Pinpointing hitters is much harder than giving a strong recommendation for a pitcher. With pitcher’s you only have 30 choices, 18 of which are usually not realistic options. Hitters on the other hand are part of a much larger pool. On Tuesday night, there is one bat I like more than the others and that same bat is one that I will pay in both cash games and GPPs. The Rockies welcome the Dodgers and Brandon McCarthy to Coors Field on Tuesday night in what will likely be a high scoring affair. My favorite play? You guessed it–Carlos Gonzalez. Cargo has made a career of massacring right-handed pitching in the thin air and Tuesday night will be no exception. He is batting .359 with 15 homers at home and should see several run producing opportunities. Find a way to get him in your lineup–you’ll be glad you did.
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Jose Fernandez, SP: $12,700 – Yes, the Cubs have a lethal lineup, but they can’t smash opposing starting pitchers every single night. JFern is one of the best starters in all of baseball and aside from a couple of off nights, he’s been unhittable. With Madison Bumgarner’s ownership likely pushing close to 60 or 70 percent in cash games, Fernandez is a nice pivot. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him in cash games or GPPs.
Zach Davies, SP: $9,900 – Over his last 10 games, Davies is averaging 20.7 DK points and gets a solid matchup on the road against San Diego. He is a strong SP2 on Tuesday night.
Matt Shoemaker, SP: $8,500 – Just two starts removed from a complete game shutout, 13 strikeout performance against the White Sox, Shoemaker has been rather average ever since. He is going to get back on track at home against the A’s and should be able to hit at least 20 DK points with ease.
Wilson Ramos, C: $4,200 – I’m a big fan of Ramos as he faces off against a lefty that struggles at home. Ramos isn’t absurdly priced and will likely be a popular play at catcher.
Sandy Leon, C: $2,700 – Assuming he starts tonight, Leon makes for a fine punt play. In a small sample size, Leon is batting .485 with two homers against LHP. Wade LeBlanc is on the mound for Seattle, so this is a great spot for the backup catcher.
Jose Abreu, 1B: $3,600 – Abreu hasn’t hit a home run since June 23, but that’s nothing that a matchup against Anibal Sanchez can’t fix. Sanchez is a gas can and Abreu is 8-for-14 with two home runs against him in his career. He’s due and he’s cheap. That’s a great combination!
Trea Turner, 2B/OF: $3,400 – This a good spot for Turner, who should be leading off on Tuesday night. He’s a safe cash game play and will be running if he gets on base
Maikel Franco, 3B: $3,000 – Every time I recommend Franco, he does something worthwhile, so take note! With that said, he faces off against Madison Bumgarner, so expect a tough matchup and extremely low ownership.
Tim Anderson, SS: $3,700 – Are you starting to see a trend here? I love the White Sox against Anibal Sanchez. Anderson will lead off for Chicago and should see five plate appearances. This is a solid cash game play with upside.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF: $3,200 – This is a cheap play, but one that could pay off in a big way. I don’t expect the Mariners to be heavily owned, but they do hit lefties quite well and David Price has been average at best this season. Gutierrez has 10 home runs on the year, eight of which have come against LHP.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Atlanta has the most realistic chance for rain, but everywhere else should stay nice and dry. There isn’t much to worry about on the weather front.
Doing Lines In Vegas
The Giants are -210 favorites over the Phillies, much to no one’s surprise. If you want to stack and try to win yourself a GPP, the Red Sox and White Sox are my favorite plays. If you want to pick on aces, go with the Mariners or Cubs. If you want to try something off the radar, use the Nationals.