Daily fantasy baseball: Start Odorizzi, Trout to win Thursday's games
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Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays (vs. Blue Jays) -- Odorizzi bounced back from his worst start of the season, tossing seven shutout, one-hit innings, striking out seven and walking three. In his last start against the Blue Jays, he gave up two earned runs and fanned seven batters in 6 2/3 innings. Odorizzi is still striking out nearly 10 batters per nine innings, and his FIP is nearly a full half-run less than his 4.03 ERA.
Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners (@ Rangers, Robbie Ross) -- Seager is riding a eight-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 10-for-31 with three homers, a double and five RBI. Seager is up to 22 homers and an .823 OPS on the year. He has been the most consistent offensive weapon for the surprising Mariners this season, running up 5.4 fWAR to date.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (@ Twins, Kyle Gibson) -- The top outfielders are only projected for four points on Thursday, and that makes Trout a great play. Trout has scuffled of late, getting just two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but this is truly a value play. In addition, he has still been hitting for power relatively consistently, belting out three bombs in his last 10 games.
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers (@ Indians) -- Scherzer has scuffled recently, but he can put up a big-time strikeout total on Thursday. He has fanned 24 batters in his last 18 2/3 innings.
Roenis Elias, Seattle Mariners (@ Rangers) -- After Scherzer and Odorizzi, Elias is probably the biggest strikeout pitcher on the board on Thursday.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays (vs. Blue Jays, Mark Buehrle) -- Longoria went 2-for-4 with a homer on Wednesday and is slashing .287/.388/.481 against lefties this year.
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles (vs. Reds, Mike Leake) -- Davis has three homers and 10 RBI in his last eight games.
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (@ Yankees, Chris Capuano) -- Betts took an 0-for-4 on Wednesday, but was 7-for-14 with two doubles and a homer in his previous three games.
Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees (vs. Red Sox, Brandon Workman) -- Gardner has five hits in his last 12 at-bats, including a double, triple and homer. He has a .810 OPS against righties this season.