If you’re a risk-it-for-the-biscuit kinda guy (or gal), you’d do well to back J.A. Happ ($7,700) tonight. He holds a .196 AVG vs. the current Red Sox lineup, and has struck out 31 of Boston’s hitters to go with it. I normally liken Happ to a sparkling bottle of Merlot – too much is a bad thing, but just enough can be quite healthy. Therefore, go ahead and get plastered on Happ tonight. He’s allowed an earned run in 18 of his 19 games this season, but hey, the Red Sox have struck out 58 times at Rogers Centre this season – their highest ballpark total away from Fenway. On a night where there’s few “elite” pitchers to pick from, Happ is your man. Here’s who else I like on this fine Wednesday.
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R.A. Dickey, SP: $7,700 – As far as fantasy goes, Dickey has been about as useful as a one legged man in an ass kicking contest, but… I still like him today. Last time he played the Phillies back on July 30 he put up 8 K’s and allowed just six hits, by far the best-est performance we’ve seen from the old flame this year. Oh and by the way, if you take Rhys Hoskins outta the equation, the rest of the Phillies lineup has also accounted for a quiet 44 strikeouts over the last week.
Freddie Freeman, 1B: $3,900 – Thanks to Tuesday’s weather postponement, Mark Leiter Jr. will lose his Braves virginity in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Freeman hasn’t hit a HR since the 17th of August, but Leiter has allowed four already this month. For no reason other than “he’s due” Freeman is your choice on a pretty hitter friendly day.
Whit Merrifield, 2B: $3,400 – The Royals hadn’t scored a run in 45 innings prior to Tuesday’s game against the Twins. Merrifield jacked a solo shot to left and denied us the privilege of watching this week long car crash drag on any longer. Anyway, Merrifield hit his 16th HR of the year and now has 21 hits in August. That’s three more than Aaron Judge this month.
Robinson Cano, 2B: $3,800 – Ubaldo Jimenez has a serious case of the runs. He’s allowed three or more in seven of his last 10 games – talk about on the nose! Robinson Cano is batting .500 with 10 hits and 2 HR’s vs. the righty, and has 15 dongs at Camden Yards on his career resume.
Alex Bregman, 3B: $4,000 – A seven day stretch to tell the grandkids about. Bregman is batting .379 over the last week with 11 hits and a HR, and more importantly, takes on Andrew Cashner at home. That’s the same Andrew Cashner who’s allowed a 38.3% HR/FB rate over his last three starts.
Brandon Crawford, SS: $3,800 – I’ll take this opportunity to finally chuck Brandon Crawford on this list for the first time all year. He’s hit 2 HR’s over the last week, and well, Travis Wood has been pretty rough this month. Try 16 earned runs allowed and 6 HR’s – and yeah, this is normally where I’d tell you to stack up on Giants hitters, but well, there’s not a great deal of hot bats to choose from.
Marcell Ozuna, OF: $3,900 – There’s no need to fork out for Giancarlo Stanton, because Ozuna has his own hit list against Stephen Strasburg that warrants a spot in your lineup. He’s hit 2 HR’s and 7 RBI’s against Stras, but just pray we see the old version of Stephen, not the one who threw six strikeouts across six innings last week against the Astros.
Manuel Margot, OF: $3,000 – It could get pretty cringe in San Diego tonight. Ty Blach is pitching for the Giants, and Margot is quietly batting .238/.284/.416 in August. He hit the cover off a 3-run HR last night, and comes in at a pretty affordable price.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Aside from the Astros situation, all skies are as clear as Justin Bieber’s twanger on Selena Gomez’s Instagram feed.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I’m curious as to why the Cubs are heavy -200 favorites vs. the Pirates tonight, considering they’re batting a measly .196 against Gerritt Cole this year. The Dodgers/DBacks game is dead even at -105 a piece, but jumping on the Blue Jays at -113 at home against Boston could be worth your coin.
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