Thursday’s games feature some aces on the hill throughout the league, including Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner, and Noah Syndergaard. While there may be a lot of K’s, there are some opportunities to find value, even against some of these hard-throwing starters. So who should we deploy in our Daily Fantasy Leagues?
Trea Turner – The Nationals speedster looks to continue his success against Julio Teheran on Thursday. In 15 AB, he has 7 hits and 2 walks against just 3 punchouts. Even if the Nationals get Teheran out of the game, Turner enjoys playing the Braves. He’s a .352 career hitter against Atlanta with a .957 OPS. This season alone he’s batting .458 in 26 PA against Washington’s division rival.
Freddie Freeman – Yeah, that’s right, I’m doubling down on my Freeman pick from yesterday. But I have good reason. Freeman has a lot of success against Nationals’ veteran Stephen Strasburg. In 53 at bats, he’s pounded out 18 hits, 10 of which have gone for extra bases, and 4 of those are homers. Overall, he’s slashing a healthy .340/.413/.679 in his career against Strasburg.
Brett Gardner – The Yankees and Rays continue their duel in the Bronx, and the Rays will send Charlie Morton to the mound. Morton has success against the Yankees in the past, namely the 2017 postseason, but Brett Gardner has had his number. Gardner has a .571/.625/1.357 slash against the former Astro in 16 PA, including 2 doubles and 3 homers. So, essentially Gardner rattles off an extra base hit in just under 1/3 of his trips to the plate against Morton. Gardner is hitting .296 overall in the last 30 days.
Keston Hiura – Forget historical data. Forget that he has zero professional at bats against fellow rookie Merrill Kelly. Since being recalled on June 28, Hiura is on fire, batting .367 overall. But it’s his more recent stretch that’s really impressive. In his last 23 at bats, Keston Hiura is batting .609 with a 1.841 OPS. He’s got a hit in 7 consecutive games and 5 of those games are multi-hit. Hiura was a prospect known for his hitting ability, and he’s found a groove for the time being. Ride the wave!
Noah Syndergaard – The Mets are in San Francisco to battle a Giants team that has won 12 out of 14 games, including a 4 game sweep of Colorado. Still, Thor has had plenty of success against this Giants lineup. With 82 combined plate appearances, not one Giant has an OPS greater than .667, and not one Giant has ever homered off of Syndergaard. Now, all good things come to an end, but of all the pitching matchups today, this is far and away the best one for your deployment.
The Leadoff Batter Report Card: Let’s see how I did on yesterday’s games. You can read my analysis here.
Freddie Freeman: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R Grade: D
Jose Abreu: 2-4, 1 R Grade: B
Eddie Rosario: 0-4, 1 RBI Grade: D
Danny Santana: 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R Grade: A+
Mike Clevinger: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 W Grade: A
OVERALL GRADE for games of 7/17: C+
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