Someone, somewhere out there has to give me the 411 on where ‘gravy train’ came from and why it’s an idiom for a lucrative endeavor that requires minimal effort. Was there ever a time where gravy was, in fact, a product hauled by train in a shipping container, perchance? Now that I think about it, we also have a gravy boat…how many possible vehicle mentions should a meat juice-based sauce be given? Where’s my gravy helicopter, yo! But I digress…Jon Gray. He’s only $6,400 today. Yes, he’s $6,400 because he’s pitching in Coors, but so what? Gray pitched in Coors for 83.2 IP last year and came away with a 21.9% K-BB ratio to go with a 3.07 xFIP. Remember the year Ubadlo Jimenez had way back in 2010 for the Rockies? Yes, it was a dandy but Gray’s stuff could be considered even better as his control is just as impressive as his whiffs. His first start off the DL was in Arizona and all he did at Chase Field – a place deemed ‘Coors lite’ by many – was go 6 while striking out 10 and only walking 1. That’s called ‘impressive’. So back to that there train…hop on today and enjoy the strange idiomatic ride. But enough of that, let’s talk about this. Here’s my gravy trains, planes, and automobiles taeks for this Wednesday FD slate…
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Alex Wood, SP: $9,400 – The cash game arm for the day and you don’t even need to think that hard about it. The Diamondbacks may only be 3.5 games back of the Dodgers, but they’re light years behind them when they’re on the road. For the year, Arizona has the 4th worst road wRC+ while striking out 24.1% of the time. Add in that Wood is, in fact, good, it’s a wonder he’s not the most expensive arm on the slate. Did I mention he was All-Star snubbed? Sometimes I drive right down the middle of narrative street like The Joker from The Dark Knight with my head lolling out the window.
Trevor Bauer, SP: $8,700 – A little too expensive for my taste – both the price and for Trevor in general – but that might make him the perfect GPP arm today. As much as I love Gray in tourney formats, Bauer isn’t a cost incentive play and may go overlooked for that reason and he gets the Padres. How sad is it that the Padres are just as pathetic on the road as they are at home? They have the second worst wRC+ when travelling and a 26.8% K rate. Bauer could lob from the OF like his pregame warmups and still strike out 10 Friars.
Gerrit Cole, SP: $8,600 – I don’t usually consider a road arm a cash game play, so Cole is likely my third tourney arm. Plus I already told you, Wood ain’t where you wanna vary today for cash. He gets the Phillies, need I say more?
Stephen Vogt, C: $2,300 – He’s been a man possessed since coming to Milwaukee and gets to face rookie phenom Jayson Aquino. Wait, did I say phenom? I meant phantom…who is this kid? The Orioles are in bad shape this year and Vogt ain’t gonna help right that ship today.
Hector Sanchez, C: $2,000 – If you’re looking for even more salary relief…the Padres DH’d their backup catcher last night and I can only assume they do so again today. He gives you anything, you’re happy.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B: $4,000 – You’re gonna have to double check if Miggy is playing today as that DTD tag on FanDuel should suggest, but I have picked on Ty Blach whenever the opportunity has arisen this year and I’ve rarely come away disappointed. If you wanna stack some Tigers today, be my guest. At the very least, JD Martinez and Justin Upton are the other one offs if you’re considering.
Mitch Moreland, 1B: $3,200 – If you wanna slide down the money scale just a bit, Moreland gets to face Cashner who hasn’t received his comeuppance quite yet this year. You’re gonna wanna be part of the fun when that K%-BB% of 0.9% regresses him into oblivion. Lets have some BoSox fun today by throwing in Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi. In fact, if you want the Coors effect whilst not being in Coors with your bats, the matchup in Texas today is Fister vs Cashner. Can you say ‘all bats in play’? I knew you could. Just a few names to mention: Adrian Beltre, Delino Deshields, Elvis Andrus, and Mike Napoli.
Whit Merrifield, 2B: $3,200 – Whit has been hitting the ball well as of late and loves to hit off lefties for the year. I wouldn’t expect another HR, but he should get on base a couple of times and score a run or two, maybe even swipe a bag.
Jose Ramirez, 3B: $4,200 – Sometimes you get guys wrong and man did I get Jose wrong. I avoided him all year both in daily and in season long and yet, here I am. Thankfully the punishment isn’t as severe in DFS and I get to attack Perdomo today with him.
Freddie Freeman, 3B: $3,500 – Likely the cash game 3B for the day if you wanna go like for like here.
Ramon Torres, SS: $2,600 – I’m not intending for you to stack the Royals, I’m just giving you cheap options. With a lefty on the mound, Whit likely plays over Gordon in left, leaving 2B to Torres who has snuck up to 2nd in the batting order when a southpaw was on the mound in the past. Maybe it happens again today? Who’s to say and with these rhyming games, let’s no longer play, ok?
George Springer, OF: $4,200 – Springer faces a lefty. That’s all you need to know about the guy who has 2 less HRs than Judge. Moving on…
Raimel Tapia, OF: $3,200 – It’s not that he’s a Coors bat, it’s that he’s on fire. Of course you can roll out Coors bats all day if you want. I just love his price and production right now.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
The only places of note today are STLvsMIA and MINvsLAA as they have between a 30%-40% chance of thunderstorms. Be sure to keep your peepers on both closer to lock.
Doing Lines In Vegas
It should come as no surprise that the Dodgers sit at -220 on the day. Wood is no joke and is a cash lock. What may surprise even is Cleveland having the same line. Yes, yes, I know it’s the Padres but it’s also Bauer. He becomes more GPP intriguing by the minute…of note, hide yo kids, hide yo wife, cuz they gonna be scoring runs up in here today. Only one game has an O/U below 9 today and that’s LADvsARI at 7.5. Like I said, you don’t need Coors in your life to get the bat goods.