Ezequiel Carrera- OF- TOR- Idea- If Carrera gets the start he has a favorable matchup against Buck Farmer. Farmer hasn't performed well in a small sample size this season, but it is not out of line with his career slash line of .304/.400/.553 against LH hitters with 11 homers allowed in 48.2 IP. Carrera owns a slash line of .316/.380/.463 against RH pitching. Value play- Draft Kings salary $2900
Kevin Gausman- P- BAL- Cold- Gausman continued his second half run of "when he's good he's very good, but when he's bad, watch out." The Yankees torched him for 5 runs in 3 IP on 5 hits and 3 walks. Gausman did strike out 4 batters. In his 11 starts since the All Star break he has 7 quality starts. In 6 of them he allowed zero or 1 run and allowed 2 runs in the other. In the other 4 starts he has given up a total of 22 runs on 26 hits and 10 walks in 15.1 IP. Most likely he will be turning in a more than solid effort but he can kill your numbers if he's off that day. The risk is substantial. How he finishes his last few starts will go a long way to establish his value for 2018.
Joey Gallo- 3B- TEX- Stats- After going 1-for-7 in Wednesday's double header Gallo is at .211-37-72 with 75 runs scored and 7 steals. His K%, while still high at 35.8%, is an improvement over his other stints in the majors while his BB% of 14.6% is solid and helps get his OBP to a respectable .336. Gallo will be 24 when the 2018 season starts and his BABIP of .238 has hurt his average and offset the gains made from his lower K%. With a FB% of 56.9% and a Hard% of 47.0% his power is for real. His contact numbers have also risen. The indicators are the with better luck Gallo will show improvement next season.
Ian Kinsler- 2B- DET- FYI- Injuries and bad luck have had a major impact on Kinsler's season. Although nowhere near his 28 homers of last season, the 15 he has so far is more than 2 other seasons out of the last 5 and in the other one (2014) he hit 17 homers but had 200 more PAs than he has so far this season. Kinsler has improved his Batting EYE to 0.73 from 0.39 in 2016. He is 35, but still has a good chance to bounce back in 2018.
Alex Colome- RP- TB- Hot- Colome has had an outstanding second half. He has converted 17 of 18 save opportunities and allowed only 4 runs on 14 hits and 4 walks while striking out 19 in 21 IP. Every one of his appearances has been for exactly 1 IP. Coloma hasn't faced more than 2 batters above the minimum in any outing and has faced the minimum 3 batters 9 times. His first and only homer of the second half came Tuesday. While Colome's K/9 has gone down from last year and his BB/9 has gone up his HR/9 dropped from 0.95 to 0.58. Much of the rise in BB/9 is due to control issues early in the season. The same is true of Colome's increased overall ERA. In the second half it is an eye-popping 1.71. Going into 2018 Colome has brought his value back towards where it was after his outstanding first year as a closer in 2016.
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