I recently went on a cruise. Now if you have ever been on one, you know there are way too many things to do, way too much to eat, and way too little space in your room. If you have not been, here is how a typical day goes. You wake up and bump into the wall getting out of bed. Next, look at the schedule written in probably 2 point font because they put 8 million bits of information on it. You’ll probably be hungry by now, no matter what time of day it is, so you decide to go to the buffet. Now on this buffet is anything you could ever imagine… well if you can imagine every TV dinner at Wal-Mart already cooked for you. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good things to eat on this buffet, it’s just hard to tell what they are because it’s just not appealing to the eye. Today’s pitching slate is one gigantic cruise buffet. There are so many unappealing options, but there has to be something good buried beneath the mess. Let’s take a look:
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Gio Gonzalez, P: $9100 – Of all the pitchers today, Gio easily has the best pure stuff. If Gio is on, Gio will be the best pitcher of the day. He had a good spring, so my guess is we get good Gio rather than eratic Gio.
Drew Pomeranz, P: $6400 – There won’t be many pitching duels today, if any. If I had to pick 1 game to be low scoring, it would be the A’s/Mariners game though. Being traded from the Rockies farm system has been a blessing for Pomeranz. It’s amazing how much better pitchers are when they don’t pitch half their games in the mountains.
Eric Stults, P: $5800 – The Mets have been cold, and Stults also had a very good spring. At the very least, I think he gets some run support and the chance at a win. I’ll take that for 5800.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B: $4700 – Let’s name all the players to hit 5 home runs in the first 3 games of the MLB season. 1. Adrian Gonzalez. 2. See number 1. Nobody else has ever done it before. This guy is absolutely raking right now. He needs to be in your lineup.
Alcides Escobar, SS: $4100 – The Royals are probably the hottest team in baseball right now, and Escobar is hitting (WARNING, small sample size coming) .500 with 2 doubles, 5 runs, and a stolen base this year. He will continue to get on base and continue to score runs.
Matt Carpenter, 3B: $4700 – Jason Marquis?… …. … … … … Really?
Gregory Polanco, OF: $3500 – Here is your bargain of the day. Polanco has worlds of potential and is swinging the bat well to start off the year. Not only has he hit .308, but he has swiped 2 bags. Get this young fella on your roster.
Bryce Harper, OF: $4700 – Harper’s price tends to shoot up when he gets his bat going, but it hasn’t yet for whatever reason. Take your bargain and run.
Lorenzo Cain, OF: $4100 – Lorenzo Cain is just an athlete. He is also is a pretty good baseball player. Or maybe he is just a baseball player, and a pretty good athlete. Doesn’t matter. The dude can rake, and is hitting 3 hole for the hot Royals. Play him before his price goes out the roof.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
The mid-west had storms; now it’s time for the East Coast. Keep an eye on the games in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Every game has a high line. Every single one of them. You can find hitters anywhere.