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Were dealing with yet another abbreviated slate on Thursday, but on the bright side, weve seen some truly awful Thursday slates this season, and while this one isnt great, its not the worst weve seen. Cheap Cardinals Jerseys China . With a legitimate ace at the top and multiple mid-tier options also in play, this should add up to a decent little slate for DFS players.PitchingEliteMadison Bumgarner, as you might expect, is the top play of the day. He heads to Oakland, where hell have to face a DH instead of a pitcher. However, the Coliseum is a pitcher-friendly environment, and while the As fare better against left-handers than righties, theyre still middle-of-the-road. Plus, Bumgarner is elite, so hes matchup-proof anyway. His 1.99 ERA is second in baseball only to Clayton Kershaw, and his 10.1 K/9 is a career best. Dont expect a lofty strikeout total, as the As are striking out an MLB-best 16 percent in June. That said, the floor here is high, and thats what you want in cash games.SolidNo team in baseball strikes out more against right-handed pitching than the Brewers, who fan 26 percent of the time. Add in the fact that they also dont do much damage when they do make contact (90 wRC+), and Kenta Maeda finds himself in a very appealing spot on Thursday. The right-hander is in play in both cash and guaranteed prize pool games.Despite a game score of 58 and a high-upside matchup against the Reds, Im going nowhere near Gio Gonzalez in cash games on Thursday. The lefty has surrendered five or more runs in five of his last seven starts, and most of those outings came against weak offenses (Padres, Brewers, Reds, Mets). Feel free to roll the dice with him in tournaments, though, as hes striking out more than a batter per inning and the Reds whiff at a 22 percent clip against southpaws.John Lackey is coming off his worst start of the season (7 ER in 4 1/3 innings against the Marlins), but hes in prime position to bounce back on Thursday. The veteran right-hander draws a Mets team thats striking out 23 percent of the time versus righties and put up a .299 wOBA in June. Prior to his last outing, Lackey had allowed three or fewer runs in each of his previous 10 starts, so I still trust him as a cash play.Like Lackey, Jordan Zimmermann is coming off his worst outing of the season. However, a road tilt against Tampa Bay might be too good to pass up. The Rays have done little against right-handed pitching this season and are fanning at a 25 percent clip, more than any team in the AL. Whiffs arent a big part of Zimmermanns game this season (5.7 K/9), but he owns a 7.3 career K/9 and should be able to rack up at least a handful of Ks in such a favorable matchup. Im still hesitant about Zimmermann given his recent struggles, but hes still in play as a potential SP2 if the price is right.Steven Matz, who is dealing with a bone spur in his pitching elbow, had his next start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday. The bone spur is more of a red flag for season-long owners than DFS players, but a date with the Cubs naturally means sounding a note of caution with any cash recommendation. The Cubs are a top-five team against left-handed pitching and lead the majors in walk rate (11 percent), so the Mets lefty will have little margin for error. That said, the door is open for Matz as a high-upside tournament play. The Cubs are whiffing at a 24.3 percent clip in June, while Matz is striking out nearly a batter per inning.StreamersOne of the most enticing matchups of the day belongs to Carlos Rodon. The southpaw draws a home start against the Twins, who are one of the worst teams in the AL against left-handed pitching and strike out 25 percent of the time. For his part, Rodon is whiffing a batter per inning and has allowed more than two earned runs just once in his last seven outings. He makes for an appealing GPP play, and hes also a viable streaming option given his low ownership.Michael Pinedas 5.51 ERA is an obvious deterrent, but theres potential value here if you look for it. Not only does the 27-year-old sport a top-10 whiff rate (10.4 K/9), but hes also shown some positive trends in June, posting a 3.00 ERA over five starts. With the Rangers, a team thats below average against righty pitching, on tap, Pineda is set up to succeed on Thursday.Wei-Yin Chen and his fantasy owners caught a break, as the Miami Marlins lefty was pushed to Thursday to face the Atlanta Braves instead of facing the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday as originally scheduled. Look for Chen to take advantage, as the Braves are the second-worst team in terms of wOBA versus southpaws, plus they sport an above-average 22 percent strikeout rate in this scenario.AvoidThis probably goes without saying, but dont go chasing Chris Young and his 9.2 K/9 rate on Thursday. The right-hander owns a 7.79 ERA in June and a 9.70 ERA on the road this season. The Cardinals, who sport an MLB-best 119 wRC+ versus righties this year, wont go easy on him.HittingTommy Milone has made only six appearances (five starts) for the Twins this season, but they havent been pretty. Those six outings have resulted in a 5.33 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and five homers allowed in 27 innings. Right-handed boppers Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier should be able to take advantage, and Melky Cabrera, whos batting .340 off lefties this year, is also in play.Theres no way around it: Left-handed batters have absolutely bashed Chris Young this season. Hes faced 113 lefty hitters this year, and theyve put up a .364/.442/.867 slash line against him. With the Cardinals on the docket, Matt Carpenter is an elite play, and Brandon Moss and Matt Adams are both high-end options if theyre in the lineup.Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan has shown some good things this season. However, hes also struggled with his control (4.2 BB/9) and has allowed tons of hard contact (36 percent). On Thursday, hes running into a Nationals team that crushes left-handers (.345 wOBA and .202 ISO). There are plenty of Nationals bats worth consideration here, but Jayson Werth, who is batting .394-5-15 versus lefties this year, should be the top target.With soft-tossing lefty Dillon Overton on the hill for the As on Thursday, Buster Posey makes for an intriguing option behind the plate. Overton allowed three homers in his major league debut. Posey, meanwhile, is hitting .301/.388/.479 versus southpaws this season.Most likely to go yard: Matt CarpenterChris Young cant get left-handed hitters out, and Carpenter, who is on pace for 30 bombs, smashes righties. Lets not overthink this.Most likely to swipe a bag: Ian DesmondMichael Pineda has allowed 11 stolen bases this year (bottom 10), while catcher Brian McCann has allowed 34 baserunners to steal off him (bottom five). Desmond, who leads the Rangers with 13 swipes, must be licking his chops. Cheap St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys . 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BOSTON -- Drew Pomeranz is looking for a do-over after his rocky Boston Red Sox debut last Wednesday.The former San Diego Padres southpaw was all but sharp in his first start after being traded to Boston July 14, giving up five runs on eight hits in three innings against San Francisco.I was going along pretty good there through the first three (innings), Pomeranz said. I made some bad fastball-location pitches, and they made me pay for it.On Monday, the first-time All-Star faces an easier challenge as the Detroit Tigers come to town in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.Pomeranz (8-7, 2.83 ERA) would certainly like to borrow some of the run support Boston gave Rick Porcello in Sundays 8-7 win over Minnesota.Porcello wasnt at his best, giving up five runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, but three-run homers from Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw helped him improve to 10-0 at home this year.Boston (55-41) couldnt gain any ground on American League East-leading Baltimore, which earned a 5-3 win over Cleveland to remain 1 1/2 games up in the standings.The Red Sox have been the majors hottest team in July, going 13-5 in the month while homering in 15 consecutive games.Pomeranz has never started against the Tigers, but has made one relief appearance against them, pitching a scoreless inning.No current Detroit batter has more than five at-bats against Pomeranz, with Justin Upton going 2-for-5 with two walks and a pair of punch outs.Detroit lost not once, but twice Sunday after dropping a pair of one-run contests against the Chicago White Sox.The Tigers fell 4-3 in the conclusion of a suspended game earlier Sunday before losing 5-4 on Melky Cabreras walk-off single in the second game, 5-4.Meanwhile, Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was hitlesss in six at-bats in the last two games against Chicago. 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Its nothing different than what happens to other hitters, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, it just happens to Miguel Cabrera less often than it does with other hitters.Despite the losses, Detroit (51-48) remains in striking distance of Cleveland in the AL Central, trailing the Indians by six games.In the wild card race, the Tigers face only a four-game deficit, with three teams -- Boston, Toronto and Houston -- ahead of them.Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.74 ERA) counters Pomeranz for the Tigers and hopes he can reignite the Fenway magic he experienced last season.Verlander threw eight one-run inning in a no-decision at Fenway last July 24, and hes been strong ever since, posting a 14-11 record with a 3.11 ERA in 231 2/3 innings dating back to that outing.Last time out, Verlander gave up one run on two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in an eight-inning no-decision Wednesday against the Twins.Prior to that, Verlander notched his fourth 10-strikeout game of the season in a win at Kansas City, lasting seven innings while surrendering two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two free passes.The former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner is 3-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 13 career starts against Boston. At Fenway, Verlander is 2/3 with a 3.56 ERA in eight starts.David Ortiz has hit Verladner particularly well, going 11-for-29 (.379) with two home runs and four RBI, but has nine strikeouts against him.Aaron Hill is 5-for-16 (.313) with two RBI lifetime against Verlander, while Dustin Pedroia has struggled to the tune of a 1-for-18 (.056) clip vs. Verlander. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '