Revenge Can Be Sweet.
Zack Greinke made the most of his chance to avenge his partially lost season thanks to Carlos Quentin having charged him at the mound a few months back. Zack got the win and was the daily fantasy baseball stud pitcher of the night. He ended with a stat line of 8IP 1ER and 8K vs the Padres. It’s hard not to think Zack particularly enjoyed the two strikeouts against the aforementioned Quentin. Moving forward, I have a sneaky suspicion we may see the beginning stages of a similar situation today in Toronto. Jose Bautista clearly taunted Orioles relief pitcher Darren O’Day during his home run trot, so he just might “accidentally” get hit by a pitch today. If this happens, how will things play out from there? Who knows, but its worth keeping an eye on. Let’s get to the breakdown.
Always Check The Weather!
NY Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies – 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms
Colorado Rockies @ Washington Nationals – 40% scattered thunderstorms
Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers – 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms
Chicago White Sox @ Kansas City Royals – 30$ chance of isolated thunderstorms
Houston Astros @ Chicago Cubs – Wind is blowing to left-center field @ 14MPH
The Vegas Factor
Highest Under/Over Totals
Houston Astros @ Chicago Cubs – 10.5
Tampa Bay Rays @ NY Yankees – 9.5
Lowest Under/Over Totals
NY Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies – 7
Miami Marlins @ San Francisco Giants – 7
Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks
Joe Mauer – 9-23 in his last five games with two homer runs.
J.P. Arencibia – He’s a cheap boom or bust guy facing a bad pitcher in Freddy Garcia.
Adam Lind – Two long balls in his last three games. 7-11 with two dingers in his career vs Freddy Garcia.
Joey Votto – 10-23 with two bombs this week.
Jason Kipnis – He was a home run shy of a cycle yesterday and gets to face Mike Pelfrey today. Yes please.
Robinson Cano – Cano is always a good play at home vs a righty, an inexperienced one at that.
Pedro Alvarez – “El Toro” has homered in each on his last three games. The Bull is 6-9 with two homers vs Joe Blanton in his career.
David Wright – David has feasted on lefties throughout his career. He’s 10-32 vs John Lannon in his career.
Jhonny Peralta – Jhonny is batting .434 vs lefties this year.
Ian Desmond – Ian prefers to face lefties and has homered in three of his last four games.
Jose Bautista – Expect Joey Bats to carry the momentum of yesterday’s go-ahead homer to today’s game. He’s 7-14 with two bombs vs Freddy Garcia.
Carlos Gomez – The best time to play Carlos is vs a lefty at home. He’s 8-18 vs Paul Maholm in his career.
Michael Bourne – Bourne is 9-21 of late and gets to set the table vs Mike Pelfrey.
Matt Cain – Having yielded just three earned runs in his last three starts, Cain should be able to best the Marlins today.
James Shields – James has given up two earned runs or less in each of his last four starts.
Matt Harvey, Justin Verlander, and Adam Wainwright all make for strong starts as well. I’m staying away from Mat Latos due to the match-up. Despite Jeff Semardzija looking like a no-brainer vs the Astros, the 10.5 under-over in Wrigley is a big scary red flag. Best Value Options – Andrew Cashner, Jarrod Parker. The “do you feel lucky” pitcher of the day is Josh Johnson. He comes with a huge ceiling and a low floor. Hitting – If you haven’t noticed I like the Blue Jays today. Additionally I like the Tigers and Indians as stackable teams to consider, with the Yankees being my dark horse offense of the day. If the wind is blowing out heavily in Chicago, its worth considering some unconventional value plays in this game to assist you in fitting in your more expensive players. More hitters to consider – Jonathan Lucroy, Wilin Rosario, Anthony Rizzo, Travis Hafner, Eric Hosmer, Brandon Moss, Matt Adams, Edwin Encarnacion, DJ LaMahieu, Kyle Seager, Ryan Zimmerman, Evan Longoria, Sean Rodriguez, Jean Segura, Jed Lowrie, Jay Bruce, Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra, Brett Gardner.
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