LetsRUMBL MLB Picks: Trade deadline is over
The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone. It is time for the pretenders and the contenders to prove their worth. LetsRUMBL has three great MLB picks this week that will help daily fantasy sports players win the points they need for victory down the stretch.
Thursday, August 2
Adam Eaton, Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds
LetsRUMBL average: 18 points
It is make or break time for the Washington Nationals. The Nats are 5.5 games out of first place and need to win this weekend against the awful Cincinnati Reds to improve their chances of making the postseason. Right fielder Adam Eaton has been a bright spot for the Nats this season. He is hitting .304 with 28 runs scored. Eaton has tallied a .396 OBP and an .801 OPS.
Although his power numbers are down, just three home runs and 18 RBIs, Eaton has hit well over the course of his last 15 games. During that time span, Eaton has registered a .327 batting average, .444 OBP, and a .442 OPS. In 52 at bats, Eaton has hit safely 17 times, scored 10 runs, hit one home run, and tallied six RBIs. He has also had nine walks in his last 15 games. Eaton is definitely turning it up at the plate.
The Reds will throw Tyler Mahle on Thursday night in Washington. Mahle struggled in his last game against the Nats' National League East rivals the Philadelphia Phillies. He gave up three runs on six hits. Eaton has never faced Mahle, but has collected a .316 career batting average against the Reds.
Friday, August 3
Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
LetsRUMBL average: 17 points
The Boston Red Sox's third baseman Rafael Devers has turned it up over the last seven games. He has recorded a .296 batting average with one home run and four RBIs. Add in Devers' .345 OBP and he is a great selection for Friday's game against Boston's hated rivals the New York Yankees. The series could be a massive turning point in the season for both clubs. Boston is five games up on the Yankees and that could stretch to nine by the weekend's end if the Sox can sweep.
The Yankees are expected to throw right-handed pitcher Luis Severino on Friday night. Severino has struggled of late and Boston could get to the pitcher at Fenway. Although Devers hasn't hit well against Severino, he could get the best of the Yankees' right-hander on Friday.
Devers has hit well in Fenway, although he does hit better on the road, collecting six home runs, 18 RBIs, and 22 runs scored. Devers has a fantastic .720 OPS at Fenway as well. The third baseman should break out against the Yankees as the Red Sox try to extend their lead in the American League East.
Saturday, August 4
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds
LetsRUMBL average: 15 points
Bryce Harper is still a Washington Nationals player. The Nats have a chance to make a run at the postseason, but need Harper hitting the ball well to get there. The right fielder has had a massive drop off this season, which helps explain why the Nats have underachieved so much. Harper has gotten it together over the last seven games and his performances have been more Bryce-like than in the games he played previously.
Harper has hit safely in seven of his last 21 at bats for a .333 batting average. He has tallied seven runs scored, one home run, eight RBIs, and five bases on balls. Harper has crushed a .619 slugging percentage in his last seven games and will be key against the Reds poor pitching.
Cincinnati will throw Matt Harvey against the Nats on Saturday. Harvey allowed two runs on two hits in his last outing against the Phillies. Harper has hit two career home runs off of Harvey and collected five RBIs. Harper has hit better at home this season and his batting average is 41 points higher in the nation's capital. If the Nats are going to make the postseason, it starts with a big weekend against the Reds.