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August 12, 2014

Daily League Strategy

Up Latos

by Paul Sporer


With DraftKings’ acquisition of DraftStreet, I will now be using that site’s dollar values to select my players of the day.

PITCHING

Mat Latos ($8,900 CIN v. BOS) – It’s been a bit of a slow burn with Latos, though in fairness he is just 10 games into his season. The ratios are there. He has a strong 3.12 ERA and a tremendous 0.95 WHIP, but the component numbers have lagged a bit thanks to an uninspiring 5.7 K/9 rate. His 2.3 BB/9 rate is actually a career-best, giving him a passable 2.5 K:BB ratio. I still think we’ll see a strikeout surge before year’s end. Even with the modest strikeout totals, he’s logged 20+ points in each of his past two outings and he gets to face an offense that has been baseball’s second-worst against righties since the All-Star break. Of course, the only team below them is Latos’ own Reds at .575, which means runs could be at a premium tonight in Cincy, but I’m still betting on a strong effort from Latos.

J.A. Happ ($6,600 TOR at SEA) – Happ has an incredible 1.71 ERA in his past four starts with 25 Ks and a 4.2 K:BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings of work, including a 12-K, eight-inning gem his last time out against Baltimore (which he lost, 2-1). He has been a boom/bust pitcher throughout his past 10 outings, with a pair of 30+ outings (33.7 v. CWS, 33.8 in that BAL outing) and a pair of negative scoring starts (-2.3 at LAA, -1.6 at CIN). This is a tremendous opportunity to stay white-hot as the Mariners have been one of baseball’s worst teams against lefties this year with a .645 OPS (29th). Happ is my favorite pitcher pick of the day from a cost/production standpoint.

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