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We love our Padre home starts here at Razzball. We love it so much we have a term for it in our glossary. That spacious ocean front property is where hitters go to die and pitchers go to pad their stats for arbitration. How genius to make a park that is so huge you never have to worry about acquiring hitting and fill it with mediocre pitchers and speedy poor hitting fielders. This works so well it’s been passed off as a Major League ball club. It’s funny that the next closest ball club is in Tijuana, Mexico and they might be as good as the Padres.  It may sound like I’m picking a fight with Jay, but I’m really not. If I was to do that I would say that Maker’s Mark is like toilet water, which it’s not, and that Star Trek is for guys who can’t get a date….OK, let’s shoot for two out of three. I think the Padres are working with what they got and know their chances to compete come along once in a blue moon. I honestly think if they went back to the old school brown and yellow uni’s with the swinging friar they will start to compete. That bland blue or strangely out of place camo has got’s to go. You get them looking like Dave Winfield and Ozzie Smith and I think they will start winning ball games. What does this have to do with daily fantasy? Not much, but any chance to push for the return of the brown and yellow is a good day for me. I remember 1984 like it was yesterday. I went to a Dodger game with my brother’s baseball team so we could see Steve Garvey in another jersey and watch the Goose, Nettles, Gwynn, McReynolds, and Templeton strut their stuff. Back then it was safe to root for the opposing team at Dodger Stadium and you could enjoy all the players without fear of a beat down. Now you just need to do it quietly while in disguise as a Dodger fan. Fast forward to today…actually tomorrow but because you won’t read this today but tomorrow then I’ll just say today….got it? Good! The fish and their free swinging ways are coming to San Diego and the solid Ian “the head hunter” Kennedy gets to take the hill. The Marlins have dropped to 9th for team K% with a rate of 22.7 but a lot of that has to do with the really nice home stand they are on. It’s still a lot by daily fantasy standards and we are here to play the odds. Ian Kennedy ($9,700) sports a very healthy 9.43 K/9 which when you combine with that K rate should give us 8 K’s in 7 innings and a really nice anchor line for your daily fantasy team. The Stream-o-Nator has him as the #3 starter on the day. In the morning you can check Rudy’s newest fantasy toy the DFSBot for another perspective. If you are still on the fence about daily fantasy then click this DraftKings link and we have a free entry for new users that make a deposit. It’s a blast and welcome any of you to challenge myself or any of the other daily fantasy writers for a little H2H action and we can have a little bragging rights session next week.

Danny Duffy, SP: $5,800 – The cheapest play on the day and the one with the biggest sleeper potential. He’s got 9.49 K/9 on the year and faces the Mariners in spacious Seattle. The Mariners are the 8th worst team for K-rate and the 5th worst team for walk rate. Excuse me while I go add him to stream tomorrow in my RCL.

Tyler Flowers, C: $3,000 – It’s a punt play position….you down with PPP? Yeah you know me. He’s hit for average all year after being a “power hitter” the last couple of years. Let’s join hands and form a prayer circle for one over the fence. Everyone at once “Kumbaya….

Brandon Belt, 1B: $3,800 – After suffering a case of the slumpees he’s put together two multi hit games including a double and a home run yesterday. He’s already hit one home run at Dodger Stadium this year and at this cost is worth the gamble so you can load up elsewhere.

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B: $4,400 – He’s starting to get into form and after blasting home runs the past two days I’m hoping this hot streak continues. Considering what other 1B options are going for I would recommend this one if you aren’t feeling Brandon Belt.

Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B: $3,200 – He started the season molasses slow but since coming off paternity leave he’s knocked two home runs. He’s a good deal if you’re looking for a 1 for 4 with a home run kinda guy, which in DraftKings is a good thing.

Nolan Arenado, 3B: $4,800 – I’m stacking this game and I will spend on the hot hand. The guy has been killing it and I’m riding that hot hand and spending on this piece of my stack.

Troy Tulowitzki, SS: $6,400 – This might be a little bonkers considering the price, but if you go with my Duffy play then this might be affordable. He’s healthy, he’s mashing, and he gets Matt Harrison.

Elvis Andrus, SS: $4,200 – The other side of the stack is the Texas speedster who can grab some bags and score some runs. It’s better value than Dee Gordon with possibly similar results.

Colby Rasmus, OF: $ 4,300 – He’s been on fire of late and hitting in the Rocket Center where he faces former Blue Jay A.J. Burnett who was a big waste of money for Jays. I’m predicting he gets shelled and so does Vegas (see below).

Drew Stubbs, OF: $3,600 – He’s been playing, and hitting, and with the DH spot has a good chance of playing today. I would surely check the line up in case you need to swap him out but I love his combination of power, speed and value. With Corey Dickerson most likely getting benched vs. the lefty I can see him batting second between Tulo and the Blackmon. Hey that sounds like a racist 70′s cop show.

Adam Jones, OF: $4,000 – How is he only a $4,000 play today? This is the new and not improved David Price who got shelled last year in 4 game starts vs. the Orioles. Coming off a 2 HR day yesterday and me being a strong believer in Schmotatoism will mean I play him and pray to the hot god.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Possible thunder storms in Arlington so watch for possible delays if you want to stack that game. Rain in Seattle, shocker, but they have one of them fancy roofs that move. Heavy winds blowing in from right field in Chicago but it’s the windy city….they might be use to it. Everywhere else it’s either clouds or sun with no major wind factors. Why do we quote Garbage here?

Doing Lines In Vegas

COL @ TEX at 9 1/2 – My stack attack is the convergence of two bad pitchers against two good offenses…OK, maybe I should say one good offensive team in real life and one good on paper. I’m looking at you Prince and Adrian.

PHI @ TOR at 8 1/2 – the Jays can pile it on and the Phillies can be a big pile. I think Vegas might be over estimating the Phillies but I think Toronto is going to put a beat down on Toronto’s favorite bust….no not boobs.

CHI @ CHI at 8 1/2 – One great city two great hitters park. I’m staying away from this one with that wind and the fact that we could see a dud here. But Vegas makes a living off this and I make it my hobby.

Join me in the comments today and this Sunday for my latest installment of Jack’s Hit of the Week.

  1. Birdmann says:
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    The Jerk will hit two HRs today for his twins. I need to gather more stats to back this up but in the past I have added guys after their wives have given birth and had great success. Maybe the thought of new children to provide for or just figuring out that they get paid millions to pay a game sparks them.
    I hope you are right about your picks as it seems you picked players on a lot my teams. Have you been spying on me?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: yes I have and it’s time to dust those bookshelves.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Am I total insane if I look at the pitching options and feel like my best strategy is to use Duffy and Turner (I already used Kennedy and Turner in one iteration of my DK lineups), and spread the dough on stacking as many Rockies as possible?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: With those two options I was able to stack Car-Go, Blackmon, Stubbs, Tulo, Arenado, and Pacheco, with Zobrist and Edwin mixed in for good measure

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: nice stack, i replaced Stubbs with Rasmus and have Olivio instead of Pacheco….I’ll be praying for you (us)

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @J-FOH: UT Oh, I’m not sure if this is a brewing beef within the ranks of Razzball, a commentary on my use of the term “expert” on myself, or @J-FOH: Went with DJ and Morneau? I’m not sure of Pacheco either but I’m Portuguese and Pacheco is like Smith so my own Ethnocentric ways guided me. Saudade!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Some how I stacked comments, I’ve gone stack crazy!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I don’t care. Being an expert means being right 60% of the time. It’s just putting yourself out there and being able to talk nerd speak a little.

            Portugese, that’s awesome. i have a good buddy whose whole family was born in the Azores and are full blooded.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @J-FOH: I live in Massachusetts, 90% of the population is from the Acores.

              Yeah I’d love to send a resume into Razzball to write on the dailies. I play enough of them and come on here to talk DK’s pretty much everyday.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: hit Sky up about DraftKings, we have had some movement already this year and we might be able to throw you a back up spot if you are really into it. You can e-mail me at john@razzball.com if you want and I can put you in touch with him.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @J-FOH: What do I put on the resume? Problem is I don’t have a “writing” background? Would a sample blog or a few be a good direction. At worst I can send you my contacts email and twitter handle and whatnot….

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: not crazy at all. I like that strategy a lot with some of the other options available. Go for it and let me know how it works out…..screw it, I think I’m buying in on a second team

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @J-FOH: Did I just become Tehol’s replacement as the fantasy expert to the stars?

  3. Joe says:
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    Do you think alex cobb will comeback strong or his going to be last year johnny Cueto?

    • Rubik's Pube says:
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      @Joe: He should be ok. He doesn’t have a complex wind up like Cueto with the Tiant 3/4 twist.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joe: I think he’ll be fine. Came back nicely last year and looked good this year before going down. Speaking of Cueto, i think he’s going to fall flat on his face by the All-Star break

      • Joe says:
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        @J-FOH: would you trade jean segura and alex wood for jordan zimmerman and alex wood? I have jose reyes in shortstop

        • Joe says:
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          @Joe: is jordan zimmerman and alex cobb

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Joe: I like that gamble….make sure you have other options if Reyes goes down.

  4. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Skip friggin Schumaker hit a 2 run dong last night and cost me a game. His one home run he hits a year and just so happens the guy I played picked him up randomly. Shit!!!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Rubik’s Pube: This game ain’t a perfect science. Sometimes people luck out and that’s the way it goes. I know that’s not a popular thing to say but it is what it is.

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks J. You and Guru keep the Draft Kings stuff rolling. Good shit

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Rubik’s Pube: thanks, Sky is the master of DK. Come see me and the Guru on Sunday with his Jam/Cram and my hit of the week

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