Goldschmidt, Dickerson must-plays in today's Daily Fantasy
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Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (@ Cubs) – Wainwright has struggled a bit against the Cubs this year, allowing a total of 12 runs on 24 hits in three starts. He also got touched up for four runs in just 4 2/3 innings against the Rays his last time out. Never mind all that, though. Wainwright is a great play in almost any daily game, and should be able to handle a team that is slashing just .238/.298/.385 this season. If he can make someone other than Anthony Rizzo or Starlin Castro beat him, he’ll have a lot of success.
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (@ Phillies, Roberto Hernandez) – Before taking an 0-for-4 (with two walks) on Saturday, Goldschmidt had been swinging a hot bat for about a week. In the seven games between July 18 and 25, he went 9-for-25 with two homers, three doubles and five RBI. He’s just 1-for-7 against Hernandez in his career, but sports a .263/.396/.579 line in 11 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Corey Dickerson, Rockies (vs. Pirates, Edinson Volquez) – Dickerson checks all the boxes that daily fantasy owners should look for in a player. First, he has been hitting well of late, going 12-for-37 with two homers, three doubles and six RBI in his last 10 games. Second, he has a good brief history against Volquez, with three hits – including two doubles – in five career at-bats against the Pittsburgh righty. Finally, he rakes at Coors Field, batting .369/.432/.677 at home this season.
Mike Minor, Braves (vs. Padres) – Minor has been terrible of late, but we’ll know he’s truly a lost cause if he struggles with the Padres on Sunday.
Hyun-jin Ryu, Dodgers (@ Giants) – Ryu shut down the Giants in his only start against them this year, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing just four hits.
Alexei Ramirez, White Sox (@ Twins, Yohan Pino) – Ramirez is 9-for-22 with two homers, four runs and four RBI in his last five games.
Robinson Cano, Mariners (vs. Orioles, Miguel Gonzalez) – Cano is hitting .325/.373/.454 at home this year and .356/.422/.498 against righties.
Nelson Cruz, Orioles (@ Mariners, Roenis Elias) – Cruz has slowed a bit at the plate recently, but he’s mashing lefties to the tune of .353/.456/.600 on the year.
Mike Trout, Angels (vs. Tigers, Rick Porcello) – Trout is 4-for-12 with a homer, six RBI and two walks against Porcello.