Whilst doing some exhaustive research on mascots (i.e., I stumbled acrossÂ this ranking of MLB mascots by a two-year-old, which you should read because you probably need a break from real news this week), I discovered that the San Diego Padres’ mascot is a priest-like figure named the Swinging Friar. âŚ âSwingingâ? Ohhhh…kay. Anyway, it seemed a propos in a way because I predict a lot of swinging and missing of the strikeout kind as Stephen StrasburgÂ ($10,400) takes on the Padres in Petco today. I’m starting him in my FanDuel lineup, even though he costs a small fortune. Iâm with SON and its no. 1 pick for the day: itâs Strasburg versus the Padres today, all the way, baby. Yes, he costs a slightly horrifying $10,400 on FanDuel. Yes, this is a return-from-the-DL start, and we donât usually fancy those â also, at time of writing on Friday night Dusty Baker is still being coy about whether heâll actually be activated on Saturday, so keep an eye on that. But Iâd like to remind you that last time he faced San Diego, he earned himself 15 strikeouts in 7 innings, with 3 hits, 1 walk and 0 runs. Today he’s in pitcher-friendly Petco Park, to boot. Three days ago, he breezed through his rehab start; in fact, after 66 pitches in 5 innings, âhe made such quick work of the Salem Red Sox that he had to throwÂ in the bullpen to get up to the 75 the team had prescribed.â However, you may be dubious â that start was against single A hitters, after all â and itâs also a Rockies-at-home day, so perhaps you want to save money for batter-stacks instead. If so, I have an answer for thatâŚ
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