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The golf geeks will flock to Augusta this week for the year’s first Major, but who wants to watch a bunch of dudes in plaid pants chase after a ball with a crooked stick when we have this. While senior citizens everywhere gear up for an exciting week in golf, I’ll be settling in to watch my boy Justin Masterson today.

This is my first DraftKings post. The last time I bet on baseball I ended up in a Mexican prison with blue eye shadow on my face, plastic bags on my feet, and this tattoo. I’m still trying to figure out how to squeeze the ‘t’ in there. That’s right… Uncle Mike has a sorted past. One day we’ll gather for a game of Pinochle and I’ll tell you the tales. Hopefully we’ll win enough coin in DFS to cover the therapy bills. I’ll be here every Sunday (AKA the Lord’s Day) for all of your Sunday baseball gambling needs. *dodges lightning bolt*

If you’re new to DraftKings, check out Sky’s primer from earlier this year. Be sure to utilize the Stream-o-Nator and Hitter-Tron in addition to these daily posts. Speaking of the Stream-o-Nator, it loves Justin Masterson today to the tune of $18.4 (that’s good). I hate to beat up on the Twins and they did win yesterday, but Masterson is a nice arm in a favorable matchup at a fair price of $8,300. Here’s some other picks for the 4/6/2014 contests on DraftKings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Nathan Eovaldi, SP: $7,900 – He’s got fastball velocity to spare. He was the centerpiece of Grey’s BUY column on Friday afternoon. He’s got Crayola Canyon on his side. It’s the Padres.

A.J. Burnett, SP: $9,200 – Stream-o-Nator likes Burnett ($11.3) and he’s got a 7-2 record with a 2.99 ERA against the Cubs. I don’t have much faith in the opposing pitcher Carlos Villanueva and I think Burnett gets the run support for the win in this one.

Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF: $4,400 – Sky went with Trumbo yesterday, but I’m going right back to him again today. Tough to pass on a power hitter at Coors who’s swinging a hot bat.

Giancarlo Stanton, OF: $4,700 – Stanton did an unclean thing to a baseball on Friday night. An Ian Kennedy pitch might suffer the same fate today. In eight at-bats against Kennedy, Stanton is hitting .375 with two homers.

Wilin Rosario, C: $4,500 – I’m willing to pay a little more for Rosario today. The Colorado catcher has hit .429 with a homer in 14 at-bats against Wade Miley. He’s also Numero Uno on the Hitter-Tron.

Matt Holliday, OF: $4,600 – Do you have any faith in Edinson Volquez? I don’t. Neither does the Stream-o-Nator. Holliday is hitting .400 in 20 at-bats against Volquez with two homers.

Brandon Phillips, 2B: $4,000 – There is no mercy in fantasy sports, so I’m going to gang up on Jon Niese , who’s making his first start off of the disabled list. Even if Niese wasn’t rusty, Phillips has his number (7-for-18 with two homers).

Todd Frazier, 3B: $3,700 – Look up about one inch to find out why I don’t like Niese today. Frazier is 4-for-9 with two doubles against the Mets hurler.

Alexei Ramirez, SS: $3,700 – The White Sox have a tough draw against James Shields, but Sexy Alexei has had some success against him, hitting .429 in 42 at-bats with two homers. Unless a strong gust of wind blows him out of the stadium, Ramirez is a decent cheaper option at shortstop.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Tehol must have sacrificed an extra calf to the Elder Gods on our behalf yesterday.That’s a fancy way of saying the weather forecast looks good across the board today. The only game that has a chance of precipitation is Houston and they have one of those new-fangled convertible roofs.

Doing Lines In Vegas

NYY@TOR at 9 looks like a solid choice. Drew Hutchison pitched worse than his line would indicate in his first start and the new lean, mean C.C. Sabathia looks like he’s going to put up a nice fat ERA this year. Pair the two dicey arms with a hitter’s park and you’ve got a recipe for lots of runs scored.

ARI@COL at 9 1/2 would be my other pick. Stream-o-Nator is not a fan of Brett Anderson or Wade Miley, and it’s not just because they’re pitching at Coors. Anderson relies on keeping the ball on the ground, and if he can’t do that it will be long day for him.

 

Mike’s on Twitter @643ball

  1. Joel says:
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    Hey man, feel free to delete this comment. Just wanted to let you know that you doubled up a couple paragraphs there

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Joel. I’ll pass it along. :)

  2. Joel says:
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    Damn you fast!

  3. Los locos says:
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    10 team league QS WHIP ERA K/9 SV

    Kershaw dl
    Verlander
    Strausburg
    Fister dl
    Tillman
    Porcello
    Paxton
    Hutchinson
    Straily
    Wheeler

    Cischek

    Need a closer f rod is available, who do I drop?

    Eovalodi who do I drop for him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Drop Hutch for K-Rod. I wouldn’t stress too much about Eovaldi in a 10-teamer, but I could see losing Paxton or Straily if you really want him.

  4. The Thumb says:
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    Start Bruce today vs Niese? He’s a a career 2 for 13 (but with a homer). I’d have to bench one of Adam Jones, Calhoun, K Davis, Blackmon, Pujols.

    Was leaning on sitting Pujols but I feel the Astros matchup is too sweet from an RBI perspective.

    What say you? Thanks man

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tough one. Might want him in there over Davis vs. Lester. Agree On Pujols.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Mike: I think I’ll just sit Bruce and deal with it if he homers. Davis is having a good series and I think he gets a homer off the lefty in Fenway.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah, I just looked them up on Hitter-tron. Just sit Bruce.

  5. ritzer says:
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    14 team Keeper with OBP instead of av.
    I give Segura and Granderson
    I get Stanton.
    I’d have Rollins/Dee Gordon as SS.
    Should I accept?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah, I’d want Stanton

      • ritzer says:
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        Thanks. Lets hope for 40+ hrs now.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime. For sure.

  6. JJ says:
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    Need to play one of KEMP, JENNINGS or EATON today. Would put Kemp in there against Cain but not sure if they will be playing him 3 games in a row straight off of the DL. Anyone have an update on PUIGs thumb situation?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Puig is a GTD. I’d rank them Kemp, Eaton, Jennings for today.

  7. The Thumb says:
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    Masterson looking awful against the Twins. This is not good.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No, it’s not. Sad trombone.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Mike: of course I sit Cobb too. Curse you SON!!!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Bummer. Even robots have bad days at the races. Silver lining – at least you don’t have Hutch in your lineup like I do…and hey we’re already only two runs away from hitting on that NYY/TOR pick

  8. The Thumb says:
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    So the phillies postponed their home opener tomorrow but I can’t sub out my brewers because the games fate has already been decided?? That leaves me with two 0s on my roster. This is BS yahoo

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That blows. I’m not a big fan of Yahoo in general

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Mike: yeah I think I’ll switch my league to espn next year. Too many problems with yahoo. Plus the fact that you need to turn your brightness on your phone all the way up just to see anything.

  9. Joe G says:
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    Mike They offer me jean segura for my tony cingrani and Zack wheeler should i accept?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup

  10. gareth says:
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    You jinxed nasty Masty Mike!

    Belch. It was a 4 hour crapathon of an ugly game today.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Totally. Bit the big one.

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