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Ahhhh July.  The 4th.  Hot dogs.  Fireworks.  Sparklers and going to other neighboring states to get the fireworks.  You know the good ones (I don’t know if people outside of NC will get that one).  I love July.  In baseball we get a little fantasy break to watch the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.  Side note – they should have an MLB skills games like the NBA.  Throw a 100-MPH fastball through the target.  Get down a bunt on the third base line against the pitching machine set at 120 MPH.  OK maybe not the best idea.

But our friends at DraftKings have got their stuff better together than my pipe dreams, with their huge Midsummer Classic coming up on July 19th for $500,000 worth of payouts with a $125,000 winner.  Must cost an arm and a leg and a first-born to get in, huh?  Nope!  Just play in our RAZZBALL EXCLUSIVE CAN YOU BEAT RUDY GAMBLE contest for an entry fee of $10, beat the exclusive Razzball-only players, and a ticket into the Midsummer Classic is yours!  2-10 still double up to $20 and if you’re still new, first time depositors will get a $2 Qualifier ticket that wins you a circuit to the Midsummer Classic as well.  As I said on the Podcast this week, I’m gonna be back in the contest this week with my eyes on that Midsummer ticket.

Let’s time warp to last week’s picks:

SP – Madison Bumgarner PPD pushed back start

CI – Juan Francisco 2-3  1 HR  1 RBI  2 R  1 BB  (21 Pts)

MI – Daniel Murphy 0-6  R  (2 Pts)

OF1 – Carlos Gomez 4-5  2 RBI  2 2B  R  SB  (27 Pts)

OF2 – Zoilo Almonte 0-1  (0 Pts)

UTIL – Norichika Aoki 3-5  2B  R  CS  (11 Pts)

TOTAL – 61 (Previous weeks’ finishes – 34, 40.15, 47.65, 54.3, 93.85, 76.9, 68.8, 47.7, 67.3, 92.4, 75, 83, 96)

Well, loading up on Brewers was the way to go!  Huge games from my three Brewers batters salvaged a second straight week where I lost a starter after the article posting.  And just like Dillon Gee two weeks ago, Bumgarner goes out and pitches fantastic for a win the next day.  That’s why you have to check your line-ups after picking them on Wednesday! Here’s some guys that will end up on my roster (I think I need to put a disclaimer here that price adjustments subject to occur):

SP – Corey Kluber ($6,700) - Ahhhh, my boyfriend.  If you’ve been a frequent commenter or a Pitcher Profile loyalist you know I’m all in on Kluber, who actually pitched well against the Royals two starts ago then had an unlucky inning.  It went broken bat bloop single, another broken bat bloop single, walk, out, first-pitch grand salami for Alex Gordon.  His stuff just looked unreal against the Tigers last time out, hitting 97 multiple times with good movement, and the K upside is there for a cheap DraftKings option.

CI – Edwin Encarnacion ($4,000) - Ahhhh, so many E’s and so many to please.  Look for a slight price hike, but since I’m saving at pitcher, I love Edwin hitting at Baltimore.  Another spolier alert from the podcast – I love all the hitters in this game against some terrible starters, with the O’s throwing out Jason Hammel with Edwin 6-14 (.429) against with two solo shots.

MI – J.J. Hardy ($4,100) - Ahhhh, oldies be goldies.  I seem to put J.J. on my line-up more often than not, and the aforementioned terrible pitcher matchup has the Blue Jays lobbing R.A. Dickey out there.  His pitches are more all like Eephus – es (Eephui?  Eephuieses?) than power knucklers.  Thank’s MLB app for showing me that pitch while he throws on Gameday!  J.J. is 5-15 (.333) against Dickey, and hit a solo shot off him last time they faced last month.  I know Hardy is cooling a little bit, but buy it here.

OF1 – Nick Markakis ($4,700) – Ahhhh, a fresh face to my DraftKings line-up.  I don’t think I’ve used Markakis all year, but I’m sticking with the theme of Orioles and Blue Jays hitters and Markakis is, yea, only 2-9 off Dickey, but with 4 walks to only 1 strikeout.  He sees those terrible knucklers well, and I could see one of those 3-5 3 R 2 RBI type games out of him.

OF2 – Nelson Cruz ($4,600) - Ahhhh, the ridiculous year Cruz is having… I know you’re yelling “it’s the roids” to yourself, so I might as well type it too to enforce the crowd mentality.  Maybe he needs controversy to keep him going!  The Rangers will be at Detroit with the suddenly scuffling Doug Fister out there, who just doesn’t look right.  Cruz is a career 8-19 (.421) hitter off Fister with a homer and only one strikeout.  Fister gave up three homers his last start and facing Texas will be tough to try and right the ship.

UTIL – David Murphy ($3,900) – Ahhhh, ready for these numbers?  Off the aforementioned Fister, who has given up 6 ER in 3 of the last 4, Murphy is a career 9-20 (.450) with 4 homers and 8 RBIs off him!  He’s also occasionally hitting 2nd in the order, and look for Ron Washington to move him to that spot again Friday to get in Fister’s head and hopefully get him an extra at-bat for ya.

 

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

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  1. Bryan says:
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    Have Franklin a SS with Jeter back soon…who would you play?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: Franklin until we see Jeter actually playing and performing

  2. Brewerfan says:
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    My Andrus & Greinke for Tulo. Worth it for me?

    • Oz says:
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      @Brewerfan:
      Depends how your SP are. You’re definitely selling low on Andrus, but I’m not a huge fan of him to begin with.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Brewerfan: Sure, Andrus sucks anyway, and Greinke’s far from a stud.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brewerfan: I agree, I want the Tulo side pretty easily

  3. Oz says:
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    No Question, just wanna tell u how badly I buttr@p3d my opponent yesterday. H2h, points league, yesterday I started Wainwright, Hammels, Straily, Archer, Perez, Cingrani, and had a Rodney Save. At 3pts per IP, -1 for hit/BB, -2 for ER, +1k, +10 win, +5 SV my pitchers combined for 164 pts (highest ever in a day by pitchers only) for a ridiculous 1.52 ERA on 44.1 IP. Yeah, my SP kicked their ass.

    2nd note: I recently traded Jeremy Hellickson and Nick Franklin for Archie Bradley. I had Zobrist, Utley, Segura, and Rendon in mid INF so I could lose Franklin. Ultimately I guess I believe Bradley is more valuable than Hellickson so I made the trade. I’m in 1st place AND hoarding prospects… Win/Win. Thx for the help JB! I’m enjoying 8 hours of fantasy a day instead of 2 when I gotta go back to med school :(

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Oz: Med school?!?! We need you here! Fantasy saves lives… No prob thanks for reading!

      • Oz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Yeah I’m hoping to be the official Dr. Of Razzball.com lol. Only 3 more years of school then a few of residency, then I can make money… and have 250k or so of debt..
        Call me Dr. Razzball!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Oz: Yessir Dr. Razzball! No you are not the Dr. Oz you are Dr. Razzball!

  4. Oz says:
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    1 more thing JB. I know Houston said Astros aren’t gonna rush George Springer but he’s DOMINATING AAA right now. His wRC+ is a ridiculous 259 in 13g/54 PAs. I don’t exactly know what wRC+ is (I don’t think anyone truly understands it) but it’s crazy high. Any chance he contributes this year for fantasy purposes?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Oz: Yea I think so in September. Will crush off other teams’ scrub pitchers that are out of it. THey said they want him in AAA until AAA ends, no reason to make his huge year cool off and not give him a taste in Sept. He’s my hoard right now in a dynasty with only like 8 bench spots I think, and with a high innings limit, tough to hold onto many prospects while in contention.

      • Oz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Do u like him more than Taveras? I’m holding Oscar, but I could possibly squeeze in Springer as well.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Oz: Man I really really want to go with the dark horse (figuratively of course) and go Springer, but nah Taveras still

  5. costaricanchata says:
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    how come players from the cardinals / cubs game are being excluded in the contest ?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @costaricanchata: Figure because it’s the lone early game. Sometimes they leave those out.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @costaricanchata: Yea only games starting 7 or later are in the contest. Just how they’ve been doing it.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        ok .
        thanks , guys .
        (though i was hoping for beltran) .

  6. Kyle says:
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    Would giving my Harvey and Marte be too much for Reyes and Donaldson? (He said no to Corbin). I’m first in pitching but hurting at ss with asdrubal.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kyle: Seems a tad steep, but don’t mind it as it fits your needs

  7. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Last crack at it right? Unless you find another way in.

    Don’t suppose Rudy has a golden ticket either…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Nope he doesn’t! Don’t think he’s won yet. Yup last Razzball ticket, usually we have on the Thursday the day before, but since it’s ASB, this is the last one

  8. ryanjoe13 says:
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    What to do with Lester? Drop him for Kluber? Not sure he has much trade value at this point.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ryanjoe13: Man… tough one, I’ll go Kluber, but I’m a shade biased

  9. Bay of Puigs says:
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    In a 5X5 H2H Yahoo league…ROS, Slavador Perez or Jason Castro at catcher?

  10. Shake N Bacon says:
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    JB I must admit, I haven’t joined the razzball DK challenge for over a month now.

    The first week I did it, I won a ticket to one of the big tournaments, then went on to win $600 in that tournament (which was the following week). Since then, I haven’t won squat. Beginner’s luck I guess!

    So I followed your advice and offered this trade in my keeper league:

    I give: J-Up & Billy Butler

    I get: Carlos Gomez & Rizzo

    It just got accepted. I’m a little uneasy about it. I like Rizzo a lot. Let’s hope CarGo doesn’t go the way of the dingo and disappear.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: No problem man, hope you bought something nice! I like that trade a lot man!

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Oh I put $500 in the bank and then spent $100 of it on DK trying to win more money…which didn’t happen.

        I did buy Grey a $20 margarita though. SON helped me pick some good but cheaper pitchers for that big tournament.

        I’m glad you like it. I need the steals from CarGo. Like the upside of Rizzo. We shall see!

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          @Shake N Bacon: That sucks, but man, that’s a big margarita! Love CarGo obviously as a Brewers fan, Rizzo will give you a few more, I think you did well

  11. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Craig or Longoria ROS ? Terrified of Longo’s plantar facitis. Could probably get Cain or Hamels with Craig in the trade.

    • Brooks Jacoby says:
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      Or Joe Nathan along with Craig

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: Still Longo though and Craig has had a bunch of injuries in his past. I’d want Hamels, then Nathan, and wouldn’t touch Cain who after today’s early exit I think might be hurt.

      • Brooks Jacoby says:
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        One more:

        Longoria, Puljos, Bruce, Cishek for Prince Fielder and Carlos Gonzalez

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Brooks Jacoby: I’d take right side on that one

  12. los locos says:
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    Nova or Hefner?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Nova looked good last night in what I saw… But I’ll stick with Hefner

  13. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    I’m fucking livid. I played a big money late night game. Started Doubront and De La Rosa. Offense of Ellsbury, Victorino, Nava and Ortiz; Hanley, Henry Blanco and Arenado and I get a message saying it was cancelled because not enough people joined. Whatevs, some guy above wants to know about Nova or Hefner…..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole: Hmmm, yea it has to hit a cap, but they should’ve let you know enough in advance to import that line-up into a different contest, but you’d have to move on the fly. Sorry about that! Yeah still Hefner for me.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Maybe they did. I just set my lineup , went to the bar and didn’t check it until I got home. I’ve since calmed down….

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Nah, I only grope girls at the bar. Easier to get away with it there.

  14. Pacochu says:
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    Main Cain killed me last week and I ended up with the two lowest scoring teams. I’ve had a rough run of late at Draftkings too. My pitchers have been way off the mark and my hitting ha been terribly hit and miss. I’m hoping this week goes better.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pacochu: I played a $1 early only yesterday, was looking great with Turner then Sean Halton hit a homer for a cheap buy, then Matt Cain goes negative. Stupid Matt Cain.

  15. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey JB, good showdown last night. I pulled out the first place finish by the skin of my teeth, so I’m on to the Midsummer classic! You convinced me on Kluber, so thanks for that. May have to hit you up for some advice on the real deal (unless you’re playing, in which case I understand if you need to hold all of your cards).

    I’m surprised I didn’t get my entry fee back for winning, but I guess the entry ticket is well worth it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Art Vandelay: Yup a photo finish. Glad my picks went well besides the Rangers hitters. Yikes. Yup Ill be around any time! Yeah the ticket is your winnings, it’s a $200 value. I’m not gonna be in it, I never won a ticket and not gonna drop that cheddar. Good luck in it man!

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