Good morning, baseball fans! It's time for another fantasy baseball forecast for daily fantasy players. This column offers readers a high level outlook for the days baseball games. We will examine which teams we have predicted to be the winning teams, high scoring games, low scoring games, potential weather issues to avoid, and starting pitchers who might be good daily fantasy plays. Here we look for an advantage over our competition by determining the best odds on which players to avoid target each day. Over the course of the season, we will come out on top. Today's daily fantasy predictions are for July 31, 2015, and we enjoy is a full docket of 15 games today. Today's games include a possible shootout which should provide us with an exciting day. That slate of games also features a possible pitcher's duel which should contribute to providing us with an interesting day. We will examine the finer points of both of the outlier games shortly. Without further introduction, It's time to study the daily fantasy forecast for the day.
Projected Winners and Losers
Now we will investigate which teams are predicted to win today. Great Matchups describe games in which the odds of the favorite winning are relatively high compared to the average game. Average matchups refer to games that the favorite has a good chance to win, and coin flips indicate games that are just too close to call with any confidence. Probable pitchers are listed in parenthesis.
- St. Louis (Michael Wacha-RHP) -over- Colorado (Kyle Kendrick-RHP)
- Baltimore (Wei-Yin Chen-LHP) -over- Detroit (Buck Farmer-RHP)
- Cleveland (Danny Salazar-RHP) -over- Oakland (Kendall Graveman-RHP)
- San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner-LHP) -over- Texas (Nick Martinez-RHP)
- Houston (Scott Feldman-RHP) -over- Arizona (Rubby De La Rosa-RHP)
- L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw-LHP) -over- L.A. Angels (Hector Santiago-LHP)
- Atlanta (Williams Perez-RHP) -over- Philadelphia (David Buchanan-RHP)
- N.Y. Mets (Matt Harvey-RHP) -over- Washington (Gio Gonzalez-LHP)
- Pittsburgh (Jeff Locke-LHP) -over- Cincinnati (Michael Lorenzen-RHP)
- Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel-RHP) -over- Milwaukee (Taylor Jungmann-RHP)
Coin Flips (50/50 Matchups)
- Miami (David Phelps-RHP) -vs- San Diego (Ian Kennedy-RHP)
- Toronto (Drew Hutchison-RHP) -vs- Kansas City (Johnny Cueto-RHP)
- Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez-LHP) -vs- Tampa Bay (Erasmo Ramirez-RHP)
- N.Y. Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi-RHP) -vs- Chicago White Sox (Carlos Rodon-LHP)
- Minnesota (Tommy Milone-LHP) -vs- Seattle (Taijuan Walker-RHP)
High and Low Scoring Games
High scoring games are games in which the matchups indicate that a lot of runs could be scored. These games can be ideal for stacking daily fantasy players on the same MLB team. In larger tournaments, playing many players from the same team can increase the chances that they all have a big day together leading to a higher daily fantasy team score.
High Scoring Games
- Pittsburgh -vs- Cincinnati (7:10 PM)
Pitcher's Duels (Low Scoring Games)
- Washington -vs- N.Y. Mets (7:10 PM)
- L.A. Angels -vs- L.A. Dodgers (10:10 PM)
Pitchers to Target or Avoid
These pitching recommendations provide best results when used over large sample periods. These picks simply represent the pitchers who have the best chances of having a good fantasy day compared to other available options.
Pitchers to Target
Pitchers who should be very good targets today due to favorable matchups include: Gio Gonzalez and Matt Harvey. There are also other pitchers who should be above average targets today, including: Michael Wacha, Wei-Yin Chen, Danny Salazar, Madison Bumgarner and Scott Feldman.
Pitchers to Avoid
Starters who are poised to be poor options today due to unfavorable matchups include: Jeff Locke, Michael Lorenzen and Kyle Kendrick. There are also other pitchers who should be avoided today, including: Buck Farmer, Kendall Graveman, Nick Martinez and Rubby De La Rosa. These recommendations will be incorrect from time to time, but over the long run these pitchers have a lower chance of success than the pitchers we recommend targeting based on our metrics.
If players games get rained out, they can't score fantasy points. It is recommended to stay away from players from the following games to stay away from the potential rainout: Kansas City at Toronto (40% chance of rain).