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Well the Midsummer Classic has come and gone, but unlike Groundhog Day, we saw our shadow and there’s still over two more months of baseball.  Or is it if he doesn’t see his shadow there’s more winter?

I never understood Groundhog Day.  Some rodent comes out of his hole and then depending on its reaction there’s more winter?  I’d rather have Ancient Mayans calculate my seasons.  Oh wait, then we would’ve been out of seasons since last December…

After an All-Star Break and a Friday dedicated to the Classic, the RAZZBALL EXCLUSIVE CAN YOU BEAT RUDY GAMBLE contest is back!  Entry fee is back down to $5 and we’re playing for tickets into DraftKings’ next biggie, the $100,000 Sweet Spot on August 23rd with a grand prize of $20,000.  35 spots will be open this week, 2 per user with spots 2-10 doubling up to $10, and yours truly will be back out there battling with the Nation.  I’ve finished in the money all but one week I’ve played, but still looking for that elusive 1st place!  I guess I’ve been seeing my shadow too much and can’t get out of the hole…

Taking a Midsummer stroll to last week’s picks:

SP – Jered Weaver W  6.2 IP  4 H  4 BB  0 ER  8 Ks  (30.2 Pts)

CI – Prince Fielder 0-3 (0 Pts)

MI – Jimmy Rollins 1-5  2 R  BB  (9 Pts)

OF1 – Giancarlo Stanton 0-4  (0 Pts)

OF2 – Domonic Brown 3-5  1 HR  2 RBI  2 R  (24 Pts)

UTIL – Mike Napoli 0-3  1 R  BB  (4 Pts)

TOTAL – 67.2 (Last three weeks: 77.65, 61, 34)

It was overall a solid week, and my Midsummer Classic team scored a total of 112.70 that, yes, would’ve finished out of the money, but was still a nice scoring week.  The big bats of Fielder and Stanton not producing was the big hit, stupid Ervin Santana throwing a two-hit shutout and Stanton hit a moon shot caught in dead center on the track.  Luckily the Angels got a great game outta the Weave and the Phillies picks were solid.  Here’s who I like this week:

SP – Matt Harvey ($11,500) - I’m spending huge on Harvey this week, who is line to get game 2 of the doubleheader against the Nats making him available for DraftKings.  Last time he faced them he racked up 11 Ks in 7 innings for a 34-point outing.  I know on the podcast I said I wanted Greinke, but the Dodgers rotation has either been tweaked or I can’t count to five anymore and it’s Clayton Kershaw going Friday.  I’ll look to pair Harvey with probably Henderson Alvarez, who at $5,300 I like as a value pitcher.

CI – Evan Longoria ($5,000) – I’m gonna have to stop spending so frivolously pretty soon!  But I love Longo for Friday, as he absolutely crushes the semi-struggling CC Sabathia to the tune of 18-47 (.383) 6 HRs 10 RBIs and has taken 12 walks to only 4 Ks!  There was an interesting debate on my hitter selection methodology in the comments last week, and I love hitter vs. batter especially when it’s favorable in 10+ ABs with the pitcher showing declining skill sets.  Sabathia has looked hapless against the Rays this year, and this one is in the confines of Yankee Stadium.

MI – Jean Segura ($4,900) – For the value, it’s tough to find a higher upside pick than Segura.  Sure his power hasn’t quite stayed with him, but Coors can help with that!  Hitting in the middle of the line-up with Ryan Braun on roidternity leave, and opposing pitcher Tyler Chatwood has given up 6 steals this year, I like Segura’s outlook.

OF1 – Nate McLouth ($4,100) – Going with an oldie but goldie, McLouth always seems to find a spot in my line-ups (well, not always but often), and yeah is only .250 off Ryan Dempster in 24 ABs, but has drawn 6 walks, hit a homer, and 2 for 3 stealing bases.  Think he’s a solid value play.

OF2 – Jake Marisnick ($2,000) – I’m out on a limb with this one, and I really wanted to go with Christian Yelich, but with lefty Jeff Locke on the mound, I’ll go with the righty and check back Friday afternoon to be sure he’s in there.  Great low-$ value for someone with upside both with power and speed.

UTIL – Adrian Gonzalez ($4,300) - I originally had Mike Moustakas here, but the budget adjustments boosted him to $4,000, so I’m going with A-Gon.  Gonzalez just plain murders Homer Bailey to the tune of 8-15 with 5 homers and 2 doubles.  His OPS off Bailey is 2.200!  He’s heating up, the Dodgers look unbeatable, love him on Friday.

 

Shoot your DraftKings questions below or tweet me @jbgilpin – good luck this week!

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  1. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Start Kendrick over Machado or M Carpenter?? I can’t bring myself to do so. Burt I want a reason to care about day baseball besides cespedes… haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Ahhh sorry I missed ya right before first pitch, I probably wouldn’t have

      • Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yea I don’t think I woulda been able to anyway

  2. Bryan says:
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    Would you start Garza tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: Ya I would

  3. Frank White says:
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    Hey guys… Is Gaudin still a keeper??

    • Frank White says:
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      sorry it was a copy.. lol Sup JB

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Hah sup man, a “keeper” means someone you keep year-to-year, so def not.

      • Frank White says:
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        Na I meant hold onto him still or no??

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Frank White: I gotcha naw you can let him go

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            Lol.. yeah i miss worded it. Even though he killed it 4 games in a row. What if it was just a bad game?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Frank Lynch: He’s not very good, even so-so pitchers go on solid runs.

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    Yo I’m so mad.. Remember i picked up Nicasio? Well he’s killing it right now but Colorado ain’t hitting!!! I how they don’t pull him after the delay. You think they will??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Yea they already pulled him, sadly pitchers almost never go out after a rain delay unless very short.

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    Yo I’m so mad.. Remember i picked up Nicasio? Well he’s killing it right now but Colorado ain’t hitting!!! I how they don’t pull him after the delay. You think they will??

  6. Frank White says:
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    Hey JB… So my lineup after looking over Rudy’s Batter vs Pitcher page is
    Felix Hernandez
    Delgado
    Mauer
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Skip Shumaker
    Longoria
    Sean Rodriguez
    Alex Rios
    Nick Markakis
    David DeJesus

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Definitely be sure to check line-ups. Rudy linked that on the same post, they should start coming in 2-3 hours before first pitch. Mauer should be back, haven’t looked it up, but he was on paternity. DeJesus just got back, I know he didn’t start yesterday, but he’s someone to be sure to check. Same with Sean R, but he’s great v. Sabathia, don’t see why they’d bench him, like it.

  7. Frank White says:
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    What Rudy’s post from days ago? How do I find it? Oh and thanks!!

    • Frank – just go to Hittertron or Streamonator – you’ll see a Lineups link in the headers (just CTRL-F for ‘Lineups’ if you can’t see it).

      Great part is that they link to our player pages so you can get the projections/stats for player by clicking on their player name.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thank you… When you say our player pages, do you mean Draft Kings?? I’m sorry I’m not the most computer literate guy.

  8. Pacochu says:
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    My two teams both finished in the money, but did not win the coveted ticket. For giggles, I created a pretty much all Jays team (as many as I could afford) and entered the $2 Moon Shot game. I started:

    Dickey
    Kluber
    Thole
    Easy Eddie E
    Izzy
    Lawrie
    Reyes
    Colby Cheese
    Innocent Man Melky
    Nate Scheirholtz

    This team ended up with 178.2 points. It won me $18.75 on my $2 entry. It also would have won Razzball and gotten me $100 in the $11 Check Swing game I entered with one of my Razzball rosters.

    You can hit big when you fill your roster with one team. You just have to pick the right MLB team. to go all in with. That’s the tricky part.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pacochu: Man, nice job! Yeah Encarnacion was the key guy last night, even without him I was barely out of the top ten… I got held up with a dead phone until past 9, so I couldn’t change my line-up either so had some guys out… Good job man!

  9. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… So I ended up getting 2nd and winning a little money but I had to got to the park with the kids an I never got to change the lineup so, Mauer and Schumaker didn’t play. I was pissed. Any tips for today??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Yea I’m in the same boat, got caught up until 9 and couldn’t tweak anything… Nothing really standing out too much, Chris Sale is a K machine and KC Ks all the time, it’s in their name!

  10. Frank White says:
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    When are they posting the lineups for the early games?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Just to be sure you have the right link: http://www.baseballpress.com/lineup.php

      Line-ups for the 1:00 games should be posted within the hour.

      And what Rudy meant by player pages is on that page, if you click on a player (right now on the pitchers are visible, you can click one of the pitcher names) it will bring you to the Razzball player pages.

    • Pacochu says:
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      @Frank White:

      I use the Baseball Press site for my daily lineup information. Even if the lineup isn’t posted, you can click on that team to get the lineups for previous days. By clicking on the player names there, you get right to the Razzball player pages.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks guys!!!

  11. Frank Lynch says:
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    Wow, Archer pitched another shutout baby!!! I remember a couple weeks back that i asked u for assurance to hold onto him cause at first he was a streamer and you said YES!! Good looks my man!! I feel like he’s gonna stay like this.. I hope! I bet your gonna do his pitch by pitch. No walks too!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Well I’ve done him recently so will probably move on. Glad he did ya well!

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