Tonight on the slate we have some big time arms taking the bump, especially the top three options of the night (Noah Syndergaard, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber.) Given my choice of first pick on Draft.com I would rank them accordingly..
Syndergaard gets the top nod solely based on his match-up with the light hitting Miami Marlins. The Marlins rank in the Bottom 5 in almost every single batting category and have hit two… I repeat TWO homeruns on the season. If playing in a 3 person slate on Draft, I would load up on the top bats early knowing you have a great option waiting for you. The top bat of the night for me is Nolan Arenado in a fantastic match-up vs LHP Clayton Richard. Arenado crushes lefties and has a great history versus tonight’s starter ( 11-17 1.773 OPS). Let’s take a look at the rest of the picks..
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Jon Gray, SP: I know he is pitching in Coors but its a tasty match-up and he actaully had a better ERA at home last season compared to his road one. The Padres offense has been in a funk to start the season and rank in the bottom third in most offensive categories.
Zack Godley, SP: Quietly putting up top of the rotation type numbers over the last year, and started this season right where he left off with a 7IP 1 ER gem vs. the Dodgers. Godley gets to pitch in a nice park versus the SF Giants who have been a middle of the road offense to begin 2018.
If you are not familiar with the Draft.com set up, you are required to select 2 IFs and 2OFs. On most nights that I have played its usually the big name players being drafted so I’m going to highlight some not so popular plays that could win you the night.
Pat Valaika, IF: Might get the opportunity to crack the line-up tomorrow with Blackmon on the shelf. He averaged a HR every 12 ABs vs LHP and carried a .932 OPS.
Joey Gallo, IF: As streaky of a hitter as there is and it seems like he is on the cusp of a hot streak. 1HR and 4 RBIs last couple games.
Justin Upton, OF: Always seems to be up with runners on base which helped him rack up stats over the first week. The 3 HRs didn’t hurt either. Great match-up vs. Doug Fister, which he also has some nice numbers against in a small sample.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Seems we have a clear night and no real PPD threats tonight. Still some cold weather around the league though
Doing Lines In Vegas
One line that stands out to me is the O/U in the Blue Jays-Orioles game, it is set at 8.5 runs. I can see this game being a high scoring affair. Best value of the night is the Cincinnati Reds at +140, this offense is due to break out and pitch to contact pitcher Blake Lively could help.