Daily Fantasy Baseball: Strasburg, Coghlan the best starts for Aug. 14
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Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (@ Mets) -- Surprisingly enough, Strasburg hasn’t started against the Mets this year. He got shelled by the Braves his last time out, but in his two starts before that he allowed a total of one run with 14 strikeouts in 14 innings. The Mets are hitting just .238/.309/.359 with a 21-percent strikeout rate on the year. Strasburg should dominate this team, making him a great choice in daily fantasy leagues on Thursday.
Victor Martinez, Tigers (vs. Pirates, Francisco Liriano) -- Martinez has had a strong August, slashing .353/.424/.510 with two home runs and 13 RBI. He’s 8-for-22 with a double, three runs, five RBI and six walks in his last five games, and has absolutely owned Liriano in their respective careers. Martinez is 13-for-27 with a home run, six doubles and seven RBI against the Pirates’ lefty.
Chris Coghlan, Cubs (vs. Brewers, Mike Fiers) -- Coghlan entered July with a .206/.280/.327 slash line for the season. He has been one of the hottest hitters in the league since, hitting .376/.449/.600 with three homers and 10 doubles in July and .326/.392/.609 with six doubles thus far in August. That brought his season slash up to .291/.365/.483 with six home runs, 19 doubles, four triples and 23 RBI.
John Lackey, Cardinals (vs. Padres) -- The pitcher doesn’t really matter here, as much as the opponent. It always makes sense to pick on the Padres.
Max Scherzer, Tigers (vs. Pirates) -- Scherzer has allowed four runs on 18 hits while striking out 21 batters in his last 22 innings.
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (vs. Brewers, Mike Fiers) -- Rizzo has homered in two straight games, upping his season slash line to .278/.378/.507 with 27 roundtrippers.
Chris Carter, Astros (@ Red Sox, Allen Webster) -- Carter has been among the hottest hitters in baseball, going 13-for-31 with six homers and 14 RBI in his last eight games.
Ryan Braun, Brewers (@ Cubs, Edwin Jackson) -- Braun is hitting .344/.382/.531 with six doubles in 34 career plate appearances against Jackson.
Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (vs. Reds, Alfredo Simon) -- Blackmon went 3-for-5 on Wednesday and loves hitting at home. He’s slashing .332/.385/.537 with 11 homers at Coors Field this year.