Wild week around MLB got a little crazier off the field for a certain member of the Chi Sox. Let’s start with last week on the diamond. Top 5 players on the rater shows Byron Buxton atop the list. This of course simply means he is 7-10 ABs away from a season-ending injury. Jazz Chisholm is repping for the Marlins in 2nd, and Marcus Semien has finally corrected his limp start to the season and is coming in hard in third position. Numbers 4/5 shows a few surprises in Jake Burger and Christian Bethancourt. The A’s seem to like getting Bethancourt in the lineup right now and if he stays hot should be a sneaky DFS play. Some other surprising names up near the top include Seth Brown, Jurickson Profar and Michael Taylor. It’s always worth checking who’s hot when making out lineups. Now to everybody’s favorite sideshow Tim Anderson. He is a happily married father of two, but he apparently got his side chick pregnant and she posted the announcement on social media. This seems a little more Tom Brady or Tiki Barber than what Josh Donaldson was going for. Let’s get onto our Tuesday DFS picks, last week we whiffed on both pitchers and still managed to cash in double-ups.
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Logan Webb, SP: $9,100. Webb has been good so far, but hardly great. After breaking out in 2021 he has regressed so far this season. The biggest glaring difference is his K rate is down over 2 Ks per 9 vs 2021. What changed? His fastball usage and pitch value are both way down. Also, guys are making contact on pitches out of the zone at 65% which is over an 11% jump from last year so he’s not getting those chased strike 3s. He will get a Royals lineup that is very hit or miss…..get it. They are averaging 4.5 runs per game in June, but have also been shut out 3 times, all vs right-handed pitchers. Their .670 OPS vs righties is uninspiring and I look for Webb to get on track vs the Royals. I really debated hard here between Webb and Dylan Cease, but landed on Webb due to Cease firing way too many pitches early in games. He does get a historically bad offense in the Tigers, but I think almost everyone will be on him so I’m fading.
Chris Bassitt, SP: $8,200. The Bassitt hound has struggled getting shelled by the Padres last trip out and also had a subpar trip before that at the Dodgers. Two starts prior the Giants rocked his world in San Fran. I’m gonna say that he was so anxious to get off the west coast it’s causing some form of PTSD whenever he pitches out there. Lucky for us Tuesday’s start is back home against the struggling offense of the Brewers. The crew scored some runs against Washington this weekend, but who doesn’t. Against the Phils and Padres the 7 games prior they only managed 14 total runs. I think that Brewers offense shows up and Bassitt has a big night.
Christian Bethancourt, C: $3,300. I mentioned he has been hot in the open and the price looks right so I am gonna give him a shot here. He has hit safely in the last 6 games he has started and is 11 for 25 overall with 3 HRs and 4 doubles during the span. I have been waiting for a Nick Pivetta blow-up all year, and I am sensing it will come against the second-worst offense in the league vs right-handers in Oakland.
Matt Olson, 1B: $4,500. In trying to figure out who to stack against I landed on Jackson Tetreault of the Nationals, although there are plenty of weak starting pitchers going on Tuesday. He will be filling in for Stephen Strasburg who is headed back to the IL after only one start. Tetreault will be making his MLB debut against the red-hot Braves. Olson certainly hasn’t lived up to his billing just yet, and he hasn’t been hot lately with only 1 multi-hit game in his last 10, but a fresh call-up is just what the doctor ordered to get a slugger like Olson going.
Ozzie Albies, 2B: $4,700. Another Braves bat right away here as I hope to see them continue their hot streak Tuesday evening. Albies had a 7 game hit streak end on Sunday and will be looking to get rolling again vs the Nats. Edit After Writing: – Well bad news for Albies lovers and those who have him on fantasy teams as well. Freak injury leaving batter’s box means he will miss significant time. Hoping for the best and 6-8 weeks and back for playoff push. With that being stated I am plugging in Andres Gimenez in Coors. He is hitting .333 in June with a couple round-trippers and seems like a great fill-in. Breaking up the stack and going with the best available here. If you want you could grab Dansby and sub in a lessor 2B.
Eduardo Escobar, 3B: $3,100. I have to get some value in here somewhere and Escobar seemed like a good spot to land. Adrian Houser has gotten hit hard and really struggled with his control over the last month. Escobar rode his cycle last Monday into a 6 game hit streak last week and seems to be seeing the ball better in June hitting .295.
Ha-Seong Kim, SS: $3,000. The wind is going to be blowing out at Wrigley tomorrow so there’s liable to be a big output. Kim will have Kyle Hendricks opposing on the mound and he has not been very reliable this year. I’ll try Kim at a value to make sure I can get a bigger OF bat in the lineup.
Tyler O’Neill, OF: $3,200. O’Neill was regularly one of the top options available in 2021 and has come off the DL swinging. His cost has not yet caught up. He’s hitting .333 in 6 games so far with a HR and has put plenty of good swings on the ball. The Cards get Bryse Wilson and his 7.53 ERA and career 1.55 HR/9. Oh, and the wind will be blowing out in St. Louis. Gimme some!
Ronald Acuna Jr., OF: $5,900. Keeping the Braves stack rolling. As I am writing this they have put up 6 runs in the first three innings on Monday night. I like where this series is heading. The Braves bats are heating up and the motivation to catch the Mets with a healthy Acuna is there. Ronnie has hit safely in 6 of 8 and I think he goes big time Tuesday night.
Byron Buxton, OF: $5,000. Admittedly this is not where I was planning to land with my final entry as I bounced around. I always end with an OF and then balance things out if needed. No balance needed as Buxton was staring right at me. He was shut out on Sunday and faces Logan Gilbert who has been solid, but I can’t pass up a guy that’s been on the tear Buxton has been on at this price. Edit After Writing: Buxton has homered Monday night and is still En Fuego.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
It is going to be extremely hot and windy across much of the country. High winds in Chicago and St. Louis will be blowing out. There’s a high chance of storms in DC so be ready to adjust and pivot those Braves stacks. We are also likely to see storms in Philly and there is a lesser chance in New York, St. Louis and Detroit.
Doing Lines In Vegas
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