The first half of the MLB season comes to an end this week with a solid lineup of MLB Games over the weekend to build your fantasy rosters around. On Saturday the MLB leader in earned run average Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals verses division rivals the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wainwright won’t be the only top starter to choose from on Saturday as David Price and Stephen Strasburg each will take the mound for their respective clubs. Wainwright has allowed four earned runs over his last 45.2 innings pitched lowering his earned run average to 1.79 on the season. Price has put together an eight game stretch allowing three or fewer runs with five double digit strikeout games. Strasburg has bounced back in his last two outings pitching 14.2 innings with three earned runs and 17 strikeouts.
The one starter to consider on Saturday is Zach McAllister for the Cleveland Indians. McAllister comes at a cheaper price than the starters listed above and has performed well against the Chicago White Sox in his career. In seven career starts McAllister has an 3-1 record with a 2.72 earned run average in 43 innings pitched.
Looking at the hitters for Saturday Jose Bautista is a nice gamble against Price based on his career stats. Bautista is hitting .341 with five home runs, 11 runs batted in and six walks against Price in 41 at bats. In Philadelphia a trio of the Washington Nationals has had a Cole Hamels number. The Nationals include Scott Hairston, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRochehave combined to hit 12 home runs and drive in 22 runs.
Fast forward to Sunday as Johnny Cueto headlines the list of solid starters to start. Cueto is joined by Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves and Sonny Gray of the A’s aresolid options. Cueto is currently sitting at 9-6 with a 2.03 earned run average in 19 starts. While Cueto might be the best option as Teheran is coming off a rough outing, but will face the a Chicago Cubs team that has the second lowest batting average and sixth fewest runs batted in baseball. The third option would be Gray, who is coming off back to back seven inning starts, allowing one run in each game.
As for building the remainder of your lineup Miguel Cabrera is a nice starting point as he goes against Bruce Chen. Cabrera is hitting .410 in 39 career at bats verses Chen with five home runs,11 runs batted in and 10 walks. Another nice option would be to pick up a pair of Nationals namely, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper. Desmond has 15 career hits, including two home runs against Kyle Kendrick in 37 at bats. Harper hasn’t had as many at bats verses Kendrick but has picked up nine hits in 23 at bats.