YOVANI GALLARDO IS A GOOD VALUE FOR DAILY PLAYERS THURSDAY
For Thursday, July 25, there are 14 games in Major League Baseball, including three six games. The N.Y. Yankees-Texas (2:05pm ET), Detroit-Chicago White Sox (2:10pm ET), Tampa Bay-Boston (7:10pm ET) and Philadelphia-St. Louis (7:15pm ET) games are nationally/regionally televised on MLB Network. The Chicago Cubs-Arizona (9:40pm ET) game is nationally televised on WGN. The Pittsburgh-Washington (12:35pm ET) game is available free at MLB.com.
The only game that looks to be a trouble spot as far as weather is the Tampa Bay-Boston game. The worry isn't thunderstorms, either isolated or scattered, but rather just showers. Whenever you see an all-day rain event for a city, that's never a good sign. That says potential long delay and/or postponement. Check the interactive radar listed below frequently before finalizing your roster(s).
*** WEATHER ALERT *** Interactive Radar | BOSTON
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets (12:10pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Miami at Colorado (3:10pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Tampa Bay at Boston (7:10pm ET - 50 percent chance of showers)
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
Erik Bedard, SP, Houston ($7,200 at TOR - LATE): Bedard is a risky play considering the fact he is 0-4 with a 4.30 ERA in four starts in the month of July. He is having just as awful of a July as the Toronto Blue Jays - Thursday's opponent. The Jays have dropped seven straight, and six in a row at home. Bedard will give up a few hits and a few runs, but the way Toronto has been playing, Bedard could snap his skid.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cincinnati ($4,400 at LAD - LATE): Choo has been one of the hottest hitters lately, hitting safely in 17 of the past 19 games. He is 10-for-36 (.278) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI and an .853 OPS in his career against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke ($9,400).
Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee ($8,500 vs. SD - EARLY): Gallardo has lasted six or more innings in each of his past three outings, going 2-0 with a 3.44 ERA during the solid span. He might not quite be back to ace status just yet, and he loses a huge chunk of offensive support with no OF Ryan Braun (suspension) around. However, Gallardo is a much better value than some of the other bigger names on the board. The Brewers are 5-1 in his past six starts against the Padres.
Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit ($4,300 at CHW - EARLY): Hunter is 5-for-14 with two solo homers, four runs scored and a walk in the first three games of this season. He has six multi-hit games over his past 10 starts, and another one Thursday isn't out of the question. He has fared well against Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy ($8,300) over the years, going 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, triple, five RBI and a 1.192 OPS.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP, N.Y. Yankees ($8,900 at TEX - EARLY): Kuroda is 1-1 with 1.61 ERA in three starts against the Texas Rangers since the start of the 2010 season. That includes a no-decision June 25 when he allowed three runs - two earned - over 6 2/3 innings against Texas at Yankee Stadium. Most of the current Rangers stars have awful numbers against Kuroda (see below), so he could surprise.
David Ortiz, 1B, Boston ($5,500 vs. TB - LATE): 'Big Papi' has posted some strong numbers against Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson ($7,800), going 8-for-22 (.364) with a double, triple, two homers, three RBI, six walks and ZERO strikeouts. D.O. has a 1.273 OPS in his career against the Rays' starter, making him a great play.
C.J. Wilson, SP, L.A. Angels ($8,800 at OAK - LATE): Wilson has a strong history against the Oakland Athletics, going 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts against the A's this season, including a win back on May 1 at O.co Coliseum. Since the start of the 2010 season, he is 8-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 14 starts with an opponent batting average of just around .200.
THESE EIGHT WON'T BE GREAT
Alex Avila, C, Detroit ($3,500 at CHW - EARLY): Avila is likely to sit in the day-after-night game, giving way to C Brayan Pena ($3,200). At this point, they're really about even. Avila is just 4-for-21 (.190) with a .701 OPS against Peavy, so even if he started, you can do better elsewhere.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($5,000 vs. NYY - EARLY): Beltre is one of many Rangers who haven't swung the bat well against New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda ($8,900) over the years. Beltre has a single and double in 15 career at-bats (.133) with one RBI, no walks and four strikeouts, which is good for a dismal . 333 OPS lifetime against Kuroda.
Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas ($4,500 vs. NYY - EARLY): Since his four-hit game July 13 in Detroit, Cruz has scuffled a little bit. He is just 4-for-24 (.167) over the past six games. Cruz has managed just one single in 12 at-bats (.083) with no RBI, no walks, three strikeouts and an awful .167 OPS against Kuroda.
Chris Davis, 1B/OF, Baltimore ($5,900 at KC - LATE): Davis is hitting just .227 in the month of July, and he hasn't had a home run in six games since returning from the All-Star Game. He is also just 1-for-13 (.077) in his career against Kansas City Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie ($7,100), so there are several factors which make him way overpriced.
Ian Desmond, SS, Washington ($4,200 vs. PIT - EARLY): Desmond (blister) missed Wednesday's game due to a blister on his left hand, and he is unlikely to play Thursday. Even if he does, he is 0-for-7 with no RBI, no walks and three strikeouts all-time against Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett ($8,700), so avoid.
John Lackey, SP, Boston ($8,700 vs. TB - LATE): Lackey has been hammered by the Tampa Bay Rays in two starts this season, going 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA. The Rays are hitting .388 against Lackey this season. He is also just 3-5 with a 6.70 ERA in nine starts against the Rays since the start of the 2010 season.
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit ($10,900 at CHW - EARLY): Verlander has been good, but he certainly hasn't been dominant lately. In other words, he isn't worth this huge price tag. J.V. has alternated wins and losses in each of his past six decisions, and he has lasted more than 5 2/3 innings in just four of his past seven starts, which is poor by his standards. He won't come close to earning his ginormous salary in this one. Plus, he was pounded for five earned runs and a season-high 12 hits in a loss at Comerica against the Pale Hose July 9.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington ($4,100 vs. PIT - EARLY): Zimmerman hasn't done anything in the brief history he has against Burnett. He is hitless in nine at-bats with no RBI, no walks and five strikeouts. Avoid.
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