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Carlos Santana provides the back drop for today’s headline of the May Day Draft Kings special. Well it’s not a special contest but it happens to be my Thursday that coincides with it being May Day. Before we move forward lets make it clear that this is Carlos Santana the guitarist’s song I’m word playing with and not the poor hitting catcher and the Santana I’m talking about in the title is the pitcher Ervin Santana who is not related to any of the previous mentioned Santana’s. Wow, that’s a lot of Santana’s. When I was a kid I jacked my dad’s Santana tape and listened to that thing until I broke it. Then when I got older and did drugs and all the songs made sense. I got your Jingo right here.  Ervin Santana is what I like to call my sure thing pitcher who most will probably start but I don’t want to be behind the eight ball because that wold suck buy or S.T.P.W.M.W.P.S.B.I.D.W.T.B.B.T.E.B.B.T.W.S.B. I think I need to work on that acronym. Maybe I should ask the baby’s mama what she thinks I should call it? First she gives me “pick of the litter” but that really plays into all this kitty business around here and I can’t be having that. I love puppies too much. Then she turns to me and says he’s your 24 carat play. I like it, he’s my 24 carat play today, he cost’s a lot and he’s worth every penny of it. I love her Long Beach ghetto vernacular. When you get the Marlins and their 2nd worst 24.7% K rate and you play for a team that should score more runs than the other team then I think you got a 24 carat play. The dude has been on fire this year posting 3 wins in 4 starts a 1.95 ERA, and 10 K/9. Those numbers mean it’s a yes and thank you please. The Stream-o-Nator loves him today as it’s second favorite play on the day at $16.8. If you are looking for a second opinion on the Miami hitters, after Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich  is the next highest Hitter-Tron option at $6.7, which is not good for daily. Here are some other plays I like today.

Homer Bailey, SP: $7,400 – Stream-O-Nator loves this match-up and I like the gamble. I don’t think he is as bad he’s been and a .416 BABIP is ridiculously unlucky and he has no where to go but up from there. With Ryan Braun most likely out and Carlos Gomez a big hack this could be a revival like Danny Salazar had over the weekend against the Giants.

Salvador Perez, C: $3.600 – With all the double headers today I would stay away from any catchers playing in those games unless you see the morning lineups. He only has 6 AB’s against Mark Buehrle but has 3 hits that include a double and a triple. I know it’s a small sample size but that shouldn’t stop you from playing Sal “don’t bring up my abuelita because I fall to pieces” Perez.

Lucas Duda, 1B: $3,500 – I’m stacking the Mets today against the home run giver Juan Nicasio who has sported a 17.9% HR/FB and has averaged one per game so far this year.  At $3,500 you can’t beat that kind of value if you want to spend elsewhere. He’s also OF eligible if you want to play someone else at 1B.

Neil Walker, 2B: $3,800 – Neil likes hitting home runs this year and Draft Kings like rewarding them. I’ve been schedule watching all day and he gets Chris Tillman in the late game and when you get a right handed pitcher that likes to give them up and a hitter that has hit 5 against right hander’s this year….cust kayin’

David Wright, 3B: $4,300 – He’s at Coors Canaverale  and that’s good enough for me. I think tomorrow’s game will be a shoot out and with very few options out there I like this one considering what other 3rd base options are there. I’m really on a stack attack for the Mets.

Billy Hamilton, SS: $3,700 – Yes he’s eligible at SS in Draft Kings and he’s been heating up and stealing bases of late. He went for a slam and legs this past Tuesday and I feel at least 1, dare I say maybe 2 stolen base today. Run Billy Run! 

Jay Bruce, OF: $4,000 – He kills Marco Estrada hitting a nice .353 against with 4 home runs. Speaking of home runs, Estrada has given up 5 home runs on the year and only 10 earned runs…hmmm sounds like he’s a little lucky so far. I’m brucely sold and so should you.

Matt Joyce, OF: $3,700 – He’s been hitting really well this year and is due for one of his classic off day home runs and surprise! He gets a right hander that literally gives up a home run every game this year. It’s a gut play and Joyce does have a previous home run vs. Jake Peavy so i’m buying and praying.

Curtis Granderson, OF, $2,800 – He’s my if you are out of money and you need a body play then why not try grandy in Colorado against a home run giving pitcher. I know he’s been hot garbage all year but again if you are almost out of cash I would make him part of your stack.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

The rained out make up  LAD@MIN double header is still calling for a few showers but if they do play the wind is blowing out nicely to dead center. Everything else is either cloudy or clear, but really isn’t everything in life either cloudy or clear. It might rain from time to time but it’s either sunny or it’s not. I just realized it’s still cold in a lot of places like TOR@KC, MIL@CIN and NYM@COL. I’m from SoCal yo’s and if gets below 70 during the day I think the world is coming to an end. I honestly have no idea how you all in the north do it. I can’t wait til it heats up and the ball starts launching out of the park. I’m looking at you Miggy and Prince.

Doing Lines In Vegas

The odds makers are taking bumps and blowing these scores sky high today. I ain’t seen this much blow-up since I went a party hosted by a Columbian balloon supplier.

NYM@COL at 9 1/2 and I’ve already gone over my NYM stack attack. After reading that  Bartolo Colon is taking the mound instead of Zach Wheeler then I highly recommend you do the double stack.

PIT@BAL at 8 1/2 is one I’m a little weary about but these guys are professional odds makers and I’m a professional arm chair quarterback/manager/aficionado.

TB@BOS at 8 1/2 in game 2 of the doubleheader is Chris Archer and his 6.11 ERA over his last three starts vs. Felix Doubront and his 4.50 ERA over his last three starts. I think I might play a few DraftKings games tomorrow because the stacks are looking tasty.

I’ll see you all this Sunday for the latest installment of Jack’s Hit of the Week and the celebration of Cuatro de Mayo.

 

 

 

From Around The Web

  1. Reds Bandwagon says:
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    “I don’t think he is as bad he’s been” — Is this on Homer’s Wikipedia page or something? We keep making excuses for him year after year and every year he destroys ERA’s. You think he’s a safe bet, but then he’s not. Because we expect him to be solid today he will more than likely crap up another 5ER.s. Then we will bench him @BOS because @BOS is soooooooo much scarier than @CIN and then he will proceed to pitch a shutout.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Reds Bandwagon: a 3.49 with a 1.12 WHIP is pretty good. His K rate and walk rate are in line with a solid number two on most teams in real life. If you expect him to be an Ace then you will be disappointed by his results, that is what Latos is for. The guy I would be worried about is Cueto, he ain’t this good and when he falls it’s going to be hard and when you need him late in the season I wouldn’t count on him. Bailey is solid, just not elite and never will.

  2. cubsin2020 says:
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    Not related to the post. don’t you think Sonny Gray is too little to last an entire season. He looks like a little kid out there.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @cubsin2020: so did Pedro Martinez and have you seen Yordano? Kid is a stud with a lot of heart. I wouldn’t worry about him

      • cubsin2020 says:
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        @J-FOH: I own both in every league. Did Pedro throw 96 and 102? Serious question.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @cubsin2020: off the top of my head I have no idea if he hit 102, would have to look it up.

  3. cubsin2020 says:
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    Can you use PayPal for DK?

  4. and1mcgee says:
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    Freddie Freeman has a dream matchup today. He’s 5 for 9 vs Alvarez with only 1 SO and even has a HR in there.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @and1mcgee: Thanks for the heads up, but at $4,500 I think a better value can be found

      • and1mcgee says:
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        @J-FOH: I hear ya.

  5. Unrelated but love your feedback: Trade offer -McClutchen, Craig and Tyson Ross for Goldsmith , Jones, Castro. I love Jones but looking for an overall outfield boost I have Abreu at first to hopefully make up for parting with Goldy , what you think ?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @HockeyStops: Is this Adam Jones we are talking about? if so then I say don’t do it. Also what Castro are we talking about? Starlin or Jason?Craig has been garbage so far so I don’t see the point of adding him and Ross is a tough one because you have to sit him for half of his starts. I don’t like it regardless of format.

  6. Chris says:
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    Hello J,

    Another team sent me Verlander for my Cueto and Kazmir?
    I’m considering since the health on both my pitchers are always an issue. Plus I know Kamir is not this good.
    What is your take? Make the trade or hold?
    Thanks,

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chris: take verlander

  7. gareth says:
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    Carlos Santana hitting two home runs on consecutive days was the only bright spot of the indians getting swept and losing all six games on the west coast. Hopefully hes turned a corner. The kipnis injury is the big kick in the nuts though.

    Ive got duda and granderson going today at Coors. Had an open batty call spot at catcher but went with josmil pinto in a double header against two righties over travis d’arnaud. So far not so good (0 for 2).

    I know you are down on granderson (and he has been hot garbage so far) but I gotta stick with him right?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: If took a shot every time you mention the Indians I would need an adult diaper and never have time to sober up.

      In the RCL you need to read your group and you need to be able to keep pace with the wolves and holding grandy and hoping for a 20hr/.235 average the rest of the way is ridiculous. Take his spot and use it to stream and for batty calls. In EVERY RCL you need that fluid spot(s) to keep pace. Just let it go and move on. Duda is a great play for the Colorado series, I grabbed him in a few leagues to see if he can give me some HR’s over the weekend. Did you waiver Castellanos like I told you or grab Matt Dominguez?

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: I ended up making a trade. I traded Billy butler and Matt Joyce for xander bogaerts.

        Hopefully xander helps me out at mi and third as I’ve now lost headley and kipnis.

        Due to the Trade I have an open spot for batty calls. I just added Travis d’arnaud for tomorrow against de la Rosa @ Coors. Santana finally gained catcher eligibility in my league so I have him as my primary catcher and back up third baseman now.

        The flexibility with having xander and Carlos playing multiple positions is great and gives me more options when choosing batty calls on any given day.

        Thanks for your advice j-foh!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: im not a Bogart fan. I would of held billy Over victor

          • gareth says:
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            @J-FOH: the nice thing with Victor is hes already at 6 games started at 1st base, and 2 at catcher.

            Its unlikely he gets to 10 games at catcher but he seems to be filling in at 1st for miggy alot so should get to the 10 game espn mark soon.

            I can then move him to 1b / ci / ut when needed instead of him clogging up the utility spot the whole time.

            So with the butler trade and victors upcoming 1b eligibility I will go from having two dh only guys to none.

            Im not a fan of Bogaerts either but butler was claimed off waivers when someone dropped him and joyce i picked up last week as a free agent as was an extended batty call.

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: castellanos and Dominguez are free agents on the wire so I can batty call them if the matchup is decent.

        A word of caution In regards to duda. I streamed him today, but he faces two left-handed pitchers at coors and hes terrible against lefties. Id sit him or grab someone else for those matchups.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: but they dont pitch the whole game I risk it like that

  8. Smalls Killer says:
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    I ran out of money and i picked D Arnaud. Who is 2800$ hitter tron loves him

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: It really does. You would think Coors was actually an appliance.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: it is silver and shiny like an industrial appliance

  9. mauledbypandas says:
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    Uh oh, did not see the note about Wheeler though I was going to sit the guy in Coors anyhow. I just checked and he gets pushed back to tomorrow. At least he is not hurt I guess?

    Good call on Bruce, he has been hitting a little bit lately and today just might be the day

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mauledbypandas: wheeler is not a long ball pitcher so I will ‘ve curious how ge does.

      Brucely is set to explode and with his bags could be a 30/20 guy when he does

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: better batty call for tomorrow?

        Smoak @ Houston versus peacock
        Dickerson @ Coors versus wheeler
        Ibanez home versus Colby Lewis

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: dickerson if he’s playing

  10. costaricanchata says:
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    thanks for the santana memory .
    i was down-front/right for that one .
    ton of good guitarists there .
    carlos was great , but ,
    alvin lee was better .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW5M5xljdCI
    check him out at 5:30 (and 9:30) .

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: ten years after was very solid. Didn’t he die last year? But I like a different Lee…..Arthur Lee

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