Mike Montgomery ($10,800) is finally getting his chance in the rotation after being in the hybrid role of starter and reliever. He has a great matchup tonight versus the San Diego Padres as they rank dead last in hitting against LHP (.215 AVG .613OPS). They also rank in the top three in strike outs so Montgomery should be able to feast on the weak hitting line up. We also have Chris Sale ($25,600) on the slate and he has a fantastic matchup vs. the Kansas City Royals. He is very expensive but with Montgomery’s low price, he is very affordable and you can still mix in some quality bats. Lets take a look at the picks…right after the editor comes in and steals my thunder.  [EDITOR’S NOTE]: Sorry bro, we didn’t get a chance to play last week so I definitely have to hop in and give the Razzball Listener’s League link care of FantasyDraft.  Five bucks per person, twenty people may play but only five can win.  Welcome to Thunderdome, beechnuts!  Now back to the writeup…

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Jhoulys ChacinP: $13,800 – A huge flyer here but he has been pitching pretty solid lately with a QS in each of his last three start. Those were all at home but a matchup against the struggling Cubs could be worth the risk. You could match him with Sale and afford some bats. Cubs numbers versus Righties are towards the middle of the pack (.233 AVG and .722 OPS).

Travis Shaw, IF: $8,700 – Mashing RHP pitching this season (.385 wOBA and .923 OPS). Facing RHP Chad Kuhl should be a great match up for Shaw, Kuhl has been pummeled by lefties (.423 wOBA and 1.036OPS).

Mike Napoli, IF: $6,600 – A cheap bat that can easily produce a big power game. He had a multi HR game already since coming off the DL a week ago. He’s averaging a HR every 11 at bats versus LHP.

Brandon Belt, IF:$7,200 – This is all about the matchup, Julio Teheran has been absolutely awful at home this season (7.35ERA). As well as being bad at home, he has also been dominated by left handed hitters. Lefites have hit 11 HRs off him this season.

Trey Mancini, IF: $7,800 – Has been locked into the 5 Hole since Chris Davis went to DL and has done nothing but produce. Mancini is hitting .448 and has an OPS of 1.398 since moving up in the order, he now gets Josh Tomlin who has allowed righties to Slug .526 and .369 wOBA.

Justin Upton, OF: $7,800 – The good Justin Upton has been showing up for about the last month, he is one of the streakiest players in the MLB. So why not ride the hot wave, especially with Ariel Miranda on the mound. He has served up 13 gopher balls to righties.

Matt Joyce, OF: $8,100 – Has been on a tear over the last two weeks (.417AVG 1.178 OPS), gets rookie pitcher Francis Martes who had a ERA over 5 in AAA this season.

Miguel Sano, OF: $8,000 – Breakout season is still in effect and gets lefty Derek Holland tonight. Sano has been a nightmare for lefties with a .412 wOBA and .1009 OPS.

Ben Gamel, OF: $8,700 – Gamel has been stuffing the stat sheet ever since getting inserted into line up. He especially has had his way versus RHP (.898 OPS .388wOBA). He hits lead off for a very potent offense and should be able to keep his run scoring abilities going tonight.

I’m Only Happy When it Rains 

Its a clear night for baseball with only one game on the slate with a chance of rain. The ATL/SF has a 40% chance of rain but it should be good to play.

Doing Lines In Vegas

There are a lot of Huge favorites on the slate tonight; NY Yankees -225, Chicago Cubs -190, Boston Red Sox -185 and LA Dodgers -190. If i had to pick one team to fade it would probably have to be the LA Dodgers. Even with Zach Grienke on the mound the run total at Coors is sitting at 11.5, as always try to squeeze in some bats there. Angels/Yankees game is at 9.5 runs, I’m guessing vegas has the Yankees for a good amount of runs, so stacking their bats would be a smart play.