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Greg Vara

Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.

PITCHER

Carlos Martinez, STL vs. CIN ($49):
For those who had Martinez in his most recent start, that was a tough pill to swallow. He went from a quality start, zero runs and a likely win to no quality start, four runs allowed and no win in a heartbeat. However, we shouldnít forget that for six innings he looked really good, just like he had looked in his six previous starts. One bad inning shouldnít ruin Martinez for this one, especially when heís facing the Phillies, who are a bottom-10 team in wOBA and strikeouts against righties this season.

Jose Berrios, MN at SF($42): Berrios has four quality starts in five outings this season. His one poor appearance came against Houston, and no one can blame him for a poor effort against that team. Against mortal lineups, Berrios has been very solid, and he now gets an average lineup in San Francisco. While the Giants donít strikeout at a high rate, they are a bottom-5 team in wOBA against righties this season.

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CATCHER

Austin Hedges, SD vs. KC ($12):
Ian Kennedy takes the mound for the Royals and heíll hope to take advantage of one of the weakest lineups in baseball. However, he's been torched in his last five starts and has had more trouble with righties this season. Hedges is a righty who hits righties better than lefties, so everything is lined up for a good game out of the Padres catcher.

FIRST BASE

Yonder Alonso (Game 1), OAK at TB ($21):
Erasmo Ramirez takes the hill for the Rays in the opener of a double-header and heíll hope to snap a two-game streak in which he surrendered at least four runs. Ramirez fared well when he was first moved to the starting role, but he has allowed at least four runs in each of the last two games. Meanwhile, Alonso has struggled in his last three games, but he leads the Royals in wOBA against right-handed pitching.

SECOND BASE

Daniel Murphy, WAS vs. TEX ($19):
Opposing starter Martin Perez has surrendered five runs in each of his past two starts, and while there are plenty of bats to target in the Nationals' lineup, we'll focus on Murphy given Perez's struggles against lefties.

THIRD BASE

Justin Turner, LAD vs. CIN ($18):
Turner hit a home run Friday night in his return from the disabled list, and he'll now face Asher Wojciechowski, who has fared well in one game and not so well in the other. Considering heís facing a team thatís generally tough against righties, Iím expecting another poor outing, especially thanks to Turner, who has a team-high .433 wOBA against righties this season.

SHORTSTOP

Didi Gregorius, NYY vs. BAL ($18):
Chris Tillman takes the mound for the Orioles in what looks like a bad matchup for the veteran. Tillman started the season well with five shutout innings, but he hasn't resembled that form since. Gregorius is one of many Yankees who should fare well against Tillman, as he comes in 9-for-18, including six extra-base hits, against him.

OUTFIELD

Jorge Bonifacio, KC at SD ($13):
Miguel Diaz comes in with a 7.83 ERA, and while the Royals don't have enough good hitters to stack against the Padres' starter, Bonifacio leads the team with a .377 wOBA against right-handed pitchers this year.

Bryce Harper, WAS vs. TEX ($20): Harperís production has fallen off in the past month or so, but how could it not? Heís no longer putting up ridiculous numbers, just very good ones, but as his production has fallen over the past month, so has his price. As mentioned earlier, everything is lined up for the big day from the Nationals, so at minimum, a semi-stack is recommended and lefties are the flavor of the day. Even with his reduced production, Harper is still the most dangerous hitter in the Nationals' lineup.

Aaron Judge, NYY vs. BAL ($24): Despite a six-game streak without a home run, Judge will have a good opportunity to end his poor run, as opposing starter Chris Tillman has struggled for much of the season while Judge comes in with a .444 wOBA against right-handed pitching.
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