USE YOUR POWER RANGERS IN DAILY PLAY WEDNESDAY
For Wednesday, Aug. 7, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, with three afternoon games. The L.A. Dodgers-St. Louis (8:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on ESPN. The Toronto-Seattle (3:40pm ET) game is also available free on MLB.com.
For the early action, the weather is not a problem, at least to start. In Cincinnati, the weather could start to perculate midway through the game. It is slightly risky to use the starting pitchers in this game, as their outings could be potentially cut short. In the other two early games, weather isn't a concern in San Diego or indoors in Seattle, obviously.
In Washington, the fireworks might be in the sky, and not necessarily just on the field. After the Julio Teheran-Bryce Harper incident Tuesday, the teams also had a spat on Twitter that was semi-humorous, bro. The weather is rather unsettled for New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, too. All of those games should be avoided for now.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Oakland at Cincinnati (12:35pm ET - 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms - midway through game)
Atlanta at Washington (7:05pm ET - 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia (7:05pm ET - 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Miami at Pittsburgh (7:05pm ET - 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Colorado at N.Y. Mets (7:10pm ET - 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis (8:05pm ET - 30 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
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Texas Rangers hitters vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RHP Tommy Hanson
The Texas Rangers are suddenly on a roll. OF Nelson Cruz? Who needs him? The Rangers have won eight of their past nine, and four of their past five on the road. They have picked up victories in each of their past six games against teams with a losing record, and they are 6-1 in their past seven games against a right-handed starter. The Rangers are 5-2 in Alexi Ogando's past seven outings against a team with a losing record, and 6-1 in his past seven against divisional opponents. The Angels, on the other hand, have won just three of their past 12 games. While they're 4-1 in their past five home games against right-handed starters, the Angels are 1-10 in their past 11 as an underdog. The Angels have also dropped eight straight divisional games, and they are just 1-4 in Tommy Hanson's past five starts against AL West opponents. The Rangers have dominated this series recently, winning six straight meetings, and they are 6-1 in their past seven trips to the Big A.
THESE EIGHT WILL BE GREAT
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($4,500 at LAA): Beltre has been hot lately, going 15-for-36 (.417) over his past nine games with two homers and nine RBI, raising his average from .307 to .316 just since July 28. He has managed at least one RBI in five straight games, and he has 35 extra-base hits (18 doubles, 17 homers) with an .867 OPS against right-handed pitching this season. At this price, he is a steal.
Samuel Deduno, SP, Minnesota ($5,000 at KC): Deduno has been dominant lately, going 3-0 over his past four starts, and he has lasted at least six innings in nine straight outings dating back to June 9. He has been dominant against the Royals, too, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts. He isn't a high strikeout pitcher, so know that, but his price tag is ridiculously low based upon his recent string of success.
Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia ($9,600 vs. CHC): Hamels has actually gotten a lot better lately, but his Fantasy salary has gradually fallen. Sure, he is 4-13 overall, but he has a solid 3.87 ERA. His ERA has dropped from 4.58 in just six starts, and he has lasted seven or more innings in five of his past six outings. Hamels has also lasted at least six frames in 10 of his past 11. In addition, Hamels has managed at least five punchouts in 10 of his past 11.
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis ($5,000 vs. LAD): Over his past 10 games, Holliday is 15-for-39 (.385) with three doubles, six RBI and nine runs scored. Sure, he hasn't hit a homer in 14 games, but he is 11-for-24 (.458) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and six RBI with a 1.375 OPS in his career against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ricky Nolasco ($7,200). Perhaps the homer drought ends tonight.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas ($4,300 at LAA): Kinsler has managed a double, triple, homer, five RBI and a stolen base over his past nine games, which is good, but not great. That's the reason for his salary drop. However, that's a good thing for daily players Wednesday. All 10 of his homers this season have come against right-handed pitching, and he has one solo job in just three career at-bats against Hanson.
Leonys Martin, OF, Texas ($3,600 at LAA): Martin is someone you definitely want in your lineup against the righty Hanson. Martin is 10-for-31 (.323) over his past eight games with a homer, six RBI and three swipes. All of his steals came in Tuesday's game, and four of his RBI during the span have come against Angels pitching.
Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia ($3,800 vs. CHC): Ruiz is a somewhat cheap option behind the dish, and he is hitting .364 (16-for-44) with a .919 OPS against left-handed pitching this season. He enters this game hitting safely in each of his four games in the month of August, and he has posted at least one hit ine eight of his past nine with five RBI during that span.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, N.Y. Yankees ($4,600 at CHW): Sori is hitting 35 points higher against left-handed pitching than he is against righties, checking in with a .273 average, nine doubles, seven homers and 17 RBI in just 139 at-bats against southpaws. That's good for a .795 OPS.
SHOW THESE FOUR THE DOOR
Adam Dunn, 1B, Chicago White Sox ($4,100 vs. NYY): Dunn hasn't fared very well against New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia ($8,600) over the years, going just 5-for-32 (.156) with two doubles, no homers, two RBI and 12 strikeouts while posting a .419 OPS. The way Sabathia has pitched lately, perhaps Dunn can turn things around, but I wouldn't bank on it. Dunn is hitting just .194 against left-handers this season with 36 strikeouts in 93 at-bats.
Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland ($4,500 vs. DET): Santana has suddenly gone cold at the plate, posting just one hit (a double) over his past 14 at-bats. He has also struck out 10 times over his past 10 games. In his career against Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister ($8,200), Santana is hitting just .185 (5-for-27) with a double, homer, four RBI, six strikeouts and a mediocre .567 OPS, so don't look for a turnaround Wednesday.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta ($3,200 at WAS): Uggla has been terrible lately, going just 4-for-40 (.100) over his past 10 games. Worse yet, he has no homers during the span, and actually hasn't left the yard since July 25. If you're going to put up with a low average, at least he needs to show power, and he is doing none of that. However, he has struck out 16 times in 12 games since that last homer. Ouch.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington ($4,100 vs. ATL): Zimmerman was hitless in Tuesday's game, and he is just 3-for-22 over his past six games. Considering he is 2-for-12 (.167) against Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen ($8,000) with no RBI, no walks, five strikeouts and a .333 OPS, look elsewhere for your 3B needs.
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