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Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Adam Zdroik

Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.

There's only one early game Saturday, which sets up for a busy afternoon of baseball with 14 games after 4 p.m. EDT. I tried to find pitching gems at a bargain rate, similar to James Paxton and Ross Stripling on Friday, combined with cheaper outfielders in games with high over/unders.


Tanner Roark, WAS at MIA ($43):
Roark has allowed nine runs in his last four starts, yet has surpassed 21 fantasy points in each of those because of 27.1 IP and 25 strikeouts. The Nationals are letting him reach at least 105 pitches every night and that could get him eight innings against the Marlins, which have a .296 wOBA and 23.4 K% against righties over the last month.

Jose Quintana, CHC vs. SF ($40):
Quintana is a pick against the grain, but he saves me a few bucks, while providing upside as seen in his last outing when he reached 34.5 fantasy points. He's had some sketchy starts, yet still has allowed one run or fewer in four of his last five. The Giants have mediocre bats against southpaws with a high 24.0 K% and little power with a .149 ISO.

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Robinson Chirinos, TEX vs. KC ($12):
Chirinos doesn't have good overall numbers, but 11 of his 20 hits against righties have gone for extra bases. That power should come in useful against Ian Kennedy, who is giving up more than two homers per nine innings and had an equally bad 4.61 xFIP in 2017. Kennedy started the season hot, but has given up 19 runs in his last three starts.


Jesus Aguilar, MIL vs. NYM ($19):
Aguilar has been one of Milwaukee's best hitters against southpaws this season, sporting a solid .368 BABIP after roping a .223 ISO and .372 wOBA last year. Jason Vargas looked competent in his last start, but that also came against the Marlins. He didn't get much done in his first three starts after a poor 4.79 xFIP against righties in 2017.


Javier Baez, CHC vs. SF ($17):
This righty-righty matchup should work out with Chris Stratton struggling to find the plate, allowing at least three runs in his last five outings to go with only one strikeout in each of his last two. Baez has been great against righties with 20 extra-base hits (8 HR) and a .330 BABIP, which is slightly better than last year's .186 ISO.


Eugenio Suarez, CIN at COL ($23):
This is a perfect spot for Suarez to go deep after blasting his ninth homer Friday night. He's smoking southpaws with a .438 BABIP in 37 plate appearances and that's building off last season's .228 ISO and .383 wOBA. Tyler Anderson struggled in San Fran and San Diego in his last two starts and could have more issues at Coors Field with a career .341 wOBA against righties.


Tim Anderson, CWS at DET ($12):
In his short career, Anderson is hitting lefties well with a .400 BABIP and .350 wOBA. I'm not convinced that Francisco Liriano will keep throwing one-hitters, as he still has a control problem with a 14.5 K% and 13.2 BB% against righties. That's often been an issue for Liriano with last season's 5.54 xFIP one of many troubling numbers for him against righty bats.


Shin-Soo Choo, TEX vs. KC ($15):
Choo's been a solid bat all season and all six of his homers have come against righties, which is in line with a career .198 ISO. Kennedy hasn't been good against either side of the plate and had a brutal 2.24 HR/9 and 5.97 xFIP against lefty bats last season.

Gerardo Parra, COL vs. CIN ($12):
I wanted at least a couple Rockies against Tyler Mahle and decided on two of the cheaper ones. Parra is managing a .325 BABIP, but I'm counting on last year's .170 ISO against righties to show up at home. Mahle has given up seven hits and four runs in each of his last two starts and has a miserable 3.16 HR/9 against 119 lefties faced.

David Dahl, COL vs. CIN ($12):
Dahl has the same kind of bat as Parra in that he's good at getting on base against righties, but his power comes and goes with a career .209 mark. Mahle isn't having a great first full season and has an ugly 5.35 xFIP against 148 lefties faced in his career.

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