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In what will be a wild weekend across the Majors, there will be five Interleague matchups over the weekend, throwing a wrench into a lot of Pitcher v. Batter data.  Just imagine if this were last year and everyone was in Interleague at the same time minus two teams…  But with even divisions of 15 these days, Interleague happens every day with this weekend amping them up to five Interleague matchups taking over ten teams.  Cut to the hitters on the Padres at Yankees Stadium, “Hey, Venable, I can actually see the fences from home plate!”  I generally will avoid hitters against new pitchers that are throwing well, and will tend to like pitchers more against line-ups that have never seen them.

This Friday, another RAZZBALL EXCLUSIVE CAN YOU BEAT RUDY GAMBLE contest is back, opening up a few more spots to a 40 person contest, getting you one step closer to the $100,000 Sweet Spot for a shot at a $20,000 top prize.  It’s the usual game, $5.00 an entry, up to two per person, and you can only get in through our exclusive link.  Spots 2-10 double up, and people from last week who finished 1-11 are not invited.  I can’t believe I got 12th last week!  I was winning for a good while there with early pitchers going, but then Edwin Encarnacion went bonkers off the AAA Astros pitching.  But to quote the immortal Maury Ballstein, “what do we do when we fall off the horse?”

Buffering the memories from last week’s picks:

SP – Matt Harvey  8 IP  5 H  1 BB  0 ER  7 Ks  (28.4 Pts)

CI – Evan Longoria 1-4  2 RBI  1 2B  1 R  (11 Pts)

MI – Jean Segura 1-4 (3 Pts)

OF1 – Nate McLouth 1-4  1 3B  1 R  (10 Pts)

OF2 – Jake Marisnick 1-4  (3 Pts)

UTIL – Adrian Gonzalez 1-4  1 R  (5 Pts)

TOTAL – 60.4 (Previous three weeks: 67.2, 77.65, 61)

As usual for my picks – solid pitching (Harvey paired with Henderson Alvarez scored the bulk of my points) without hitting on any… well hitters.  Encarnacion and his 43 points last Friday was the MVP of the night, and I’ve picked him three or four times in the past!  Stupid Astros pitchers… Why I love DraftKings, I can get right back on the schnide (spelling?  shnide? Did I make this term up? Rob Schneider?  Stapler?).  Here’s who I like on Friday (note – prices taken from today’s games as article written before the Razzball contest was open – prices subject to adjustments):

SP – Chris Archer ($7,800) - My early look at matchups as I mentioned on this week’s podcast is officially scrapped for a new lead hurler on Friday.  Using Rudy’s handy-dandy line-up tool, you can see a lot of success off Ubaldo Jimenez from Marlins hitters (I know small sample, but very scared of Giancarlo Stanton‘s 3-4 with a homer) so I’m going with the red-hot Chris Archer against a San Francisco team that has never seen him and pitching in the Trop.  Got K stuff, pitching deep, didn’t issue a walk in three of the last four, I think he’s a no-brainer.

CI – Garrett Jones ($3,700) - Saving my wad for my outfield (that’s a weird open to a sentence), Jones will be a very undervalued pick on Friday and someone I doubt anyone would have drafted.  Sure he’s kind of been ho-hum this season, but he’s 5-9 off Jhoulys Chacin with two homers.  But what I really like is the two additional walks and he’s never struck out against him.  That’s the sort of combo of stats I like to see.

MI – J.J. Hardy ($4,300) – My DraftKings picks wouldn’t be complete without having a Hardy for Hardy, who seems to proliferate into my line-up every other week.  He’s seen a lot of Aaron Harang (and I mean, honestly, there’s a lot to see), and while he’s only 6-26 off him (.231), 3 of those hits were homers and Harang isn’t quite the power pitcher he used to be.  Love the power upside at home.

OF1 – Carlos Beltran ($4,300) – Beltran has been cooling off a bit as of late, his second half dropoff seems to be in full effect yet again, but I am going to stick with him on Friday.  I just have a feeling Bronson Arroyo gets torn up in this one, and Beltran is a .344 hitter off him with 2 homers in 32 ABs.  I see a lot of upside here with Beltran hitting atop that order.

OF1 – Josh Reddick ($3,900) - It’s been a tough season for Reddick, but I like him on Friday hitting off Alexi Ogando in the desert.  He’s 3-6 off him, those being two doubles and a homer so all extra-base hits, and Reddick is 8-8 on the basepaths this season.  Ogando has allowed three steals this season in fairly limited innings, so I could see that part of the game helping Reddick as well.  He’s very reasonably priced to fill out your outfield.

UTIL – Adrian Beltre ($5,700) - It ended up being a big-name 3B I wanted with my saved budget, and I’m going with Beltre who is 5-12 off Tommy Milone with two homers.  This one will be in Arlington and Beltre is as solid as you can get at third.

 

Shoot your DraftKings questions below or tweet me @jbgilpin – good luck this week!

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  1. Anthony says:
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    Hey man quick question, long term keeper, would you rather have Arenado or Salvador Perez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Anthony: I think Arenado. A lot more upside

  2. Vottomatic says:
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    Fielder or Joey Bats?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Vottomatic: Probably Votto unless only really needing homers

  3. beemstar33 says:
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    Eked out a 9th place finish last week, so looks like my Friday plans are free… #backdoorbrag

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @beemstar33: I hate you

    • Pacochu says:
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      @beemstar33:

      You can still enter. Don’t let Big Biscuit mess with you.

  4. Marv says:
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    Hey, can you please give me your opinion, H2H 10-team keeper (keep 12) Grade these trades please,
    My Bruce/Braun/Medlen/Janssen for His Stanton/Weaver/Minor.
    I also have this one out there:
    My Desmond/Rizzo/Braun/Hellickson/Medlen for His HanRam/Kershaw/Sale/Lohse

    Am I giving up too much or not enough?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Marv: I think you’re giving up too much in both. The first trade I guess I could argue the right side but the second one, that’s a ton of offense you’re giving away

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Marv: Yea both seem trades of offense for pitching, I don’t really like either as well, Braun is a top-10 pick next yr

  5. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Hey JB,

    Kazmir blew up in my face (heh) for his first start. I could drop him for Doubront. Do it or keep the Kaz?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: For their next start or ROS? They’re both streamers so you might as well use the spot for streaming in general.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Yeah for next start. Kazmir has the better matchup, but I was shaky on him to begin with. Doubront seems to be pretty good (besides the walks) in most of his starts lately.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: I would lean Kazmir. Better matchup, better park. But it’s a coin flip really. Either one of them could blow up at a moment’s notice.

          • Shawn of the livid says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: My thoughts exactly. I hope they trade Nathan so I can fill that spot with a closer and be done with streamers for the year

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Shawn of the livid: @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Agree with you guys, I like Kazmir more, wasn’t able to see his last start, but with his next one coming up over the weekend I believe, prime target for a PItcher Profile. I would rather him than Doubront.

  6. The Marte Partay says:
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    Just got offered Archer for my Beachy. That’s a definite accept, correct?

  7. Pacochu says:
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    With that many people being banned from playing this week, the field should be crazy small. I was just praising DraftKings too…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pacochu: Hahaha, yea it was just a frustrating drop off, especially considering I was stuck without a phone until about 9 and had someone in not playing after not checking after Wed. Oh well, I’m gunnin for it this week.

      • Pacochu says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Both of my teams finished top ten, but short of first place. I will win it this week since your banning powers have not seemed to spread to the DK site.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pacochu: Yea unfortunately my magic spells did not take effect… I wish you a 2nd and 3rd place finish luck this week!

  8. Web says:
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    Would you trade Harper? Hes dinged up again and the knee issue doesn’t seem like its going away this season…Any chance they shut him down once they officially fall out of playoff contention?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Web: I don’t think they’ll shut him down unless another big injury forces it… I’d hold unless I could get 2nd-early 3rd round value in redraft leagues

  9. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Which offense you like today?
    Seattle @ Dempster
    Atlanta v some bum
    Texas v some bum
    St Louis @ Morton

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: And this is the sh*t that drives me insane. Most of that lineup pretty much owns Morton, but the offense has really been struggling lately. Something’s gotta give.

  10. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Seriously, Archer is a no-brainer. And I got him for $7400…Suckaaaaa

  11. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    Who took 1st? This guy. You doubled up finally though. Maybe you’re getting in the groove.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: My bad. Guess I started late. But thanks bros.

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