It’s that day again: Monday. That means a couple things. First, time to start another work week, blech. And second, we’ve got another short slate of games, though fortunately not as bad as last week, yay. But don’t let that get you down, because today Madison Bumgarner takes the mound against the Marlins. The Fish are not exactly a powerhouse, so you should feel confident in the match-up. Forget about MadBum’s last start; it was his first of the season. Surely there was a little rust to shake off, and I think he’ll be nice and shiny this time out. He may not be quite back to the vintage Bum that we all know and love, but he should have plenty against Miami for your lineup on Draft today. But don’t take my word for it—Streamonator (SON) loves this start as well. Now if only he could take the field on a dirt bike…
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Jack Flaherty, SP: Oh Jack… Draw me like one of your French… Hang on, I’m being told that this is not the Jack of Titanic fame. Maybe I should stop watching movies while I write these posts. Our boy Jack lines up to take on the Padres at home. Book me a first-class ticket on that ship, because he could be the one. Make room on that door, because this Jack is not going to the bottom of the ocean and could carry you to the top of the world.
Patrick Corbin, SP: One of the surprising pitcher starts on the season. Others in your drafts may still be hesitant to take him over some other names out there. Don’t be afraid to lock up hitters early and look to Corbin in the mid to late rounds. The Pirates are not a terrible offensive team, but they’re also not a lineup to be feared. Corbin brings an excellent ERA as well as high K upside.
Sam Gaviglio, SP: If you miss out on the “stud” pitchers, take a look at Gaviglio. He’s got a sterling ERA (2.51) and WHIP (0.98), and while he probably won’t be this good all year, we only care about today’s start. SON projects him for a solid score. If you’re looking for Ks, Sam probably isn’t who you want, but he could return good late-round value.
Jose Ramirez, IF: Another Monday with JoRam near the top of Hittertron‘s projections. (He’s second only to you know who.) It’s almost like he’s one of the best hitters in baseball. Be sure to snap him up early and reap the rewards. Lucas Giolito is a pitcher to pick on, which means I expect big things and you should too.
Brandon Crawford, IF: Did you know that since May 1, Crawford has hit .425? Four Twenty-Five!!! That’s insane, and he has 20 runs, 5 HRs, 25 RBI and 2 SBs over that span as well. I’d say he has an excellent shot at another multi-hit game today. As I write this, he’s a triple short of the cycle against Max Scherzer. Talk about hot. And that flow… so dreamy.
Mitch Moreland, IF: Hittertron puts him in the top 20 for the day. He’s struggled a bit of late, but overall is having a solid season. Grab him in the later rounds of your draft and enjoy the value.
Matt Carpenter, IF: As the weather has begun to heat up, so has Carp. The average still isn’t pretty but there’s always the power potential, and Jordan Lyles isn’t a particularly intimidating match-up. Fire him up.
Jason Heyward, OF: Once upon a time, Heyward was the next big thing. Now he can be the next big thing for your lineup today. He finds himself in a favorable situation, taking on Junior Guerra in hitter-friendly Miller Park. He should also be locked into a prime spot in the batting order, which gives him a boost.
Marcell Ozuna, OF: One of the bigger off-season moves saw Ozuna head to St. Louis, which was expected to lead to good things. The season certainly didn’t start out that way, but since late May, he has been heating up. That’s perfect for us, because we only need him for today. Hittertron likes him and so do I.
Christian Yelich, OF: The other Marlins outfielder who got a change of scenery in the off-season. The average is pretty and the power and speed are nice, too. At home and facing Jose Quintana, he has a prime opportunity to add to those totals. Look to Yelich to round out your outfield.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Fun fact: out of the eight games scheduled for today, five are either in a dome or have a retractable roof. The long and the short of it is that there are no major weather concerns for today.
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