Hello and welcome everyone, I first want to apologize for Thames not being in the lineup last week. ¬†Thames has sat against very good matchups twice now in the last few weeks. ¬†I don’t understand why but he has, I’ll try to get better moving forward and I hope Eric Thames¬†plays Wednesday. ¬†Anyway, There’s quite a few guys I like today but one that stands out to me is Chris Young at $2,500. ¬†Against ¬†LHP he will not only be in the lineup (I hope…) but he’ll also be batting 4th in the lineup. ¬†I don’t know much about the pitcher for Minnesota, but I know Young will be in a power position and hits LHP much better then RHP over his career. ¬†His price of $2,500 makes him the best value play of the day for me.
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Ivan Nova, SP: $8,100 – Since he was traded last summer to Pittsburgh, he’s changed his game around. ¬†He’s lowered his ERA quite a bit over the last season plus. ¬†Pitching in the National League helps, but I think the pitching coaches have done wonders for him. ¬†He’s pitching to more contact and the strike outs were there at a decent clip last season. ¬†His K/9 has been down this season but I think that may turn around today facing off against Tampa Bay in a National League park.
Marcus Stroman, SP: $8,400 – Stroman had a rough season last year, though¬†he’s looked better this year (besides the inflated home run rate). ¬†I think he has the chance to be even better through the summer as long as Toronto begins to play better. ¬†Today he gets to face off against Baltimore.¬† Besides Manny Machado and Adam Jones, there isn’t much to like about this team offensively.¬†¬†No one is even hitting in the lineup right now besides Trey Mancini and I don’t think he’s that good. ¬†Use Stroman or Nova with confidence today.
Gary Sanchez, C: $3,700 – I’ve been touting him at catcher for the better part of a month now. ¬†It’s finally beginning to pay off, he’s been one of the best if not the best hitting catcher in baseball for the last 2+ weeks. ¬†I don’t expect him to cool off just yet so try to get him in anyway you can.
J.T. Realmuto, C: $2,900 – If you don’t want to spend up at catcher I think Realmuto is a solid play. ¬†Obviously I think Sanchez is better but Realmuto isn’t bad as long as he’s playing.
Eric Thames, 1B: $3,100 – OK lets try this one more time…I know he hasn’t been the same Thames as he was in the first two months. ¬†I think it was unrealistic to believe he could continue that. ¬†His average should stabilize around .270 and he should be at 30-35 homers by the end of the year. ¬†Today he faces off against a young SP and I expect Thames to have a good game…IF HE PLAYS…
Matt Adams, 1B: $3,400 – Since being traded to Atlanta,¬†Adams has¬†been red hot and killing everything. ¬†I know Freddie Freeman should be back soon but until then, I’ll continue to ride big bad Adams.
Dee Gordon, 2B: $3,000 – I don’t care that he’s going up against a LHP, I like him a lot today. ¬†I think Gordon steals a couple bags today and gets on base¬†three times. Steven Matz just isn’t very good and I personally think he’s pitching injured. ¬†Mets aren’t very good at throwing runners out either.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: $2,800 – Pedroia hasn’t been that great all year, but he still hits towards the top of a good lineup. ¬†He also gets to face off against an LHP whom he’s faired better against in his latter years.
Josh Donaldson, 3B: $3,900 – ¬†Donaldson has had a rough year, he missed a bunch of time and hes only been average when hes playing. ¬†Toronto has also struggled in a big way all year long. ¬†Non of that matters today because Donaldson gets to face off against Wade Miley. ¬†Miley is awful and I expect Donaldson to dominate today. ¬†Just play him everywhere. (If he by some chance doesn’t play then go with Travis Shaw $3,600.)
Troy Tulowitzki, SS: $2,900 – Anyone else really miss old Tulo? ¬†I remember watching him tear it up in Coors as a teenager. ¬†What we have now is a shell of his old self and the numbers show it. ¬†I think today guys like me get to see a glimpse of the old Tulo we once knew. ¬†I say this because like I said, Miley is really bad and Tulo should crush a horrible LHP.¬† If he doesn’t play for some reason, go with Aledmys Diaz at¬†$2,700.
Mallex Smith, OF: $3,200 – I know I liked Nova today but even if you’re using¬†him today,¬†I don’t blame you for going with Smith. ¬†He’s getting on base and he’s scoring runs; this kid can’t do anything wrong right now. ¬†I say play him until he’s either over $3,600 or he cools off.
I think Young and Smith are must plays today basically everywhere, so that leaves 1 OF spot. ¬†Well the last outfield spot I’ll leave up to you.¬† Anyone between $4,600 and $3,900 can be played in that spot. ¬†I personally am going to go with Bryce Harper at¬†$4,600, Giancarlo Stanton at¬†$4,100, Marcell Ozuna, or Mookie Betts at¬†$3,900.
I‚Äôm Only Happy When It Rains
Today’s weather is pretty scary today, there’s a few places that may have some real ugly cloud cover…Obviously I’m kidding the weather is beautiful today basically everywhere. ¬†Some mild wind here and there but nothing to really write about. ¬†Enjoy the day off from checking twitter every 5 minutes hoping the rain shifts.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Today we have Houston and Toronto as the big favorites today. ¬†I covered Stroman already, Houston I didn’t cover because I have never been a fan of David Paulino. ¬†You can use him if you want but I won’t be. ¬†The game totals are pretty similar to yesterday, a few 8 1/2s a lot of 9-9 1/2 and a few 10s.¬†¬†Two of the 10s I’ve mentioned already: Boston vs Minnesota and Toronto vs Baltimore. ¬†The other is Houston vs Oakland, I didn’t think about a stack from this game. ¬†Doesn’t seem like a bad idea, though, going off the starters and the total.