When the summer sun comes up, it’s time to start planning out your daily fantasy baseball lineup. Lather, rinse, repeat, right? The baseball season is definitely a grind in all respects, but that means that each day is a new opportunity to build that DFS bankroll. Saturday has a full slate of games, but we’ll narrow our focus a little bit to the 12 games that will conclude under the lights this evening.
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Here are the top teams to stack for July 23:
Washington – While going for one of the most improbable no-hitters ever, Edwin Jackson threw 90 pitches for the Padres in his last start. Prior to that, Jackson’s highest pitch output in an MLB appearance was 49 pitches. He gets an extra day of rest prior to this start, but there’s going to be a little bit of a hangover effect in this start. Jackson has actually carved out a decent MLB career, but there’s not a whole lot to be excited about at this stage and the Nationals should take full advantage.
Houston – For a little while, the Astros were mystified by Jered Weaver. Weaver’s assortment of junkballs wreaked havoc on the controlled aggression of the Houston lineup. At times, Weaver was actually a decent bet against the Astros. That’s not the case anymore. In two starts against Houston, the Astros have scratched out 10 runs on 13 hits with more walks than strikeouts this season. I don’t see any reason to anticipate anything different in this outing. The other two were at the friendlier confines of Angel Stadium. Today, the venue is Minute Maid Park.
Baltimore – As an Indians fan, this one saddens me, but Josh Tomlin is in line for some serious regression and it may all come in one fell swoop here today. With another sweltering night expected in Baltimore, Tomlin brings a 3.34 ERA with a 4.87 FIP and a 4.25 xFIP to the yard. His strikeout rate is dropping with each start and his elite control doesn’t matter as much against an aggressive Baltimore lineup that has great strike zone coverage. This one could get really ugly.
Here are the top value hitters for July 23:
Ryon Healy ($2,500) – The A’s are going to give Ryon Healy a lot of playing time the rest of the way and deservedly so. Healy owns a .323/.377/.553 across three levels this season and batted .365/.400/.541 in his 90 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. Drew Smyly has had some command issues throughout the season and Healy’s going to get a shot with the platoon advantage here.
Miguel Cabrera ($2,700) – Yes, he’s facing Chris Sale, but if you can get one of the game’s elite hitters at a price like that, you have to do it. Cabrera is putting up one of the quietest .300/.376/.515 seasons ever and has already surpassed last year’s home run total. Strangely, Cabrera has had a ton of problems against left-handed pitching this season, but that’s largely due to a .238 BABIP.
Manny Machado ($3,600) – Manny Machado seems like a pretty big bargain here at this price against Josh Tomlin. Machado went to dead center off of Trevor Bauer on Friday night to snap out of a mini slump and brings a .314/.374/.560 slash into this matchup. He should start to get all of his strength back after dealing with that illness earlier this week and should be a great streaming option at third base or shortstop tonight.
Here are the top value pitchers for July 23:
Tyler Anderson ($5,700) – I’ll probably end up regretting this, since streaming Coors Field pitchers is rarely a good idea, but the Braves are a horrible offense and the hitter-friendly conditions probably aren’t enough to fix that. Anderson is now seven starts into his MLB career with a 3.43/3.42/3.30 pitcher slash and really strong peripherals. If you don’t walk guys and get ground balls, you can survive at Coors.
Collin McHugh ($7,100) – After struggling most of the season, it seems like Collin McHugh may have finally found something. McHugh has allowed 10 earned runs over his last six starts with 37 strikeouts. A high BABIP is starting to regress in a positive way and McHugh has been a big part of the reason why the Astros have closed the gap to 2.5 games in the AL West. He’s a worthy streaming option here today against the Angels, who are right around league average against righties.
Robbie Ray ($8,300) – The Diamondbacks southpaw draws a Reds lineup that ranks 24th in wOBA and wRC+ against lefties on the season. Ray has a very good strikeout rate of 26 percent. Walks and batted ball luck have been issues for him, but the Reds don’t walk much aside from Joey Votto and that batted ball luck should start to even out as we get deeper into the season. Ray is a very good streaming option here today.