The Orioles are doing well this year, but you know they’re wistfully looking over at the left coast and wondering what could’ve been with Kevin Gausman ($7,300). He’s enjoying his time by the Bay. He is carrying a 4.05 ERA, but is striking out over 11 K/9 and hardly walking anyone. That is a recipe for success, almost as good as Rice A Roni! Sure, the A’s are kicking butt this year. But these guys have only managed to tag Gausman for a .118 avg/.320 OPS slash line in 34 at bats. So tap Gausman to zag against the crowd in this main slate and grab an advantage. Now on to the rest of the picks.
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Drew Butera, C: $2,500 – Double check that he’s starting, but neither he or Wolters is hitting the cover off the ball, and Butera is a great cheap option in Colorado. He’s gone 6/12 against Kyle Gibson with a homer in the past.
Trevor Story, SS: $4,000 – Yes, you pay through the nose. But Story has even picked up his stolen base game. This is 40 FanDuel points waiting to happen.
Kyle Seager, 3B: $3,200 – Sure, Arenado is tempting at home, but Seager is much cheaper and is on a tear recently. He’s had multiple hits in three of his last five games and is hitting homers again. He has a career .832 OPS at Minute Maid Park.
Clint Frazier, OF: $2,500 – Maybe the best bargain of the day, he recently came up and is proving he belongs on the Yankees with Judge and Stanton out. He’s one of the few Yankees with a little success against Eovaldi and has already gone deep since he’s been up.
J.D. Martinez, OF: $3,600 – Yes, he went 0-4 with 4ks yesterday. But these numbers speak volumes: .325/.974 vs the Yankees, .333/.975 at Yankee Stadium, .313/.986 vs left handers. He’s facing James Paxton today, who’s teetering on the edge of the IL.
Charlie Blackmon, OF: $4,200 – You pay top dollar, but you get a guy who is destroying the competition. I don’t have words for the number of hits coming off his bat.
Juan Soto, OF: $4,600 – Ok, this is really paying top dollar. He’s Number 1 on the Hittertron, had five homers in his last seven games, and sees Asher Woj (followed by many consonants) of the Orioles well (2b, 3b and HR in seven at bats). If you can fit him, he’s worth more than Blackmon because of the power display.
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Snoop might need an umbrella, you know, f’drizzle in Baltimore, but it shouldn’t be too bad. Otherwise it’s clear for ball out there.
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