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MLB GPP Pivots: Saturday 7/20

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach outlines some sneaky-good MLB GPP Pivots away from the popular picks for Saturday, July 20. (Getty Images)

Welcome to the MLB GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular lifts. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our MLB News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We will be looking at the 10-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Luis Castillo - Cincinnati (vs. St. Louis) 

I’m expecting most people to take Clayton Kershaw in a fantastic matchup against the Marlins. However, don’t forget about Castillo as another premium pitcher with a sneaky-good matchup in his own right. The park factor isn’t necessarily on his side, but that hasn’t bothered Cincinnati’s ace, who has allowed only six hits and three earned runs across 20.2 innings (22 K’s) over his last three home starts. As for the draw, St. Louis ranks 27th in wRC+ over the last 30 days. 

FIRST BASE

Christian Walker - Arizona (vs. Milwaukee) 

Milwaukee LHP Gio Gonzalez is coming off the injured list to make his first start since May 27. He already carries a .340 wOBA split to right-handed bats, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the veteran southpaw comes out rusty tonight. Walker will look to jump on the platoon advantage while swinging a hot bat to the tune of three hits, one homer, five runs, and a stolen base over his last three games. 

SECOND BASE

Hanser Alberto - Baltimore (vs. Boston) 

Alberto is dirt-cheap with a confident bat after collecting six hits, two homers, four runs, and two RBIs over his past four outings. There’s a good chance he’ll keep that hot-streak alive while facing Boston RHP Rick Porcello in hitter-friendly Oriole Park. Porcello has struggled lately, yielding 21 earned runs across 18 innings over his last four starts. Keeping that in mind, I wouldn’t sleep on the Orioles tonight.  

THIRD BASE

Colin Moran - Pittsburgh (vs. Philadelphia) 

Moran has flexed rewarding fantasy upside in stretches earlier this season. His recent game log isn’t very impressive, but the Pittsburgh third baseman has noticed a bargain salary alongside that. Moran finds himself with a breakout opportunity while facing Philadelphia RHP Zach Eflin and his .367 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds is another name watch in this friendly draw. 

SHORTSTOP

Marcus Semien - Oakland (at Minnesota)

The matchup doesn’t look great on paper while facing Minnesota ace Jose Berrios. On the other hand, we could catch Semien with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate because of that. The Oakland shortstop is one of few affordable options with realistic upside at his position. Berrios is a solid pitcher, but he’s not exactly bulletproof, allowing three earned runs in each of his past three starts. Semien had a monster game yesterday (3-4, 2B, 3B, HR), and I wouldn’t be surprised if he kept that momentum this evening. 

OUTFIELD

Alex Gordon - Kansas City (at Cleveland) 

Gordon will probably be ignored for DFS purposes as a middling hitter on a subpar offense. However, he’ll see a respectable park shift in Cleveland, a place that tends to help left-handed power. On top of that, the matchup against Indians’ RHP Adam Plutko is certainly favorable, as the righty tosser holds a .402 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Gordon is one of the few Royals’ bats to jump on that vulnerability. 

Adam Haseley - Philadelphia (at Pittsburgh) 

Haseley was called-up on July 13, and he’s starting to impress at the major league level with two homers, three runs, and three RBIs over his past two starts. The rookie is still cheap on most DFS sites, which makes him an attractive play against mediocre RHP Joe Musgrove of Pittsburgh. Keep Haseley on your tournament shortlist as he looks to make it three straight days with a homer.