The second half of the 2014 MLB season should bring some excitement to fantasy baseball. The action is in full swing today with all 30 MLB teams in action allowing daily fantasy and full season owners to build some solid lineups.
Miguel Cabrera, Marlon Byrd headline the list of top fantasy plays for Saturday. Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers are at home facing off against Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians. In his career against Kluber, Cabrera has 12 hits in 24 at bats with three home runs and seven runs batted in.
Byrd and the Philadelphia Phillies head to Atlanta to face off against Aaron Harang and the Braves. Byrd for his career has nine hits in 20 at bats including three home runs and six runs batted in. The other member of the Phillies to watch is Ryan Howard who has nine hits in 27 at bats off of Harang with three home runs.
Here are some other top fantasy plays:
Felix Hernandez verse Los Angeles Angels: Hernandez has went at least seven innings over his last ten outings including six games with at least eight innings. Over that stretch Hernandez has allowed no more than two runs in any game including two games with zero runs allowed and four games with one run.
Cole Hamels verse the Atlanta Braves: Hamels dominated the Braves back on June 16th in the Phillies 6-1 win. The Phillies starter went seven innings allowing zero earned runs and struck out six batters. The Braves current lineup has 37 career hits in 171 at bats including 45 strike outs.
James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays: Loney has put together a good track record in only 11 career at bats verse Phil Hughes. In seven of the 11 at bats, Loney has picked up a hit including two extra base hits and posted a .636 batting average.
Nick Hundley, Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles starting catcher should be in the lineup against the Oakland A’s Jason Hammel today. This should play out well for daily fantasy owners giving you a nice cheap option at catcher. Hundley has seven hits in 14 career at bats verse Hammel including one home run.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies: Utley has 13 career hits in 30 at bats verse against the Braves starter Aaron Harang. The Phillies second baseman has 11 hits this season including two doubles against the Braves in 2014.
Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers: The Tigers catcher has put together one of the best seasons of his career this season. Today’s matchup against Corey Kluber should play in his favor as he has two career home runs and eight hits in 17 career at bats verse the Indians starter.