As we approach the conclusion of the regular season, expect wild things to happen in the chase for the final playoff spots. Teams that need to win games often end up producing in a big way, making the Cardinals and Orioles interesting options for tonight’s action.
St. Louis Cardinals – I’ve written about them before I’ll say it again: you’re crazy to bet against this team this time of year. The healthy Cardinals (Berkman is still on the DL) are batting .297 against Mike Leake and are treating every game like a playoff game. Two of their best hitters (David Freese and Matt Holliday) lead the way against the Reds righty, combining for a .474 batting average with only a single strikeout. Skip Schumaker could be a sneaky play in daily fantasy baseball leagues, as he has knocked in 5 runs in 6 career at bats against Leake. Look for Rafeal Furcal to set the stage, and the big bats (Beltran, Holliday, Freese, and Molina) of St. Louis to cash him in more often than not.
Adam Jones – The upstart O’s have stayed in the playoff picture all season long, and their stud outfielder figures to get them one day closer to the postseason with a big effort against Brandon Morrow and the Toronto Blue Jays. Jones is batting .364 against the righty with an impressive .682 slugging percentage (38% of his hits have gone for extra bases). Those numbers are impressive, and when you combine them with the fact that he hits better at home (41 point rise in batting average, more runs, more RBI, and more SB’s), he becomes a can’t miss player in daily fantasy baseball leagues. Read more…