a .309/.417/.543 line in that limited time. In his brief career, heâ€™s putting up a Ruthian .714 slugging against lefties. And tonight, heâ€™s facing a lefty in Chicagoâ€™s Travis Wood.