MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 9/4/13

Of course Francisco Liriano is in our optimized lineup as he tries to pitch the Pirates to their first winning season since 1992.

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Our baseball projections are updated throughout the day, so make sure to come back to double-check your optimized rosters for any last-minute lineup changes. Since most action happens later in the day, we will be ignoring the early games (if there are any) and focusing solely on the late contests. That way, you can use and tinker with our optimized rosters throughout the day.

StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Jordan ZimmermannSP19.55$30,8000.63
Wily PeraltaSP12.52$19,3000.65
Miguel Cabrera3B14.57$9,3001.57
Troy TulowitzkiSS16.6$6,7002.48
Robinson Cano2B14.53$6,4002.27
Michael CuddyerRF14.13$6,2002.28
Jean SeguraSS12.63$5,4002.34
Dexter FowlerCF14.72$5,1002.89
James Loney1B11.47$4,4002.61
Chris IannettaC11.7$4,0002.93
Matt TuiasosopoLF11.64$2,4004.85

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The Top Three Pitchers

Jordan Zimmermann – The somewhat forgotten member of the vaunted Nationals rotation, Zimermann has a lower ERA than Gio Gonzalez and more than twice as many wins as Stephen Strasburg. In fact, Zimermann’s 15 wins tie him for second in all of baseball. Of course, wins are woefully outdated as a measure of actual pitching ability, but they are still relevant for fantasy owners. Zimmerman has a good shot at picking up win number 16 tonight, since he’s facing the Phillies, who rank 27th in the majors in runs scored.

Francisco Liriano – In honor of Pittsburgh clinching their first non-losing season since 1992, it’s only right that we have a Pirate in our optimized lineup. Liriano has finally realized the potential he flashed in Minnesota, putting up a career year with a 2.57 ERA, 15 wins and a 9.14 K/9. That K/9 would rank 7th in the N.L., just ahead of Gio Gonzalez, if Liriano had enough innings to qualify. And Liriano faces the Brewers – 22nd in the majors in runs scored – tonight as Pittsburgh goes for his first winning season in 20 years.

Wily Peralta – The man trying to prevent the Pirates from making history is Peralta. He’s a bargain play – he costs nearly half as much as Zimmermann – but he’s got a potentially useful skill: He’s actually pretty good against righties. Peralta’s got just a 4.51 ERA this year, but for his career, he’s allowed just a .300 wOBA against righties and a .330 slugging percentage. Four of Pittsburgh’s six best hitters – McCutchen, Marte, Sanchez and Tabata – are right-handed.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Miguel Cabrera – There’s not much to say about Cabrera that hasn’t been said already. His 202 wRC+ is among the 15 best offensive seasons of all time. He’s second in the majors in WAR despite a ghastly defensive rating that drags him down. (Mike Trout is again leading the league.) And tonight he’s facing Ryan Dempter, who’s flashed a reverse platoon split this year and allowed righties to slug .518 off him.

Troy Tulowitzki – Tulo leads najor league shortstops in virtually every offensive category. He ranks 8th in the N.L. in WAR despite only having 424 plate appearances – not enough to even qualify for the batting title. Tonight he’s facing Edinson Volquez – he of the 5.97 ERA – at home, where he’s hitting .351/.425/.572 on the year.

Cost-Effective Mid-Range Hitters

Chris Iannetta – If you’re going to pinch pennies, you might as well do it at catcher, the game’s worst offensive position. Iannetta’s actually got a 101 wRC+, which means he’s a just slightly above average offensive player, which isn’t bad for a cheap catcher. He’s also hitting 30 points higher at home, where he’s playing tonight.

Matt Tuiasosopo – Tuiasosopo has put up an excellent 134 wRC+ in limited action with the Tigers this year. He really is a platoon player, though, and he truly excels against righties. He’s facing one in Ryan Dempster, which is good news. His line against right-handers this year: .366/.435/.610 – truly Cabrera-like.