Stack with the Phillies in DFS Saturday
There are 16 games in Major League Baseball Saturday, July 19, including a doubleheader between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The schedule also has just four 'early' games (1:05pm - 4:05pm), with 12 'late' games (7:05pm or later). I've listed a couple of decent early pitcher options, but the position players are all late-game selections.
1:05pm - Cincinnati at N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network)
1:07pm - Tampa Bay at Toronto (MLB Network)
4:05pm - L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis (FOX Sports 1)
7:08pm - Cleveland at Detroit (FOX Sports 1)
9:05pm - Seattle at L.A. Angels - OR - Baltimore at Oakland (MLB Network)
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)
Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia ($17500 at Atlanta - LATE): Hamels has fared well against the Atlanta Braves in recent years, going 5-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) with two complete games. That includes a no-decision June 16 in Atlanta when he tossed seven scoreless innings with just five hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
Tim Hudson, SP, San Francisco ($16750 at Miami - LATE): Hudson has been decent on the road this season, posting a 2-3 record with a 2.52 ERA in eight starts with his only complete game in 18 outings. He has also walked just seven batters over 50 innings on the road. And he is 5-1 with a 3.27 ERA over six starts against the Marlins since the start of the 2011 season.
Corey Kluber, SP, Cleveland ($17650 at Detroit - Game 1 - EARLY): Kluber will be matched up against rookie Drew VerHagen, who will be making his major league debut for the Detroit Tigers. Kluber has lasted at least six innings in five consecutive starts, including a hard-luck loss against the Tigers June 20. He allowed just two earned runs over seven innings while striking out six in that quality start.
Victor Martinez, C-1B, Detroit ($11000 vs Cleveland - Game 2 - LATE): V-Mart had been sidelined for the past two weeks due to a number of nagging injuries, but he was back with two hits in Friday's game against his former team. He has five multi-hit games over his past nine outings. The good times could continue, as he is a .615 career hitter (8-for-13) with three doubles, a homer, seven RBI and a 1.720 OPS all-time against Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister.
Alfredo Simon, SP, Cincinnati ($15550 at N.Y. Yankees - EARLY): The All-Star Simon has been red hot on the road this season, compiling a 7-1 record with a 2.37 ERA over 10 starts with 47 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings and just four homers allowed with a .200 opponent batting average. The bottom hasn't fallen out yet, and he will be facing SP Brandon McCarthy in a favorable matchup for the Reds. McCarthy was tattooed by the Reds for five earned runs and nine hits in just 4 1/3 innings in a loss May 31 when he was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia ($8450 at Atlanta - LATE): Byrd has struck out at least once in five straight games, and 16 of the past 17 outings. That's the bad news. The good news is that he is 9-for-20 (.450) lifetime against Atlanta Braves SP Aaron Harang with three homers, seven RBI and a 1.376 OPS.
Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs ($7700 at Arizona - LATE): Castro has rolled up solid numbers against left-handed pitching, posting a .320 average (24-for-75) with six doubles, a triple, eight RBI and an .813 OPS. And he is hitting a full 25 points higher on the road, batting .287 away from the friendly confines while hitting just .262 at Wrigley Field.
Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay ($7750 at Minnesota - LATE): Joyce will be happy to see Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes, who he saw plenty of when the pitcher was with the New York Yankees. He is 7-for-15 (.467) with a double, triple, two homers, five RBI and a 1.686 OPS all-time against the former pinstriper.
Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia ($9700 at Atlanta - LATE): Like his teammate Byrd, Utley has had a good time more often than not when Harang is on the hill. Over his career he is 13-for-30 (.433) with four doubles, a homer, six RBI and a 1.152 OPS. At a mid-level price, Utley will be a steal Saturday.
Jesus Sucre, C, Seattle ($5000 at L.A. Angels - LATE): Sucre is likely to get a start Saturday night after C Mike Zunino went the distance behind the plate in Friday's 16-inning loss. Look, Sucre isn't a great Fantasy option, but he is a salary saver who will help you spread big dollars at other more valuable positions.
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