Daily fantasy baseball: Start Strasburg, Bautista on Saturday
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Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (@ Mariners) – Strasburg made it through just four innings his last time out, allowing five runs on eight hits against the Giants. In his two previous starts, though, he allowed a grand total of one earned run and six hits with 12 strikeouts in 15 innings. The Mariners are struggling recently, having lost their last two games and going jut 5-5 in their last 10 games. Strasburg can take advantage of this lineup.
Chris Carter, Astros (vs. Twins, Kyle Gibson) – Carter has slowed down a bit from his pace set a earlier this week, but he still has five hits and three homers in his last five games. He’s a better hitter at home than on the road, slashing .236/.309/.532 at Minute Maid Park. He’s also 2-for-6 in his career against Gibson. Daily fantasy gamers might need a homer out of Carter for him to turn a profit, but that’s a solid bet on Saturday.
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (vs. Yankees, Michael Pineda) – Bautista has been on a power binge at the plate, hitting home runs in each of his last three games. He’s 4-for-12 with those three bombs, four runs, three RBI and a walk in his last three games. He has struggled against Pineda in his career, but he’s a great player to ride given the way he is swinging the bat.
Jake Odorizzi, Rays (vs. Red Sox) – Odorizzi should be able to bounce back from his worst outing of the season against the Red Sox on Saturday. Look for big strikeout numbers, here.
Zack Greinke, Dodgers (@ Padres) – Greinke had a rough pair of starts earlier this month, but has allowed just three runs in his last 12 innings, and is always a good play against the Padres in San Diego.
Evan Longoria, Rays (vs. Red Sox, Allen Webster) – Longroria is 7-for-16 with a homer, double and four RBI in his last four games.
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays (vs. Yankees, Michael Pineda) – Encarnacion has made his hits count since coming off the disabled list, getting four extra-base hits and six RBI in the last 10 days.
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (vs. Reds, Alfredo Simon) – McCutchen is hitting .294/.368/.471 with a homer against Simon in his career.
Michael Brantley, Indians (@ Royals, James Shields) – Brantley hasn’t hit for much power against Shields, but he’s 10-for-30 with four RBI when facing the Kansas City righty.