We’re rounding the corner and heading for the postseason, as we have less than a month to go in the Major League Baseball regular season. And now baseball has plenty of competition for eyeballs with college and pro football kicking off.
Even though we have less than a month to go there is still plenty of time to cash winners. So let’s not waste any time and get started!
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PROBABLE PITCHERS TO START
MONDAY (15 games – incl. 11 games before 6:40 pm ET)
Chris Sale, SP, Cleveland ($8,250 vs. CLE): Sale has posted a 2.73 ERA in 13 starts at U.S. Cellular Field this season, holding opponents to a .213 batting average while piling up 111 strikeouts in just 92 1/3 innings. He has also been hard on the Indians, allowing just three runs with 14 strikeouts and a .204 batting average in 15 innings over two starts, winning one.
TUESDAY (15 games)
Edinson Volquez, SP, Kansas City (vs. MIN): Volquez has won seven games in 14 starts at Kauffman Stadium this season, striking out 55 batters in 82 2/3 innings while serving up just four homers. He has a favorable matchup against the Twins, a team he is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 21 2/3 innings this season.
WEDNESDAY (15 games – 14 after 7:05 pm ET)
J.A. Happ, SP, Pittsburgh (at CIN): Happ has been lights out lately, but he still comes on the relative cheap for DFS players. He is 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA with 26 strikeouts, a .193 opponent average and 0.87 WHIP over the past five starts spanning 30 innings.
Joe Kelly, SP, Boston (vs. TOR): Things haven’t gone according to plan in Beantown this season, but Kelly has emerged as one of the best stories of the late season for the BoSox. He heads into Wednesday’s outing with wins in seven consecutive starts and quality starts in each of his past five outings.
THURSDAY (Eight games – six after 7:05 pm ET)
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs (at PHI): Arrieta has a dream matchup Thursday in Philadelphia against rookie Alec Asher, facing the team with the worst run differential in the majors. Arrieta is 6-0 with a 0.42 ERA with 45 strikeouts over the past 43 1/3 innings in six starts, and he has a sparkling .138 opponent batting average with a 0.65 WHIP. It’s hard to believe the Phillies will put a dent in those numbers.
Luis Severino, SP, N.Y. Yankees (vs. TOR): Severino has a tough matchup against the Blue Jays’ murderer’s row offense and David Price, but on a lighter schedule he is still worth a look. Severino is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA over his past five starts with 27 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings and that includes a quality start Aug. 16 in Toronto when he whiffed nine Blue Jays, a season high.
FRIDAY (15 games)
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit (at CLE): Verlander suffered the loss Sunday against the Indians at Comerica, but he pitched well, posting a quality start in seven innings. In fact, run support has been the problem for Verlander lately – not his pitching. He is 2-4 over his past six starts, but he has a sparkling 1.27 ERA with 39 strikeouts over 42 2/3 innings with a .176 opponent batting average and 0.87 WHIP.
SATURDAY (15 games – 12 after 6:10 pm ET)
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco (vs. SD): Bumgarner should be locked in a pitcher’s duel with Padres RHP Ian Kennedy, who has been hot lately. MadBum is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP over his past six starts, whiffing 55 batters over 43 1/3 innings.
Ian Kennedy, SP, San Diego (at SF): Normally it’s not a good idea to use two pitchers from the same game. However, the way Kennedy and Bumgarner have been going, this could be a very low-scoring game. Kennedy has a 1.72 ERA and .180 opponent batting average over his past five starts spanning 31 1/3 innings. He has 41 strikeouts during the impressive span.
HITTERS TO START
Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston ($4,950 vs. TOR): Bogaerts is 4-for-14 (.286) wth three doubles, and a solo home run in his brief dealings with Blue Jays LHP Mark Buerhle. While it looks good, that’s not enough on which to base a DFS lineup decision. More importantly, Bogaerts leads the majors with a .383 batting average with seven doubles, a triple, two homers and a .927 OPS against left-handed pitching this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati ($5,000 vs. PIT): Frazier leads all players with 13 home runs against left-handed pitching this season. He has also posted a respectable .278 average with 10 doubles, 24 RBIs and a .975 OPS. He is 9-for-23 (.391) with a double, two homers, three RBI and a 1.157 OPS in his career against Pirates LHP Jeff Locke.
Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota (at KC): Sano has emerged as a must-start in DFS, living up to his tremendous hype. He has rolled up a solid .285 average with eight doubles, 12 homers and 32 RBIs in just 130 at-bats with a 1.026 OPS against right-handed pitching.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle ($4,650 vs. TEX): Gutierrez has been fantastic this season against left-handed pitching, and he’ll have a favorable matchup against Rangers LHP Martin Perez. Guti is hitting .349 with seven doubles, seven homers and 18 RBIs with a 1.061 OPS against lefties while posting a .320 average and 1.082 OPS against everyone since the All-Star break.
Brett Wallace, 1B, San Diego ($3,500 vs. COL): Wallace has been a pleasant surprise since re-surfacing in San Diego, hitting .405 with three doubles, four homers, 11 RBIs and a 1.230 OPS since the All-Star break. He has re-emerged as a cheap DFS option.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland ($5,550 at CHW): Kipnis heads into the week leading the majors in home batting average at .368. He also has 24 doubles, four triples, five homers, 29 RBIs and a 1.033 OPS at Progressive Field over 220 at-bats this season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington ($5,250 at MIA): Zimmerman has been on fire lately, heading into the new week with four doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs over his past 30 at-bats. He’ll have a very favorable matchup with the subpar Brad Hand, so expect more big DFS numbers.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston ($5,400 at LAA): Altuve will face Angels LHP Hector Santiago this weekend. He has rolled up an impressive .383 batting average with 10 doubles, three homers, 12 RBIs and a .953 OPS this season against left-handed pitching.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, N.Y. Mets ($5,300 at ATL): Cespedes has posted a tremendous .318 average on the road with 19 doubles, two triples, 20 homers with 58 RBIs and a .959 OPS. With a favorable matchup against youngster Williams Perez, Cespedes is a solid DFS option.
C.J. Cron, 1B, L.A. Angels ($4,600 vs. LAD):Cron heads into the new week as a cheap source of power. Over the past seven days he has picked up nine RBIs thanks to some very timely hits.
David Ortiz, UTIL, Boston ($5,250 at TB): Big Papi has solid numbers against Rays RHP Chris Archer, going a .350 average (7-for-20) with two homers, 10 RBIs and a 1.085 OPS against the Tampa hurler.
Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF, Boston ($4,500 at TB): Bradley has been on fire lately, and he has torn up left-handed pitching. He has an ultra-favorable matchup against Rays LHP Drew Smyly in the series finale. JBJ is hitting .429 (18-for-42) with three doubles, three triples and two homers with 10 RBIs and a 1.296 OPS against southpaws so far this year.
Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees (ESPN, 1:05 p.m.)
N.Y. Mets at Washington (ESPN, 7:05 p.m.)
L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels (ESPN, 10:05 p.m.)
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network, 7:05 p.m.)
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, St. Louis at Cincinnati – OR – Kansas City at Baltimore (FOX, 1:05 p.m.)
Detroit at Cleveland (FOX Sports 1, 7:05 p.m.)
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees (TBS, 1:05 p.m.)
Kansas City at Baltimore (ESPN, 8:05 p.m.)