Yu Darvish, Adrian Gonzalez highlight Daily Fantasy's must-plays
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Yu Darvish, Rangers (@ Astros) – Darvish was great against the Indians his last time out. Despite taking a no-decision, he held them to one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings, and struck out eight. In his last four starts, he has allowed a total of six runs in 25 innings while fanning 33 batters. The Astros roughed him up a bit the last time out, but his previous start against them yielded eight shutout innings with just one hit and nine strikeouts. Darvish certainly has the upper hand in Saturday’s unofficial rubber match.
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers (@ Brewers, Mike Fiers) – Gonzalez is 5-for-7 with a double, homer, two walks, two runs and four RBI in his last two games. He desperately needed a few good games, as he had just one hit in his previous 18 at-bats. Right-hander Fiers presents a good matchup for Gonzalez on Saturday, as the Dodgers’ first baseman is hitting .298/.359/.524 with 15 homers against righties this year.
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (vs. Tigers, Max Scherzer) – Bautista is a great play in daily fantasy leagues today, both because of how he has been swinging the bat lately and his history with Scherzer. He’s 10-for-29 with two homers, two doubles and eight RBI in his last eight games. Bautista has owned Scherzer in their respective careers, going 8-for-14 with a homer and four doubles, translating to a .571/.647/1.071 slash line in 17 plate appearances.
Jake Odorizzi, Rays (@ Cubs) – Odorizzi has a 25.8-percent strikeout rate this year, and should be able to take advantage of a Cubs team that has the third-highest strikeout rate in the league.
Cole Hamels, Philles (vs. Mets) – Hamels dominated the Mets two starts ago, tossing eight scoreless innings while fanning eight batters and allowing six hits.
Josh Donaldson, A’s (vs. Twins, Trevor May) – Donaldson is riding a modest five game hitting streak, and he has also drawn five walks in that span.
Ian Kinsler, Tigers (@ Blue Jays, Marcus Stroman) – Kinsler is 5-for-9 with a double and two RBI in his last two games, raising his season average to .290/.321/.434.
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (@ Reds, Alfredo Simon) – Stanton has left the yard in each of his last two games and five times in his last nine contests.
Adam Jones, Orioles (vs. Cardinals, John Lackey) – Jones had a great game on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk. He has three homers in 53 career plate appearances against Lackey.