Go chalk, they’ll tell you. Play and pay up for the studs each time they pitch, they’ll say. It’s all about trusting the process.
Most of the time, I agree with this. I’ve made it no secret that I prefer to pay up big for the top starter of the day if it’s warranted. Today, in a 8-game slate (I’m counting the Phillies and Brewers), Max Scherzer is without a doubt the top-priced pitcher.
Here are two lineups that features both of them. You make the call.
Straight to the cash, homie.
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Max Scherzer, SP: $14,500 – All your money are belong to us
Josh Phegley, C: $3,100 – As soon as I say that, I’ll take the playing time for the price tag.
Mike Napoli, 1B: $4,200 – Another matchup where I’m trusting the splits despite his overall disappointing year.
Danny Espinosa, 2B: $3,200 – He’s not sexy – unless you love that mustache – but he plays and produces each day.
Brock Holt, 3B/OF: $3,600 – He’s another “he produces when he plays” guy.
Cesar Hernandez, 2B/SS: $3,000 – He’s cheap and he plays.
Shin-soo Choo, OF: $4,000 – A home run in three straight games for Choo, who faces the underachieving Kevin Gausman, who is likely making a spot-start for the Orioles. Ride the hot streak and hope you don’t catch the end of it.
Roenis Elias, SP: $7,000 – See Lineup 1
Josh Phegley, C: $3,100 – See Lineup 1
Kolten Wong, 2B: $3,700 – I usually don’t like to have a hitter facing the pitcher I’m throwing out there, but I trust Wong fully and I love his price.
Nick Ahmed, SS: $3,300 – He’s my punt play in this lineup, but he’s still been rather hot as of late.
Alex Gordon, OF: $4,000 – See Lineup 1
As much as I want to pay up for Scherzer, I’m leaning the Ross lineup. I feel much more comfortable with it.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
OK, ready for this? St. Louis, Kansas City, Baltimore and Atlanta all have a 20 percent chance of rain at first pitch. Monitor the situation and substitute accordingly.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Boston and Toronto, as well as Colorado and Arizona are coming in at 9.5. I’m more confident in the American League game, but that’s just me. Stack your Blue Jays if can.