Daily Fantasy Baseball: Bumgarner, Ortiz among Aug. 8 must-plays
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Madison Bumgarner, Giants (@ Royals) -- Bumgarner’s performance over the last six weeks has been a bit uneven. When he has been bad, he’s had his doors blown off. In five non-quality starts since the last week of June, he has allowed a total of 24 runs in 34 1/3 innings. In four quality starts in that same timeframe, he has surrendered just one run across 31 frames. The bet here is that against a team like the Royals, the good Bumgarner will show up. He deserves your attention in daily fantasy leagues on Friday.
David Ortiz, Red Sox (@ Angels, Jered Weaver) -- Ortiz has been scuffling a bit at the plate for about two weeks now. He’s just 8-for-38 since July 23, and earned himself a day off on Thursday. However, a matchup with Weaver could be the cure for what ails him. In 43 career plate appearances against the Angels’ righty, Ortiz is slashing .297/.372/.595 with three homers, two doubles, five walks and 10 RBI. Ortiz has a great chance to get back on track out on the West Coast on Friday night.
Mark Trumbo, Diamondbacks (vs. Colorado, Tyler Matzek) -- Trumbo has yet to hit a home run since coming off the DL, but his bat has started to come around in the last week or so. Over his last seven games, Trumbo is 9-for-25 with two doubles, two walks and three RBI. Trumbo has also raked against lefties this season, slashing .275/.356/.550 with three homers in 45 plate appearances. All the signs point to Trumbo being a profitable player for daily fantasy leaguers.
• Chris Archer, Rays (@ Cubs) -- Archer can remind the pitching-needy Cubs what they lost when they dealt him to the Rays for Matt Garza back in 2011.
• Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (@ Braves) -- These two familiar foes face off for the third time this season on Friday. Any time Strasburg gets to go up against a team that whiffs as frequently as the Braves do, it’s a good matchup for him.
• Ian Kinsler, Tigers (@ Blue Jays, R.A. Dickey) -- Kinsler is just 2-for-10 against Dickey in his career, but both of those hits left the yard.
• Matt Adams, Cardinals (@ Orioles, Chris Tillman) -- Adams took an 0-for-4 on Thursday, but he was 6-for-14 with a double and two RBI in his previous four games.
• Chris Coghlan, Cubs (vs. Rays, Chris Archer) -- Coghlan is among the hottest hitters in baseball, going 13-for-28 with a homer, triple, three doubles and three RBI in his last seven starts.
• Carlos Gomez, Brewers (vs. Dodgers, Roberto Hernandez) -- Gomez has only two hits in eight career at-bats against Hernandez, but those hits are a double and a home run.