Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of hitting streaks, lengthy hitting streaks for some, fall by the wayside. Currently, only Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias ($3,100) has an active hitting streak of double-digit games, and that sits at just 10. And while he has hit safely in 10 straight with a .394 batting average (13-for-33), he has amassed just one RBI during the span with a .459 OBA. So even that doesn’t make him terribly attractive if he is just racking up non-run producing singles.
Your best bets for power and frequent hits this week look to be Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo ($4,000), as well as St. Louis Cardinals OF Brandon Moss. Rizzo has not only hit safely in nine in a row, but he is hitting .395 (15-for-38) with eight runs scored, three homers and 10 RBI. Moss has been even more impressive, hitting in six consecutive outings while posting a .462 (12-for-26) mark, four dingers, eight RBI and a 1.038 slugging percentage. Moss is a tremendous mid-tier DFS selection until he cools off, while Rizzo has a bit more staying power but costs a prettier penny, too.
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PROBABLE PITCHERS TO START
MONDAY (10 games)
Max Scherzer, SP, Washington ($10,200 vs. PHI): You’ll want to go with the safe play, but the solid play, in Monday’s slate of games. A lot of pitchers are shaky, but Scherzer is facing a Philly team he handles well, and he is the top choice on the board in terms of strikeouts per nine innings at 10.9. The Phillies strike out 8.06 times per game, on average, so it’s a good match.
TUESDAY (15 games – 14 after 7:05 pm ET)
Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis (vs. HOU): Garcia will get the free-swinging Astros at home, and that makes this a great matchup for him and his potential DFS owners. The Astros rank first in the majors with 634 strikeouts over 65 games, and Garcia has managed 61 strikeouts over 69.1 innings. He is slightly better at home in terms of ERA, and his .205 opponent batting average at Busch Stadium II, as opposed to his .296 OBA on the road, is remarkable.
Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta ($9,300 vs. CIN): We’ve touched on Teheran’s splits at home over the past couple of years, but he has really matured and pitched well on the road this season, too. In fact, his 2-6 overall record is a bit unfair considering he sits with a 2.85 ERA in 13 starts over 82 innings. The Reds rank fifth in the National League in strikeouts, so win or lose Teheran will post a solid stat line.
WEDNESDAY (15 games – 10 after 7:05 pm ET)
Clayton Kershaw, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($14,000 at ARI): Sometimes you get what you pay for, you just have to pay a little more. Kershaw is rolling right along, and is worth the money even if you have to scrimp at other positions – and you will. He has a 10.9 K/9 ratio, sparkling 9-1 record, 1.52 ERA and astounding 0.65 WHIP. Well, because it’s the regular season and not the playoffs. Be forewarned, however, while he hasn’t faced the D-Backs this season, he is just 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA over his past four trips to Chase Field with a .304 opponent batting average.
Corey Kluber, SP, Cleveland ($12,700 at KC): ‘Klubot’ has quickly reasserted himself, going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 15 innings in the month of June. One of those outings came against the Royals June 5 when Kluber spun six scoreless innings with just two hits allowed, two walks and six strikeouts.
THURSDAY (10 games – seven after 7:05 pm ET)
CC Sabathia, SP, Minnesota (at MIN): You can trust Carsten Charles, and generally it is a good idea to fade the Twins most every night with their hodgepodge lineup and patchwork rotation. After a 1-2 record and 5.06 ERA in April, Sabathia has really pieced it together by going 2-2 with a 1.04 ERA in four May starts, and a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in two June outings. He has allowed a total of just three earned runs over his last 38 innings.
FRIDAY (15 games – 14 after 7:05 pm ET)
Jose Fernandez, SP, Miami ($13,400 vs. COL): Fernandez wasn’t sharp in Arizona in his last outing, losing on the road. At home, it simply doesn’t happen. The Marlins are 27-2 in his 29 career outings at Marlins Park, and he is 6-1 with a 2.06 ERA and a whopping 69 strikeouts over 43.2 innings in seven home outings with a .193 opponent batting average.
Julio Urias, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($4,100 vs. MIL): Urias is slowly starting to get comfortable, and he is producing decent numbers. After striking out seven in four innings in his home debut against the Rockies June 7, an outing when he allowed just one run and three hits, he stretched it out to 5.1 innings at San Francisco last Sunday, again striking out seven batters. While he suffered the loss, he is getting stretched out and acclimated to the majors, and the strikeout potential is there. At this low price against a Brewers team which leads the NL in whiffs, Urias is well worth the price, and you can load up on top-notch hitters, too.
SATURDAY (15 games – six after 6:10 pm ET)
Michael Pineda, SP, N.Y. Yankees (at MIN): Pineda’s 3-7 record and 5.88 ERA might not be that attractive, but his 79 strikeouts in 72 innings certainly is a DFS pleaser. Despite his struggles and hittability this season, he ranks 12th in the majors in K/9. That means a big stat line is likely on tap against a Minnesota Twins offense which is dismal, and ranks seventh in the majors in strikeouts.
Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland ($12,300 vs. CHW): Not only is Salazar a high-strikeout pitcher, but he has a favorable matchup against the struggling White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon. Salazar checks in first in the American League with a 10.82 K/9 ratio, and he is a ridiculous 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts at Progressive Field this season. Overall, hitters are batting just .181 against him in 74 innings this season, striking out 89 times.
SUNDAY (15 games)
Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland ($10,800 vs. CHW): Carrasco is back healthy again after a six-week layoff, and he is slowly getting back into the swing of things. When he is 100 percent and hitting on all cylinders, he is a high-strikeout pitcher. Since April 2013, he has managed 51 strikeouts in 44 innings in 10 appearances (nine starts) against the Pale Hose.
Drew Pomeranz, SP, San Diego ($9,900 vs. WAS): We’ve been riding with Pomeranz for a while now, and it has been a smooth and enjoyable ride. He is likely headed to the All-Star Game, which will be in San Diego, by the way, thanks to his 2.44 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.67 K/9 rating. At home he has been ridiculous, going 3-2 with a 1.52 ERA with just one homer allowed in 29.2 innings and a .183 opponent batting average.
HITTERS TO START
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit ($4,300 at CHW): Miggy gets a chance to face off against RHP James Shields, and that usually ends up well for the Tigers slugger. He is a .345 hitter (19-for-55) with eight doubles, two homers, eight RBI and a 1.000 OPS against Big Game James. Miggy is an integral part of your Detroit stack Monday.
Jose Iglesias, SS, Detroit ($3,100 at CHW): Remember, he has a 10-game hitting streak going, longest active in the majors. Against Shields, the beat goes on. Use Iggy as part of your Motor City Kitties stack.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detroit ($5,300 at CHW): Kinsler is handling the twig well lately, belting two homers with seven RBI, including a career-high five RBI Saturday at N.Y. Yankees. Overall he is hitting .316 with a .904 OPS. What’s not to like? Well, except that rain is in the forecast and could potentially ruin everything.
Mark Trumbo, OF, Baltimore (at BOS): Red Sox LHP David Price has tricked many batters and posted big numbers against them. Trumbo is not one of them. He has four extra-base hits (two doubles, two homers) among his eight hits in 22 at-bats (.364 average), driving in seven runs with a 1.091 OPS. Generally, 20-25 at-bats against a pitcher is enough to determine if he is comfortable. Anything less is a crapshoot.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore (at BOS): It isn’t necessarily a good idea to go full stack against Price, but Wieters is another O’s twig you’ll want in your starting grid. He is a .319 hitter (15-for-47) with six doubles, a homer and respectable .871 OPS against Price all-time.
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto ($3,900 at PHI): As long as Joey Bats (thigh) is over his thigh injury, he’ll be a DFS force against Jeremy Hellickson, whom he knows well from Hellboy’s days on the Tampa Bay Rays. Bautista is a .367 hitter (11-for-30) with a double, triple, three homers and six RBI while amassing a 1.224 OPS against the Phillies right-hander.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit ($4,300 at KC): Another Detroit stack? Yep, against Royals LHP Danny Duffy you’ll be glad you did. Cabrera doesn’t have an extensive history against the lefty, but has posted three doubles and four RBI with an .895 OPS in his 21 at-bat history against the southpaw. And he generally hits well at Kauffman Stadium.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit ($4,100 at CHW): Castellanos hasn’t hit for high average against lefties this season, but he has golfed out four homers with a double and triple in just 58 at-bats vs. LHP.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detroit ($5,300 at CHW): Kinsler shines against left-handed pitching, so you’ll certainly want him in your stack. Kinsler is hitting .394 (26-for-66) with three doubles, a triple, three homers and 11 RBI with a 1.020 OPS against southpaws this season.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore (vs. TOR): Davis has managed two doubles and two homers with an .866 OPS against Blue Jays RHP R.A. Dickey, and he has a respectable .259 average against the knuckleballer. More importantly, 12 of his 16 homers have come against right-handed pitching, and he has four homers against Toronto pitching, more than against any other club this season while coming in just 21 total at-bats.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland ($4,100 vs. CHW): Lindor leads the majors with 27 hits against left-handed pitching, posting a .346 (27-for-78) average with three doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and an .881 OPS. His hitting skills will be on display against the shaky LHP Carlos Rodon of the Pale Hose.
Alex Rodriguez, DH, N.Y. Yankees (vs. MIN): A-Rod hasn’t been posting eye-popping numbers this season, but he could have a day Sunday. He has picked on Twins RHP Ervin Santana before, going 12-for-39 (.308) with four homers, 11 RBI and a solid .987 OPS.