All right here we go with another Monday edition of what pitcher do I think will be slightly low owned but I won’t get killed with playing. Not too many great options out there today as I think Gausman looks to be the chalk and best pitcher on today’s slate so can’t go wrong with him today if you would like but I’m going to stick with my man Kyle Gibson ($9,100). Kyle has really continued his out of nowhere great 1st half of the season and there is nothing to suggest that regression is around the corner. He throws down in the zone with his sinker slider changeup mix and up and in with his fastball and mixes speeds with a curveball every now and again and does it with great command of all pitches. The hitters are off balance the whole time they are in the box and it’s just a guessing game as to what pitch he is going to throw and usually they are wrong and whiff or they get a weak hit and no harm is done. Now the Rangers are coming off getting swept by the Blue Jays and the Tigers are coming off a sweep by the Twins so I’m thinking a little turnaround is coming for both teams and this looks like a good spot for it to happen. The Tigers are throwing Casey Mize out there who doesn’t miss too many bats and I think the Rangers will be hungry like a wolf to swing those sticks today and get some runs on the board. The Tigers are coming off a high of sweeping the Twins as mentioned previously and I see a let down from them today and Gibson is good enough to keep them frustrated in the box. Gibson’s last start before the break was against these Tigers and the Tigers did give Gibson his 1st loss of the season at home but I can’t see that happening again as Gibson got himself into a bases loaded jam and the reliever came in and gave up a HR. I’m confident Gibson will make adjustments and get these guys out. I see Gibson going 7 solid innings giving up 6 hits 1 ER and striking out 8 today and getting the win.
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SP- Kevin Gausman ($10,600) Like I said up top, Gausman is a good play today as well. The Dodger lineup has seen some heavy hitters get dinged up lately and Betts and Lux could also be out of the lineup today so check out the lineup before finalizing your team but could be a relatively thin lineup and Gausman is more than capable of getting the Dodger reserves out. Will be heavily owned though so get different with your hitters if you play Gausman.
C/1B- Jesus Aguilar ($3,000) Against a TBA pitcher today (maybe Lester?) in Washington. This doesn’t bode well for Mr. Lester. Gimme Aguilar and his .489 SLG and .825 OPS anyday against Lester or bullpen arm.
2B- Jeff McNeil ($2,600) 7 game hitting streak and is a high contact hitter against a sub par pitcher in Gutierrez who pitches to contact. I’m going out on a limb here that McNeil hits the ball hard all 4 times at bat today with at least 3 balls that don’t find gloves.
SS- Bo Bichette ($3,600) His 8 game hitting streak got snapped yesterday and you would have to go all the way back to the month of May before you found two days in a row where he did not have a hit in a game. Pretty good chance here he has a multi-hit game against Nick Pivetta who he has seen plenty of lately including a June 12th game where Bo hit a 468 foot missile in center for a HR. Wouldn’t be surprised one bit if it happened again.
3B- J.D. Davis ($2,800) J.D. is back and blasted 2 HR’s on Saturday and no hits on Sunday so hopefully he won’t be as fresh in people’s minds when they scroll through the 3B options. I think another good spot for a Mets player against Gutierrez today and J.D. could easily pop one out today.
OF- Jesse Winker ($3,300) I know I know he has been terrible lately but come on this guy was raking just a couple of weeks ago and all hitters go through slumps. Jerad Eickhoff seems like a guy who could remedy the sort of aliment that Winker has been dealing with lately. There will be plenty of DFS players who won’t want to take that chance so there’s your advantage you need right there.
OF- Cedric Mullins ($3,700) Not scared off by a lefty on lefty matchup here. Yarbrough doesn’t pitch deep into ballgames and Mullins holds his own vs lefties as well. I’m sure the RIays have plenty of righty options that will find there way into this game and Mullins will be perfectly ok with taking one of these guys deep today. Just got a 8 game hitting streak snapped yesterday so he will be hungry to start another streak today.
OF- Joey Gallo ( $3,900 ) It’s been a whole three games without a HR from Gallo. I’m betting there won’t be a 4th against Mize and the Tigers here.
UTIL- Jonathan India ($2,700) Will get plenty of at bats today in a high scoring contest and will gets lots of looks against Eickhoff and the Mets bullpen. Hitting the ball well and no reason to think he lets off the gas now. Lots of counting stats with India and will give you plenty of opportunity to put up a good number of points today.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves
Very good chance weather could be a factor here due to rain lingering most of the day so make sure you check back to see the latest news.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Got two for you:
Reds ML -110 against the Mets
Orioles TT over 3 -120
Please, blog, may I have some more?