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…
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.
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.
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.
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