MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 8/30/13
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The Top Three Pitchers
Julio Teheran â€“ Teheran has low-key been perhaps the Bravesâ€™ best pitcher since the All-Star break, posting a 2.36 ERA in 42 innings. In that span, heâ€™s struck out 46 batters, walked just 18 and allowed just a .200 batting average against. Tonight he faces off against Jose Fernandez in what is one of the best matchups of young star hurlers in the league. Oh, and in case you didnâ€™t read yesterdayâ€™s fantasy helper, Miami is the worst offensive team in the majors since the infamous 1963 Mets.
Hyun-Jin Ryu â€“ Weâ€™ve talked a lot about the loaded rookie pitching class in the N.L., but this guy is the likely favorite to actually take home the ROY hardware, now that itâ€™s reported Fernandez will be shut down early. And itâ€™s certainly deserved: Ryu has posted a 12-5 record with a 3.08 and 7.45 K/9 in 160 innings for the Dodgers. He is one of many reasons the Dodgers have been so hot recently; In 31 August innings, Ryu put up a 2.84 ERA with 28 strikeouts and just four walks.
Rick Porcello â€“ In the starry Detroit rotation, Porcello is often the forgotten man. And this year, heâ€™s posted an eminently forgettable 4.49 ERA. But his peripherals indicate heâ€™s actually pitched better than that mark. His FIP is a much more respectable 3.53, he doesnâ€™t walk a whole lot of guys, and his BABIP is slightly inflated at .318. Just as importantly, heâ€™s not getting many infield pop ups this year at all. Thatâ€™s just a sign of bad luck, since pitchers have little control over that, yet his infield fly rate this year is at half of his career mark.
Top High-Priced Hitters
Jay Bruce â€“ Bruce is one of the top power threats in the N.L., and his 26 homers tie him for second among N.L. outfielders. He also has a fairly pronounced platoon split: against righties, his OPS is .850, but heâ€™s put up just a .746 mark against lefties. Tonight heâ€™s facing Jeff Manship, who has a 6.86 ERA in four starts this year. Manship hasnâ€™t been able to get basically anyone out this year, but especially not lefties, who have hit .293 off him.
Shin-Soo Choo â€“ Choo, like Bruce, is a lefty facing Jeff Manship in Coors Field. Expect a similar result. Chooâ€™s platoon split is even more pronounced that Bruceâ€™s, largely because Choo is mostly helpless against lefties. But against righties, heâ€™s been a stud, posting a .319/.451/.553 line.
Cost-Effective, Mid-Range Hitters
Jarrod Saltalamacchia â€“ Salty is a decent bargain play if youâ€™re trying to save money on a catcher. His .270/.339/.454, 11 homer year is a nice bounce back from 2012â€™s .222 campaign. And heâ€™s better recently, hitting. 281 since the All-Star break.
Brian Dozier â€“ Speaking of thrifty plays, thereâ€™s Dozier. Dozier is a cheap source of power, and his 14 homers actually rank sixth in baseball among qualified second basemen. In the second half, heâ€™s improved his wRC+ by 22 points and is slugging .484. Not bad for bargain basement prices.