LetsRUMBL MLB Picks: The race for the postseason heats up
The Major League Baseball season rolls on and the race for the postseason continues to heat up. MLB Daily Fantasy Sports players will find plenty of value in this week’s picks. From infielders with pop to outfielders who can mash, LetsRUMBL has scoured MLB rosters to find three gems for DFS players.
Thursday, July 26
Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves
LetsRUMBL average: 21 points
The surging Los Angeles Dodgers travel to SunTrust Park to play the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers are 7-3 during their last 10 games. The Braves have slipped up in their last 10 outings posting a 4-6 record. Since trading for Manny Machado on July 18, the Dodgers have won three of five games. Most importantly, the Dodgers are now sportsbooks’ favorite to win the National League. There is still a lot of baseball to play.
One Dodger player that will benefit from the Machado trade is Cody Bellinger. Machado offers protection to players in the Dodgers’ lineup, including Bellinger, who went 2 for 6 in the Dodgers 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
Bellinger has recorded a .267 batting average in his last 15 games. Despite going without a home run during that stretch, the Dodgers’ outfielder has crushed 17 dingers in total this season. His 44 RBIs is fourth best for the Dodgers. Bellinger will face Atlanta pitcher Anibal Sanchez on Thursday night. The Dodgers’ hitter has never faced the pitcher before.
The good news for DFS players is Bellinger is hitting well on the road this season. His OPS is .123 points higher away from Dodger Stadium. In addition, Bellinger hits right-handed pitchers better than lefties. Bellinger has 12 home runs and 30 RBIs against right handers. His OPS against righties is a whopping .823.
Friday, July 27
Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland Athletics
LetsRUMBL average: 25 points
Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Trevor Story goes into Friday night’s interleague game against the Oakland A’s with 20 home runs and 68 RBIs. The infielder has helped lead the Rockies to within 2.5 games of National League West leaders the Los Angeles Dodgers. Story has recorded a .900 OPS and a .354 OBP.
Story has played well over his last 15 games registering a .667 slugging percentage and .368 batting average. He has crushed four home runs and knocked in nine RBIs during that time span. Story has been unreal at Colorado’s Coors Field. He has recorded a 1.125 OPS and 16 of his 20 home runs have come at home. He has also recorded 48 RBIs in the thin air of Denver. If DFS players want another reason to add Story to their teams then consider he has struck out 16 fewer times at home than away.
The A’s haven’t announced their starting pitcher for Friday night. Yet, it shouldn’t matter as Story has hit Oakland pitching well in the past. Story has a career .308 batting average and 1.015 OPS against the A’s in 13 career at bats.
Saturday, July 28
Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals
LetRUMBL average: 18 points
Giancarlo Stanton and the New York Yankees welcome the Kansas City Royals to town on Saturday night. The Yankees have the third best record in the American League and take on the club with the second worst. Stanton has a career .257 batting average against the Royals with two home runs and four RBIs. While that may not seem too impressive, Stanton has looked great in his last seven games. The left fielder is hitting .370 with one home run, five RBIs, and 10 runs scored. He has tallied a .400 OBP and a slugging percentage of .519.
The Royals will throw rookie right hander Heath Fillmyer in game three of the weekend series. Stanton has not hit against Fillmyer previously. The rookie has only pitched 22.1 innings while allowing 18 hits and seven earned runs in the big leagues this season.
Stanton has hit 13 home runs and knocked in 38 RBIs against righties this year. He has hit nearly as many home runs at Yankee Stadium (11) as on the road. Although Stanton’s at home batting average is .102 points below his road tally, facing off against a rookie pitcher should play into the slugger’s hands on Saturday.