Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Thursday August 16th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsIn honor of football season nearing, we’ve got players from New York and Milwaukee, not Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers, that will provide great value in daily fantasy baseball leagues.

Value Plays:

Milwaukee Brewers – I still believe Cliff Lee is an élite pitcher, but he hasn’t proven it this season and is unlikely to do so against the Brew Crew. Current Milwaukee players are batting .300 against the lefty with 21.1% of their hits going for home runs. Ryan Braun, Alex Gonzalez, and Aramis Ramirez are all hitting over .300 with at least one homer against Lee, while Carlos Gomez has a slightly lower average (.273) but has had one-third of his hits leave the ballpark. Milwaukee’s team slugging percentage of .536 is simply to good to pass up, even if they are opposing a pitcher with élite skills.

David Wright – The miserable Mets face off against “I give up the occasional” Homer Bailey in a matchup of two teams headed in completely opposite directions. However, tonight figures to be a night in which Mets fans can rejoice and roster their favorite players in daily fantasy baseball leagues. New York holds a .352 career batting average against the Reds righty, with Wright leading the way at .556. Scott Hairston is the only Met with a HR off of Bailey, but that could very easily change as the game is being played in hitter friendly Cincinnati, where Bailey has given up 79% of his season’s home runs. For one day you’re allowed to overlook the Mets second half struggles and roster Wright. Read more here…

Most undervalued pitchers in baseball

When you think about what defines a major league pitcher as having value, there are several things that come to mind.  Topping the list is total number of wins, strikeouts, and of course, earned run average (E.R.A.), however only one of these is an accurate illustration of a pitcher’s overall strength and value.  Let me explain: The number of wins a pitcher gets for his team can be misleading, dependent on his teammates run support during each of his outings.  The number of strikeouts that a pitcher throws can be a bit of a flashy stat, as an out is an out.  When it comes down to it, E.R.A. is the primary element that determines a pitcher’s value to his team.  It cancels out the defensive troubles a team may have, as well as the offense (or lack thereof) that a pitcher may have backing him.  In the end, the E.R.A. that a pitcher posts is the truest measure of his success for that season, and best reflects his overall value.
Over the last 2 complete seasons (excluding the current 2012 season), there have been exactly 10 pitchers in the MLB who have finished the season in the top 25 in E.R.A.  The challenge that I have for all readers right now is to list those 10 pitchers without scrolling down to find the answers.  Being able to name even 7 of these pitchers is an impressive feat, and getting 8 or more is phenomenal.  Go ahead and try to make a list right now…