Hyun-jin Ryu, Jose Abreu must-plays in today's Daily Fantasy
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Hyun-jin Ryu, Dodgers (vs. Cubs) – Ryu has settled after allowing seven runs to the Tigers in 2 1/3 innings back on July 8. In three starts since that blowup, he has surrendered a total of five runs with 22 strikeouts in 19 innings. He takes on a Cubs team on Saturday that is hitting .240/.300/.383 with a .302 wOBA and 87 weighted runs created plus. They also have the third-highest strikeout rate in the league at 22.7 percent.
Jose Abreu, White Sox (vs. Twins, Yohan Pino) – Until someone proves they can get Abreu out with the slightest measure of consistency, he’s going to be the guy in daily fantasy leagues. The White Sox’ first baseman went 3-for-3 with a hit by pitch and an RBI Friday. He’s now slashing .310/.364/.639 with a league-leading 31 homers and 84 RBI. He’s 36-for-76 with four homers, 11 doubles and 15 RBI on his current 21-game hitting streak.
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (vs. Reds, Homer Bailey) – Stanton comes into Saturday’s action swinging a hot bat, having homered in three straight games. In his last four contests, he’s 4-for-13 with those three bombs, a double and five RBI. Stanton hadn’t homered since July 19 before going on this barrage, which qualifies as a serious drought for the slugging Miami right fielder. Meanwhile, Homer Bailey has struggled keeping balls in the yard this year, allowing 16 home runs in 131 2/3 innings. His 1.09 homers surrendered per nine innings is the 17th-most in the majors.
Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals (vs. Phillies) – Zimmermann did struggle his last time out against the Phillies, but they remain a good matchup for the Washington righty. He held them to eight scoreless in his first start against them this season.
Jon Lester, A’s (vs. Royals) – Lester makes his A’s debut against the Royals, a team he just shut out for eight innings while allowing only four hits and striking out eight on July 20.
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers (@ Cardinals, Justin Masterson) – Lucroy had been in a mini-slump, but went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk on Friday.
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (vs. Rockies, Tyler Matzek) – Cabrera is 6-for-16 with a pair of walks in his last four games, and now carries a .312/.367/.525 slash line for the season.
Mike Trout, Angels (@ Rays, Chris Archer) – Trout is 4-for-7 with two walks against Archer in his career and is 6-for-14 with a homer, double, triple and two free passes in his last four games.
Gregory Polanco, Pirates (@ Diamondbacks, Chase Anderson) – Polanco has five hits in his last 13 at-bats, and is hitting .290/.371/.387 against righties in his rookie year.