Crank up that AC/DC and let’s get this party started! Oh and in case you haven’t heard Axl Rose will be joining AC/DC as Brian Johnson will be stepping down due to hearing loss. Bittersweet as I loved me some BJ, but it should be fun to see Axl and Angus rock the stage. Nothing gets the Monday morning juices flowing like AC/DC and seeing Thor on the slate, especially with the rest of sub-par starting pitching options for today. Who is this Thor I speak of (rhetorical, unless you stumbled upon us through some sort of comic con accident). The Thor, I speak of is Noah Syndergaard, the highest priced pitcher today at $12,100. Thor had some big expectations coming into the season, but lets face it, living up to the Norse God of Thunder seemed like an even bigger task. Well in his first two games he’s exceeded those expectations, by absolutely dropping the hammer on opposing batters with 21 K’s, 1ER, 2 BB over the last 13 innings. Last season when he was called up he showed that dominate +95 MPH fastball, 99 MPH sinker and 90 MPH change up that actually danced. That’s a lethal combination, especially when you add in his physical attributes, he only stands 6’6″ and weighs 240 lbs (he’s probably closer to 255, cause dude is jacked) He’s got the nickname, the hair, the body and did I mention that he added a 95 MPH slider to his arsenal? His power pitches were already dominating hitters and now he added this nasty slider that is making him miss even more bats. Thor is not without his flaws as it looked like Miami may have found a small chink in the armor. They got him for 7 hits on Tuesday, but most of those were because they were all swinging on the first pitch, the second and third time through the order. If he can be a little more elusive on the first pitch, we may see an out of this universe season from this stud. If anyone is looking to shower the staff here at Razzball with gifts, I’d like to put my request in for this little New York Mets give away on 4/30 Thor Garden Gnome. With the pitching slate extremely thin today, Thor and Jose Fernandez, $11,300 will be highly rostered, so let’s dive into two other guys who might help us cash in.
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Carlos Rodon, SP: $9,100 – He was one of Grey’s pre-season darlings and I have him rostered on a bunch of teams too, so I’m all in on him. Last season he was significantly wonky with his control, but he looked great in his season opener walking only 1 with 6 K’s. Unfortunately, his walk issues popped back up against the Twins, where he issued 5 free passes to go along with another 6 K’s. He’s at home today against the Angels who have got off to a slow start offensively, so I’m hoping he can keep them and his walks in check today.
Phil Hughes, SP: $7,500 – Now I know the Twinkies have been terrible and Hughes was awful last year, but it’s slim pickens today and the stats are in our favor. The Brewers have been awful on the road sporting a .189 BA vs opposing pitching and only 4 HR’s. Hughes is susceptible to the long ball, so if he can keep Mil in the yard he looks like a solid cash play. Especially with his control looking like it’s back on point, 11 K’s, 0 BB on the season.
Welington Castillo, C: $2,700 – Where’s the Beef? I guess it’s been an all Vegan menu for the first two weeks of the season, but the beef is about to double up today and put up some points after day off on Sunday.
Joey Votto, 1B: $4,600 – Steady as they come and I love the matchup vs Jordan Lyles. If you read last weeks post Odie the Oracle rewarded you with a Washington stack that netted you 56 points between 4 players. His Googlie Eyes have spoken again and they green lit a Reds stack of Votto, Cozart, Bruce & Suarez.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B: $4,800 – He’s rostered on most of my squads, but there’s no sizzle in my Rizzo right now, he’s been medium rare at best with his early season struggles. There’s NO WAY he continues to hit below the Mendoza Line. He’s due to start smashing and Leake has been underwhelming in his first two starts.
Aledmys Diaz, 2B/SS: $3,300 – He’s been solid over his last 10 games and there’s not a lot of great 2B match-ups at this discounted price.
Brett Lawrie, 2B: $3,900 – Another one of Grey’s pre-season darlings. He struggled a bit to get things going, but he has 4 multi-hit games over the last six games.
Nolan Arenado, 3B: $4,700 – The ToreNado has 4 HR’s in his last 5 games and he hits him them in bunches. Great HR park away from Coors and Alfredo Simon on the bump. Cincinnati better be on alert cause there may be a category 5 ToreNado coming through Great American Park over the next few days.
Zack Cozart, SS: $3,100 – Odie the Oracle has spoken. Cozart is at the top of the line up and has three straight multi-hit games since taking a few days off with a tight quad.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF: $5,200 – I won’t be able to afford him with Thor and Rodon, but if you opt for Hughes or Jared Eickhoff you can cash in on a solid match-up vs Roark. Roark looked great his last time out, but just like I predicted last week with Bud Norris, his previous wizardry will disappear.
Michael Conforto, OF: $3,400 – I’ll be rolling with some sub 4k OF’s today after spending +$21K on SP. Conforto had a good series in Cleveland going 5/12, 5 R’s, 1 HR and 3 RBI. Look for him to put up another multi-hit game vs Eickhoff who he’s 5/10 with a bomb and 3 RBI.
Brandon Moss, OF/1B : $3,200 – Like a Moss! Great discount at 1B if you can’t swing Votto or Rizzo, but even better if you can sprinkle in some Moss Sauce to go with one of them. He’s swinging a hot bat coming off the Cincy series going 3/10, 2 HR’s and 5 RBI.
Jay Bruce, OF: $4,200 – Jay boy is up over 4k, fo real? A little pricey for a streaky player, but I like the match-up and the stack is in play.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
It looks like the weather won’t be messing with any of our games today. There’s a small chance of rain for the Min vs Mil, but we should be good to go.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Thor and his Mjolnir lead the pack at -150 along with Cincy’s Simon at -150. Hmmm, I’ll take Thor and the Over in the Cincy game for $1,000 Alex.
Hindsight is 20/20
Let’s take a look at last weeks picks. Full disclosure, I’m color blind with 20/10 vision, but only the combination of my color blindness and hawk eyes can read the eyes of Odie the Oracle. If you listened to us last week you won some straight cash homie! We scored double digit points on everyone except Suarez, I’ll take it, as that’s 2 weeks in a row on the plus side. I added Rasmus in a couple of line-ups, because it was a short day and all he does is hit bombs on short days. I did Tweet it, but you need to follow in order to get in on that game time action: @TheHeatIsOn20.
Aaron Nola – 22.15
Jose Quintana – 21.30
Wilson Ramos – 16
Ryan Zimmerman – 18
Roughned Odor – 14
Nick Castellanos – 14
Eugenio Suarez – 0
Bryce Harper – 16
Billy Hamilton – 14
Jeremy Hazelbaker – 23
Twitter Bonus: Colby Rasmus – 19