So I’m writing this prior to Oakland even taking the field for the first time this year which worries me. Baseball is all about streaks. No, no silly, I didn’t need to see the inside of your undies (and gross, BTW). I mean hot and cold streaks. But we’re at the start of it all, so it’s hard to get a grasp on whether you’re hot or you’re cold, or if you’re yes and you’re no…sorry, started thinking about Katy Perry there. You know, for her singing skills…yeah, that’s it. But more on point, maybe Oakland has a huge game to start the year off and feels hot and bothered about playing Corey Kluber. If that’s the case, mea culpa. But I swear by my Corey Kluber Sleeper post that I do believe you get a good outing out of him today and at a dirt cheap price of $7,800. May God remove it from the interwebs if he fails…oh what am I saying, nothing ever leaves the internet! Keep that in mind as JFOH will never live this one down. But as promised yesterday, we’re gonna be a bit more lightning round’ish around here on our Draftkings writeups. That last link, BTW, is your gateway into the DK world care of Razzball. It’s a way for you to show us you love us without having to actually physically touch us. It’s the best of both worlds! And after you’ve signed up? How about another 50/50 Razzball Jamboree League? It’s just a buck. That’s less than a King Size Snickers! And if you win, guess what? You can now afford said King Size Snickers. Wow. But for realsies, let’s move on…to another link! Yeah, yeah it’s the first week, gotta make sure you guys still get in on the Razzball Draftkings Contest this Friday. Go reserve your seat and get your lineups going when they open. Ok, now really let’s move on. Here’s Razzball’s Draftking picks for April 1st, 2014…no foolin…ok I was. Three more important plugs. One is the Stream-O-Nator. Two is the Hitter-Tron. Three is…well, I can’t really tell you about that plug. But I hear Cougars everywhere love it! Now on with the show.
Scott Kazmir, SP: $7,600 – I told you yesterday to spend big on pitchers. Now I’m telling you to avoid the big names day two. What’s with me, right? I just don’t like the high end pitchers for day two is all I can say. I think Grienke is extremely overpriced and Sabathia is being treated like 2013 never happened. Fine, fine, if you’re twisting my arm I’d go CC but it’s all about the K’s and not much else there for me. Cobb also a reasonable go but I don’t think we see the same poor outing from the Toronto lineup as we did yesterday on day two.
Brian McCann, C: $4,100 – Yeah, he’s not coming at a discount. He’s a Yankee. Don’t like that? Well…Speaking of Yankees, could be a reasonable game to stack in. I mean, it’s full of old guys. They all wanna pad their stats in April and May before they’re on the DL in June. Oh and there could be some SAGNOF action if last year’s SB Rates stay similar as runners on Feldman had a 93% SB success rate last year.
Chris Carter, 1B/OF: $3,700 – This is me saying Hitter-Tron has Carter as the 30th ranked hitter overall for today and the last time I argued with it I found out what type of plugs Cougars like. The answer: spark plugs! Of course, the question is where do they go…
Dee Gordon, SS: $3,400 – Look I know it’s a scary idea. They batted him 8th on Sunday night after saying they’d give him a go in the 9th spot. But we’re talking wheels here and Ian Kennedy has had a messy Spring Training. All Dee needs to do is get on base, steal a bag and score a run and you’re probably getting return value here.
Kelly Johnson, 2B/OF, $3,000 – I’m just gonna put this here and run screaming to the next guy. Seriously, even I scare me with this pick even moreso than I do with the Dee pick. But it fits with my Yankee-centric suggestion so there’s that. Still…running…
Nolan Arenado, 3B: $3,300 – So he did nothing opening day. So what. So he hit 7th in the lineup just ahead of DJ Lemahieu. Big deal. So I drafted him in every league and I’m praying that his opening day isn’t the sign of things to come. But I’m cool. I’m not gonna, ya know, just, FLIP OUT over here….for cereal, though. forget about my fretting. You wanna go cheap at 3B, Arenado ain’t a bad go. I’d suggest Asche again but, yeah, after you score 32 DFS points, you kinda get noticed the second go around. Perhaps too noticed…this is what we call ‘fading a player’. Get used to it, it will serve you well.
Marlon Byrd, OF: $2,900 – Granted, Martin Perez is no Tanner Scheppers but we’re still in Texas and last year Byrd was a lefty killer with a .344/.376/.583 slashline to go with 8 HRs in 121 at-bats. My only concern is he might get a tad over-owned after the Phillies owned Scheppers. Oh who am I kidding, no one is gonna scroll down for a 36 year old guy at this price. Enjoy.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
It looks like there’s a chance for rain for the LAAvsSEA matchup as well as the SDvsLAD game. And for a special treat, OAKvsCLE might have a thunderstorm. Really sucks when your 1B gets turned into a crispy critter before he even gets a hit. That’ll ruin almost any lineup for the day.
Doing Lines In Vegas
The odds of TEXvsPHI being another high scoring matchup are…uh…high at 8 1/2 runs expected. Get in on that action when and where you can. Similar action can be found in ARZvsSF, HOUvsNYY and MILvsATL is sitting at a cool 8. Given the pitchers involved, I like the matchup in Texas the most but with a chance that hitters from SF and MIL fill the box score as well.