MLB best bets of the day: July 23, 2012

Bruce Chen Royals

After a bounce-back day Sunday (4-0) we hope to keep the momentum going with another day in the green. With a full slate of games today there is plenty of opportunity to get your jelly beans up today and start the week off right.

With studs like C.J. Wilson, Hiroki Kuroda, Mat Latos, Roy Halladay, and Ryan Vogelsong slinging today it would seem there are some easy games out there, but au contraire, my friend.  Doc Halladay is giving up a home run to the Brewers every 11.8 at bats; Latos has a .308 BAA versus the Astros;  the Angels have lost Wilson’s last three starts. That said, today is a new day and anything can happen!

San Diego at San Francisco 10:15 PM Richard vs Vogelsong

Ryan Vogelsong is one of the better pitchers in the NL and yet he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. In Vogelsong’s 17 starts this year the Giants are 12-4 and have won by an average of 2 ½ runs in those 12 wins. Vogelsong has a 2.70 ERA in July and a 0.95 WHIP – Those numbers will surely get better today.

On the flip side of this matchup, Clayton Richard, while a quality pitchers, has a 4.15 ERA in July and a .308 BAA when facing the Giants. San Francisco has been one of the hottest hitting teams over the past week as they’re averaging 6 ½ runs over that span. Look for Melky and company to get to Richard in this one.

Picks: Giants -1 ½ (+145) and Over 6 ½ (-115)

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Fantasy Baseball: Week 12 waiver wire pickups

This week we have listed four starters and one reliever for you to consider as the pitchers that have been headed for the DL continues to grow each week. Here’s just a short list of recent casualties:

SP: Josh Beckett-shoulder, Drew Smyly-finger, Bud Norris-knee, Brandon Beachy-elbow, Jaime Garcia-shoulder, Bartolo Colon-abdomen, and Roy Halladay-shoulder.

RP: Sandy Rosario-quads, Octavio Dotel-elbow, Henry Rodriquez-finger, and Alexi Ogando-groin.

Clayton Richard-SP-Padres- We’re recommending Richard only as a stop-gap or streaming tool especially while he’s on a pretty good streak of late; three quality starts out of four in June. In those three games he’s given up a total of 2 earned runs and went 2-1 with 1 ND. We like him in his next start vs the weak Mariners at home. He’s available in almost every league.

Justin Masterson-SP-Indians- The former 2nd round pick of the Boston Red Sox never lived up to the high expectations the Sox had for him. He was rocked earlier in the season but since has settled down by throwing 3 straight quality starts in June. His last one, a 9 strikeout performance vs the Pirates last Friday was one of his best this season. Over his last 14 innings, Masterson has 15 K’s and an ERA of 0.64. He’s worth a look in deeper and A.L.  only leagues. He’ll face the Reds at home on Wednesday and is owned in around 40% of leagues.

Wei-Yin Chen- SP-Orioles- This 26 year old Taiwanese rookie southpaw has won his last three starts and has, over the course of the season, pitched fairly well against some of the leagues better teams. Angels-1 ER, Yankees-2 ER (twice) and Red Sox-1 ER. He’s 7-2 on the season with a decent 3.36 ERA. He is certainly worth picking up in 12+ leagues. He’ll face the Nationals on Saturday and the Indians next week. Chen is owned only in 25% of leagues. Read more here…