The MLB is in full swing as all 30 teams are in action on July 29th! This will give fantasy owners a nice variety to build fantasy lineups with in daily and season long leagues. The first place we will take a look at includes the list of solid starting pitching options available.
Jeff Samardzija might be one of the top starters to consider as the Oakland A’s travel to take on the Houston Astros. Since joining the A’s, Samardzija has posted a 2.70 earned run average and a 2-1 record in four starts. One of those four starts came against the Astros on July 24th, as he pitched 8 innings, allowing one earned run in the A’s 13-1 win.
Josh Beckett will also be a nice option against an Atlanta Braves team that has combined to go 11 for 60 in their career against the Los Angeles Dodgers starter. Beckett is 6-5 this season with a 2.52 earned run average for the Dodgers.
Other top starters on the mound tonight:
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies: Hamels is 5-5 on the season with a 2.72 earned run average for the Phillies. Tonight he makes the start on the road against the New York Mets in what could possibly be his last start for the club.
Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants: The Giants starter has posted an 8-7 record this season with a 2.65 earned run average. Hudson will take the mound at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: The Nationals make the trip to Miami to take on the Marlins as Strasburg will take the mound. Strasburg has posted an 7-8 record with a 3.67 earned run average this season.
Now we switch to fantasy hitters to play tonight starting with David Wright. Wright and the Mets will be facing off against Cole Hamels at home. In 73 career at bats verse Hamels, Wright is hitting .329 with five home runs and 16 runs batted in. The other smart play from this game could be Ryan Howard if he is in the lineup verse Dillon Gee. For his career Howard is hitting .500 against Gee in 18 at bats with six home runs.
Other top hitters to play tonight:
Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers: Ramirez has five career home runs against Aaron Harang in his career.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins: In 26 career at bats verse Strasburg, Stanton is hitting .385 with seven extra base hits, including three home runs.
Juan Lagares, New York Mets: Lagares gives you cheaper option in the outfield as he has eight hits in 20 career at bats verse Cole Hamels.