James McDonald - $23,409. At McDonald’s current price, he should be played every time he starts, regardless of matchup. But he should especially be played today as he faces the middle-of-the-road Phillies. He only has a 6-3 record, but his ERA is third best in the league at just 2.19, and he just had put up 21.00-points against the Twins last time out. Though the Phillies are a better offensive team than Minnesota, both teams are around the league average of 306 runs. With McDonald being one of the best pitchers in the league this year, and the Phillies’ pitcher Joe Blanton struggling to fool hitters, there’s a good chance that McDonald gets the win. Take advantage of McDonald’s crazy low price tag, before it disappears.
Christopher Archer - $20,000. Archer had a really good outing last week, in his first Major League start: 6.0 Innings Pitched, 7 strikeouts and one earned run. He also only walked one batter, which is promising for the youngster who had some command issues in the minors. Archer recorded 11.00 points in his last, despite getting the loss, so you can reasonably expect another double-digit performance out of him tonight. As long as Archer can keep his walk numbers down, he’ll remain a great value play. He’s a sneaky good play today, and you may want to give him a look.
Carlos Lee - $5,760. In his career, El Caballo has had great success against the Padres: a .324 batting average accompanied by 12 walks. On top of that lifetime success, Lee has been doing quite well recently, since coming off of the DL – 4.4 FP/10k. Tonight, he faces Ross Ohlendorf on the mound, who has a 4.96 ERA between AAA and the majors in 2012. This is an awesome matchup for Lee, and his price is quite cheap for his consistent production.
Daniel Nava - $6,282. Like Will Middlebrooks, Nava is another player that has come through for the Red Sox after one of their All-Star options went down. And, according to some Boston reporters, “Nava isn’t going anywhere”; the Red Sox have faith in him, and, until some other guys come off the DL, Nava should stay in the Red Sox lineup. And with good reason too, as he has put up 6.2 FP/10k in the last seven games. Tonight he faces Aaron Laffey, a man with a career 4.30 ERA. As long as Nava is in the lineup against the left-hander, he will look to contribute in a big way, as the Red Sox offense stays hot on their home stand.
Jemile Weeks - $5,571. Weeks walked three times against the Dodgers back on June 19th, and since then he has collected a hit in each of the last five games. While it may not seem like much, every streak starts off small. The young second baseman also has 10 steals on the year. Though he hasn’t recorded a steal since May 15th, his chances of at least one swipe tonight are pretty good, as Seattle’s catcher, Jesus Montero, has only thrown out 21% of stolen base attempts. It’s never easy predicting stolen bases, but the numbers heavily favor Weeks as long as he can get on base.
Definitely consider these guys when you are picking your players tonight. Good luck!Play Now!