Let’s kick off the weekend shall we. I’d gotten so used to writing for short slate Thursdays that I was almost overwhelmed at all the choices. Without further ado let’s start this weekend off by taking a trip to LA.
First up, the curious case of our boy Joc Pederson, OF: $3,800. Lets phone a friend and see what Son thinks about him: “Even though Pederson sits against lefties, he absolutely mashes righties, to the tune of .280/.401/.704 with a .424 ISO!” Last time I checked Jake Arrieta is right handed. Joc has been rolling this week and should once again find himself batting leadoff. That makes him well worth his price tag. Also in LA (kinda) we have, Shohei Ohtani, OF: $3,200. Sadly we missed out on the Ohtani vs Yusei Kikuchi matchup yesterday because, well Brad Asmus. He claims it was because Kikuchi is a lefty. Talk about a missed opportunity. The chance to see two stars from Japan face off wasn’t that great anyways…. I guess. There’s hope that we’ll get to see them square off later this year, but with Asmus, who knows what could happen. Regardless, Ohtani should find himself penciled in today and will look to shake off some of the rust. Get him on your lineup.
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Mike Foltynewicz, SP: $7,600 – I think we can safely say that he’s shaken off the post IL rust. His last two starts have been good and the 7 Ks last time on the mound were very encouraging. He’s set up well to dominate the Tigers today.
Joey Lucchesi, SP: $7,300 – Fun fact, the Marlins offense has a 67 wRC+ which is good for worst in the majors. I say good because that’s good for Joey and for us. Obviously, that’s bad for them because it means they can’t hit. He’ll also be making this start at home in pitcher friendly Petco.
Zack Wheeler, SP: $9.400 – The Ks are starting to pile up (56 in his last 47 innings) and outside of a hiccough against the Nats he’s been pretty damn good after his uneven start to the season. The Diamondbacks are a mid tier offense so don’t let them scare you off.
Josh Bell, 1B: $4,700 – The bell has rung and he’s breaking out in a big way. I mean, he’s top 3 on the player rater. What more does he need to do for you to trust him? He’s expensive but right now, he’s earned it.
Brandon Belt, 1B: $3,300 – As Grey pointed out here Belt just crushed one. That means he’s due for a couple more then he’ll drop of the face of the earth. Baltimore should help him keep it going. Get while the gettin is good.
Joe Panik, 2B: $3,100 – No one is more shocked than I am to find two Giants in today’s recommendations. However, the robot likes him, which is enough to catch my attention. He does tend to bat leadoff against righties such as Andrew Cashner so that’s a positive. And his average and on base percentage have been climbing.
Hanser Alberto, 2B: $2,600 – How do you feel about a .299 average with a smattering of counting stats? The way second base is this year, you should feel pretty good. Especially for this low low price. Even better, you can spend your extra money elsewhere.
Vlad Guerrero Jr, 3B: $3,300 – We all know he’s got the power and now he gets to crack a cold one with the boys in Coors. I’m excited, the robot is excited. You should be too.
Tommy La Stella, 3B: $3,300 – How long can he keep this up? Seriously, he’s raking right now like he just go home from Lowes and needs to get his yard cleaned up.
Adalberto Mondesi, SS: $3,800 – Don’t look now but he’s top 10 on our player rater. Did I mention that he also leads the league in steals? And that he’s chipped in some power? Add it all up and we’ve got a winner.
Elvis Andrus, SS: $3,900 – He’s swiping bags and chipping in some home runs as well. In addition, he’s got a great average as well and that makes him a fine option on the day.
Bryce Harper, OF: $4,400 – Has he finally righted the ship? He’s been hot on this homestand, cranking out a few more doubles. Maybe it’s a sign of things to come or maybe it’s just a flash in the pan. Either way, the power should start to flow as the weather begins to heat up.
Michael Conforto, OF: $3,500 – Welcome back from the IL. After missing 9 games he’s back and ready to pick up where he left off. The power is already there and should only pick up as he gets locked in.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Would you look at that…only one game with any rain in the forecast and that’s at the Great American Ballpark featuring the Reds and Nats. The forecast calls for a chance of light rain that should taper off as the evening goes on. We’re looking at all systems go.
Doing Lines In Vegas
We’re going all the way to 11 today. That’s the line for the Jays and Rockies. The game is in Colorado and you could certainly do a lot worse than hitters from either side. Then enjoy the show. On the flip, we’ve got a 7 for the Padres and Marlins.