Franklin Gutierrez- OF- SEA- Idea- John Danks was tagged for 7 runs in 5 IP Sunday against Seattle. He faces them again today. Gutierrez has a slash line of .333/.372/.625 with 5 homers in 72 ABs against LH pitching. This gives an advantage to Gutierrez. Value play- DraftKings salary $3800
Yovani Gallardo- P- TEX- Caution- Gallardo didn't allow a run yesterday but didn't register a quality start because he only lasted 5.1 IP. He only has 1 quality start in his last 10 appearances. Gallardo had looked like he might be getting a handle on some control issues that had plagued him since the All Star Break as he threw a combined 67 balls and 130 strikes in his previous 2 starts. Yesterday, though, Gallardo needed 101 pitches to get those 16 outs and only 58 of them were strikes. He walked 3 while striking out 2. Be wary in his next outing.
Daniel Nava-OF- TB- Hot- By going 2-for-4 yesterday Nava hit safely In consecutive games for only the third time this season, the last time being back in May. He has had horrendous luck this season. With a career BABIP of .323, Nava is at .221 this year. His .178 average reflects that. Maybe being with a new team and getting more time at 1B will help turn his luck around and bring some positive regression to the mean to him.
Dariel Alvarez- OF- BAL- Rookie- Alvarez was expected to join the Orioles at some point and that point is now. The 26-year-old Cuban outfielder was hitting .275 with 16 homers at AAA Norfolk. He has made major strides forward this season in patience at the plate. Known as a free swinger coming into this season, Alvarez has a K% of only 11.6%. He still doesn't walk much, with a BB% of 3.0%, but the drop in those Ks is a good sign. Alvarez is expected to be the long term occupant of a corner outfield spot and the Orioles bringing him up to be playoff eligible is a good sign. His average at AAA has been depressed by bad luck in the form of a .285 BABIP. Alvarez should provide some average and moderate power looking forward.
Ian Kinsler- 2B- DET- Cold- Kinsler's 8-game hitting streak was snapped yesterday as he went 0-for-4. Kinsler has benefited from extremely good luck this season, with a .338 BABIP. His career mark is only .288. There is a good chance that regression to the mean will hit him hard in the last weeks of the season.
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