We head into the second half of the 2016 Major League Baseball season after great All-Star Game festivities in San Diego. The collection of players in the midsummer classic was impressive, as the game has a very, very bright future with many young stars taking the torch. It’s exciting to see what the future holds, as the game is as strong as ever.
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager ($4,900) wasn’t an All-Star, but lately he has been hitting like one. He carries a 13-game hitting streak into the second half, posting a .449 average (22-for-49) with 10 runs scored, three homers and 12 RBI during the stretch. He has been impressive and is a good addition in DFS most nights until he cools off. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Andrelton Simmons ($2,700) is finally able to show the faithful at the Big A what he can do now that he is healthy. He has hit in a dozen straight, going 19-for-46 (.413) with 10 runs scored and seven RBIs. He is a solid bargain at this price level.
In the National League, Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco ($4,400) has the longest active streak in that league at 10 games, going 18-for-40 (.450) with 11 runs scored, five homers and 11 RBI. He was not an All-Star, but it is likely just a matter of time before you see him in that special game on a regular basis.
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TOP DFS PITCHER OF THE DAY
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, Cincinnati ($9,600 vs. MIL): DeSclafani is a steal in DFS for Friday’s slate, as the Brewers strike out more than any team in the National League. DeSclafani is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 29 strikeouts over 36.1 innings, including 14 strikeouts in 12.2 innings in the month of July. He has turned in four straight quality starts, and five in the past six since being activated from the 15-day disabled list. He is a sneaky play Friday, and he’ll save you salary to bump up your hitters.
Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland ($10,100 at MIN): Bauer has had a nice season, but he has been especially good away from home. He is 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 10 appearances (six starts) with 41 strikeouts over 49 innings, and he has held the opposition to a .229 batting average in 101 total innings this season. He actually lost his only previous start against the Twins this season, but he had a quality start with eight strikeouts and just received very little run support. He’ll be solid for DFS players Saturday.
Johnny Cueto, SP, San Francisco ($12,300 at SD): Cueto was knocked around a little in the All-Star Game, and he returns to that same mound to kick off the second half. Will the performance cause him to go off the rails? Doubtful. He is a perfect 8-0 with a 2.51 ERA in nine road starts when the games count for real, and he is 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA and three complete games in three starts against the Padres, whiffing 25 over the 27 innings with just one run, 13 hits and three walks allowed. That’s dominance.
TOP DFS HITTER OF THE DAY
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore ($3,700 at TB): Teams have been pounding Rays RHP Chris Archer all season, and Davis and the O’s look to pile on. Davis has two doubles, two homers and a 1.243 OPS in 17 at-bats vs. Archer. Sure, it’s not a giant sample size, but it is impressive. And, Archer has struggled, so Davis is likely to add to the total. An O’s stack is a good idea, as All-Star OF Mark Trumbo ($4,700) has hit safely in eight straight, going 12-for-31 (.387) with 10 runs scored, five homers and eight RBI. 2B Jonathan Schoop ($4,100) has hit in nine in a row entering play.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston ($5,100 at SEA): Altuve has seen the ball really well out of the hand of Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma. In 32 at-bats Altuve has collected 14 hits (.438), including five doubles, a home run and seven RBI for a 1.104 OPS. INF Marwin Gonzalez ($3,200) is also likely to draw into the lineup, as he has 10 knocks in 19 at-bats (.526) against the Seattle righty, including two doubles and a homer. Iwakuma is 9-6 overall on the season, but 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in two outings over 10 innings against the ‘Stros.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore ($3,600 at TB): Jones loves seeing Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi and hopes he remains with the team past the non-waiver trade deadline. That’s because Jones is hitting .400 (10-for-25) with a double, two homers and a 1.103 OPS against him. Davis has launched two doubles and two homers while posting a 1.026 OPS against him, so another Baltimore stack is in order Sunday in St. Pete, too. 3B Manny Machado ($4,200) will also look to join the hit parade, as he has taken Odorizzi yard twice in the past 25 at-bats.