Marco Hernandez- 2B- BOS- Idea- Hernandez has performed well against RH pitchers this season, with a .333/.357/.407 slash line against them. Alex Wojciechowski has had difficulties with LH hitters over his career, with a .300/.376/.604 slash line against them. This season he has served up 6 homers in 19.1 IP against LH hitters. This makes the matchup in favor of Hernandez. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3700
Ian Kennedy- RP- KC- FYI- Kennedy picked up his first save of August in his 4th appearance of the month, although it wasn't the prettiest of outings. He didn't allow a run as he worked the 9th inning but he did give up 2 hits and walked one while also striking out 1. It was Kennedy's 21st save of the season. His recent dry spell isn't his fault. The Royals have gone 4-8 with one suspended tie game in the month. The 3 other wins have been by an average margin of over 6 runs so Kennedy just hasn't had the save chances. When he has appeared it has been after the game has gotten away, one way or the other. His ERA is at 2.98, FIP is 2.21. and K/9 is 10.61 so he is producing when he gets out there. If Kennedy had been traded to a contender his value would have shot up but he is stuck with a poor performing team.
Rick Porcello- P- BOS- Hot- The Jekyll and Hyde nature of Porcello's performances continued yesterday. After giving up 5 runs in 5 IP in his previous start, he threw 6 IP, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Porcello has 3 quality starts in his last 5 outings, but 2 of them came against the Royals and the Orioles. While he is 6-2 over his last 8 starts, He only has those 3 quality starts and has allowed 5 or more runs 4 times. The record doesn't show any real progress in Porcello's underlying production.
Omar Narvaez- C- SEA- Stats- Narvaez has made a big leap in production this season. He has 17 homers in 376 PAs in 2019. He hit 12 homers in 734 career PAs prior to this year. Narvaez has had a slight decrease in Batting EYE, going from 0.58 in 2018 to 0.52 this season. That's an acceptable price to pay for his power surge. His Hard% has risen from 28.6% to 33.3% and FB% soared from 29.0% to 40.6%. Narvaez currently has a .290 average. His BABIP is at .323, almost dead on his career mark of .324. Narvaez is hitting quite a stride in his age 27 season.
Masahiro Tanaka- P- NYY- Hot- After throwing a complete game shutout on June 17, Tanaka's ERA for the season stood at 3.23. He threw 111 pitches in that game and had a period of struggle. By the time Tanaka gave up 5 runs in 5.1 IP on August 5th his ERA had risen to 4.93. IN his last 2 starts however, Tanaka has looked more like his old self. In 14.1 IP he has given up 2 runs on 7 hits and walked no one. Tanaka has not thrown more than 94 pitches in any start since that shutout. He has had a tendency to suffer after high pitch games so maybe he has fought off those effects by now. Tanaka is still not striking out many (6 Ks in his last two outings) but these are hopeful signs.
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