PITTSBURGH HITTERS WILL EARN YOU PLENTY OF BUCS IN DAILY PLAY SUNDAY
For Sunday, Aug. 4, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, including one evening game. The Arizona-Boston (1:35pm ET) and is nationally televised on TBS, the L.A. Dodgers-Chicago Cubs (2:20pm ET) game is nationally televised on WGN, and the Atlanta-Philadelphia (8:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on ESPN. The Washington-Milwaukee (2:10pm ET) game is also free on MLB.com.
It appears the weather will cooperate Sunday, as all Major League Baseball cities have a 20 percent or less chance of precipitation. Enjoy a worry-free Sunday, as far as the weather is concerned.
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
BEST EARLY TEAM TO 'STACK' WITH
Pittsburgh Pirates hitters vs. Colorado Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio
The Detroit Tigers have won six of their past seven against American League Central Division opponents, and they have won 20 of their past 27 games overall. In addition, they have won each of the past four outings by Rick Porcello ($6,100), and they are 14-6 in Porcello's past 20 home starts against a team with a losing record. The Tigers are also 31-12 in Porcello's past 43 outings against divisional opponents. The White Sox have dropped each of their past five road games against a right-handed starter, and they have won just 16 of the past 60 games overall. The White Sox have also won just five of the past 26 trips to Comerica.
THESE EIGHT WILL BE GREAT
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($4,100 vs. COL): Alvarez is hitting .246 this season against right-handed pitching, which isn't great. But he has launched 24 homers with 53 RBI in 280 at-bats against righties. He hasn't hit a homer in five games, so he is due.
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, Oakland ($3,400 vs. TEX): Callaspo is a solid play in Sunday's series finale against the Rangers. He is 12-for-35 (.343) with five doubles, a homer, four RBI and a .950 OPS in his career against Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland ($8,500).
David Freese, 3B, St. Louis ($4,500 at CIN): Freese doesn't have a tremendously long history against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake ($7,000), but when they have squared off it has generally gone in the third baseman's favor. He is 5-for-10 (.500) with a double, homer, three RBI and a 1.445 OPS against the Cincy hurler.
A.J. Griffin, SP, Oakland ($7,800 vs. TEX): The Rangers have started to pick up the pace on offense lately, but Griffin should splash cold water on their momentum. He is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts over 12 1/3 innings against the Rangers this season with 13 strikeouts and just one walk. He has won four of his past five starts, and five of his past six decisions over all dating back to June 15.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($5,100 vs. COL): 'Cutch' is 20-for-64 (.313) with five homers, 12 RBI and a 1.007 OPS since the All-Star break, and he is hitting .346 at home this season with a .973 OPS. If you play to 'stack' with the Pirates, of course you need the All-Star in your lineup.
Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit ($6,100 vs. CHW): Porcello is an amazing bargain, and he'll likely be on almost every Daily Fantasy roster Sunday. The Tigers have won eight of Porcello's past nine starts against against the White Sox, and each of his past four home starts against the Pale Hose. Porcello is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts against the White Sox this season, and he has seven wins over 12 starts against Chicago since the start of the 2010 season.
Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh ($3,300 vs. COL): Tabata is a solid, low-priced option. He socked his third homer of the season Saturday, and he is hitting .268 against right-handed pitching this season. He has shown a tremendous eye at the plate against righties, drawing all 16 of his walks against just 19 strikeouts. He doesn't have a ton of power, but he could collect a handful of hits against the right-handed Nicasio.
Neil Walker, 2B/3B, Pittsburgh ($4,000 vs. COL): Walker has posted 26 extra-base hits against right-handed pitching in just 232 at-bats, posting 16 doubles, three triples and seven homers He has an .812 OPS against righties, and should keep up the good work against the Rockies.
THESE SEVEN WON'T BE HEAVENLY
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis ($5,100 at CIN): Beltran has posted just two hits in 18 career at-bats (.111) against Leake, with no walks, four strikeouts and a terrible .389. He won't come close to living up to his salary Sunday.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($4,500 vs. TEX): Crisp has hit the skids, going 3-for-24 (.125) over his past six games, although he has showed some signs of life in the first two games of this series. Still, he is a lifetime .100 (1-for-10) hitter with a poor .382 OPS in his career against Holland. Avoid
Michael Cuddyer, OF, Colorado ($4,4oo at PIT): Cuddyer was back in the lineup Saturday after being away from the team for two games to tend to a family issue. He is likely to have issues at the plate Sunday, as he is 3-for-24 (.125) with eight doubles and a poor .484 OPS all-time against Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett ($9,500).
Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta ($4,400 at PHI): Heyward has struggled against left-handed pitching this season, hitting just .229 with two homers and eight RBI in 83 at-bats, and his on-base percentage is .304 as opposed to .349 against righties. He is 2-for-17 (.118) with no RBI and a meager .402 OPS all-time against Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee ($10,900).
Chris D. Johnson, 1B/3B, Atlanta ($4,800 at PHI): Johnson was hitless in three at-bats with two walks and a strikeout Saturday in Philadelphia, snapping a streak of eight straight multi-hit games. Johnson is just 2-for-14 (.143) all-time against Lee, so another hitless game wouldn't be surprising.
Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati ($7,000 vs. STL): Leake allowed three earned runs and six hits in just five innings in a loss June 7 against the Cardinals, one of only four blemishes on his record this season. He is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) against the Cardinals since the start of the 2010 season.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore ($4,400 vs. SEA): Markakis is hitting .268 in lefty-lefty matchups, but he has no homers against southpaws. He'll be facing Seattle Mariners SP Joe Saunders ($6,300), a pitcher he is just 5-for-25 (.200) with no extra-base hits, three RBI, no walks, five strikeouts and a dismal .400 OPS against all-time.
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