Sometimes Splurging for Miggy Can Backfire.
It’s daily fantasy baseball 101, that when you can afford to pay for Miguel Cabrera, it’s never a bad idea to do so. Of course this is only full-proof logic before the games are played, and prior to playing out “what if” scenarios with the night’s results. If you are the revisionist type, you’d regret having spend a pretty penny for Cabrera’s pedestrian 1-4 last night, and worse yet, having missed out on alternative third-baseman options David Wright and Evan Longoria and their multi-HR games. That said, if you have the salary available, I love Miggy tonight…as always…before the game starts at least. Let’s get to the games.
Always Check The Weather!
Texas Rangers @ St. Louis Cardinals – 30% isolated thunderstorms
The Vegas Factor
Highest Over/Under Totals
Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees – 9
Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays – 9
Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians – 9
Lowest Over/Under Totals
Colorado Rockies @ Washington Nationals – 6.5
LA Dodgers @ San Diego Padres – 6.5
Miami Marlins @ San Francisco Giants – 6.5
Oakland A’s @ Seattle Mariners – 6.5
Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks
Salvador Perez – You should know the drill by now. Whenever Sal faces a lefty, who he is a career .347 hitter against, you should take note.
Victor Martinez – Call me a glutton for punishment, but the disappointing Victor’s price is too low and his track record is too good for me to ignore. He’s 5-8 with a homer vs the struggling Jon Lester.
Billy Butler – Like his teammate Salvador, Billy also likes to pick on lefties. He hits a career .316 hitter with a .935 on-base plus slugging percentage vs southpaws.
Albert Pujols – Albert is 15-35 with two dingers in his last eight games.
Robinson Cano – Cano is a career .317 hitter against righties. Roberto Hernandez has given up 27 hits in his last three starts and Cano has hit 11-24 hitter vs him.
Jason Kipnis – Jason has at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games.
Adrian Beltre – Beltre is 10-29 in his last seven games. The struggling Tyler Lyons is on the mound.
Hanley Ramirez – Han-Ram is 9-12 vs Clayton Richard and is 8-12 in his last three games.
Ian Desmond – Ian has back-to-back home run games and makes for a solid choice at a very thin position today.
Jhonny Peralta – Jhonny hit a walk-off last night and I just don’t think pitching in Detroit is the best place for the struggling Jon Lester to get back on track.
Mike Trout – Mike is 13-20 on the current homestand. He’s well worth finding a way to get into your lineup.
Yusiel Puig – It’s a small sample size (11-20) but its hard to ignore Puig’s 1.500 on-base plus slugging percentage vs lefties.
Brett Gardner – As deflated as the NY lineup is these days, Roberto Hernandez just won’t shut it down. I’m predicting a Swiss army knife kinda game out from Brett with a hit, a walk, a run, and a stolen base.
Clayton Kershaw – Of all the excellent options, I’ll go with Clayton as my top pitcher of the day. Clayton is 3-1 with a 2.06 career earned run average in Petco.
Jeremy Guthrie – Guthrie simply owns the White Sox and makes for an interesting zig-zag play. In the last two years Jeremy has pitched 44.2 innings vs Chicago and allowed just two earned runs.
Cole Hamels, Stephen Strasburg, and Hisashi Iwakuma all make for excellent plays as well. Bartolo Colon, Ricky Nolasco, Julio Teheran, Tim Lincecum, Johnny Cueto, Doug Fister, and Jared Weaver can all be considered for the right price or on multiple starting pitcher sites. Hitters – All of the usual suspects should be considered on the Tigers, Orioles, and the Blue Jays. The Braves make for an interesting team to load up on as Wily Peralta looks like a perfect opposing pitcher for their boom or bust ways. Other hitters to consider – Yadier Molina, Jason Castro, Ryan Doumit, Travis Hafner, Ryan Howard, Allen Craig, Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon Phillips, Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins, David Wright, David Freese, Todd Frazier, Matt Holiday, Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, Domonic Brown, Giancarlo Stanton, Gerardo Parra, Juan Francisco.
Thanks for reading everyone and good luck in your games tonight. Feel free to chime in with questions, comments, rants, requests, and general snark.
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