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Madison Bumgarner sits on top of the Stream-o-Nator today at a $29 value, yet he’ll cost you only $9,600 on DraftKings. There’s a lot to like here in both the pitcher himself and today’s match-up. This season, Bumgarner sports a 9.97 K/9 to go along with a 2.61 BB/9. He’ll face the Twins today, who have the seventh worst strikeout percentage in baseball. For a price tag under $10K, it’s as good a play as we’ll find. There are a couple of $12K+ options in Adam Wainwright and Masahiro Tanaka, but I’m finding that spending that much on pitching cripples my ability to spend what I want on hitters. If I can find an arm around $10K instead, I’d rather jump on that and land some better bats. Bumgarner looks like one of those arms today.

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Francisco Liriano, SP: $7,300 – This is a nice price for Liriano in a game that has the lowest line of the day at 6 1/2. Stream-o-Nator likes his start at a $15 value (6th overall) and the Nats are currently tied with the Mariners and Red Sox for the eleventh worst strikeout percentage in the league (21.2%). My only trepidation with this pick is that the Nats have hit lefties better this year. Hopefully that trend does not continue against Liriano.

Chris Davis, 1B: $5,200 – Watch out for this one in case Davis isn’t in the lineup for the birth of his child, but he makes a nice play against right-hander Trevor Bauer in Baltimore. He’s numero uno on the Hitter-Tron, and while Bauer has pitched better lately, he’s been known to struggle with his control and Davis could make him pay. There are two games with a line of 9 for today and this is one of them. I’m looking to play several Orioles and Indians if my budget allows it.

Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B: $3,700 – Chisenhall has been swinging a hot bat with a 1.253 OPS over his last ten games. He gets the platoon advantage against Miguel Gonzalez today.

Jose Bautista, OF: $5,300 – The other game with a line of 9 is the Toronto/Oakland match-up. Bautista will square off against lefty Drew Pomeranz today. He’s hitting .293/.415/.528 with two homers and eight walks over his last ten games. Joey bats is crushing lefties this year with a 289 wRC+ against southpaws. wRC+ is based off of wOBA, and 100 is considered about league average. I honestly thought the 289 number was a hallucination when I first saw it.

Yoenis Cespedes, OF: $4,300 –  Cespedes put on a show yesterday in what was a great call by fellow Razzball writer Ralph. Cespedes looks like a good value again today as he’ll have the platoon advantage against lefty J.A. Happ. Happ has been killed by walks and long balls (5.6 BB/9 and 1.99 HR/9). The Rogers Centre is the wrong place to make those kinds of mistakes.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There’s a chance of rain for ARI@NYM and COL@ATL, but nothing more than 30% / scattered storms. I’d say the bigger issue will be at my cookout, where there will be a 100% chance of me slipping into a bratwurst coma.

Doing Lines In Vegas (4-9)

I’ll take the over in both games mentioned above. CLE@BAL and OAK@TOR (both 9). With my luck, this means Trevor Bauer will pitch a CGSO, so you should get on that.

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  1. smlv1 says:
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    Bench a 2B -(211) Phillips facing Wainwright or (262) Dozier facing Bumgarner (lefty)

    Bench 1 – (77) Choo who will be DH facing Verlander, (135) Rios facing Verlander, (57) Rizzo facing Kennedy or (50) Moss facing Happ (lefty).

    Also, starting both Fister @ PIT and Pomeranz @ TOR?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d bench Phillips and Moss

      I’d start Fister, but Pomeranz might run into trouble with Toronto.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Davis is in fact out today. Thanks for the shout out Mike.
    Sandavol and Pence get Nolasco today I talked about that matchup yesterday before he got flip flopped. They both have killed him in the past.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Ralph. Good calls on those Giants

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Able to swap E5 for Davis on DK, same price…E5 gets the same platoon advantage as Bautista

  3. Rudacious says:
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    Need some quick help! In a really really tight race on ERA and WHIP.

    I have Beckett @ PHI

    Kuechel @ Seattle

    Teheran vs COL

    Who do I play? Who do I not play? Please hurry!

    THaNKs!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kuechel and Teheran

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