*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.
When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.
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Top DFS hitters for today:
Neil Walker/Josh Harrison/ Russell Martin vs. Mike Leake – All batting above .300 with a HR against Leake
Leake is 1-0 with a 5.03 ERA against the Pirates in 3 starts. I really like this matchup for the above hitters.
Derek Jeter/Ichiro Suzuki vs. Mark Buehrle – Both guys are hitting better than .345 against Buehrle on their careers.
Buehrle also has a 6.89 ERA against the Yankees this season. I actually don’t hate stacking a bunch of Yankees today.
Jose Abreu vs. Justin Verlander – hitting .444 (4/9) with 2 HRs & 2 RBIs
In 3 games against JV, Abreu has taken him deep twice. Can he make it a 3rd time? I believe so.
Aramis Ramirez vs. Ryan Vogelsong – hitting .381 (8/21) with 2 HRs, 2 RBIs & a BB
Mark Trumbo vs. Christian Bergman – no previous history.
RHH vs. Bergman in his 4 starts are hitting .377 with 5 HRs
Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Jose Abreu & Mark Trumbo
Top DFS Pitcher for today:
Jon Lester vs. LA Angels – Lester went 7 innings, only giving up 5 hits and 1 run with 7 Ks in his last outing against the Angels. I look for him to have around the same success tonight as well.
Movie of the Day – Remember The Titans – Denzel is easily one of the my favorite actors and in this movie he showed why. This movie is hands down one of the best sports movies of all-time.
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