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Since returning from the disabled list, Chris Sale ($11,600) has pitched nine scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts and only one walk. He tops the Stream-o-Nator this morning at a $29 value and faces a Padres lineup that is dead last in team batting average and also in the top ten for team strikeout percentage (21.9%). He’s the most expensive option at DraftKings today, but he still comes in at under $12K so it doesn’t completely handcuff your hitters. I’m building around him and counting on 25 points from the 25-year-old southpaw.

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Jon Niese, SP: $7,300 – The Mets/Phillies series is a five-gamer that has already gone on for an eternity. Back-to-back marathon games the past two days have left both teams a little depleted. Niese has held the left-handed core of the Phils’ lineup (Rollins, Utley, Howard, Brown) to a combined .154 batting average with zero home runs. He’s a value pick under $8K.

David Wright, 3B: $4,800 – On the other side of the Phils/Mets game we have David Wright. Wright has owned Cole Hamels in his career, hitting .329/.365/.614 with five homers and four steals in 70 at bats against the Philly left-hander.

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B: $4,700 – There are several options I am liking today at first base. Gonzalez gets the platoon advantage against Edinson Volquez (R). Gonzalez has two home runs and a 1.218 OPS against Volquez in a small sample of 12 at bats, but he’ll also cost you more than the players listed below.

Justin Morneau, 1B: ($4,400) – In 13 career at bats, Morneau has gotten to Josh Tomlin (R) for a double and two home runs. He’ll have the platoon advantage against him in Cleveland today. Tomlin isn’t a terrible pitcher, but he’s served up a home run in each of his starts this year.

Adam Lind, 1B: ($4,100) – Another lefty/righty match-up, Lind will draw Jeremy Guthrie (R) and is ranked in the top 15 on the Hitter-Tron today. Guthrie gets DFL honors on today’s Stream-o-Nator board, so stacking Blue Jays in general isn’t a bad idea. Vegas gave this game the highest total on the day as well (9). Lind has a career 134 wRC+ against right-handers at the Rogers Centre, and had another nice afternoon at the dish during yesterday’s mauling of the Royals.

Jason Heyward, OF: $4,300 – Heyward has picked it up, hitting .286/.367/.410 with three homers and four steals in May. Hopefully he can carry that momentum into June, and he’ll get a good match-up today against Nate Eovaldi (R) to start things off. Heyward is 8-for-18 with two doubles, a triple, and a walk against the Marlins hurler.

Xander Bogaerts, SS: $4,000 – As I write this, Bogaerts has tacked on another double and two walks to his recent hot streak. He’s hitting over .400 with a 1.080 OPS in his last ten games. That’s en fuego. At $4K on the nose, he’s a good play at shortstop against Erik Bedard (L) at Fenway.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There’s a 40% chance of thunderstorms for the SF@STL game. Outside of that, the weather looks like it will cooperate.

Doing Lines In Vegas (4-11)

Give me the over for KC@TOR (9) and TB@BOS (8).

Mike’s on Twitter @643ball

  1. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Nice work as always Mr. SAGNOF, looking forward to our matchup today.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Ralph! Me too

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        No one wants to play with me no more. *kicks dirt, skulks away*

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Ha! I owed a rematch to Ralph. School’s out…let’s play!

  2. Steve says:
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    14 team keeper H2H

    Trying to win this year, what do you think of Arenado & A. Bradley for Wainwright?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold. It’s a lot to give in that format for one arm.

  3. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mike: How could you have those Mets up there after last night. Poor Phillies. The Mets cheated again – obviously

    Niese has been a nice feel good story this year – as have much of the Mets staff. Will Mets trade a extra pitcher for or add offence through FA

    Only the Buhurle TOR or however you spell that most weirdest spelled of all names – ever – has been a better story IMO

    Enough National League. The A’s are the story of MLB this year.

    The team is dominating in the tables and the team stat boards where it counts

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting

    Take a gander at the team batting and pitching stats and expand them. Only in fielding do the A’s drop off because of some early gaff filled games. They are improving here too – day by day.

    A’s run differential is insane. The BB is almost 20% beyond the next group of teams

    Finally,, they have made the top spot in the power ranking DESERVED!!!!

    Cespedes is starting to stir too. If he goes off LOOKOUT!!! He was massive last night!!!

    The A’s are now becoming the real MLB stars. No longer just over achievers.

    GO A’s

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, this Phils Mets series has been crazy.

      Love those A’s!

  4. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Ok, I started Sale in two different contests. will i win both?!?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Of course. Lose isn’t in your vocab I thought.

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    1 move left this wk in H2H, clinging to slim leads in R (2), SB (1) and K (5)–need to hold 1 of these cats to tie, 2 to win. Have 2 holes in my lineup with Cano and Myers out. My SPs going today are Gray and Miley, plus 4 closers. Opponent has Sale, Shark and 3 closers. Do I use the move on Elias for an extra 5 or so Ks, or a bat (Wong?) for potential R/SB?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Wong. Looks like he’s batting 2nd today.

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Thanks. Just saw moss is out again too–definitely need a bat today.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime

  7. Jim says:
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    Thinking of dropping Dunn from my DH spot & add either Adam Lind or Mitch Moreland for that spot: who do you like the most? & on the flip would you keep or just flat out drop a Dunn? I’m mainly dropping Dunn because the sox lose the DH for 3 games & he’s been up/down , thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Lind of that group

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