Jameson Taillon went 6 IP and gave up 2 ER on 6 H, 1 BB, and 7 K's against the Blue Jays. Taillon through 17 starts has a 4.50 ERA (3.99 SIERA). He was excellent in the first half with a 2.73 ERA with 22% K and .257 average against. In the second half, the train has completely fallen off the tracks. His ERA sits at 9.64 with 22% K and .361 AVG against. The biggest difference has been batted ball luck with a .322 BABIP in the first half and .457 BABIP in the second half. He still has a profile of an above average starter with 22% K and 50% GB. He also pitches half his games in a very pitcher friendly park.
Jimmy Nelson went 3.2 IP and gave up 9 ER on 11 H, 3 BB, and 4 K's against the Reds. Nelson through 24 starts has a 3.72 ERA (3.32 SIERA). He had pitched very well prior to today's blowup. He had transformed himself into a legitimate ace for the Brewers and an above average fantasy starter. The biggest change has been an uptick in strikeouts (27%) and a reduction in walks (6%). On top of the excellent strikeout to walk ratio he also gets 51% GB, which makes him a fantasy ace. Instead of waiting for the shoe to drop, accept the fact that he has made mechanical changes that have resulted legit skill growth and try to forget about tonight's disaster.
Odubel Herrera was 2-4 with a run scored and a walk against the Mets. He is hitting .285 with 12 HR, 51 R, 44 RBI, and 7 SB. Herrera is approaching a 15 HR/15 SB season, which is right around what we expected at the beginning of the year. He started out really slow but has since turned it on. Herrera is hitting .380 with 6 HR in the second half to boost his overall line. He is never going to walk much with his aggressive approach but he does offer a little bit of power and speed in addition to decent counting stats.
Kolten Wong was 1-3 with 2 R against the Braves. On the year he is hitting .303 with 2 HR, 39 R, 29 RBI, and 4 SB in 74 games. Wong is having a nice bounceback season after a disappointing 2016 season. His base skills are excellent with 15% K and 10% BB. The only problem has been that he is making a ton of contact but not a lot of that has been hard contact (25%). He has battled injury this year so betting on the power coming around once he is healthy looks like a solid bet and he is someone that could help you out down the stretch if you need help at MI. He has hit .429 over his last seven games.
DFS Value Play
Joc Pederson doesn't play every day but he will have the platoon advantage against RHP Jhoulys Chacin. Pederson has made nice strides this year cutting his strikeouts to 22% while keeping his walk rate at 12%. He has a career .357 wOBA and .237 ISO against RHP. Chacin has been terrible on the road this year with a 7.36 ERA and .380 wOBA. DraftKings: $3,200
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