July 28th, 2015 MLB Tips

Updated: July 28, 2015

Happy Jose Fernandez day! Today we celebrate a start of one of our favorite young pitchers in the game. Tonight he goes against the Nationals and looks to improve to 4-0 on the season. Before we get into that game and the rest of our tips, let’s talk about the biggest news story in baseball right now.

Troy Tulowitzki is a Toronto Blue Jay. In a blockbuster trade Tulo along with LaTroy Hawkins was traded to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and a batch of prospects. On the surface this trade seems strange as offense was not exactly the Blue Jays problem and what they really need is pitching, but I like this trade for a lot of reasons. One, it instantly improves their defense and adds one of the few players in all of baseball who could actually improve their offense. Improving the shortstop defense is a huge move for them that could really help their struggling pitchers going forward. Hawkins is just a piece in this trade, but he will improve the bullpen as well. The Blue Jays look ready to make a move in the tight AL Wild Card race and I’m excited to see what happens. I would love to see that offense in the playoffs.

We have quite a few games to get to today so let’s just go ahead and dive in.

MLB Tips and Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice:

David Price makes his return to Tampa Bay as the Tigers face the Rays. Price has been Detroit’s ace and he should look great tonight against his former team. The Rays .682 team OPS ranks 25th in all of baseball and will likely get mowed down by Price who will be extra motivated. Besides playing his former team, he’s also fighting to get his team back in contention while simultaneously (possibly) auditioning for other teams. He should be on his game tonight and could post a truly dominating performance.

Bet Tigers -121 at: Bovada

Last night the Cubs and Rockies had a slugfest that was won by the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth with a walkoff Kris Bryant homerun. Tonight, they face off again only this time the starters are worse. Sound good to you? Sounds great to me.

The Rockies pitching is not very good and the Cubs pitching has really struggled of late. Tonight I see two starters going to the mound who won’t be expected to do much and might be expected to take one for the time and pitch deep, stats be damned. This is the kind of game daily fantasy players dream of.

Bet Over 8.5 runs at: 5Dimes

Stack up on Cubs and Rockies hitters at: DraftKings

It’s a battle of socks as the Chicago White Sox face the Boston Red Sox. Both of these teams are not having the season that they thought they would be having at the beginning of the year and now find themselves playing mostly meaningless games in July. For the White Sox it’s not all bad though as they are the winners of five straight and send Jeff Samardzija to the mound. Samardzija has been quietly putting it all together and is currently in a run where he’s allowed three runs or less in six of nine games while going 7 or more innings in all nine games. He could be auditioning for a new role with another team here so I expect him to stay motivated for a win here. The White Sox have averaged six runs per game over the past week and Wade Miley shouldn’t be too excited for that. He’s pitched better than most of the Red Sox starters, but I’m not sure he can count on his offense to support him here.

Bet White Sox +116 at: Bovada

Jeff Samardzija at $8900 is a strong value start and Melky Cabrera at $3500 has been hot lately. Grab them at: FanDuel

Of course, we couldn’t get to the end without talking about Jose Fernandez and the Marlins against the Nationals. We all know about Jose Fernandez, he’s amazing. He has a 0.96 WHIP, strikes out over 11 batters per nine innings and is currently 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA on the season. He’s great. He goes against the Nationals today who are a middle of the road offense that strikes out a lot. That is Jose Fernandez’s bread and better right there. He goes against Jordan Zimmerman who, while overall great, has struggled of late. He’s seen early exits in two of his last three starts and has a 4.67 road ERA on the season. If the Marlins can sneak a few runs and get to the bullpen early, I see no reason Fernandez won’t continue doing Fernandez things.

Bet Marlins -114 at: 5Dimes