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  • 18 Jul
    导出博客文章Well that was fun, but now its time to get back to the grind and go about
    helping you with all things fantasy baseball. The good news is since were coming
    off the break, all the teams have their rotations set so we can plan
    accordingly. Oh wait, no they dont. Were awaiting word from the desert and the
    Arizona Diamondbacks as theyve been mum on their plans. We even had our first
    post-break scratch as the Oakland Athletics are giving Rich Hill a couple of
    extra days for his blister to heal. Everyone else is raring to go and no doubt,
    so are you, so lets put the break behind us and get to it.PitchingEliteIts hard
    to believe Madison Bumgarner will turn just 27 years old on Aug. 1. Maybe in a
    few years the narrative will be how many miles the southpaw has on his priceless
    left arm, but for now hes one of the most reliable and durable hurlers in the
    league. Who cares if he worked an inning in the All-Star Game, the San Francisco
    Giants are giving him the ball against the San Diego Padres in Petco Field.
    Careful though, the Friars are perceived as a weak offensive unit but they own
    the fourth-best weighted on base average (wOBA) versus lefties in the league.
    However, they also whiff at an accelerated clip in those conditions, which gives
    Bumgarner and his 10.1 K/9 a great platform to have a big game. Some may be
    scared off by the Padres prowess versus left-handers, but thats a mistake.As
    expected, Stephen Strasburg will open the second half for the Washington
    Nationals, taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a home affair. Strasburg last
    worked on July 8, but with his recent back and rib woes, the club wanted to make
    sure he was good to go after his bullpen session on Tuesday. It wont be easy for
    the right-hander as the Bucs hit righties well, but theyre also very punchout
    prone. Bumgarner looks better for cash with Strasburg having the edge in GPP
    play.Despite the break, Carlos Carrasco will be working on standard rest, which
    is a good thing since he was sent to the showers early last time out. The New
    York Yankees knocked the Cleveland Indians?righty out after he pitched just 3
    2/3 innings, throwing only 81 pitches. That was one of the few blemishes on a
    solid first half that was interrupted by a stint on the disabled list with a
    hamstring issue. The catch is that in the spring, many expected Carrasco to be
    better than just solid. True, he opens the second half borderline elite but some
    of that is matchup driven. If youre in a seasonal league and need some pitching
    help down the stretch, Carrasco is a great arm to target. Fridays date with the
    Minnesota Twins in Target Field is a nice launching point. The home team is
    average versus right-handers though it is susceptible to a strikeout pitcher.
    Use Carrasco with confidence in all DFS formats.SolidIf theres one pitcher who
    really needs to kick off the post-break action with a strong effort, its Chris
    Archer. The problem is hes tasked with slowing down the high-flying Baltimore
    Orioles, albeit at home in Tropicana Field. Strikeouts have not been an issue
    for the Tampa Bay Rays right-hander; control and homers, however, have been
    major concerns. The visitors wOBA versus righties is second best in the league,
    but they also whiff a lot, rendering Archer a prototypical GPP hurler.Anthony
    DeSclafani hopes the long layoff wont slow the roll he was on. The Cincinnati
    Reds right-hander was in a groove after missing the first couple months of the
    season with a strained left oblique. In the four outings previous to the break,
    the last of which was nine days ago, DeSclafani fanned an impressive 25 to only
    three walks in those 27 2/3 innings. Hes in a great spot to build on that as the
    Milwaukee Brewers and the leagues poorest strikeout rate versus righties open a
    series in the Great American Ballpark. The punchout potential yields DeSclafani
    as a fine tournament option with a floor safe enough to use in DFS cash play as
    well.Justin Verlanders walk and whiff rates are on a par with when he was one of
    the top hurlers in the league. However, hes serving up more homers and isnt
    going as deep into games. The Detroit Tigers righty is still capable of a
    dominating performance at any time; theres also more of a chance he turns in a
    clunker. The Kansas City Royals open the post-break festivities in Motown,
    toting a league-average offense into Comerica Park. Theres nothing special
    giving Verlander a high DFS ceiling, but theres also nothing hurting his floor.
    If youre playing just one contest there are better options, but if youre a
    multi-lineup grinder, youll want some exposure.If you own Kyle Hendricks in
    seasonal leagues, beware, regression is impending. That said, the landing point
    is still quite useful assuming his actual 2.55 ERA adds just the run portended
    by his 3.46 FIP and 3.85 xFIP. The Chicago Cubs righty is better suited for DFS
    cash action since his floor is more bankable than hoping for a high strikeout
    effort. This is especially true with the Texas Rangers visiting Wrigley Field as
    the guests dont whiff much. However, keep in mind this is an afternoon contest
    so it wont be on the main DFS slates.The fact Jaime Garcia is still healthy
    aside, there are some disappointed with his 4.01 ERA, after all he posted a 2.43
    mark last season. Well, it appears 2015 is the outlier as the St. Louis
    Cardinals leftys 2016 numbers are in line with the years previous to last
    seasons stellar campaign. However, it wouldnt be shocking if nine days between
    starts serves to recharge the oft-injured veteran. The visiting Miami Marlins
    offer Garcia a nice platform to get things going as theyre about average versus
    southpaws with an above-average strikeout rate. Garcia is a cheaper option for
    tournament play.Bud Norris has absolutely stunk when facing the Arizona
    Diamondbacks, sporting a 13.93 ERA in 21 1/3 innings, covering eight appearances
    with three of those in relief. Guess how many occurred this year? One -- thats
    it, just one. Norris faced the Snakes twice in 2009 (one start), another start
    in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 with a relief outing in 2013. But yet the
    prevailing analysis will be to fade Norris based on stuff that happened when the
    D-backs lineup was completely different. This is not to say that Norris will
    exact revenge, only that previous outcomes should be categorically ignored. This
    is a road game in a hitters park, that hurts Norris. But the hosts fan at an
    above-average clip and Norris has punched out 40 in his past 35 1/3 innings.
    Looks like the perfect chance to get low ownership on a GPP-worthy
    hurler.StreamersMost head-to-head leagues roll the short week into next week, so
    theres not as much urgency as in a normal Friday, so well proceed with a little
    more caution than normal. If a pitcher is skipped and you want some quick
    analysis, please post in the comments or shoot me a Tweet to @ToddZola.Obviously
    Lucas Harrell isnt a 1.32 ERA pitcher, but his strikeout and walk rates are
    decent enough to be in play for his date with the Colorado Rockies in Turner
    Field as he and the Atlanta Braves embark on the second half.The Tampa Bay Rays
    are two different teams. Theres the version that pounds lefties, then theres the
    one that will face Yovani Gallardo. The Baltimore Orioles right-hander is a
    viable streamer as he gets a nice park upgrade and faces a club with a 25
    percent strikeout rate against righties.Hector Santiago has had serious issues
    with the long ball, despite calling Angels Stadium home. The Chicago White Sox
    visit the homer-suppressing venue for a weekend set with the Los Angeles Angels.
    Aiding the Halos lefty is the Pale Hose will tote one of the lowest home run
    rates versus left-handers to Anaheim.Toronto Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman has
    pitched a full run better than his actual 4.89 ERA, at least according to his
    expected ERA. Look for the correction to begin with a road tilt against the
    Oakland Athletics.At home hes a gas can but on the road against the Atlanta
    Braves, Colorado Rockies southpaw Jorge De La Rosa warrants a spot start.The
    rumor is the Philadelphia Phillies are looking to move Jeremy Hellickson to a
    contender. The veteran right-hander auditions versus the New York Mets in
    Citizens Bank Park against a lineup checking in with a below-average wOBA versus
    righties along with an above-average strikeout rate in those conditions.Not only
    is James Paxton in the mix as a streamer as the Houston Astros visit Safeco
    Field for a set with the Seattle Mariners but hes also a decent GPP play with
    intriguing strikeout upside.AvoidNot surprisingly, the list of hurlers to
    completely avid is short since teams get to reorder their rotations with the
    lesser arms at the back end. Only Miguel Gonzalez and Martin Perez have
    projected Game Scores in the avoid range. Perez is definitely too dangerous,
    though if you have a high tolerance for risk, using Gonzalez can be
    justifiedHitting DFS play is always more interesting when theres no clear-cut,
    obvious stack. The best locale is in the Queens City as the Red will take aim
    against the right-handed slants of the Brewers?Matt Garza. Joey Votto and Jay
    Bruce make a perfect two-man stack with the platoon edge, while Adam Duvall and
    Eugenio Suarez have the pop desired for GPP action.The Chicago Cubs entered the
    break on a tailspin, but it was from more their pitching than sticks. Expect the
    bats to pick right back up with Rangers southpaw Martin Perez on the Wrigley
    Field mound. Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Ben Zobrist are the primary
    targets, though adding Anthony Rizzo could work since many will fade due to the
    left-on-left matchup. Rizzo can handle southpaws, plus in all likelihood hell
    see some bullpen arms. Addison Russell and Javier Baez are nice additions to a
    full tournament stack.An under-the-radar stack is the San Francisco Giants in
    Petco Park against Andrew Cashner. Brandon is the centerpiece along with fellow
    lefties Denard Span and Brandon Crawford. Switch-hitter Angel Pagan is in play
    from the 2-hole with Buster Posey always an option.Most likely to hit a homer:
    Miguel CabreraWhile it wasnt a true break as Cabrera made his annual trip to the
    All-Star Game, the four-day respite likely served him well. Look for the
    recharged slugger to take Ian Kennedy as the Royals righty ended the first half
    with an unsightly 1.9 HR/9.Most likely to steal a base: Billy HamiltonChalk it
    is as the Milwaukee Brewers dont defend the running game well, giving Hamilton
    free run of the basepaths.
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