David Ortiz has five home runs and 12 RBI in his last seven games, all of which contribute to him being one of the must-plays in the July 28 Fannation fantasy baseball throwdown game.
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Yu Darvish, Rangers (vs. Yankees) – Darvish faced the Yankees in a rain-shortened game last week, allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. While his recent performance has left a bit to be desired, he continues to rack up the strikeouts. You have to go all the way back to May 22 to find a start in which he didn’t strike out more than a batter per inning. In his last 65 innings he has whiffed 88 batters.
David Ortiz, Red Sox (vs. Blue Jays, R.A. Dickey) – Ortiz went a full three games without leaving the yard, so he made sure to take care of that on Sunday. That gives him five home runs and 12 RBI in his last seven games. He has done quite well against Dickey in their respective careers, touching up the knuckleballer for a .333/.412/.867 slash line with two homers and two doubles.
Yoenis Cespedes, A’s (@ Astros, Brett Oberholtzer) – Cespedes is riding an eight-game hit streak, during which he has gone 12-for-34 with three homers, three doubles and nine RBI. Moreover, he is 4-for-10 against Oberholtzer with a home run, double and two walks. Cespedes is the best among many good outfield plays for Monday’s action.
Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals (@ Marlins) – After struggling his last two times out, Zimmermann should get back on track against a Marlins team that is hitting .254/.319/.380 this season.
Ervin Santana, Braves (vs. Padres) – When in doubt, pick on the Padres. Madison Bumgarner just missed the cut, here.
Todd Frazier, Reds (vs. Diamondbacks, Chase Anderson) – Frazier is hitting .289/.348/.568 at the Great American Ballpark this season.
Starlin Castro, Cubs (vs. Rockies, Yohan Flande) – Castro is mired in a slump, but he is slashing .313/.380/.422 against lefties on the year.
Michael Morse, Giants (vs. Pirates, Vance Worley) – Morse has had success in limited at-bats against Worley, going 2-for-5 with a walk. He has also been a better hitter at home, putting up a .293/.347/.453 line at AT&T Park.
Bryce Harper, Nationals (@ Marlins, Nathan Eovaldi) – The bet here is that Harper gets going sooner rather than later, and chances are strong that it would happen with a righty on the mound.