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Jon Lester, SP: $11,700 – This should be a walk in the park for Lester. The veteran lefty has struck out at least seven batters in each of his last six starts and the Reds will most likely make it seven in a row. Lester should pick up a win assuming the Cubs’ bats show up. He’s the top option on the board.
Jose Quintana, SP: $10,400 – The Twins are terrible against LHP pitching and Quintana is one of the more consistent pitchers in the major leagues. He doesn’t have monster upside, but he’s about as safe as it gets.
Julio Urias, SP: $7,400 – About 1/8th inch above here, you would’ve read about Lance McCullers but apparently he’s a Beatles fan. Instead, we’ll get straight to Julio. You know, Fetty Wap’s cousin is due for a strong game. Julio “679” Urias has sky-high potential and it’s only a matter of time before he takes over and dominates. Struggles will continue without question, but he’s past due for a true breakout game. It’s coming soon and I like the prospects of it happening against the lowly Brewers.
James McCann, C: $3,200 – Split alert! McCann is batting .264 against LHP compared to .172 against righties. He’s also hit four of his five homers against lefties. He faces off against Adam Conley on Tuesday night.
Nick Hundley, C: $3,100 – Using Hundley is a great way to get Coors exposure without breaking the bank. Hundley is batting .294 against LHP this season and Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ is sure to get knocked around.
Brandon Belt, 1B: $4,600 – With many first basemen having juicy matchups on Tuesday, Belt makes for a fine pivot against Kendall Graveman. While Belt doesn’t have the power upside of many other first basemen, he is a safe play–especially against a righty that has trouble striking anyone out.
Hanley Ramirez, 1B: $3,700 – HanRam has three home runs over his last six games and seems locked in. He faces off against a guy that deserves his mug on a milk carton in Chris Archer, who looks like a BP pitcher at this point.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B: $4,700 – Second base is not cheap on Tuesday night, so there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay up. Of all the options in the $4,200-$5,000 range, I like Schoop the most. He’s batting .414 over the last seven days and is batting .292 against RHP this year. This game is in San Diego, but that doesn’t scare me at all.
Christian Adames, 2B/SS: $2,200 – If DJ LeMahieu is out of the lineup, Adames makes for a great punt play with Coors Field exposure.
Kris Bryant, 3B/OF: $5,000 – Bryant spazzed out on Monday night, so let’s go right back to that well tonight. He crushes lefties and righties about equally.
Nolan Arenado, 3B: $4,900 – Arenado is under $5K at home against a lefty. He will be the chalk play at third base.
Corey Seager, SS: $4,700 – I recommended Seager last week and he was somewhat of a disappointment. This week he has an even better matchup and he’s hitting in homer-friendly Miller Park against fly ball righty Chase Anderson.
Didi Gregorius, SS: $2,900 – Wouldn’t you know it? I recommended Gregorius in this very spot last week as well. Unlike Seager, Gregorius put up a cool 17 points on DraftKings. He faces a tough lefty in Cole Hamels, but he’s batting .375 against southpaws this season. He is excellent salary relief.
Khris Davis, OF: $4,000 – Long known as a lefty killer, Davis has evened things out this year. He is always low owned and Tuesday won’t be any different.
Andrew McCutchen, OF: $3,900 – It’s been a rough season for Cutch, but he’s finally showing signs of life. He faces off against Hisashi Iwakuma, who has a knack for giving up the long ball–and he’s cheap.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There is a serious chance of rain in Washington, but otherwise, it looks clear on Tuesday.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Jon Lester and the Cubs are -260 favorites on the road against Cincinnati. The best stacking options outside of Colorado and Toronto include Miami, Baltimore, and Seattle. If you’re looking for something off the cuff, try the Dodgers or Giants.