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The Boston Red Sox promoted RF Rusney Castillo ($8,174) a couple of weeks ago to try to breathe life into a moribund attack that had seen the team struggle so badly in May.
So far, it hasn’t exactly worked wonders. While Castillo drove in the only run in Tuesday’s 1-0 win to give him three hits in the last two games, he has yet to deliver an extra-base hit in nine games, and has generally been unproductive.
He’s flashed some sweet leather (see video below) and we’re confident Castillo will be a fine DFS play in time; unfortunately, that time has yet to arrive, so we’re keeping him on the sidelines until he proves himself more dependable.
Need a SP tonight? How about St. Louis’ John Lackey ($23,586) at home against Milwaukee. Since getting dealt to the Cards last year, Lackey is 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 10 starts in St. Louis, including Friday’s seven shutout innings with nine Ks against the Dodgers. This season, he’s 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA in five starts at Busch Stadium.
Last month, it made no difference where Lackey pitched — he was splendid. He went 2-2 with a 1.89 ERA in six starts in May.The other reason we love Lackey Wednesday is that Milwaukee has struggled to score lately; in fact, in the first two games of this series, there has been only two total runs scored.
The last time we recommended San Francisco C Buster Posey ($10,485) in early August, he was “meh,” going 1-for-4 with a strikeout. We expect better out of him Wednesday given how much he loves smacking Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano around. For his career, Posey is 5-for-9 with a couple of ribbies against the Pirate southpaw. This should be just what the doctor ordered to snap Posey out of a mini slump — he’s just 1-for-10 over the last three games to drop back to .290 for the season.
- Washington starting pitcher Max Scherzer had given up just three dingers in 71 2/3 IP before Kevin Pillar of the Jays burned him twice in six innings on Tuesday.
- Philadelphia starting pitcher Cole Hamels’ trade value just keeps rising. Over his last five starts, he’s gone 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA while whiffing 38 against just six walks in 37 1/3 IP. Considering Hamels owns the Reds, Wednesday should offer more of the same domination.
- The Oakland A’s were the worst team in baseball as of May 22. Since then, the team’s rotation has posted an amazing 1.53 ERA over the last 10 games to help begin the turnaround.
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