YU DARVISH, RICK PORCELLO HIGHLIGHT FRIDAY’S DAILY PLAYS
For Friday, Aug. 30, there are 15 evening games in Major League Baseball, including one afternoon contest. The Philadelphia-Chicago Cubs (2:20pm ET) game is nationally televised on WGN, and the St. Louis-Pittsburgh (7:05pm ET) and Baltimore-N.Y. Yankees (7:05pm ET) games are nationally/regionally televised on MLB Network. The Minnesota-Texas (8:05pm ET) game is also available free on MLB.com.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs (2:20pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Cleveland at Detroit (7:08pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Miami at Atlanta (7:30pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Minnesota at Texas (8:05pm ET - temperatures in the upper 90's to near 100)
BEST TEAMS TO 'STACK' WITH - Texas Rangers hitters vs. Minnesota Twins RHP Liam Hendriks
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
The Twins have dropped five straight games, and they are just 14-37 in their past 51 games against a team with a winning record. The Twins are also 0-8 in the past eight starts by Hendriks against a team with a winning record, and 0-5 in his past five road outings against a team with a winning mark. Minnesota has won just eight times in their past 26 road games against a team with a winning record. For Texas, they have won 22 of their past 28 games overall, and they are 4-1 in their past five home games. The Rangers have won each of their past four against a right-handed starter, and they're 7-3 in their past 10 home games against a righty. The Twins are just 1-5 in their past six trips to Arlington, and they have won just four times in the past 15 matchups with the Rangers.
THESE NINE WILL BE FINE
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($5,800 vs. MIN): Beltre has posted 126 hits in 391 at-bats (.322) against right-handed pitching this season, belting 20 homers while adding 19 doubles with an .899 OPS. He has hit safely in eight straight games, and he has 12 multi-hit games in the month of August while hitting .400 overall since Aug. 1. He has raised his average from .314 to .329 as a result.
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas ($12,400 vs. MIN): Darvish is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA in five starts during the month of August, lasting at least seven innings with five quality starts during the month. He also has 53 strikeouts in five August starts. Darvish has managed at least six innings in nine straight outings dating back to June 25. Yes, he is a little pricey, but he will live up to his lofty salary.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($4,400 at NYY): Jones has hit well against New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia ($10,000) over the years, going 15-for-50 (.300) with two doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI and a .912 OPS against the struggling veteran southpaw.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas ($5,200 vs. MIN): Kinsler has hit for better average against left-handed pitching, but 10 of his 11 homers have come off of right-handed hurlers. Daily Fantasy owners will take that trade-off in a heartbeat. He is hitting .293 in the month of August, his best month since April. He has managed multi-hit efforts in seven of his past 13 games.
David Murphy, OF, Texas ($4,000 vs. MIN): Murphy doesn't offer a whole lot in the way of batting average, but he has 31 extra-base hits (19 doubles, one triple, 11 homers) in 296 at-bats against right-handed pitching.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($5,300 vs. CHW): Petey has rolled up the stats against left-handed pitching this season, hitting .348 (57-for-164) with 19 doubles, two homers, 25 RBI and a .941 OPS against southpaws. He was hitless in Thursday's game, snapping a nine-game hitting streak. However, he is 24-for-64 (.375) over his past 15 games, and he has driving in five runs over the past four games.
Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit ($5,800 vs. CLE): Porcello is a must-have based on his production against the Indians this season. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three outings against the Tribe, walking six and striking out 19 over 19 innings. The Indians are hitting just .179 against Porcello this season, and he hasn't yielded a homer.
Alex Rios, OF, Texas ($5,300 vs. MIN): Rios has cooled a tad, but he is still a decent play in the revamped Texas lineup. Rios has delivered four RBI over his past five games, and he has six runs scored over his past six games. For what it's worth, Rios has fared very well against Hendriks in brief dealings, going 3-for-6 (.500) with two homers and three RBI.
Carlos Santana, C/1B, Cleveland ($5,100 at DET): If anyone is to do damage against Porcello, it will be Santana. He is 10-for-31 (.323) with a double, three homers, four RBI and a 1.028 OPS lifetime against the Tigers starter.
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