MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 8/19/13

Matt Garza has pitched at least 7 innings in 4 of his 5 starts with Texas. Tonight he's facing the Astros. You do the math.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Shelby MillerSP24.46$26,2000.93
Matt GarzaSP24.91$24,4001.02
David OrtizDH14.93$7,6001.96
Troy TulowitzkiSS15.9$6,5002.45
Corey DickersonOF13.68$6,1002.24
Kyle Seager3B12.61$5,7002.21
Carlos BeltranRF13.2$5,4002.44
Jose Altuve2B11.82$5,0002.36
Drew StubbsRF12.93$4,4002.94
Brett Wallace1B11.88$4,3002.76
A.J. PierzynskiC12.67$4,0003.17

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The Top Three Pitchers

Shelby Miller – Miller is one of the National League’s studs and would be in contention for the Cy Young if he had more innings pitched and the top wasn’t so crowded. As it stands, Miller has put up a 2.97 ERA on the year and a 9.68 K/9 that trails only Matt Harvey and A.J. Burnett. Pretty good company. Tonight he faces the Brewers, who rank eighth in the NL in runs scored.

Matt Garza – In five starts since getting traded to Texas, Garza has pitched into the eighth inning four times, and has struck out at least five batters four times as well. It seems like he’s settling in ok. Facing the Astros tonight will certainly make him feel at home, as Houston ranks 26th in runs scored, 29th in batting average and 1st in striekout percentage in the majors.

Jeff Samardzija – Samardzija has struggled mightily since May, but he is still one of only eight NL pitchers to post a K/9 above 9.0. That slots him ahead of guys like Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee and Gio Gonzalez. Speaking of Gonzalez, Samardzija faces the underwhelming Nationals tonight, who rank just 13th in the NL in runs scored.

Top High-Priced Hitters

David Ortiz – Ortiz is a fixture in these optimized lineups, especially when he’s facing a right-handed pitcher. The Red Sox drew a righty tonight, albeit a good one, in Tim Lincecum. But just a reminder: Ortiz is hitting .362/.461/.688 against righties this year. Just mind-boggling. Also, check this out – here’s Ortiz’s line this year: .327/.408/.588. And here’s Miguel Cabrera’s line from his MVP- and Triple Crown-winning campaign last season: .330/.393/.606. And Ortiz probably won't finish in the top five in AL MVP voting this year! That’s crazy. Baseball is awesome.

Troy Tulowitzki – Tulowitzki is no stranger to optimized lineup glory either. Among shortstops with at least 250 plate appearances, Tulo ranks 2nd in batting average, 2nd in home runs, 1st in slugging and 1st in wRC+ (by a whopping 20 points). He’s as good as it gets offensively for shortstops. Tonight he faces Ethan Martin, who’s making his fourth big-league start. Martin has a 6.28 ERA and has given up 2.51 home runs per nine in those starts.

Cost-Effective Mid-Range Hitters

Drew Stubbs – Stubbs’ production has fallen off a bit this year in Cleveland, but he still provides a nifty power/speed combo. The past three years, Stubbs has put up at least 30 steals and 14 homers in every season. This year, he’s got just seven home runs and 14 steals, but things are looking up; He’s hitting .273 in August after batting just .226 in July.

Brett Wallace – Wallace might be the only guy in the Houston lineup Garza has to worry about tonight. Wallace won’t hit for high average put he’s got some pop – his .221 ISO is better than Andrew McCutchen’s or David Wright’s. Plus, he’s hitting a home run every 19.5 plate appearances, a better rate than Mike Trout or Joey Votto. Wallace hits righties significantly better than lefties (.823 OPS vs. a ghastly .383) so he’s a decent platoon play against Garza tonight.