I’m not sure if DK has been monitoring what J.A. Happ has done since being traded to Pittsburgh, but he’s at the bargain price of $7,600 for tonight. How about we keep it a secret between us Razzballers? Since being traded in early August, Happ is 6-2 with a 2.43 ERA while striking out 58 batters in 48.1ings. His first start as a Pirate he let up 4er and Tuesday night, in Coors, he gave up 3er, but he still K’d 8 over 5.1ings. Throw out those two games and dude looks like Greinke with a sparkling 1.39 ERA and 44K’s over 38.9ings. Happ gets the Cards tonight which may seem like a bad matchup, but they’re only batting .232 and they’re the NL’s numero uno in strikeouts versus LHP. Happ’s resurgence after making the move isn’t a surprise as the Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage is a friggin genius whisperer on a whole different level. This guy is so great that instead of buying him a few beers, a brewery named a beer after him; for realsies, check out the Bucco Blonde. At a relatively low sticker price of $7,600 you can match up Happ with Mad Max at $12,000 or the aforementioned Greinke at $13,100. Let’s keep the good times rolling and raise our pints to Ray Searage and The Happ Slapp!
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Corey Kluber, SP: $11,300 – Yeah I know he’s not the Cy Young winner we saw in 2014 and after his 4er in 3.2ings against the Twins last week I can see why you’d shy away. Don’t be scurred, last week I told you to double down on Dallas and this week I’m betting that Kluber will get his revenge against that same Minnesota line up. The Twinkees are way off the Target when they’re away from home, as they’re hitting an AL worst .232 on the road. Kluber has been much better at home with 2.87/4.15 split, so look for him to bounce back from Wednesday night’s klunker.
Max Scherzer, SP: $12,000 – Mad Max has been giving up a lot more runs than we’re used to seeing, but he’s still getting those K’s. He’s given up a lot more HR’s than in years past, but the velocity is still there. Last week he gave up 4er (all off HR’s) against Baltimore, but he still K’d 12 and scored over 25 points in DK. Tonight he has a very cushy matchup against Cincy, who is another terrible road team. I’m hoping he can limit the long ball tonight and get us to that 30 plus points plateau.
Zack Greinke, SP: $13,100 – I don’t have much to say about the Zack Attack that Jason didn’t already cover in his DK post last week, but he did have his last start pushed to tonight due to a sore calf. He’s the most expensive arm tonight, but dude has been a machine with a solid return on investment all season. The rest probably did him some good, but I’m staying away from him tonight because I’m not willing to risk $13k and only get 2-3ings out of him if the calf flares up.
Alex Avila, C: $2,600 – This isn’t an all out punt, but just make sure he’s starting. He has a nice BVP of 6/17 with 2 bombs. Avila will be facing Colby Lewis who’s been pretty decent as of late, but I think the Regression Fairies will be giving Mr. Lewis a little visit tonight in the Long Horn state. James McCann at $3,000 is a solid start if Avila doesn’t get the nod.
Russell Martin, C: $4,100 – I don’t like to pay up for a catcher, but Toronto gets Tillman in Baltimore. Camden Yards is a homer friendly park (right up there with Miller & Coors) and I expect there to be plenty of long balls tonight. Tillman has been having trouble locating his fastball as of late, so he’s been using a lot of off speed stuff to compensate. I can’t think of a worse team to face when the fastball location is squirrelly so feel free to stack as many Blue Jays as you can afford.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B/3B: $2,800 – I don’t like him as much as Smoak, but he’s a solid play if you want to break out of the Blue Jays stack. Lynn has given up 10 of his 13 HR’s to LHH and you’re not rostering Alvarez for his average.
Neil Walker, 2B: $3,100 – Solid play for the price. Like I said above that Lynn struggles against LHH and Walker owns a nice BVP of 14/38 with 3 bombs and 12 RBI vs Lynn.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B: $3,900 – Tonight Rendon gets lefty Brandon Finnegan, begin again! Rendon finally looks healthy and has been shaking off the rust as of late, getting hits in 4 of his last 5 games.
Josh Donaldson, 3B: $5,400 – MVP!
Trevor Plouffe, 3B: $3,300 – If you’re not rostering Kluber and you can’t afford the MVP then take a look at Plouffe. He has a solid BVP of 11/36 with 2 HR’s vs Kluber. He was held out of Sunday’s game with an illness, so just double check and make sure he’s in the line up.
Francisco Lindor, SS: $4,300 – His price has fell a bit in the last week and I love the matchup vs Home Run Hughes.
Kevin Pillar, OF: $3,900 – Seems a bit high for Pillar, but he owns Tillman with a BVP of 5/15 with 3 bombs.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF: $4,100 – Ells got cold there for a bit, but he looks like he’s back. Porcello has been solid as of late, but I think Ells will continue to roll as he has the best BVP of the night 11/22 4 bombs and 2 bags
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Ugh, be careful tonight as there looks to be the possibility of rain in at least 5 of the 10 games for tonight. Cin/Was & Tor/Bal have a 50% chance of rain, Stl/Pit about 35% and Min/Cle & Bos/NYY are only at 25%.
Doing Lines In Vegas
No surprise that Was leads the pack at -192 with Mad Max on the mound, let’s just hope it’s clear skies! After Papelbon’s pathetic neck push on Harper yesterday we may be in for some in game fireworks in this one. I respect the fact that Harper’s religious beliefs prevent him against acts of violence, but I really hope someone else steps up and knocks that Pr*ck out!