The Diamondbacks host the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in what is expected to be a pier six brawl. Both teams are starting below average left-handed pitchers and that means runs should come in bunches. The Rockies should do their fair share of damage, but the D’Backs are the holy grail tonight. Jorge de la Rosa is like a lamb being led to slaughter every single time he takes the mound. He occasionally racks up strikeouts, but mostly it is walks and meatballs. Arizona has two lefty killers in their outfield and I expect both of them to do damage. Rickie Weeks Jr. has one purpose in life and that is smashing lefties. He does it quite well. So well actually, that he still has a spot on a 25-man roster years after being removed as the Brewers’ second baseman. He’s never taken JDLR deep, but has five hits in 11 at-bats against the 12 year veteran. Yasmany Tomas is 6-for-12 with a home run against de la Rosa and lives rent free in his mind everyday. With Tomas just $4,400 and Weeks Jr. priced at $4,000, I am using both of them.
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Ivan Nova, SP: $10,600 – Can you even fathom paying this kind of price for Nova? I sure couldn’t three months ago, but it is now reality. It is clear that Pittsburgh’s pitching coach Ray Searage has worked his witchcraft on yet another starter. Nova faces off against the Phillies and is one of the top options on Tuesday night. With that said, I prefer him in GPPs.
Trevor Bauer, SP: $9,300 – If you’re looking for an upside play, look no further than Bauer Power. We all know he’s prone to walks and home runs, but he’s also facing the White Sox and has double-digit strikeout ability.
Matt Boyd, SP: $7,900 – Over two starts against the Twins this season, Boyd has averaged 25.2 DK points. The Twins are a mess–especially against left-handed pitching–so Boyd should be in for a solid night.
Nick Hundley, C: $3,800 – It is important to get some exposure to the Rockies/D’Backs game and Hundley is a great way to do so. He is batting .318 against LHP this year and has a home run in his career against Robbie Ray.
Kendrys Morales, 1B/OF: $4,300 – Save $400 and use Morales if you want a guy that’s on a serious tear. With five home runs over the last week, Morales is clearly crushing it.
Brian Dozier, 2B: $5,000 – This man is from another planet. He’s done more in two months than most players do over a full season. I recommended Matt Boyd as a pitching option but there is no escaping the Bull Dozier.
Brandon Phillips, 2B: $3,500 – Phillips has been on a tear as of late, batting .379 over the last seven days. I like Cincinnati as a stack play against Matt Garza, but I am especially fond of Phillips. He’ll give you the coveted salary relief too.
Kyle Seager, 3B: $4,900 – With all of the great options at third base this year, Seager has completely gone overlooked. He is pounding righties at a .318 clip and faces an inexperienced one in Alex Meyer on Tuesday night.
Manny Machado, SS/3B: $4,600 – With the other young superstars in the league (Betts, Bryant, Trout), Machado sometimes goes overlooked. He’s batting .346 against LHP this year and faces Drew Pomeranz at a hitters park.
Marcus Semien, SS: $2,900 – It’s been a real struggle for Semien lately–he’s batting .136 over the last seven days. With that said, he does much of his damage against LHP and because of that he makes for a fine salary relief option.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
It could rain in Detroit, Kansas City, and Chicago, but currently the forecasts in each respective city is calling for rain at or around midnight. Keep watch, though.
Doing Lines In Vegas
The D’Backs and Rockies are clear stacking options, but I also like Texas and Baltimore. If you want something off the radar, try Cincinnati or Miami.