LOAD UP ON PITTSBURGH PIRATES HITTERS IN DAILY PLAY MONDAY
For Monday, July 29, there are nine games in Major League Baseball, including one late afternoon game. The L.A. Angels-Texas (7:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on ESPN. The Toronto-Oakland (10:05pm ET) game is available free at MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
BEST TEAM TO 'STACK' WITH
Pittsburgh Pirates hitters vs. St. Louis Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook
The New York Mets are 3-13 in Jeremy Hefner's past 16 starts against National League East opponents, and 6-14 in his past 20 starts overall. The Mets have won just two of their past seven road games, and they are 17-38 in their past 55 games against a right-handed starter. The Miami Marlins are 5-2 in their past seven games, 6-0 in Justin Turner's past six home starts and 4-1 in their past five games as a home favorite. The Marlins have also won five straight meetings in this series, and are 5-1 in their past six home games against the Mets.
THESE SIX WILL CLICK
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($4,200 vs. STL): Alvarez has been rejuvenated since the All-Star break, hitting safely in each of his past seven. He has two homers over his past six games, and he has scored seven runs in the seven-game hitting streak. Alvarez is also 12-for-21 (.571) with two doubles, two homers, eight RBI and a 1.543 OPS all-time against St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook ($6,600).
Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas ($4,100 vs. LAA): Andrus has put up tremendous numbers over the years against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver ($9,000), going 23-for-62 (.371) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, five RBI and a .974 OPS. On a short night, that type of production is hard to ignore.
Brandon Beachy, SP, Atlanta ($6,000 vs. COL): Beachy (elbow) is back from the 15-day disabled list to face the Rockies, a team which has won just six of their past 19 road games. The Rockies are also 2-9 in their past 11 meetings against the Braves, and 7-26 in their past 33 trips to Turner Field. Beachy might be pitching with restrictions, but Atlanta's dominance against Colorado makes him worth a start.
David DeJesus, OF, Chicago Cubs ($4,500 vs. MIL): There is something about the pitching of Milwaukee Brewers SP Kyle Lohse ($8,700) that is very pleasing to DeJesus. He is 12-for-26 (.462) with a double, triple, homer, four RBI and a 1.174 OPS against the veteran righty.
Matt Garza, SP, Texas ($9,100 vs. LAA): Garza was sharp in his debut with the Rangers, and he should be solid again Monday. First off, he won't have to face 1B Albert Pujols (foot), who has hit him well over his career. And he has owned OF Josh Hamilton ($4,400), holding the former Rangers OF to a .167 average (3-for-18) with six strikeouts and a .472 mark in their dealings. The Angels have won just one of their past seven road games, and they're 2-5 in their past seven against right-handed pitching.
Ryan Raburn, OF, Cleveland ($4,100 vs. CHW): Raburn might be a sneaky play for Monday's game against Chicago White Sox SP John Danks ($7,100). Raburn is hitting .290 (20-for-69) with a .975 OPS against left-handed pitching this season, and he is 8-for-30 (.257) with three doubles, two homers, five RBI and a .900 OPS all-time against Danks.
THESE FIVE WON'T THRIVE
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($4,900 vs. LAA): Beltre hasn't enjoyed the same type of success his teammate Andrus has against Weaver. Beltre is hitting just .191 (13-for-68) in his career against the Angels' hurler, with four doubles, a homer, five RBI, no walks, 14 strikeouts and a subpar .502 OPS.
Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas ($4,400 vs. LAA): Cruz is another Rangers hitter to avoid, as he is just 6-for-39 over his past 10 games, dropping his average from .277 to .268 just since July 14. He is also 15-for-64 (.234) with 18 strikeouts all-time against Weaver.
David Murphy, OF, Texas ($3,900 vs. LAA): It wouldn't be shocking to see Murphy out of the lineup again. He has really scuffled lately, going just 3-for-18 (.167) over his past seven games since a three-hit effort July 20. His average is back down to .225, and with a .157 (8-for-51) career average against Weaver, things aren't likely to turn around Monday.
Jake Westbrook, SP, St. Louis ($6,600 at PIT): Westbrook comes with a very tempting price tag, and he did toss six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Bucs earlier this season. However, six Pirates (min. 14 at-bats) have career batting averages of .286 or higher against the veteran righty. The Bucs are due for an offensive explosion, and that could come at Westbrook's expense.
David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($5,300 at MIA): Wright is hitless in eight at-bats against Miami Marlins SP Justin Turner ($9,200) all-time. The Marlins pitcher is going well right now, and Wright is too expensive at this price level based upon Turner's production, and Wright's production against him.
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