Hello readers, hope you’re ready for another wonderful write up from The Collector! Today should be an interesting slate as long as we get the pitcher right. As my title suggests, I think Michael Pineda at $8,700 is that pitcher. I’ve talked in the past how he has high strike out upside; besides that, he’s also been very consistent this year if you take the Toronto game out. He’s looking more and more like the Pineda we all fell in love with during his rookie year. It also helps he gets to face off against a Trout-less Angels team. Angels in the Outfield can’t even save this team without Trout. I expect Pineda to have the best game of the slate, though he might be a little higher owned than I normally like. Today just focus on picking the guy you like and worry about ownership elsewhere.
Now on to the picks…
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Chad Kuhl, SP: $6,500 – For those of you who want a cheap play this is your guy! Streamonator actually like him a bit to, and he’s at home and the favorite to get the win. Kuhl isn’t my first choice but if you need to spend up at offense you could do worse.
Brian McCann, C: $3,400 – Here’s the first reason why I’m considering using Kuhl today. I really like Houston today against Cashner who is really bad. As I’ve mentioned before I also love using players in Texas during the summer months. The warm weather makes the ball fly off the bat, so this isn’t the last time I’ll mention a Houston player. McCann may be getting up there in age but I still like the pop he has for a catcher. He couldn’t have a better situation to do some damage.
Evan Gattis, C: $3,100 – Oh look another Houston player already…basically use which catcher you like best for today. Both have nice home run potential and should hit around the middle of the lineup.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B: $3,600 – He’s having a rough season so far, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be good for you in daily. Walker is coming off the DL and I doubt he’s any good his first start back. Cabrera has also been on a mini run over the last week. During that run he started driving the ball a bit more so hopefully the home runs start today. If for some reason Cabrera doesn’t play today, go with Chris Davis if he’s healthy.
Brian Dozier, 2B: $3,900 – Dozier hit a home run yesterday which was his 2nd in a handful of games. I really think he’s about to explode, last night might be the kick start he needed. 30+ home runs at second base is someone who have to at least consider in a good match up. Dozier should feast on the young Seattle pitcher today.
Jose Altuve, 2B: $3,600 – I could use Altuve on a daily basis and be happy about it. I know I’ve said it before but I just love the way he plays the game. Today its no different from the other Houston hitters I like today. Altuve’s speed/power makes him a must play today for only $3,600.
Todd Frazier. 3B: $3,200 – I’ve never been a fan of Frazier honestly. Hes just another over paid player to join the White Sox and blow. Its frustrating as a White Sox fan but lets not worry about that. What we need to worry about is his match up today. Bundy is a good young pitcher but hes still figuring things out. He also has a good fastball but if there’s one thing Frazier can still do is hit fastballs. Frazier is a good play today, but there’s a guy a few hundred less I like more.
Maikel Franco, 3B: $2,900 – His name is Maikel Franco, I really thought he was going to have a good year. I couldn’t of been more wrong, I do believe hes to good to continue being this bad. He also gets to face off against a weak LHP, I hope this is the game Franco needs to turn his season around.
Elvis Andrus, SS: $3,400 – SS is rough today, I had a hard time deciding who to play. Andrus is hitting in a great ball park and I like the adjustments hes made hitting this year. He went from a slap hitting SS to someone who is a run producer over the last two seasons. Martes is a great talent but I suspect he gets knocked around a bit, like most young pitchers. If andrus for some reason doesn’t play, use Didi Gregorius.
J.D. Martinez, OF: $4,000 – I don’t think I’ll be able to play Martinez today but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to. Since coming off the DL hes been really good, I expect his success to continue through today. I like Martinez for basically the same reasons I liked Cabrera earlier today. I expect him to knock around Walker and the Arizona bullpen around today.
Max Kepler, OF: $3,300 – The breakout game might of happened last night but I think Kepler good again today. Kepler was suppose to be a break out guy this season, it hasn’t happen yet but hes still been a very solid hitter against RHP. I also think he’ll be pretty low owned, which will help when he takes Gaviglio DEEP.
Mitch Haniger, OF: $3,200 – Were into June and hes still hitting almost .350. I never saw that coming just like I never thought he’d still be hitting in the two hole. Ride it while it continues though, Hitting in front of Cano, Cruz, and Seager will help him reach value as long as he gets on base.
Seth Smith, OF: $3,000 – Good old Seth Smith, hes always there when you need a OF for $3,000 or under. He always hits lead off against RHP and hits in front of a pretty solid lineup. I always try to find a reason not to play him but there just isn’t one unless a LHP is on the mound. Today he gets probably one of my top 5 favorite SPs to use LHBs against. His name is Miguel Gonzalez, this dude is so bad against LHB its a shame Baltimore doesn’t have anyone useful from the left side besides Smith.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Today/s weather will be a little trickier then last weeks. We have a few spots that might have some issues, I’ll start with the game I’m not that worried about. The game in Cleveland at first glance looks shaky, but it looks like there should be a 3 hour window to get a game in. The games in Pittsburgh and Chicago are pretty similar, chance of thunderstorms in both. Though seems like if the officials are patient they should get the games in, the storms seem to clear up later in the night.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Jeez, we have some tough money lines today. The biggest favorite is Cleveland and I honestly didn’t even like them that much today. I still like the line for Pineda, the Yankees are a road favorite with a 8 total. We also have two games with a 10 total and neither are in Coors Field. I cant remember the last time I’ve seen that, the first one is Baltimore at Chicago. The second game is Seattle at Minnesota, I talked about some players in these games. I wouldn’t be against trying to find other ways to get even more players in if you can.