HOLD THOSE TIGERS IN DAILY FANTASY PLAY SUNDAY
For Sunday, Aug. 11, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, including one evening contest. The Detroit-N.Y. Yankees (1:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on TBS, Chicago Cubs-St. Louis (2:15pm ET) game is nationally televised on WGN and the Tampa Bay-L.A. Dodgers (8:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on ESPN. The Baltimore-San Francisco (4:05pm ET) game is also available free on MLB.com.
As far as the weather is concerned, all Major League Baseball cities have a 20 percent chance or less of rain, except for Atlanta. There is a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms for Atlanta, so double check the interactive radar below before finalizing your lineups.
*** WEATHER ALERT *** Interactive Radar | ATLANTA
(DraftStreet.com salaries provided in parantheses)
BEST TEAM TO 'STACK' WITH
Detroit Tigers hitters vs. New York Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte
The Detroit Tigers have won each of their past five road games against a left-handed starter, and they are 9-0 in their past nine against southpaws overall. The Tigers have won four straight as a road favorite, and they're 14-2 in their past 16 games following a victory. The Tigers are also 20-6 in their past 26 games, and 6-1 in their past seven games against a team with a winning record. Lastly, the Tigers are a whopping 25-4 in Justin Verlander's past 29 starts on a Sunday. The Yankees have dropped five of their past seven home games, and they are just 2-7 in their past nine against a right-handed starter. The Yankees are also 0-5 in their past five as an underdog, and they are just 1-5 in Andy Pettitte's past six outings against a team with a winning record. The Bronx Bombers have also lost each of Pettitte's past four outings.
THESE EIGHT WILL BE GREAT
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($9,321 at HOU): Beltre has been on fire lately, going 20-for-47 (.426) over his past 12 games, and he has 13 RBI during the impressive span. He also has a 1.113 OPS in nine games in the month of August. If you can't squeeze in Cabrera of the Tigers, Beltre is a nice runner-up prize at the hot corner.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit ($12,330 at NYY): You'll obviously have to pay top dollar for Miggy, but he's especially worth it when facing left-handed pitching. Cabrera is 36-for-86 (.419) with six doubles, 10 homers, 28 RBI and a 1.361 OPS against lefties this season, and he is 4-for-12 (.333) with a double, two homers, three RBI and a 1.250 OPS all-time against Pettitte.
Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit ($7,928 at NYY): Fielder has flourished in lefty-lefty matchups this season, hitting .287 with eight doubles, six homers and 43 RBI in 150 at-bats against southpaws.
Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit ($9,004 at NYY): Hunter is hitting .343 (37-for-108) against left-handed pitching, and he has six doubles, a triple, six homers, 12 RBI and a .978 OPS. In fact, he has homered once every 18 at-bats against lefties as opposed to once every 54 at-bats against right-handed pitching. He has 11 RBI in 40 career at-bats against Pettitte.
Joe Kelly, SP, St. Louis ($10,663 vs. CHC): Kelly is 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, which is the best ERA in the majors since the break. He allowed one earned run, three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a win July 12 at Wrigley Field.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas ($10,664 at HOU): Kinsler has posted a .310 average with seven doubles, a triple and 10 RBI against left-handed pitching. His average is 52 points higher than against righties. The trade-off is that all 10 of his homers have come against RHP. However, don't let that dissuade you from selecting Kinsler, as he'll still collect a handful of hits, runs and potential RBI.
Victor Martinez, DH, Detroit ($8,118 at NYY): V-Mart got off to a slow start this season, but since just before the All-Star break he has been on fire. In the month of August, he is hitting .333 with four RBI and a .459 on-base percentage.
David Ortiz, DH, Boston ($9,368 at KC): Not comfortable with Martinez as your 'U' player, if you can squeeze 'Big Papi' in under your salary cap, go get him. He is 18-for-54 (.333) with nine doubles, three homers, 16 RBI and a 1.086 OPS all-time against Kansas City Royals SP James Shields ($12,006).
SHOW THESE FOUR THE DOOR
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, Milwaukee ($4,903 at SEA): Betancourt has come alive in his old stomping grounds, posting a homer, five RBI and three runs scored in the first two games of the series in Seattle. He should be stymied by former teammate SP Felix Hernandez ($18,538). Betancourt is just 1-for-12 (.083) all-time against King Felix with no RBI, no walks and three strikeouts.
Michael Morse, OF, Seattle ($5,869 vs. MIL): Morse is just 2-for-18 (.111) over his past five games with no extra-base hits or RBI. Until he starts showing more consistency at the dish, continue to avoid. Don't be tempted by the 'he's due' argument.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia ($5,195 at WAS): J-Roll hasn't handled the twig very good at all against Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg ($17,405), going just 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts and a dismal .417 OPS.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston ($6,000 at KC): Saltalamacchia has played four straight games, so with a day-after-night scenario, he is likely to sit. He is also 0-for-14 all-time against Shields, so manager John Farrell might want to give him a scheduled day of rest based upon that.
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