#1 s offense isnt challenging enoug von MJL456 16.04.2018 11:12

Saturday brings us a fine slate, with worthwhile options in every tier, including multiple aces at the top and a marquee matchup with two of the NLs best squaring off. So what are we waiting for? Lets get to it.PitchingEliteIt always complicates things when the top pitcher of the day finds himself in an unappealing matchup, but thats the case on Saturday, with Jose Fernandez heading to Cleveland to take on the Indians. Not only does the right-hander have to face DH instead of a pitcher, but hell be tasked with shutting down an above average lineup thats out-produced every other AL team since the All-Star break (109 wRC+). He also hasnt fared nearly as well on the road this year (4.02 road ERA vs 1.91 home ERA). On the other hand, Fernandez is the top-ranked pitcher for a reason. His strikeout potential is unmatched, and hes allowed one or zero runs three of his past four turns. Still, while Fernandez is always a tough guy to fade, hes far from a must-play in this spot.The marquee matchup of the day is Giants versus Cubs at Wrigley Field, with Madison Bumgarner and Jake Arrieta pitted against each other. Neither matchup is favorable. Bumgarner gets a Cubs team that smashes lefties (117 wRC+), while Arrieta gets a Giants lineup that draws plenty of walks and rarely strikes out. Between the two, Bumgarner makes for the more appealing tournament option, as the Cub strike out a lot more than the Giants. However, Im not sure Im willing to pay the premium to roster either in cash games.Rich Hill and his well-publicized blister issues are slated to make his second start in Dodger Blue on Saturday. The veteran lefty lucked into a great spot. as the San Diego Padres are in town for a weekend set with their SoCal rivals. Theres risk of an early blister-induced exit, so its better to use Hill in tournament play.SolidTanner Roarks has been one of baseballs most consistent starters. Through the seasons first five months, his ERA has been 3.56 or lower in each month. He also owns a 2.61 ERA since the All-Star break. A matchup against the Mets, who are below average against righty pitching and whiff 22 percent of the time, has Roark in another fine spot on Saturday. The ceiling is limited here because he doesnt miss many bats, but his high floor makes him a great cash-game option if youre not paying up.In terms of having a low ceiling but also a high floor, Rick Porcello is similar to Roark. Dating back to June 28, the Boston right-hander has allowed more than three earned runs in a game only once. His success should continue against an Oakland team that poses very little threat to right-handed pitchers (89 wRC+).A 5.76 second-half ERA will have most DFS players shying away from Vince Velasquez on Saturday. And that might be the right play. That said, the right-hander is still whiffing 10.5 batters per nine innings, and he gets a home start against a Braves lineup thats one of the most exploitable in baseball. Theres some tournament appeal here.Last time out, Marco Estrada snapped a three-start streak of failing to toss more than five frames with a seven-inning stint in Baltimore. Today hes in a great spot to make it two consecutive strong efforts with another road contest, this time in St. Petersburg. In fact, the strikeout-prone Tampa Bay Rays lend Estrada the upside to be a DFS tournament option.StreamersAvailable in 60 percent of ESPN.com leagues, Kevin Gausman draws a home start against the Yankees. The Yankees offense has been hot of late, but theyve still been a below average offense against righties this season. For his part, Gausman sports a 3.04 ERA and 9.8 K/9 in the second half. In fact, his last start came against the Yankees, and he twirled seven shutout innings with nine whiffs.After holding a 3.48 combined ERA in April and May, Jaime Garcia has put up an ugly 5.09 ERA since. So, it should go without saying that theres plenty of risk here. Still, his matchup against Cincinnati is extremely favorable. Not only are the Reds one of the worst teams in baseball against lefty pitching (89 wRC+), but they strike out a ton, too (23 percent). If youre seeking a cheap GPP play, this is it.AvoidBlake Snells strikeout upside is appealing, but his 5.3 walk rate curbs the excitement. Add in a matchup against the Blue Jays, who pummel left-handed pitching, and this is a situation to avoid on Saturday.Taijuan Walker has done some good things this year, but hes given up 13 earned runs in 17 innings over his past three starts since rejoining the Mariners rotation. Even against an Angels offense thats middle-of-the-road, theres little reason to take a shot here.HittingBraden Shipley owns a 4.75 ERA in seven starts this season, which includes six or more runs allowed in two of his past three starts. In other words, a trip to Coors Field doesnt figure to go well. The right-hander has shown reverse splits this season (.397 wOBA allowed to right-handed batters), so theres no reason to stick only to Rockies hitters with the platoon advantage. Theyre all in play here.While Tyler Chatwood sports a 1.82 ERA on the road this year, he has yet to figure out Coors Field (5.43 ERA). Arizonas lineup is predominantly right-handed, but thats of little concern. This is still a fine stacking opportunity.James Shields has already allowed 32 home runs this season, putting him on pace to allow 39 dingers, which would by far be a career worst. With the Twins on the docket, theres plenty of upside with sluggers Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler.Daniel Mengden holds a 5.73 as a starter this year, and hes set to face a Red Sox team that owns the highest wRC+ in baseball against right-handed pitching (115). It could be a long day for the Oakland right-hander. Im focusing on left-handed hitters in this one, so David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. are the top targets.Most likely to go yard: Miguel SanoJames Shields has allowed more home runs than all but two pitchers in baseball. Meanwhile, Sano has slammed 30 of his 38 career homers against right-handers.Most likely to swipe a bag: Starling MarteJimmy Nelson has allowed 26 steals this season. Only Noah Syndergaard has allowed more. 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NEW YORK -- Getting above .500 has proved to be difficult for the New York Yankees.The degree of difficulty is about become even more challenging.The Yankees will begin a 10-game homestand against three of the best teams in the majors starting Friday night when they face the Boston Red Sox.The Yankees will be taking on an opponent that leads baseball in runs (490), batting average (.292), on-base percentage (.359), slugging percentage (.474), OPS (.833) and doubles (216).And the difficulty doesnt let up after that with seven games against the first-place Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants.Its the kind of homestand that can put you in a good position or it could put way downstairs, right fielder Carlos Beltran told reporters during the All-Star break.Way downstairs would be even worse deficits in the American League East and the wild-card races. The Yankees are 7 1/2 games behind the Orioles in the AL East and 5 1/2 out of the second wild card with six teams (Toronto, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City and Seattle) ahead of them.Friday begins a stretch of seven straight games against the top two teams in the AL East.Were not in a great position necessarily, but if youre in this position you want to be playing a lot of games, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. That could be a really good thing.The Yankees have reached .500 eight times since May 24 and the latest instance might have been the least unexpected. New York ended the first half by taking three of four in Cleveland after dropping four of six in San Diego and Chicago, respectively.The Red Sox took a 49-38 record into the break and have seemingly recovered from a June slump that dropped them out of first place. From June 14 to June 29, the Red Sox dropped 10 of 16 to fall 5 1/2 games out, but since then they have won seven of nine and concluded the first half with a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay when David Price threw eight outstanding innings and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer.This homestand is what we needed, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Coming off a tough month of June, we gain a little momentum as we go into the break.Ortiz has 75 regullar-season games remaining in his career and enters Friday with a .dddddddddddd332 average, 22 home runs and 72 RBI.According the Elias Sports Bureau, he has the most RBI at the break of any player 40 or older and is the second oldest player to hit 20-plus home runs in the first half.Its probably beyond our expectations coming into his final season, Farrell said. Just a powerful and impressive first half.Ortiz is not the only Red Sox player to post impressive numbers in the first half.Mookie Betts is batting .408 (20-for-49) during an 11-game hitting streak, the sixth Red Sox with a hitting streak of at least 10 games this season. Dustin Pedroia is batting .315 (23-for-73) during his current 18-game on-base streak and Hanley Ramirez is hitting .408 (20-for-49) in his last 14 games since June 22.Michael Pineda (3-8, 5.38 ERA) has personified inconsistency at various points this season and will open the second half for New York.Pineda had a 2.75 ERA in six June starts but began July by allowing five runs and five hits in six innings during a 5-0 loss at Chicago on July 6. It marked the sixth time he allowed at least five runs, and it is one less than the amount of starts that Pineda has gotten at least eight strikeouts.Pineda is 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA in nine career starts against the Red Sox. On April 30 in an 8-0 loss at Fenway Park, Pineda allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. On May 6 in New York, he gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings of a 3-2 win.If pitching to Bostons offense isnt challenging enough, hitting against knuckleballer Steven Wright might only add to the difficulty for the Yankees. Wright (10-5, 2.68 ERA) took a shutout into the ninth inning and pitched a three-hitter in two hours and 20 minutes on May 8 in New York.Wright is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in four outings (three starts) against the Yankees. He went into the break with straight wins despite allowing a combined nine earned runs and 17 hits in 11 innings against the Angels and Texas Rangers. China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '

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