How about those Jays? Running through the six with their woes, amirite? The Jays are now in first place after making up eight games in just 14 days to overtake the Yankees. Now, not taking anything away from Toronto because they have been white hot, but man have the Yankees made it easy on them.
All of the sudden, the Yankees first five hitters look like the Atlanta Braves at the dish. They’ll rebound, but for now, I’m taking advantage of the struggles of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann. Trevor Bauer is frustrating because he can go from looking like a Cy Young candidate one night to looking like a position player on the mound the next. I like to make a tournament lineup with Bauer in it when he pitches because of the potential. Put his potential with the Yankees struggles, and I’m OK with rolling him out today.
Straight to the cash, homie.
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Stephen Strasburg, SP: $10,900 – It’s been mainly a lost season for Strasburg, and when he has pitched well, it seems like the majority of the outings have been against poor offenses. He gets the Giants today, and will face-off against Ryan Vogelsong. I like his chances of getting a win, despite the recent struggles of the team.
Francisco Cervelli, C: $3,100 – This is if he plays, of course. Cervelli has started the past two nights, so Clint Hurdle may give him the night off. If not, it’s the first of four Pirates I’m playing tonight in a mini-Pirates stack.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B/3B: $2,900 – There isn’t a worse defender in baseball. No, really. Ian Desmond and Marcus Semien have nothing on El Toro. But at the price and with only five games on the slate, I’ll take the power upside that Alvarez brings at the plate.
Omar Infante, 2B: $2,400 – It’s simple, really. The options at second were no good today, so I’ll take the guy on the good team with a chance to get on base and score.
Jung Ho Kang, 3B: $3,400 – He’s just in a groove right now, hitting every and any thing near the plate. People need to slow down on the Rookie of the Year talk, but I’m riding his hot streak for as long as I can in DFS.
Mike Trout, OF: $5,500 – What’s there to say? If I can afford the best player in the game by going cheap at a few other spots, I’m doing it.
Gregory Polanco, OF: $3,300 – He’s another Pirate who is hitting everything thrown his way at the top of the order. Like Kang, I’m riding it until it stops.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
We’re looking pretty clear for tonight’s games, as the only real blip on the radar is in Cleveland with a 15 percent chance of precipitation.
Doing Lines In Vegas
New York and Cleveland comes in at 8.5 over/under for the highest projected score of the night. I’ll bet against, as I think the Yankees continue to struggle. I’ll set it at 6.5.