It was the best of times on Draft, it was the worst of times, it was the age of spin rate, it was the age of launch angle… Charles Dickens wrote of the disruptive world of eighteenth-century Europe in “A Tale Of Two Cities.” Present-day baseball is full of disruption, such as Gerrit Cole and the Astros maximizing spin to dramatic effect.

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…Unless Miles Mikolas is quick to put the Royals to bed. I’m optimistic he just might. (Actually, it’s Victoria Day here in Canada, the day everyone must do my bidding, so he’s obliged to.) As of Monday morning, the Royals are last in MLB. Mikolas hasn’t earned more than 2 runs in a game since early April, and other than his last start, when he was yanked after 85 pitches, he tends to go nice and deep into games. He’s got my vote for pitcher on Draft today. [Sidebar: Also for 70s throwback/Paul Rudd’s gloriously mustached father.] But in case all your competitors decide to try drafting him as well, let’s look at some other pitching options, after the jump. Spoiler: there’s not a lot of depth, so I’d look to draft your pitcher early today.

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For the most part, it’s getting warmer in this great land of ours. But every fifth day, there’s a cold wind blowing from the Northeast. No, winter is not coming, and thanks to George R.R. Martin and HBO, it might never get here. Instead it is the lightning in the golden right arm of Thor himself: Noah Syndergaard. The Norse God has lit it up this year, and today he goes against the suddenly toothless Arizona Diamondbacks.  Without A.J. Pollock, the lineup has underwhelmed, and what’s left barely hits to a .500 OPS against the mighty Syndergaard. Let’s look at a few more early-, middle- and late-round picks for your Draft…drafts!

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I used to be a Catholic schoolgirl. I was bad at it (ahem), but some things stay with one, lo these many years later. The urge to dip my fingers in holy water and genuflect (why does that word sound so dirty somehow?) whenever I walk into a church. The impulse to reply “and also with you” when someone says “May the fourth be with you”. An enjoyment of wafers and religious experiences, such as watching James Paxton ($24,100 on FantasyDraft today) deal a no-hitter against the Blue Jays last week. He’s taking on Detroit today: yes, his last start, which was also against the Tigers, saw him give up 3 earned, but I’m going to put it down to the food poisoning he was allegedly dealing with (gotta go easy on the loaves and fishes) and exhort you: Pay up and start him and may (a) piece (of the action) be with you.

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Happy FanDuel Friday everyone.  We’ve got a real-life, full slate of games today, which seems like it never happens any more.  Unfortunately, it looks like Mother Nature might take it upon herself to reduce the slate for us.  You know, so it’s more like what MLB has scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  More on the weather below, but first, some picks.

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A few weeks back we had a slate with nothing but ugly pitching options. That day there was a pitcher who was likely the chalk and it made the cash pitching option rather straightforward as you just played the chalk and tried to win it with the bats. Today, the pitching options are not quite as ugly as they were that week, but the pitchers are still fairly unimpressive. The problem, for cash, is that, at least as far as I can tell, there is no really chalky choice, so the “blocking” strategy is out as the ownership will be split out amongst the different uninspiring options. So it comes down to getting the pitcher right, and I’ll be honest –  I believe there is a high degree of randomness and variance in terms of whether or not you pick the right pitcher today. If you “nail” the pitcher right and the others don’t do well, you’re going to be in fantastic shape, but if your choice duds and the other pitchers do well, you’re going to be pretty much done for the night. It’s definitely not an ideal cash game slate and in addition, the hitting is not my favorite (to put it lightly) as well. I’m not saying don’t play cash – if you’re a cash game player, play cash, and if you’re a GPP player, play GPPs. But if you’re the type of guy who plays a good chunk of both, today might be a good day to focus more on GPPs than cash. That said, you come here for my picks, and even though this may be not the ideal cash-game slate, I’m a professional who always makes sure to put in a high quality effort, so I’m here giving you my cash game picks. That’s what pros do – they perform under any and all circumstances.

On to the picks…

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Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ is a pitcher that I’m targeting in all of my drafts on Wednesday. While he’s gotten blown up in his last two starts, Happ still has an awesome 29.2% K-rate on the season with just a 6.8% walk-rate. His home run issues won’t be as much of a problem today as he’s away from his home ballpark. Citi Field is a pitcher-friendly venue, and the Mets lineup is a pitcher-friendly lineup against lefties. In fact, the Mets have been worse than any team in baseball this year against left-handed pitching, as they’ve got a pathetic .265 wOBA versus southpaws. This is a matchup that you don’t want to miss out on.

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A good roster on Draft is a lot like a good vinyl album A side. Your best work shines with 4 or 5 hits. Santana (the band) put out some great records in their time. Carlos Santana (the hitter) is currently producing hits at much the same rate.

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There’s some pretty good pitcher depth for your Draft team today, even if you’re in a 6- to 10-person draft. You can afford to wait a little to draft a pitcher, but if you’d prefer to take a pitcher early for the middle slate tonight, nab Carlos Carrasco. In previous match-ups, he’s held the active Detroit Tigers to a team OPS of .561 against him, with the biggest possible threat against him being Jose Iglesias: Joey Church has gone 9 for 28 versus Carrasco (OPS of .906), and after that the Tigers fall off a cliff. The weather is a little bit of a worry in Detroit, though, so keep an eye on that.

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They call Draft fantasy for the people, and why not? It’s easy as Sunday morning. Sign up at Draft.com, do a quick snake draft of 3, 4, 6 or 10 players, and get a piece of the payouts. Here at Razzball, we recommend using Value-Based Drafting (VBD) to make the most of your roster. Using Rudy’s tools, you can easily sort values and take the projected points for the final player drafted at each position (P, IF, OF) and subtracting from all the players at that position, then re-ranking based on VBD. In other words, Razzball will give you the inside knowledge you need to dominate your DFS opponents.

Another Sunday, another jam-packed stable of starting pitchers.  James Paxton?  Just threw a no-no and is striking out the world.  Luis Severino?  Sharp as a tack with that fastball and playing on the hottest team in the majors.  Corey Kluber and Dallas Keuchel?  Haven’t they recently won Cy Young awards?  And don’t forget Ohtani: no words for his all-around game.  Of all those big guns, the guy with the best numbers against his opponent and killing it right now?  Jacob deGrom of the New York Metropolitans.  He’s well rested and gets to vault off his DL stint to face the Phighting Phillies, who have hit him to a tiny combined OPS of .530.  Furthermore, he’s doing it in Philadelphia, where he’s 2-0 with a .978 WHIP in his young meteoric career.   It’s Jacob deGrom for the win today.  And hey, if you make the great decision to try out Rudy’s tools here at Razzball, you’ll find the Hittertron and Streamonator — the deGromonator fits right in!

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