LetsRUMBL MLB Picks: The second half of the season starts now
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game has passed and it is time to get on with the second half of the season. Players are back after a much-needed break and ready to push on. The playoffs are just around the corner as July will soon turn to August.
Daily Fantasy Sports MLB players will find plenty of great value in this week's LetsRUMBL picks. From infielders who can mash to speedy outfielders, LetsRUMBL has DFS players covered for this weekend.
Thursday, July 19
Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
LetsRUMBL average: 15 points
The St. Louis Cardinals are 7.5 games out of first place in the National League Central. The Cardinals will make one of their typical second half pushes and Matt Carpenter will play a big part. Of course, it all starts on Thursday as the Cardinals take on their archrivals the first place Chicago Cubs.
Carpenter goes into the game hitting .263 with 19 home runs. In 2015, Carpenter hit a career high 28 dingers. He looks likely to break that career best this season. Carpenter could also break his career best in RBIs. Currently with 43, he is just 41 away from his 2015 mark. The infielder has registered a .530 on-base percentage which is the best of his career so far.
The Cardinals' player has 83 career at bats against Chicago Cubs' pitching. Carpenter has tallied 16 hits during that time. His average is just .193 against the Cubs. The good news for DFS players is the Cubs are expected to start pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Carpenter is seven for 26 against the right hander for a .269 batting average.
Friday, July 20
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
LetsRUMBL average: 15 points
Mookie Betts heads into the Boston Red Sox series against the Detroit Tigers with career highs in several batting categories. Betts has registered career bests with a .359 batting average, .691 slugging percentage, and 1.139 on-base plus slugging percentage. Betts has also slugged 23 home runs, which is just eight fewer than his tally in 2016. Betts has added in 51 RBIs as the Red Sox have stormed to the top of the American League East.
The three-time All-Star is hitting a career .320 against Detroit Tigers' pitching. The Tigers are expected to throw left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd against Boston. Betts has faced Boyd just once in his career and is a perfect one for one against him. Betts is hitting .324 with 14 home runs away from Fenway Park this season, so DFS players need the Boston outfielder on their teams.
Betts has been crushing it in his last seven MLB games posting a .538 batting average. Betts has recorded 14 hits in 26 at bats. He has scored eight runs and knocked in seven RBIs during that time span.
Saturday, July 21
Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals
LetsRUMBL average: 24 points
The Minnesota Twins most likely won't catch the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. Despite coming up short, the Twins should still have little trouble getting the best of the division's worst team, the Kansas City Royals, on Saturday.
Dozier is hitting a modest .230 this season with 16 round trippers and 48 RBIs. However, the infielder has recorded a .321 batting average in his last seven games. He has launched three home runs and knocked in 10 runs during that time. The Twins will play Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. Dozier has hit more home runs (11) on the road this season than in Minneapolis. He also strikes out fewer times on the road than at home.
Against Royals' pitching, Dozier has registered a career .226 batting average with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Kansas City right-handed pitcher Jakob Junis is scheduled to start against the Twins on Saturday. Dozier is a career .167 hitter against Junis with one RBI. The Gold Glove winner has made 137 putouts and 239 assists this season on the defensive side.
The Twins' middle infielder is coming off of finishing 11th in the Most Valuable Player balloting a year ago. He is a key man for the Twins. If the baseball club is to make a run at the wildcard, Dozier will need to come up big.