Jon Lester has won each of his first three starts with Oakland and is a good option to record his fourth in as many games Sunday night vs. the Braves.
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By Michael Beller
August 17, 2014

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Jon Lester, A’s (@ Braves) – Lester has made three starts for the A’s thus far, all against AL Central opponents, and has won all three. Two of those were against streaking Kansas City, and the Royals got to him for three runs in both games. He tossed a complete game shutout against the Twins in his other start for Oakland, striking out eight while allowing just three hits. He draws a Braves team on Sunday that has the fourth-highest strikeout rate at 22.6 percent.

Jose Reyes, Blue Jays (@ White Sox, Scott Carroll) – Reyes is on an eight-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 13-for-37 with two doubles, four RBI and two steals. He entered the streak with a .282/.332/.410 slash line, and he’s now up to .290/.337/.412. He has only faced Carroll three times, but he has two hits, including a triple, and an RBI.

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Corey Dickerson, Rockies (vs. Reds, Mat Latos) – Dickerson had one hit – a double – on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s 16-for-39 with three homers, three doubles and 12 RBI during the streak, increasing his line to .322/.376/.576 from .309/.373/.547. He has never faced Latos in his career, but he’s slashing .328/.381/.595 against righties this year.

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Jake Arrieta, Cubs (@ Mets) – Arrieta allowed just two runs while striking out four batters in 7 1/3 innings against the Brewers in his last start.

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (vs. Padres) – One of the best pitchers in the league against the very worst offense in the league? Yeah, that’s a good formula in daily fantasy games.


Jose Abreu, White Sox (vs. Blue Jays, Drew Hutchison) – Abreu is 6-for-12 with three RBI and a walk in his last three games.

Dee Gordon, Dodgers (vs. Brewers, Wily Peralta) – Gordon went 0-for-4 on Saturday, but was 7-for-13 in his three previous games.


Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (vs. Reds, Mat Latos) – Blackmon is 6-for-14 with a double and two RBI in his last three games.

Kole Calhoun, Angels (@ Rangers, Nick Tepesch) – Calhoun is riding a seven-game hitting streak, hitting an even .500 (17-for-34) with a pair of homers in that stretch.

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