Nick Markakis- OF- ATL- Idea- Markakis has a .293/.378/.466 slash line against RH pitchers. Lefthanded hitters have a SLG of .503 against Zach Eflin and he has given up 10 homers in 42.2 IP against them. Markakis has hit all 8 of his homers against RH pitching. This matchup is in Markakis' favor. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3900
Dinelson Lamet- P- SD- FYI- Today, Lamet will make his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery early in 2018 and losing the entire season. He has made 6 rehab starts, 3 for High A Lake Elsinore Storm and 3 for AAA El Paso. He looked better at AAA, going 5 IP in each outing and collecting 19 Ks while walking only 4. In his last start, Lamet hit 100 mph with his fastball. The Padres aren't going to expect more than 5 IP from him today. Control will be the key to how much Lamet progresses. Even when he was looked at as the upcoming ace of the San Diego rotation in 2017, he posted a BB/9 of 4.25 in 114.1 IP. Expect the Padres to treat him very conservatively as he continues to work his way back into prime shape. Lamet will not necessarily have a lot of immediate fantasy return, but in keeper leagues he is a prime catch.
Miguel Rojas- SS- MIA-Hot- Rojas extended his hitting streak to 6 games by going 2-for-4 yesterday. He has multiple hits 4 times in the streak and is a whopping 13-for-25 in the 6 games. Rojas is now hitting .297 for the season. His .340 BABIP is driving this production. Rojas has no homers and no triples. His Hard% has jumped to 35.1% from last season's 26.8%, but with a FB% of 26.1%, not much is coming of it that isn't a result of good luck. Rojas has a slash line of .297/.357/.367 which doesn't show much beyond his singles.
Chris Archer- P- PIT- Cold- Archer turned in another, for him, typical start. He struck out 8, which is what keeps him intriguing, but allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 5 IP. Archer also gave up 2 homers, bringing his HR/9 up to a woeful 2.29. He has walked at least 2 batters in every start this season. Considering that he has not pitched more than 5 IP in 10 of his 15 starts, that's even worse than it might sound at first blush. Archer's 10.07 K/9 is not worth his 5.49 ERA, 4.69 BB/9, and 1.48 WHIP.
Wilson Ramos- C- NYM- Stats- Ramos' average of .275 and 9 homers in 273 PAs put him close to his preseason projections of .272 and 19 homers. With 35 runs and 41 RBI, though, he is on pace to outperform his projections of 54 and 59, respectively. Ramos has a BABIP of .299, very close to his career mark of .297, so not much negative regression would be expected. Ramos' Hard% has dropped from 39.1% to 33.2% and his GB% has jumped from 54.9% to 62.3%, so there isn't a lot of room for him to increase his power numbers. Ramos has been fairly consistent this season which at his level of production isn't a bad thing.
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