Unfortunately,Â Play With Rudy Tonight, my sitcom pitch to NBC, got turned down. Â I didn’t even get to go through my treatment, I got the ax just with the title. If that wouldn’t have brought in ratings to the flailing network, I don’t know what would. Oh, let’s do another singing show. Just Shoot Me.
If you missed it last week, our friends over at DraftKings are holding their Razzball exclusive Razzballâ€™s Play with Rudy Shot at $50kÂ which begins at 7:07 PM EST tonight. Â If you’re still new to DraftKings, it’s a sick daily league fantasy site where you can enter all sorts of contests for just a buck or two all the way to the high roller contests where you can win 6-figures. Â Entry to our exclusive Razzball contest is only $5 and the winner gets entered to win $50,000 in their huge $150,000 Walk-Off contest on April 12th (a $200 value). Â As Billy Zane would say, “It’s a Walk-off!” Â “Put a cork in it Zane!” Â The Play With Rudy pits you against our own Rudy Gamble to pick the best daily lineup for tonight’s action. Â And it’s limited to only 50 entrants and 27 spots are currently filled, so you gotta sign up fast! Â Even if you don’t get the best roster, spotsÂ 2-10 will double their money and win $10 and 11-20 will break even and win $5. Â So you’ve got a great shot to win!
Here’s some guys I like tonight to make Rudy The Biggest Loser (enough NBC puns already!):
Asdrubal Cabrera ($4,300) –Â Bats 1.000 on R.A. Dickey. Â So what if it’s one at bat? Â Too small a sample? Â Fine! Â Has a hit in three straight opening days. Â Still too small a sample?! Â Sheesh you’re demanding! Â I think Dickey could struggle a tad in his debut and Cabrera as a switch hitter will have a good shot to get a few hits. Â Dickey gave up a .020 higher average to lefties last year and his K:BB ratio of 108:36 vs. lefties/122:18 vs. righties in 2012 has me excited for Cabrera, a good patient hitter.
Adam Lind ($3,400) –Â Career 5-15 against Justin Masterson and a guy I like for a possible homer. Â He’ll be hitting behind that great Toronto lineup and is a good cheap option for some power and plentiful RBI opportunities. Â This is why DraftKings is such a fun site; you don’t have to hold onto Lind all year like you would in an AL-only.
Carlos Gomez ($3,900) –Â It’s never a good sign when on your first swing of the season you lose your bat into the stands, but that happened! Â I am a huge Brewers fan, so I watched every pitch yesterday, and quick spoiler alert, John Axford WILL NEVER be on myÂ recommendations, unless you play a 0 x 1 league and that 1 category is K/9. Â Gomez had a flare that should’ve been a single but Alex Gonzalez thought it was going to be caught and got thrown out at second making it a force out, then the formerly free-swinging Gomez worked a long count in the 9th and hit a 3-2 flyball to the opposite field wall that needed another 3 feet to go out. Â He looks dialed in. Â Plus he crushes lefties and gets Jorge De La Rosa tonight. Â Love him.
Yu Darvish ($12,000) –Â Look, I know he’s one of the most expensive buys, but I think he’s a lock for a huge opener. Â I don’t think anyone outside of the greater Houston area believes anything they saw on opening night was aÂ harbingerÂ of a good offensive team and Darvish was dialed in all spring. Â Darvish vs. Houston looks like one of the best pitcher matchups all opening week. Â Spend the extra dollar.
Yoenis Cespedes ($5,000) –Â Why his Yahoo profile picture is so small, no one will ever know, but it’s hilarious when compared to other players. Â He looks like a gnome. Â Went 0-4 yesterday, but I think bounces back tonight against Hishashi Iwakuma, who Cespedes is 2-4 against with a double and a homer. Â Truthfully, I think he’ll just be happy knowing King Felix isn’t pitching.
Hunter Pence ($3,900) –Â Hits a home run against lefties 4.8% of at-bats vs. 3.7% against righties in his career. Â Gets newcomer lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, who I doubt will be able to come close to replicating Kershaw’s gem yesterday. Â Pence isn’t too expensive and a guy I like to have a nice game for the Giants.
If you have any other guys on your radar, shoot some comments below and destroy Rudy like a Chicago Fire. Â I thought no more NBC puns!