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Seriously, I’m jonesing over here.  David Price killed a small part of me yesterday in my lineups.  Then Jake Arrieta went in with the dagger plunge on my lineups.  And how the hell didn’t I get Ian Kennedy in ONE lineup.  Really, Sky?  REALLY?!?  Woah, hey Seth Meyers.  Could ya go back to New York, I’m kinda doing my thing here.  BTW, I loved you in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist…I’m joking, of course.  I never watched that movie.  But you know what I do watch?  Baseball.  And wanna know who’s fun to watch and good at that?  Jose Fernandez.  Do I really need to make a huge selling point here?  Alright, here it is.  Jo-Fer is #1 in the major leagues with a 12.54 K/9 rate.  The Friars hitters?  Eighth worst K-rate as a team at 22.8%.  I know, I know…I had you at 12.54 K/9.  There’s a reason he’s the top rated pitcher on the night with a $12,800 price tag.  Might be harder to justify in GPP but he’s should be in every 50/50 you play for the day.  Oh and BTW, just wanted to let you know, all y’all who signed up through our DraftKings sponsored link?  To date, you’ve raked in over $38K.  Yeah, that’s too round of a number to be believed.  It’s actually $38,245.  That’s some mad bank.  How much did you spend to earn that amount back?  I don’t know, I’m not your bookie.  I’ll just assume that if your thumbs aren’t broken, you’re doing well in the game of ‘is it negative or is it positive’.  My wife and I play that once a month around a Clear Blue.  It’s just as nerve-wracking and just as worrisome about the expenses associated.  But bygones!  Either way it’s clear you all have great minds…or great tools like the DFSbot who’s just an extension of Rudy Gamble’s mind.  Have we checked to see if Rudy is actually human yet himself?  Anyways, just wanted to give you a well deserved congrats before we get on with the show.  Here’s my picks for Friday’s DK contests for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Tyson Ross, SP: $8,200 – I know, he’s been extremely inconsistent but his home numbers have been aces: 9.33 K/9 to go with a 1.67 ERA.  Speaking of splits, the Marlins are a great up and coming team offensively but on the road they’ve struggled so far.  It’s ok to eat fish cuz they don’t have any feelings.  At least on the road.

Masahiro Tanaka, SP: $11,300 – If memory serves, Carlos Gomez has his suspension appeal dated for today.  His original suspension was set for 3 games.  I doubt they reduce it to zero and they have enough players to replace him.  Couple that with Braun still DL’ed, you’re looking at a fairly depleted offense for a pitcher that’s already good and gets to pitch to a league without a DH.  So…many…good…things…phew, just avoided going Super Saiyan.  Still went Hello Kitty, though.  BTW, Chad Kroeger married that.  And it wasn’t a shotgun wedding.

Jason Hammel, SP: $9,000 – Welp…yeah, it doesn’t seem that crazy given the recent ATL woes and their team K% rates but he is still Jason Hammel and they do still have power coming out of every pore down there in Hot-lanta.  Julio Teheran at $9,800 is probably the safer play in this match of teams that want to strikeout but figured I’d point out the leagues’ other J-Ham for your reading pleasure.

Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B: $5,900 – I know that you know that I know that you know he’s good.  That’s not the convo, bro.  The convo is he’s 15/28 for his career against Phil Hughes with 5 HRs and a 1.214 slugging percentage.  If you spend big on pitching and Miggy for the day, you’re gonna have to punt big all over the place.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.  A la Portishead, it could be sweet.

Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B: $4,300 – Typically I’m on board with a little punting of the good ‘ole 2B but if I can afford it, I’m in on Rendon for the day.  Though the sample size be small, the ISO sure ain’t.  Anthony is 16th in that category for the year against lefties and gets Tommy Milone who might need to become a Herbathrowdite to avoid a massacre.  You can consider this a small nod to Danny Espinosa while you’re at it as he’s 19th in the same category.

Mike Moustakas, 3B: $2,900 – I have no stats to give you that tells you Mike will go off today.  Wait, yes I do.  They’re called Brandon Maurer‘s stats.  Go check them out.  They’re so egregious he made me type egregious.  How much more egregious could one get?  I wouldn’t talk stack against him given the Royals don’t hit many HRs but I would fill parts of my lineup with cheap KC plays where I can.

L.J. Hoes, OF: $2,400 – Sometimes you gotta punt and sometimes that punt has to be an Astro that won’t bat near the top 3 in the order.  I’m not saying it like it’s a good thing, I’m just saying it cuz it’s true.  Hoes is on the ‘wrong’ side of the platoon split getting lefties but that’s just what is taking the mound on Friday.  Consider this a small punt endorsement for Jesus Guzman and Carlos Corporan if they’re in the lineup.  Also, consider I didn’t take advantage of any ‘Hoes’ pun in this entire thing and congratulate me.

Jhonny Peralta, SS: $4,000 – Career numbers against Liriano are 13/40 with 2 HRs.  BTW, am I the only one that is reminded of that ‘If can raed tihs, you msut be raelly smrat’ email from ages ago when Jhonny’s name gets thrown out?  No, just me?  Wlel fcuk you tehn.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There’s rain in the forecast seemingly everywhere, especially along the east coast and the words ‘scattered’ and ‘isolated’ are being joined with ‘Thunderstorms’ in this group as well.  Not a good combo.  Keep your eye on BALvsHOU, PITvsSTL, DETvsMIN, CINvsCOL and ATLvsCHC.  What once was a beautiful, big slate might turn into a race for an umbrella.

Doing Lines In Vegas

TORvsLAA – I fear for Garrett Richards…I really do.  He might be able to soothe the savage beast that is the Blue Jays lineup but that team is clicking on all cylinders right now.  To put it in words you can understand, let me give you Mugatu.

CHWvsARZ at 9 – I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chi-town’s Rienzo get taken to task by Au Shizz and company.  Wanna play the contrarian play that ends all contrarian plays?  Run Brandon McCarthy out there.  Note I didn’t put him up above but the uptick in his fastball MPH is there and so are the K’s to back up the change of course.  I haven’t built a lineup around him to tell you to do it but given my insanity, it will probably happen.

  1. Allan says:
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    I actually pitched Kennedy and Duffy last night so I could afford a Rockies stack and the pitching worked out great while the Rockies went ice cold. Ugh.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Allan: Ouch. I was fading the Rockies last night. Too many wolves in, finding plays elsewhere made more sense to me. Hitting was great (EE, Juan Francisco, Kalish, etc) but you can’t make up for that David Price line for what he cost.

      • Allan says:
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        @Sky: What you think about a Fister today? He’s super cheap so I could maybe spend a little more on hitting and still get Jofer.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Allan: I’d want to know if there were any limitations in terms of innings/pitch count. It’s not a terrible call but I don’t think it’s really the best way to go. OAK is a solid offense and at home.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Given the K potential of some of the top end pitching options tonight it seems fortuitous to go after a cheaper lineup. I’ve already made a couple of lineups with Jo-Fer and Tanaka. It left me with an outfield of Ross, Cowgill, and Springer but the winds blowing out in Chicago and Toronto could help in Ross and Cowgill’s case. I’m also hoping with Springer now off the schnide (with last nights dig dong) will turn into some schomatoing.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Toronto may not help given there’s a chance of rain and could close the dome but I hear ya. I have a line up with those two pitchers as well but will need to tinker with it once lineups actually get announced. Definitely going in my 50/50s tonight once it’s clear who my hitters are there.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Sky: Those tricky Canucks and their fancy “Domes”! I’m thinking of stacking against Maurer tonight too, he’s terrible and none of KC’s options are overly expensive. DFSBot loves Hosmer and Moustakas tonight.
        Hammel’s been really lucky thus far, I know Atlanta’s been a wind farm, but do you think there’s any chance for a correction and a breakout tonight? I also like Freddie Free at 4200

        • Sky

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: It could happen. Like I said, it’s a dangerous call with Hammel but him K’ing 7 over 6 with minimal H/BB/R damage is not unreasonable. Teheran is the safer play most likely.

          I hadn’t even looked at DFSbot for today yet but I’m not surprised. Maurer is just downright bad. I have Aoki in a few lineups. Cheap leadoff guy. Just wish they were a HR team. Would make the call more interesting.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Sky: Hanigan not a bad punt option at catcher tonight, He’s in the lineup and has enough power to be worth a flier…

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Could be but I don’t want anything to do with TB’s lineup right now. It’s been on a downturn of late even at home and even against weak pitching opponents. Hard to invest.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Sky: I can’t blame you it’s true they are tough to trust, but he’s hit .371 at home this year with a 1.100 OPS and he kills righties. Plus at 3k he’ll open up some cashish to pay Miggy and Jo-Fer

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: I love the DFS ping pong here. I haven’t done a line up yet. I need to squeeze one in after winning twice yesterday

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @J-FOH: I have faith in your squeezing abilities.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: That’s fair. More inclined to spend $200 more and get Yan if he’s starting/in. Jake O’ there in Tampa hasn’t been very quality so far this year.

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Sky: @J-FOH: Yes he’s been scrambled Eggs (grabs tie looks into camera)

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, giving everyone your Dangerfield I see.

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Two other cheap OF options for tonight Heisey and Ozuna, both are under 3500 and allow you to spend the cheddar on pitching

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Heisey is so frustrating. Doesn’t walk and needs to be in a groove. Ozuna has just been in a funk of late (10/49 last 15). Rather take David DeJesus for $100 more, especially since he’s batting leadoff.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Sky: Heisey is totally an upside play for GPP’s and I think Ozuna has a good night against Ross, his career batting avg. against him is 1.000…..in one at bat Haha!

        I hate Dejesus, no idea why, I’m always shocked when he hits a ball that leaves the infield. I think it’s because he went to Rutgers….

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          We all have our things. At least he didn’t schtoop your mom or something. Now that’s some hate right there! I don’t mind upside plays but if I’m quasi-punting OF, I want them in the first 3 of the batting order. YOu don’t have to love the guy, you just need him to get more than 3 AB :)

  4. Chris says:
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    Hey Sky

    Could you tell me what side you like in both scenarios?

    Niese for Polanco

    Mcallister for Polanco

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Polanco in both scenarios for me. Niese/McCallister are replaceable over the course of the year. Polanco’s upside trumps both, IMHO.

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

  5. Chris says:
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    what side do you like Polanco for Wheeler?

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