MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 8/14/13
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The Top Three Pitchers
Brandon Beachy â€“ Beachy was one of the best starters in baseball early in 2012, boasting a 2.00 ERA and a 7.56 K/9 in 81 innings to start the year. But then he went down with Tommy John surgery, and is only now getting back to pitching in the majors. Heâ€™s been a little rusty in his first three starts back â€“ heâ€™s got a 5.00 ERA so far â€“ but donâ€™t be fooled. Heâ€™s improved in each of his three starts, from a 3.2 inning, 7-run disaster to an 8-inning 0-run gem his last time out. Today is the third straight day weâ€™ve recommended a Braves starter facing the Phillies, and thereâ€™s a reason for that: The Phils are 12th in the NL in runs scored.
Jarrod Parker â€“ Parker was the latest in a line of out-of-nowhere pitching success stories for Oakland last year, posting a 3.47 ERA and pitching Oakland to a surprise AL West pennant. This year though, heâ€™s striking out fewer batters, walking more, and his ERA is up to 4.04. There is hope, though! Heâ€™s facing Houston tonight, and the Astros are 26th in baseball in runs scored, 29th in batting average and 1st in strikeout percentage.
Chris Capuano â€“ Capuano is a fairly middling starter who has the benefit of facing the Mets tonight. New York is effectively last in the NL in batting average (ahead of only the lowly Marlins, who barely count) and second-to-last in slugging, ahead of the Giants and, of course, the Marlins. Capuano is also developing a somewhat curious feat-or-famine trend: In his last nine outing, he has either allowed no runs (five times) or five runs (four times). His last outing, he gave up five, so heâ€™s due for another run-free start!
Top High-Priced Hitters
David Ortiz â€“ Ortiz has always feasted on right-handed pitchers, and today he gets another one. Enter Esmil Rogers, who has allowed left-handed hitters to hit a Cabrera-like .325/.400/.512 off him this year. Thatâ€™s no small sample size fluke either; In the past three years, Rogers has given up a .309/.395/.465 line to left-handers.
Justin Upton â€“ Upton really has put up a tale of three seasons. Initially he was great, then he was terrible, and now heâ€™s back to being great again. Since the All-Star Break, heâ€™s hitting .320/.377/.567 with six home runs, all of which have come in August. He will also be facing lefty John Lannan tonight, and Upton has put up a 1.011 OPS against southpaws on the year.
Cost-Effective Mid-Level Hitters
Jean Segura â€“ Among shortstops with at least 250 plate appearances this season, Seguraâ€™s got the fourth-best wRC+, and one of the guys ahead of him (Jhonny Peralta) is suspended for the rest of the year as part of the Biogenesis case. Itâ€™s almost impossible to find better offensive production from the shortstop position. On top of that, Segura is currently riding a nine-game hit streak.
A.J. Pierzynski â€“ Pierzynskiâ€™s 13 home runs tie him for fourth among AL backstops, so heâ€™s a nice option for some cheap power from that position. Heâ€™s facing rookie Tyler Thornburg tonight, a righty, and has hit 19 points higher and slugged 39 points better against righties for his career.