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If there was any man worthy of a ten-gallon hat, a gun on his hip, and spurs on his boots, it would be the long arm of the law (Mowing Down Opposing Batters Division) known as Justin Verlander. Now in his 13th season, he’s as vintage as ever, with a 2.72 ERA and .94 WHIP. He has held today’s opponent, the Arizona Diamondbacks, to a collective .214 batting average and .647 OPS. He’s even stepped up his game as Halloween candy has started showing up in the grocery aisles. He’s the boogeyman who haunts opponents’ nightmares; make him your dream come true today. Now let’s look at a few more early-, middle- and late-round picks for your Draft…drafts!
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Mike Minor, SP: Middle – This post-hype archetype is one of the few bright spots for the Texas Rangers this year, and today he gets to go in the pitching haven of Petco Park in San Diego. The Friars have hit a meager .152/.388 against Minor, and while he’ll be on people’s radars, you can let them take the bigger names and grab him in the middle rounds.
Ross Stripling, SP: Late – Mr. Stripling has been pitching great since he came off the DL. He’s facing the Cardinals in St. Louis, which may scare many off, but he’s held them to a .192/.659 slash line and has a great chance at a win today.
Jose Altuve, IF: Early – Others may see that he’s facing Zack Greinke and look elsewhere, but don’t be fooled. He’s another Astro picking up his game in September and has great numbers against Greinke: .391/1.069 with a home run, 3B, 2B and 2 SB in 23 at-bats.
Mike Trout, OF: Early – This guy is a monstrous metronome of productivity. His OPS against lefties is 1.053, righties 1.096, home 1.053, away 1.116. Today he is at home against lefty Marco Gonzales of the Mariners; Trout has hammered him to a .471/1.350 slash line with 2 2Bs and a home run in 17 at-bats.
Nelson Cruz, IF: Middle – This Mariners masher has liked what he’s seen in Angels hurler Jaime Barria: .444 batting average, 1.657 OPS with 2 home runs in 9 at-bats. This middle-round target could win you the title today.
Odubel Herrera, OF: Middle – His Phillies are fighting for their playoff lives and Herrera is stepping up to the plate. He’s playing well and loves facing beanball artist Jose Urena of the Marlins, whom he’s seeing today at home: .312 batting average and .951 OPS.
Todd Frazier, IF: Late – This feel-good story is enjoying the end of the season and gets his licks in against Chris Sale in Boston today. Sale is on a strict pitch count as he comes back from injury, but even in the best of times, Frazier loves facing him: .300/1.564 OPS with 3 home runs in 10 at-bats.
David Dahl, OF: Late – This streaky batter is streaking like a drunk college freshman and faces off against right-hander Derek Rodriguez of the Giants in San Francisco today. The wind is forecast to be blowing out, and Dahl has a home run in only 3 at-bats against Rodriguez in their only other meeting. Dahl’s an under-the-radar masher who is Rocky Mountain gold in the late rounds. Grab this one late and appreciate the golden sheen coming off your lineup.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
What a difference a week makes. Thanks to Hurricane Florence (thoughts and prayers to all who are affected) moving inland, the Braves and Nationals in Atlanta could be rained out. Keep your eyes on it. Otherwise as usual the wind is blowing out in San Francisco, but mostly clear everywhere else.
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