When things are ugly, they tend to be really freakin’ ugly. The pitching on Tuesday night is deplorable. Corey Kluber clocks in as the top option due to his strikeout ability, but after that, things get quite ugly. With that said, Kluber makes a solid cash game option. After that, the following players are solid GPP plays: Brandon Finnegan vs. New York Mets, Tyler Anderson vs. San Francisco, and, oh my god, Wily Peralta at home against the Cubs. Starting with Peralta, this is the kind of play that could win a big stakes GPP. He could easily get hammered like Lenny Dykstra at a retirement home, but his ownership will be so low that if you do hit, you’ll look like a genius. The Giants continue to struggle and Anderson has actually been a decent option at Coors Field. He is averaging 17 DK points compared to 12.5 on the road. Finally, Finnegan has been killing it like O.J. Simpson. I mean, home, road, it hasn’t mattered. He is slicing and dicing the competition and has 29 strikeouts over his last 20 innings pitched. If I were to pair and pitcher with Kluber or Gio Gonzalez in cash games, it would be Finnegan.
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Gio Gonzalez, SP: $9,300 – After struggling prior to the All-Star break, Gonzalez has pitched quite well as of late and faces off against a Braves team that struggles against LHP. He’s a cash game play for me as his ownership is going to be through the roof.
Jonathan Lucroy, C: $3,300 – Lucroy is way underpriced tonight and faces off against an average lefty. It’s good to know that Lucroy has eight homers against lefties on the season, so the upside here is quite evident.
Chris Davis, 1B: $3,400 – This is a ridiculous price for Davis. He has two home runs in his career against Jake Odorizzi even if he’s batting .200 over the last week. We all know that Davis can go deep multiple times on any given night and it would be unwise to not have exposure to him.
Brian Dozier, 2B: $5,300 – It wouldn’t matter if Dozier’s price were doubled ($10,600), I still wouldn’t hesitate to use him on Tuesday night. He blasted three homers on Monday and has 21 since July 31 and six in his last four games.
Jason Kipnis, 2B: $4,200 – We’ll keep things in the AL Central at second base. Kipnis is hitting righties at a .277 clip with 16 home runs and is batting .296 at home. If you aren’t paying up for Dozier, Kipnis is a great option.
Maikel Franco, 3B: $3,500- Here comes my semi-weekly Franco pick. I’ve nailed this pick several times, but Franco hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire as of late. He’s a GPP play, but man have I had good luck with him this year.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS: $4,400 – Yes, I like Brandon Finnegan more than most starters on Tuesday night, but it’s going to be tough not to find a spot for Cabrera. The veteran shortstop is batting .333 with three homers over the last seven days and finds himself in a solid matchup.
Brandon Crawford, SS: $4,000 – I recommended Tyler Anderson for GPPs, but it would be crazy not to have a least some exposure to San Francisco bats. Crawford is reasonably priced for a game at Coors Field, so jump all over this.
Nelson Cruz, OF: $4,700 – I’m pretty sure that I recommend Cruz every single week because it seems like he faces a lefty every Tuesday. He’s 4-for-7 with two home runs lifetime against Martin Perez. No brainer.
Byron Buxton, OF: $4,300 – Buxton is white hot right and he’ll still be low owned in all formats. He’s scored at least 10 DK points in four straight games and should continue that streak tonight.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Yankee Stadium could see some rain, but the chances are somewhat slim. The real weather issue is in Minnesota where it looks like it could rain all night long.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals are -220 favorites over the Braves and that means he will be a popular play in cash games. There are plenty of stacking options on Tuesday night, but my favorites include Seattle, Minnesota, Detroit, and Toronto. If you want something off the radar, try the Dodgers or Padres.