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Yahoo DFS Baseball: Monday Picks

Adam Zdroik

Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.


Aaron Nola, PHI vs. WAS ($45): Nola has been somewhat all over the place in the last month, but heís put together some nice starts and has 27 strikeouts in his last three outings. One of those included a trip to Washington in which he struck out eight batters in 5.1 innings. The Nationals also have a low .293 wOBA and high 23.6 percent K rate in September against righties.

Zack Godley, ARI vs. SF ($44): Since I donít like any of the cheaper pitchers, Iíll go with another high-end righty in Godley. While he struggled against the Padres last time out, he was on a 19-start run of reaching at least 13 fantasy points prior to that. Against the Giants, he should get back to form as San Fran has a .284 wOBA and 23.0 percent K rate against righties since Sept. 1.

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Travis d'Arnaud, NYM vs. ATL ($11): Thereís always the chance Kevin Plawecki ($8) starts, so keep an eye on that. Iím comfortable with grabbing either catcher against Max Fried. The lefty hurler doesnít have many starts, but in his limited time has terrible numbers against righties (9.0 IP) with a .448 wOBA allowed and 6.29 xFIP.


Yulieski Gurriel, HOU at TEX ($16): Gurriel has turned it up the past few weeks and comes in at a nice price against a beatable pitcher. In his last 47 plate appearances against righties, Gurriel has a .413 wOBA and .244 ISO. Andrew Cashner has pitched well against the Astros in his last couple of starts, but gave up 12 runs in three outings earlier in the year. Gurriel has been solid against Cashner, going 4-of-9 against him with a couple of doubles.


Miguel Rojas, MIA at COL ($10): Despite having a tear in his rotator cuff, Rojas has continued to hit well in the last week, so Iíll hope that continues. His .386 wOBA against righties in his last 52 plate appearances stands out along with his price. Tyler Chatwood is having a decent season, but has been much worse at Coors Field with a .385 wOBA allowed.


Rafael Devers, BOS vs. TOR ($11): Due to recent success including nine hits in his last five games, Deversís average is back above .300 for the season. His .532 wOBA against lefties (last 32 plate appearances) also puts him in a good spot to do more damage. Brett Anderson gave up eight runs last start and has been worse against lefties, albeit in limited time against them. He has a .457 wOBA allowed against them in 7.0 IP.


Johan Camargo, ATL at NYM ($9): There arenít many Atlanta bats I want to use, but because of his price, Camargo is on my radar. Heís also sporting a nice .374 wOBA in his last 31 plate appearances against righties. On the mound, Seth Lugo has been unreliable and has much worse numbers against lefties with a .347 wOBA allowed and 4.71 xFIP.


Nelson Cruz, SEA at OAK ($18): Not many have been better than Cruz in the last month against righties with a .481 wOBA and .327 ISO (59 plate appearances). Daniel Gossett gave up six runs to the makeshift Tigers last start and has a .367 wOBA allowed against righties this season.

Kole Calhoun, LAA at CWS ($15): Justin Upton ($21) is a more logical place to go, but since James Shields has issues with lefties, Calhoun is my pick. Shields has given up 15 hits and seven runs in his last two starts, and more importantly has a .395 wOBA allowed and 5.97 xFIP against lefties.

Ian Desmond, COL vs. MIA ($9): Itís been a rough season for Desmond, but heís shown some life in the last few weeks with a .351 wOBA in his last 43 plate appearances against righties. And while his K rate is high (27.9 percent), that shouldn't be a problem against Odrisamer Despaigne, who struggles to strike out anyone and has a low 12.5 percent K rate against righties.

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