2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 30

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 30

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For any fantasy baseball team, starting the right players is unsurprisingly the key to success. This is especially true in the immensely popular daily leagues, where a single player can mean the difference between a big payday and crushing disappointment. Based on matchups and talent, the following players could all be in for an outstanding day on July 30 and deserve your utmost consideration.

(All stats current through 7:00 p.m. Tuesday)

5. DH Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals

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5. DH Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals

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It's been a rough year for this slugger, but he seems to have figured some things out of late. Butler is batting a solid .323 since July 5, and has been dialed in the past few days with six hits in his last nine at-bats, including two HRs. The Royals will face struggling starter Phil Hughes on Wednesday. Hughes sports an atrocious 6.35 ERA over his last seven starts, and is allowing right-handers to bat a lofty .333 on the season.

4. 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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4. 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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It took a while for this youngster to shake off the rust after a lengthy DL stint, but he's looking quite comfortable at the plate again. Arenado has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games, and has pitched in three HRs and eight RBIs over that span. The Rockies will face lefty Travis Wood on Wednesday, and to go along with a terrible 5.06 ERA, Wood has allowed right-handers to bat .295 on the season with 30 extra-base hits.

3. OF Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees

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3. OF Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees

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The switch-hitting Beltran is starting to look like his old self again. He's posted five multi-hit efforts over his last 11 games, and is batting a solid .333 over that span with three HRs. He has the luxury of facing one of baseball's worst starting pitchers on Wednesday, so a big game could be in store. Colby Lewis will be that pitcher, and to go along with a horrific 8.40 home ERA, he's allowing lefties to bat an incredible .383 this season.

2. SP Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

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2. SP Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

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Kluber has pitched exceptionally since the beginning of May. He owns a dynamic 2.33 ERA over his last 16 outings, and has struck out an incredible 127 batters over in those 112.1 innings of work. The matchup is a friendly one on Wednesday as the Tribe will host the Seattle Mariners. Seattle has limped out of the gate since the All-Star break with an ugly 3-7 record, and have scored just 2.50 runs per contest over that span.

1. 1B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

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1. 1B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

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The two-time reigning AL MVP hasn't quite put up the incredible numbers that we're used to, but I have a funny feeling that he's about to finish the season strong. Cabrera has put together six multi-hit efforts over his last 11 games, and has a great matchup to exploit coming up. The Tigers will face Hector Noesi and his 4.99 ERA on Wednesday. In Cabrera's brief history against Noesi, he's managed four hits in eight at bats, including two HRs.

Brian Davis is a fantasy writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SportsGuyBrian, ”Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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