First off, I want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. Hopefully all of you are spending time with friends and family, enjoying the luxuries of living in this wonderful country. With that being said, lets all remember to set up our line ups in between trips to the cooler and the grill to stuff another hotdog. We have a full slate on this beautiful day and there are some solid pitching options available. Lets take a look at the picks…
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Jon Lester, P: $17,200 – Has been much better at Home this season (2.68 ERA) and now gets one of the worst teams vs. LHP. The Tampa Bay Rays have really struggled against southpaws this season (.231 AVG./.698 OPS), they will also be without the luxury of the DH.
Jimmy Nelson, P: $17,700 – Another pitcher that has been much better at home, his ERA is almost 2 runs lower at home. A matchup up versus a middle of the road offense in the Baltimore Orioles could provide a solid stat line. He has had the strike out working lately with 29Ks in his last three starts.
Jose Abreu, IF: $8,400 – Has been on a tear over his last 15 games (4 HRs, 14 RBIs, .956 OPS). Now gets rookie pitcher Daniel Gossett who is really struggling to keep the ball in the park. he has allowed 5 HRs in his 14 innings of work against righties.
Kike Hernandez, IF: $7,600 – Another Lefty killer that has good value tonight, he has a 1.027 OPS against LHP. Has a juicy matchup vs. Patrick Corbin who is allowing hard contact to righties 35% of the time and struggling to keep the ball in the park against righties (1.62 HR/9).
Robinson Chirinos, IF: $7,200 – I know what you are saying, “another Catcher when we don’t have to use one”. Well Chirinos has been knocking the ball out of the park regularly when getting a chance to start. Facing David Price is intriguing because Price has been bitten by the long ball versus righties (1.89 HR/9).
Tommy Pham, OF: $9,000 – Has been doing it all lately for the Cardinals, been locked in the 2 spot of the line up. Has a nice matchup vs. Jose Urena, who suffers from some reverse splits. Urena has has a harder time vs. Righties (.260 AVG/.345 wOBA) than lefties (.197 AVG/.264 wOBA).
I’m Only Happy When it Rains
We got a clear day as it should be on July 4th, little threat of rain in the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh and Atlanta/Houston game but it shouldn’t really factor.
Doing Lines in Vegas