Welcome to the Razzball Fanduel Freeroll for Thursday night. This week we get an exclusive $500 dollar freeroll for Razzball readers. 1st gets $125, 2nd $80, 3rd $60, 4th $40 and so on until unlucky 14th who gets a big pile of leaves and just scooped cat droppings. And this all comes at the low cost of zilch, zip, nada, i.e. sans money. So let’s have some fun here and pick a bad ass team for this Thursday’s games. Here’s my team which, if history repeats itself, will not be bad ass and will finish in the basement where I will be told to stand in the corner while my players are all brutally murdered.
P: Vance Worley: Worley gets to pitch in the spacious free range pug fields of Petco against the Padres who are hitting .191 on the season. I’ll take my chances on him to not eff up this chance.
C: Jesus Flores: He’s not going to give you a ton of points, but he’s a cheap alternative who has been getting on base of late. I like Avila more here but he’s too rich for my good-0le boy Kansas blood.
1b: Adam LaRoche: LaRoche is hitting which is not usually his way early in the season, but I’ll take it. LaRoche’s splits are all in favor of facing righties at home versus lefties on the road. Bud Norris fits the bill. And I had a LaRoche Split at Margie’s the other day and it was not as tasty as it sounds.
2b: Jose Altuve: Mr. Altuve has been hitting well thus far even though he’s got the stink of being buried in the bottom of the order on him. He’s only faced Ed Jackson once but has a hit off him. I’m not sold on this pick but the options in my price range were all looking pretty Walmarty.
SS: Derek Jeter: The old guy is still inviting pitchers up to his condo, banging them, and then ever so sweetly having his footman give them a nice parting gift of muffins and stamp-signed baseballs. This time around he’ll triple-dip Swarzak who he’s 3 for 6 off of in his career.
3b: Evan Longoria: Longoria hasn’t faced Handerson Alvarez much, but does have 2 hits off him in 3 at bats. Oh, and those 2 hits were home runs. Alvarez may throw all his pitches onto Spandina Avenue instead of near the plate, but eh. Thanks Google Maps.
OF: Raul Ibanez: DHing for the Yankees and facing right-hander Tony Swarzak seems like a good set up for the guitar man.
OF: Brett Gardner: Well, I guess I like Yankees players for Thursday’s games. Gardner gets on base a decent amount which makes him safe to not go negative and he’s also hit Tony Swarzy 2 of 4 times.
OF: Austin Jackson: The dude keeps hitting. Hopefully by Thursday he’ll still be doing so. He’s 5 for 10 off Matt Harrison which happens to be who he faces on this particular day in Detroit. He also may have the best Alt-Country name in the bigs.