Daily Fantasy Baseball: Freeman, Jones among must-plays for Aug. 11
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Felix Hernandez, Mariners (vs. Blue Jays) -- The last time Hernandez gave up more than two runs in a start, there were still eight teams alive in both the NBA and NHL playoffs. Since then, he has posted 15 straight starts allowing two or fewer runs while going at least seven innings. In that stretch, he has a 1.42 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 114 frames. At this point, it really doesn’t matter which team Hernandez is facing or what his projected score is. Daily fantasy leaguers should simply pick him with confidence.
Freddie Freeman, Braves (vs. Dodgers, Kevin Correia) -- Freeman has been swinging the bat well lately, going 8-for-15 with a homer, two doubles, four RBI and two walks in his last four games. He has a brief history with Correia, getting three hits in seven at-bats against the Dodgers’ righty. Freeman has been better against righties than lefties this season, slashing .295/.385/.489 when he has the platoon advantage.
Adam Jones, Orioles (vs. Yankees, Chris Capuano) -- Baltimore improbably enjoys the largest division lead of any current first place team, and Jones has been right at the center of pushing the Orioles to the top of the AL East. They just took two of three from the Cardinals over the weekend, with Jones going 5-for-12 with a homer and three runs scored. He is crushing lefties this year, hitting .370/.432/.672 in 132 plate appearances.
Sonny Gray, A’s, (@ Royals) -- Gray allowed one run on three hits while striking out seven in seven innings against the Royals two starts ago.
Julio Teheran, Braves (vs. Dodgers) -- Teheran started against the Dodgers a week ago, surrendering just two runs and striking out nine batters in eight innings.
Victor Martinez, Tigers (@ Pirates, Jeff Locke) -- Martinez is slashing .342/.435/.553 with two homers and 10 RBI in 46 plate appearances in August.
Evan Longoria, Rays (@ Rangers, Colby Lewis) -- Despite his struggles this year, Longoria is a solid play with a good matchup in a great hitter’s park on Monday.
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (vs. Cardinals, Shelby Miller) -- Stanton hit his fourth home run in August on Sunday, and is now slashing .290/.390/.554 on the season.
Gregory Polanco, Pirates (vs. Tigers, Justin Verlander) -- Polanco is 7-for-16 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI in his last four games.