I’m a Twins fan (we comin’ in 2016), but I have little trouble picking on Trevor May, who has gotten knocked around like a guy in Knockaround Guys (never saw – looked dumb). Through his first four career starts (14.1 IP), May holds an 8.79 ERA and 8.16 BB/9…no bueno. He actually didn’t walk anyone his last time out, but May was so concerned with throwing strikes, he ended up tossing meatballs to the Tigers, who tagged him for 5 ER off 11 hits. Things will get better for the touted prospect but probably not tonight in Baltimore. The Orioles lead the majors in HR versus RHP (121), and they’ve averaged more than 6.5 runs over their last 9 home games. I say all birds are in play, and once I decide which 6 to use (most hitters allowed on DK from one team), I am confident they will do my bidding.
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Jacob deGrom, SP: $9,000 – Sure, he’s been touched up in his last two starts (that came on the road), but deGrom has averaged 31.6 DK points over his last three outings at Metco. He’ll face the Phillies in Flushing tonight, who rank 25th in road OPS and are hitting .242 versus RHP.
Jose Abreu, 1B: $5,700 – Kate Upton will not age well…I’m calling it. That leads me to Justin Verlander; he does not pitch well to Abreu, who has homered off him twice this season. Verlander will be crying into his “pillows” after this one.
Kyle Seager, 2B/3B: $4,400 – It wouldn’t be one of my articles if Seager’s wasn’t pimped at home against a righty (esp. at 2B). I don’t care who the pitcher is, it’s Seager’s 1.125 OPS and.477 wOBA that sends me from six to midnight. If you care who the pitcher is, then fine, it’s Jordan Zimmermann. Big whoop.
Adrian Beltre, 3B: $4,500 – Touch his head: he hates it. Put a lefty on the mound: he loves it. Beltre crushes southpaws on the reg, and he’s 4-for-7 against Brett Oberholtzer. He also holds a career 1.077 OPS at Minute Maid Park. So what else should we talk about?
Billy Hamilton, SS/OF: $4,600 – He was supposed to have like a bazillion stolen bases by now, but I’m calling two swipes for Hambone in Pittsburgh tonight. His hitting has been way better on the road, and he owns a .935 OPS in 9 games at PNC Park.
David Peralta, OF: $3,900 – When I was a kid, I wanted a Powell-Peralta skateboard sooo bad. The 30-somethings out there know what I’m talking about. Sadly, they were too expensive. Flash forward to today, and I want a David Peralta sooo bad. Wait, he’s only $3,900! That’s a deal considering his .236 ISO versus RHP at home, and for added bonus, left-handed batters are slugging .803 against Colorado’s Christian Bergman.
Jorge Soler, OF: $3,200 – Sexy prospect alert! You wish this were a casting couch breakdown, but Jorge Soler is the next best thing, and he’ll hopefully help us forget that bum, Gregory Polanco (kidding). He has used Soler power (how ‘bout a Fresca, hmmmm?) to go 4-for-8 in his first two games (with a double and a dong). There’s no doubt he can continue to roll against Shelby Miller, who seems to have found his 5th rough patch of the season.
Craig Gentry, OF: $3,100 – SAGNOF in DFS is real, son. Just look at Gentry and his .432 OBP against the Angels this season (with 5 SB). Jered Weaver has allowed the second-most SB among SP, and all this SB talk is making me think we’ll see some SBs. Gentry has been decent in the two-hole (hey-o), and he’s a great punt play in a prime position to put up points.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There’s unrest in the Midwest, as DET/CHW, CLE/KC, and CHC/STL are in danger of some storms. Sorry, I already wrote about Abreu and Soler, and my fingers hurt, so they will not be replaced. Great, I just pulled landscaping duty.
Doing Lines in Vegas (10-20-2 overall)
Good lord, I hate betting on baseball. For that reason, I don’t do it. But if you would like to make some money by reversing my picks, I present to you the over in MIN/BAL (9) and the under in CIN/PIT (7.5).