Omar Infante could be a surprise low-end DFS option Thursday
There are 11 games in Major League Baseball Thursday, July 31, with three early games (1:08pm-3:40pm first pitch) and eight late games (7:05pm or later first pitch)
7:05pm - L.A. Angels at Baltimore - OR - 7:10pm - Cincinnati at Miami (MLB Network)
1:08pm - Chicago White Sox at Detroit (30 percent of isolated t-storms - starting around 2pm or about the fourth inning...)
2:20pm - Colorado at Chicago Cubs (35 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs ($17250 vs Colorado - EARLY): Arrieta has been outstanding all season, but he has been particularly effective lately. At home, he is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in six starts with 37 strikeouts over 36 2/3 innings with an opponent batting average of .197. Arrieta will be facing SP Pedro Hernandez, who gets the call from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start this one. Hernandez posted a 6.14 ERA for the Sky Sox, which is poor even by Pacific Coast League standards. Look for Arrieta to pick up his second win at Wrigley this season.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($10450 at L.A. Angels - LATE): Jones will be facing Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tyler Skaggs, a left-hander. Usually that works out well for Jones, who is hitting .396 (40-for-101) with 10 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 15 RBI with a 1.178 OPS against southpaws as opposed to a .260 average with a .694 OPS against right-handed pitching.
Tom Koehler, SP, Miami ($13250 vs Cincinnati - LATE): Koehler has rolled up a 4-3 record with a 2.75 ERA in nine home starts while posting an impressive .199 opponent batting average. He also has struck out 41 batters in 59 innings while giving up just three homers at Marlins Park.
Matt Kemp, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($8850 vs Atlanta - LATE): Kemp has been killing Braves pitching, going 6-for-8 with three homers, six RBI, a walk and four runs scored in the first two games of the series. He has three straight multi-hit games, and two or more hits in six of the past nine games. During the span, Kemp has 11 RBI, raising his average from .265 to .288 just since July 19. General manager Ned Colletti said Wednesday that Kemp will not be traded, and perhaps the assurances have Kemp rejuvenated. At this price, Kemp is worth a roster spot since he has been red hot.
Kyle Seager, 2B-3B, Seattle ($9200 vs Cleveland - LATE): Seager has hit safely in six straight games with three extra-base hits during the span. His price has been held down due to the struggles of the Seattle offense as a while lately, as the M's have averaged just 1.75 runs per game over the past eight outings. The offense is due for a breakout game, and Seager could be the one to lead the hit parade. He is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with three doubles, an RBI and a 1.071 OPS against Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister.
Welington Castillo, C, Chicago Cubs ($6300 vs Colorado - EARLY): Castillo is expected to draw the start behind the dish after C John Baker started the evening game Wednesday. Castillo has a .725 OPS against left-handed pitching as opposed to a .649 OPS against righties. He is a cheap option if you want to spend money at other more valuable positions.
Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City ($6800 vs Minnesota - LATE): Infante had a three-hit game Wednesday against the Twins, and he also reached base a fourth time via a walk. The good times should continue against Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Correia, who has been awful this season. Infante knows him well, hitting .375 (9-for-24) with a double, triple, three RBI and an .875 OPS against Correia over his career. At this low, low price, Infante is worth a look at a position that isn't that deep.
ONES TO AVOID
John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox ($12750 at Detroit - EARLY): Danks' name has been bandied about frequently in rumors leading up to Thursday's 4pm ET non-waiver trade deadline. Since first pitch is before the deadline, there is a chance he could still be scratched at the last minute if the White Sox are able to swing a deal shipping Danks to the Miami Marlins, or any other teams interested in his service. There is too much risk here. Avoid.
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