I remember fondly my pickling phase of years ago when I went ahead and pickled just about everything. Pickled eggs, pickled garlic, pickled…pickles. Fast forward 3 years and all those jars are still sitting on the shelf and I’m fearful of any of them breaking a seal and releasing their rancid smell on the house. To be fair, I did eat the pickles, but I was definitely fearful of the eggs. That transitions seamlessly to my favorite pitcher of the night, Griffin Canning ($6,800). Canning gets to face the Royals at home tonight and I’m lining my shelves and praying to not get a stinker. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster to start Canning’s major league career with 3 runs in 4 innings, 2 runs in 5 innings and 4 runs and 4 walks in 4 innings. One thing has remained constant though and that is the strikeouts (6,7,6). That works out to about 12 K/9. Yum! That’s the equivalent of some fine homemade dills. As long as we can avoid the spoiled pickled eggs, we’ll be good.
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Jose Berrios, SP: $10,400 – Your top cash game pitcher of the night gets a tough draw in Seattle, but I’m so sold on this guy I don’t even care. Plus, Seattle is second in the league in strikeouts.
Jon Lester, SP: $9,300 – I’ll be honest, I’m playing either Canning or Berrios tonight, but if you want a to take a shot with Lester, I’m cool with that. The Nats have been pretty pathetic. Granted, they do get Trea Turner back, but still, this offense is meh with a side of blah. They are striking out the fourth most in the league and Lester has been fire. The 1.16 ERA won’t last but the 2.72 FIP isn’t too shabby either. Maybe I just talked myself into a third option tonight.
Willians Astudillo, C/1B: $2,800 – I am very likely to be picking on Wade LeBlanc today. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him in Friends, but today is about me making money. Astudillo could be leading off and for this price would set your lineup apart from the field.
Keston Hiura, 2B: $2,300 – Cheap rookie alert. All he’s done is hit upon arrival so get those cheap points while you can!
Trea Turner, SS: $4,200 – He’s baaaaaack!
Andrelton Simmons, SS: $2,800 – Andrelton can score you points in many different ways, he gets hits, hits the occasional homer and swipes the occasional bag. Jakob Junis does nothing for me so I’ll look to include Angels where I can. Andrelton is way too cheap.
Josh Reddick, OF: $2,800 – Reddick revenge game! That sounds like something that happens after a frat party.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
We have what looks to be lovely weather for baseball tonight. If you’re in on the early slate, keep an eye on [email protected] as they could have some showers but it should clear out eventually.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Believe it or not but Griffin Canning and the Angels are the biggest favorite on the night. Now I feel even better about my Canning call. Houston @ Boston has the highest over/under of the night at 11 runs. Most of these guys will be pricey, but squeeze them in where you can.