Tuesday doesn’t mark the 2016 Presidential Election, but there is no doubt a clear choice at starting pitcher tonight. The Cubs, who recently clinched the NL Central Division, are sailing into the playoffs and their horse – Jon Lester – continues to lead the way. Lester has been worth every single penny that the Cubs have paid him to date. He is coming off an eight inning, eight strikeout performance against the Cardinals and has given up just one run in his last four starts. On top of that, Lester is averaging 23.5 points per start at home this season with two complete games. The Reds pose no threat to Lester on Tuesday night and he will likely be the highest owned starter in cash games. Don’t let that make you shy away. Pivoting away from Lester could prove to be disastrous.
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J.A. Happ, SP: $8,300 – I am a fan of Happ and his consistency. The Mariners are solid, but with a positive park shift, I am all in on Happ tonight. He is a great pitcher to pair with Lester in cash games.
Archie Bradley, SP: $7,400 – Chasing strikeouts is often a profitable strategy in GPPs and if you are looking for upside, give Bradley a shot. He could register double-digit Ks on any given night and gets a plus matchup against the Padres at Petco Park. Just keep in mind that if he starts walks batter, it could be a long night.
Hanley Ramirez, 1B: $4,900 – It’s hard to not use Ramirez at this point. He is on fire, batting .462 with five home runs over the last week.
Chris Carter, 1B: $4,700 – If you want to avoid the chalk play, give Chris Carter a long look. He’s strikeout prone and can easily go 0-5, but he has game changing power that could take down a GPP.
Jose Altuve, 2B: $4,200 – This is way too cheap for Altuve, especially against a lefty. Easy play.
Sean Rodriguez, 2B/SS: $4,100- SeanRod has been seeing extra playing time as of late and he’s absolutely killing it. Even with his hot performances as of late, he’ll be low owned.
Nolan Arenado, 3B: $4,900 – The Cardinals are starting Adam Wainwright on Tuesday night and it is safe to say that he is a shell of his former self. Coors exposure is always a must and Arenado makes a great option if you want to shell out the cheese.
Todd Frazier, 3B: $4,200 – You can lump Frazier in the same exact category as Chris Carter. Big time home run potential, plenty of frustration. Only use him in GPPs.
J.J. Hardy, SS: $3,700 – I have long been a fan of Hardy against LHP. No one ever uses Hardy, so you can enjoy his production all alone.
Mookie Betts, OF: $5,100 – Mookie looooovvvvvveeesss Camden yards. In fact, he’s hit eight of his 31 there this season. On top of that, Bettes has two career homers against Baltimore’s starter on Tuesday night, Kevin Gausman.
Nelson Cruz, OF: $4,800 – A lot to love here. Cruz is 8-for-17 lifetime against J.A. Happ, but surprisingly, he has never taken him deep. Remember though, Happ is a lefty and Cruz has his way with southpaws like he spiked their drink.
Khris Davis, OF: $4,700 – Davis has absolutely been one of my favorite players to recommend this year and I am going back to the well on Tuesday night. Fresh of AL Player of the Week honors, Davis faces off against Joe Musgrove on Tuesday night. Musgrove is known for keeping the ball over the plate and if Davis sees a pitch in his hot zone, he could park it in the left field seats.
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The weather looks relatively good all across the country on Tuesday night. Not bad for mid-September!
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