It’s an extremely short schedule tonight with only seven games, five NL and only two AL contests. Carlos Martinez, $24,300, is the top pitcher facing the Reds tonight in the Great American Home Run Park. I’m staying away from this game mainly because of the weather, but I might slide in a hitter from this contest. I’m not touching anyone in the PHI at ATL game. This is strictly a weather related decision, as I do like Bartolo Colon at only $11,200. Enough about who I’m not rostering, let’s talk about my two Monday night G’s. Gio Gonzalez at $15,600 at the Dodgers looks like it could be a scary play, but the Dodgers are only hitting .247 vs LHP and are in the top seven in Ks. Gio has been solid all year as he’s only let up 4 or more ER twice, against the O’s (6 ER) and the Braves (4 ER). The Nationals offense has been mashing all season and with them behind him, he can easily cruise to a win while picking up 6-8 Ks along the way. My other G for tonight is, Junior Guerra, $15,200 vs the Giants. He’s been solid in his 2 starts since coming of the DL, 11.2 IP, 1 ER and 9 Ks. I’d the to see more Ks, but he’s locating the ball where he wants to and he can throw gas. Granted he’s at home in a hitters park, but it’s against the Giants and I like the matchup. Now that we’ve got a ton of cash to spend on offense, let’s go shopping…[EDITOR’S NOTE]: right after I bring the best $5 deal you can find! We have our weekly Razzball Listener’s League going down tomorrow. Hop in, drop that fiver, and win some of our monies! Now on with the show.
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J.A. Happ, SP: $14,400 – I love this matchup, but I don’t see him pitching for more than 4-5 innings.
Justin Bour, IF: $9,600 – Bour may look like the Duffman, but dude is breaking out like The Kool Aid Man! He’s got 3 Bombs and 7 RBI over his last 4 games. He’s facing Eddie Butler tonight and Marlins stack is Saul Goodman!
Eric Thames, IF: $9,200 – He’s facing Jeff Samardzija, AKA Puke Soup. He’s more random than a bowl of regurgitated alphabet soup. Thames cooled off a bit there for a while, but he’s heating back up with 2 HRs over his last 4 games.
Anthony Rizzo, IF: $8,400 – See above, oh BTW I’m writing this while wearing my Bryzzo for MVP shirt from my fantasy baseball loving GF, Laura!
J.T. Realmuto, IF: $7,200 – A catcher in the lineup? Yeah, he’s 5/5 vs Butler and I doubt he’ll be rostered by too many people.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF: $10,000 – He’s got 3 HRs in his last 7 games and I love the matchup vs Butler. Are you seeing a pattern here?
Adam Duvall, OF: $9,000 – This is the one guy I’m rostering out of the four questionable weather games. He could have a monster night.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
As I mentioned in the opening, only two games are in jeopardy of being affected by the weather. The Cardinals and Reds may have a delay as there’s a 60% chance of rain at game time. I’m not taking a chance with a start and possible delay with almost a quarter of my cash on a SP. The Phillies and Braves have a 60% of chance throughout the night. Just be sure to monitor the weather if you’re rostering any of those four teams.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Eddie Butler and the Cubs are the lead dogs at -140. I’m not sure how this is even possible, but what do I know. The Braves and Phillies have the highest total at 9.5 O/U. The Cubs & Marlins game hasn’t posted an O/U as of yet, but if my line up is any indication I’m anticipating a the scoreboard to be lit up all night.