Today’s nighttime DraftKings slate consists of a whopping three games. Three games times two starting pitchers per game gets you… I’ll wait while you type that into your phone calculator app. Ok, got it? Six! We have six starting pitchers to choose from in the main evening slate. Sure, there aren’t that many position players to choose from, but at least you only need one at every position but outfielder, and really, the pitchers are going to determine who has a successful day and who doesn’t. I will be suggesting my go-to starters, and of course you should follow my directions, but if you don’t want to follow me, at least think long and hard about your arms. They’ll determine whether you have a chance of swimming amidst high ownership, or if you’ll just sink.
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Jose Quintana, SP: $10,700 – Quintana is the most consistently effective pitcher in this slate, and he gets to go to a pitchers’ ballpark to face a lefty-heavy lineup in Minnesota. No promises, but as safe as they come.
Jacob deGrom, SP: $9,000 – The Mets have been playing some exciting baseball games, and Jake and his beautiful hair, much more beautiful than the hair of Jake from State Farm, should be able to hold down the Marlins.
Buster Posey, C: $5,300 – Still the best catcher in baseball. Period.
Justin Morneau, 1B: $3,100 – After all of Justin’s concussion issues and thoughts of his career being over, it is cool that he gets to go back and play in the place that he was soooooo good, Minnesota. Here’s to hoping he rekindles that magic for this night.
Dee Gordon, 2B: $3,700 – There are a lot of ways for a fast leadoff hitter to get you points, and you like points.
Miguel Sano, 3B: $3,300 – A guy with the potential to hit a baseball 500 feet should not be priced this low with the platoon advantage, even against a pitcher we already picked for our lineup.
J.B. Shuck, OF: $2,500 – We needed a punt play to fit under the cap, and Shuck has generally been roaming center field for the White Sox, who I’m counting on to put some runs on the board against Ervin Santana.
Adam Eaton, OF: $3,600 – Eaton continues to surprise people whenever they look at his numbers. Give him a shot to surprise you too.
I’m Only Happy When it Rains
You know what would really stink on a three game slate? Rain! Well, at least in the forecasts, we should be all clear.
Doing Lines in Vegas
Too few games to care much, but for what it’s worth the line in Minnesota has an over/under of 8. Maybe they don’t believe in Quintana as much as I do? PS: They’re wrong, unless all 8 of those runs are courtesy of Morneau, Eaton, and obviously J.B. Shuck.
That’s all for today… Here’s hoping nobody passes out from baseball withdrawal on this day almost devoid of games.