Hello all my loyal followers! I hope everyone is well on this amazing Wednesday. I’ll tell you right now I’m in love with today’s slate. There are two pitchers I love today, but I’ll go into that a little later. The team I love today is the Texas Rangers. As a team, they’re really starting to heat up, having scored five or more runs in five of their last six games. Texas also faces off with a pretty bad pitcher in Elfin from the Phillies. Finally, this game will take place in Globe Life Park which becomes a launching pad once we get into summer. We’re lucky enough to get a nice hot, humid day today and I expect the ball to fly in this park. My lineups will start with Rougned Odor at $2,800; he’s playing a lot better and I expect it to continue. He’s slowly starting to hit and he’s also beginning to steal some bags. He should continue that today. Others I like today are Elvis Andrus at $3,000, Joey Gallo at $3,200, and Delino DeShields at $2,800. All three of these guys bring something a little different to the table. Andrus has five hits in his last two games and has really turned into a solid run producer for a team that really needs it. Gallo is just a beast who can hit a homerun any at bat, and Deshields will probably hit lead off with huge steal upside. He also has a very sneaky batters eye with solid pop.
Now on to the picks…
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Matt Shoemaker, SP: $8,100 – Shoemaker is a nice GPP SP with the stack I mentioned earlier. Not only does he give you the chance to play guys like Trout and Harper, he also has massive strike out upside. He’s shown flashes of that this year, striking out seven in three different starts.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP: $7,200 – I’m not nearly as confident in this pick as I am with the Shoemaker one, but the Stream-o-Nator actually likes Chacin just as much as Shoemaker. The Brewers are struggling to hit right now, Villar has been cold for most of the season, and Thames has cooled as well. Only person hitting is Braun and he may not even play. I’d go Shoemaker first, but I’m not against using Chacin if by some chance you need a little more savings.
Gary Sanchez, C: $3,400 – Sanchez is a no brainer today as he’s going up against an overachieving, soft-tossing SP in Vargas. Sanchez is also one of the best young players in the game right now and he has shown in the past he can hit homeruns. He needs to start getting the ball in the air more as his FB% is way down so far this year. I think that trends in the right direction starting tonight.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B: $3,900/ Miguel Cabrera, 1B: $3,500 – I put these two together because they’re close in price and should be where most of the public goes. I can’t really blame them, both have very easy match ups and both are amazing hitters who can do serious damage on any given night. I like these guys today but I love someone else and that’s probably where I’ll go.
Tommy Joseph, 1B: $3,400 – Remember how I said I loved someone else? Well here you go, He’s been RED HOT lately (three homeruns in his last 5 games.) He also faces off against Andrew Cashner, who should be getting crushed this year but hasn’t so far. Cashner’s era looks good but his FIP (5.15) and XFIP (5.74) tell the real story. He’s going to start giving up a lot of runs soon and honestly it probably starts tonight. Maybe a good idea to load up on some Phillies as well.
Cesar Hernandez, 2B: $3,300 – He’s been a pleasant surprise this season, at least to me. Hernandez is still hitting over .300 and showing decent pop with good stolen base potential. I like him today because he should be hitting in the top two of the lineup and like I said before, this game in Texas should be very high scoring.
Miguel Sano, 3B: $3,900 – If you don’t want to go all in on Texas, this is a great pivot from Gallo. Sano is pretty similar to Gallo but he’s a better overall hitter and run producer. Sano has been killing the ball this year as he’s also working on his awareness at the plate. You can see that by his abnormally high batting average of .297. This all points to great things for him today.
Bryce Harper, OF: $5,000/ Mike Trout, OF: $4,900 – These are two no brainers; two of the best players in all of baseball. I’m really only writing about them because I think its good to point out that one of these two has to be in your lineup today. I really believe that; whatever you do, make sure you get either Harper or Trout in that lineup. which one is up to you, they both should be great today.
Aaron Altherr, OF: $4,200 – Lets first say this…WHERE DID HE COME FROM! I mean he’s absolutely killing the ball right now. He’s another Philly that I like a lot today; he has a nice power/speed combo you like to get into your lineups for GPPs. He should also hit either at the top or in the middle of a pretty solid Phillies lineup. Finally, he gets to play in the hitters paradise and Cashner sucks.
JD Martinez, OF: $3,600 – JD is back and we couldn’t be happier. I thought he would struggle a little coming back after missing a month and a half to start the season. Boy was I wrong; he’s hit four homeruns in his five games and is hitting over .400 to start his season. Its fun to see him back and it should translate into a lot of success for the overall season and today. Play him wherever you can, especially if you want to spend up at other positions.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Weather could be a issue today, especially in Minnesota; looks like rain and thunderstorms all night. Not sure if it’ll get PPded but it seems like a possibility. Also seems like a small chance of thunderstorms in St Louis, though it should be late enough to where it won’t affect the game too much. Wind is what will make things interesting: 20 mph winds blowing out in three different stadiums today as of right now. Wrigley and Kaufman have winds blowing out with St Louis having it blow out to left. Wind should also be blowing in from right field in Detroit. Maybe avoid LHB but I don’t think its bad enough to matter that much.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Only a few games stick out today as every other game is pretty much either a coin flip or a 8 over/under. The big favorites today are the Angels, which I already covered. The Chicago Cubs are also a huge favorite at -190. I never really considered them because I don’t like Hendricks and I think he’s overpriced. There are three games that are in the 9 over/under range. These games are Texas/Philadelphia, Colorado/Minnesota, and Detroit/Baltimore. All three of these games are stackable. Like I have pointed out, I’ll be on the game in Texas over the others.