Time to wipe the sleep from your eyes on this Sunday morning and get ready for a big day of DFS action. Today sets up a lot like yesterday with five pitchers over $10,000 on the mound, but the second tier is a lot stronger than Saturday’s menu of options. An outstanding pitching matchup at Citi Field between Zack Greinke and Jacob de Grom is the highlight of the day. Trade deadline week is here. Let’s see if we can start it by making some money.
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Here are the top teams to stack for July 26:
Toronto – Taijuan Walker has so much bust potential that the Blue Jays have to be considered in all formats. Walker’s ongoing command problems have kept him from having a good season. There have been flashes of brilliance, including a seven-start stretch from May 29 to July 1 with some dominant work, but overall, the command issues are too much to overlook against a powerful lineup. Walker has allowed 18 home runs in 106.2 innings of work this season. Among the power-packed lineups Walker has faced this season – Detroit, Houston, New York Yankees, Toronto – he has allowed 14 home runs in 33.1 innings.
Arizona – There are all kinds of stacking options because there are eight pitchers priced at $5,200 or less. The Diamondbacks are one of them, going up against Matt Garza. Garza managed to shut down the Indians in his last start, but the stuff didn’t look very good. The Indians offense is just pathetic right now. Garza’s stuff has been in decline over the last few seasons and this season is the culmination. He has a 5.23/4.83/4.20 pitcher slash this season and this start in Chase Field could be ugly. He has the highest home run rate of his career this season.
Boston – Shane Greene is on the mound for the Tigers, as they continue to trot this punching bag out every five days. Everybody went nuts when Greene posted a 0.39 ERA over his first three starts to the season. His next 12 starts feature a 9.11 ERA and a .339/.398/.626 slash against and a trip to the minor leagues. Greene was sent down following his June 10 start and has returned to give up 12 runs on 13 hits in 9.1 innings and a .342/.413/.763 slash.
Here are the top value hitters for July 26:
Roberto Perez ($2,700) – With a day game after a night game, the Indians will use Roberto Perez behind the plate on Sunday. Perez has been a very interesting player this season. His .228 batting average won’t move the needle, but he has one of the best walk rates in baseball among guys with at least 120 plate appearances. Twelve of his 28 hits have gone for extra bases, good for a .228/.358/.415 slash. From a catcher, that’s pretty darn good. Perez takes on erratic lefty Carlos Rodon and he has been on base almost 41 percent of the time against lefties this season. You don’t want to pay for a catcher, so this play has upside.
Derek Dietrich ($2,700) – Derek Dietrich hasn’t gotten a whole lot of playing time because the Marlins make no sense, but they may be showcasing him for a trade this week. Some teams have expressed intest in him and it’s clear to see why. Five of his 23 hits have left the ballpark and he posted good MiLB power numbers at just about every stop. Odrisamer Despaigne has had a home run problem this season, so this matchup sets up well for Dietrich at a low price.
Kole Calhoun ($3,700) – Another possible stacking option is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against Nick Martinez. A possible play is Kole Calhoun. Calhoun is up to .274/.328/.430 and a .331 wOBA with a nice little stretch here. Over his last 10 games, Calhoun has a .340/.402/.715 slash with three home runs and he has a .321/.365/.615 overall in the month of July.
Here are the top value pitchers for July 26:
Carlos Rodon ($6,000) – The Indians couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. The Indians couldn’t hit sand if they fell off a camel. The Indians couldn’t score in an Amsterdam brothel. Basically, the Indians offense is terrible right now. They’ve lost some of their patience while trying to swing out of a team-wide slump, Michael Brantley excepted. Carlos Rodon has his problems with control, but he’s facing the Indians.
Michael Wacha ($9,700) – Wacha Flocka Flame has been terrific this season. The Cardinals right-hander struggled a bit to put hitters away early in the season, but he has averaged more than a strikeout per inning over his last 49 innings. The Cardinals have one of the game’s best defenses to support him. He has struggled a bit with command of late, but the Braves aren’t a lineup in a position to take advantage. Wacha has a 3.20/3.21/3.43 pitcher slash and is one of the game’s most underrated starters when healthy.
Jason Hammel ($8,700) – Lost in the shuffle of everything going on in Chicago seems to be the performance of Jason Hammel. Not enough people are talking about just how great he has been this season. He has a 2.82 ERA with a 3.06 FIP and a 3.22 xFIP. He has shown the best command and best control of his career this season, as expanded use of his slider has paid huge dividends. The list of pitchers with a better slider this season by pitch value: Tyson Ross, Francisco Liriano, Chris Archer, Dallas Keuchel, Jimmy Nelson, Sonny Gray. Hammel is legit and he’s taking on a terrible lineup on Sunday.