ON FRIDAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE A’S AND JAYS IN DAILY PLAY
For Friday, Sept. 13, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, including one afternoon game. The Cleveland-Chicago White Sox (2:10pm ET) game is nationally televised on WGN. The N.Y. Yankees-Boston (7:05pm ET) games are nationally televised on MLB Network.
There are few weather concerns, as a cold front pushes from west to east, cooling off a previously baking Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. A batch of showers will be pushing through Pittsburgh, and it will be a chilly rain. That looks like the biggest trouble spot, with a persistent rain that might pull out around 9-10pm.
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Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh (7:05pm ET - 30 percent chance of showers)
BEST TEAMS TO 'STACK' WITH - Toronto Blue Jays hitters vs Baltimore Orioles RHP Jason Hammel
(DraftKings.com salaries in parantheses)
While the Baltimore Orioles have won five of their past six against a team with a losing record, they are just 3-9 in their past 12 road games. They're also 4-10 in their past 14 divisional outings. Baltimore has dropped four straight against a right-handed starter, and they are just 1-9 in Jason Hammel's past 10 outings. The Orioles have also going 0-5 in Hammel's past five starts against a team with a losing record. For the Blue Jays, they are 7-3 in their past 10 against a right-handed starter, and 6-2 in their past eight home games against a team with a winning record. They're also 5-2 in their past seven games against a team with a winning record. The Orioles are 2-5 in the past seven meetings with the Blue Jays, and they're 12-39 in their past 51 trips to Toronto.
THESE 10 WILL BE PERFECT
J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto ($3500 vs BAL): Arencibia has been awful as far as average, hitting just .205 on the season, and .203 vs. RHP. However, he has launched 16 homers in 310 at-bats with a semi-respectable .636 OPS. At this price level, Arencibia is worth a look for his power potential.
Kole Calhoun, OF, L.A. Angels ($3200 at HOU): Strike while the iron is hot with Calhoun. He is hitting a robust .478 (11-for-23) with three doubles, two homers and eight RBI with a 1.331 OPS over his past seven games. At this price level, he is an absolute steal.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland ($5500 at TEX): Cespedes is hitting .266 with eight homers in 139 at-bats vs. LHP, and he has a strong .824 OPS. In just 14 career at-bats Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland ($8200), the 2013 Home Run Derby champion has three solo shots.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto ($3700 vs BAL): Lawrie has posted a solid .273 average with 13 doubles, three triples and eight homers with a .774 OPS against right-handed pitching. And for what it's worth, he is 4-for-11 (.364) with a 1.000 OPS in his career against Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel ($6500).
Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto ($4100 vs BAL): Lind has flourished against right-handed pitching, hitting .292 with 21 doubles, a triple, 16 homers and 46 RBI with an .878 OPS vs. RHP. The pride of the University of South Alabama also has three homers and seven RBI in eight games during the month of September.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($5100 vs CHC): Cutch leads the National League in average over the past seven days, hitting .500 (10-for-20) with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and a 1.283 OPS.
Todd Redmond, SP, Toronto ($5900 vs BAL): Redmond hasn't been going deep into games, but he has managed wins in back-to-back starts heading into this one. And he has racked up nine strikeouts over his past 10 2/3 innings to make him an attractive low-priced option.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto ($4600 vs BAL): Reyes has posted two or more hits in five of his past eight outings, including a four-hit game with two doubles and a solo home run Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. At this price level, he is a must-have in all leagues.
Moises Sierra, OF, Toronto ($3400 vs BAL): Sierra is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with five doubles, a triple and three RBI with four runs scored over the past seven days. At this price level, he is worth a roll of the dice.
Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland ($3100 at TEX): Suzuki is 7-for-22 (.318) with three doubles, two homers, four RBI and a 1.045 OPS in his career against Holland.
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