Matt Harrison - $26,785. Matt Harrison has never played the Padres in his career, though he will try to remain on his extraordinary pitching streak– not allowing a run in 16.1 innings. That streak isn’t the only thing Harrisonhas done well, however. He has posted a Quality Start in each of his last five games to go along with four wins. While he hasn’t struck out too many batters - just 5.1 per nine innings in those five outings -Harrison has managed to put up decent fantasy numbers over that 5-game span: 6.18 FP/10k. Not only does Harrison get to pitch at PetcoPark, he has the benefit of facing San Diego, the MLB’s 29th-ranked offense. It is a mouth-watering start for fantasy players, and the matchup should be taken advantage of.
Wade Miley - $25,303. Like Harrison, Miley has never faced off against the team he will pitch against today. Another thing similar to Harrison is Miley has quickly collected four wins and five Quality Starts, though it took him six outings to do so, as opposed to Harrison’s five. Over the last five starts, the Arizona left-hander has a slightly better strikeout-per-nine ratio than Harrison, at 5.7, but faces a slightly better hitting team, ranked 20th among all MLB teams. Sure, Miley has a lesser track record and, sure, he is facing a better offense, but when you can purchase him for $1,482 cheaper, he’s worth the buy-in.
Adrian Beltre - $7,298. Yo, Adrian! In Beltre’s last four games, he has scored 7.5 FP/10k, proving that he is starting to warm up; and Beltre warming up is not a good thing for opposing pitchers! Not only is he starting to get hot, but he will also look forward to hitting in PetcoPark for a few days, a place he has had moderate success in his career: a .284 batting average, four homeruns and seven doubles with five stolen bases. That’s not flashy, but when you mix it with what he has done the last four games, it could equate into a decent fantasy day against a very bad pitcher, Jason Marquis, who he is batting .438 lifetime against.
Albert Pujols - $8,503. We do realize that he is 1-for-12 in his last three games, but that one hit was a homerun, something that he has done twice to Matt Cain in his career. Cain is coming off of a perfect game, in which he punched out fourteen Astros and made Giants history. With that being said, it is hard for many pitchers to come back and have solid outings after throwing arguably the best game of their life. For Cain, it could be quite difficult, seeing that he has to face one of baseball’s all-time greats. In Pujols’ lifetime against Mr. Perfect, he is hitting .571 with four walks, two dingers, and five driven in. While fourteen at-bats is a small sample-size, we should have faith in the stats and arguably the best hitter in the game to improve on those career numbers.
Alcides Escobar - $6,110. Alcides Escobar isn’t very good, but he has some speed, allowing him to post fantasy numbers. With three stolen bases in the last seven games, Escobar is a viable asset for those of you willing to invest in speed. For those who already have been using him, you guys would notice that he has not only stolen bases, but he’s been getting base hits. With seven hits in the last seven games, the man known as Alcides has contributed 5.73 FP/10k over the seven games. He should be a decent start against the veteran Randy Wolf, who has a 5.06 ERA on the year.Play Now!