Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks
Fantasy Baseball Pitcher
Johnny Cueto: Cueto’s last two years have been phenomenal, registering sub-3 ERA’s, and winning 19 games last year. So far he’s off to a great start in 2013 and his K-rate is way up, so there’s some high strikeout potential today with Cueto. It helps that the Pirates are trotting out Jeff Locke, who is by no means an accomplished starter (just eleven starts in the majors with an ERA of close to six). I like Cueto’s chances of winning today because he has regularly owned the Pirates throughout his career, with a record of 12-4 and a 2.54 ERA against them.
Fantasy Baseball Infielder
Chris Davis: I never thought I’d be billing Chris Davis as a top pick, but here he is. The man is simply possessed, and he’s crushing right-handed pitching this year. The Yankees are sending Phil Hughes out to the mound, and he just isn’t a very good pitcher. Hughes gives up a lot of hits and homeruns, and I think both are in store for Mr. Crush Davis today. The wind is also blowing out a little to center, and Yankees Stadium is the best park to hit in for left-handed batters.
Fantasy Baseball Catcher
John Buck: I have no idea what has gotten into John Buck, but he is another guy on fire. I was watching the beginning of that Twins/Mets game last night, and it was snowing lightly and close to freezing. Neither are good conditions for hitting baseballs, yet Buck managed to hit a grand slam. At this point I want to see if he can make it five HR’s in a row. He’s facing Scott Diamond today, who just got off the DL, and will be making his first start of the year. Diamond gave up a lot of hits last year, so even if Buck doesn’t hit another HR (as if he wouldn’t….please) there’s still opportunities to rack up points.
Fantasy Baseball Outfielder
Shin-Soo Choo: Choo is enjoying his new team so far, and he’s gotten off to a great start hitting leadoff for the Reds. PNC Park is not the easiest park to hit bombs in, but Choo can still provide value with doubles, steals, and runs scored. I expect the Reds to be fired up after losing last night, and Locke is an easy opponent to get hits off of. Choo should get plenty of at-bats at the top of the lineup, and should be in for a big day.
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Last night there were some picks that went really well (Masterson, Shelby Miller, Justin Maxwell), and then some picks that did not go so well (Miguel Cabrera, AGonzo, Matt Kemp). The great thing about daily fantasy baseball is that if you lose you can get right back at it the next day, much like how some of the aforementioned hitters must feel.
Being a Saturday, every team is playing and there are games all day. There are also plenty of stud pitchers playing today, so it’s just a matter of picking the right one. It doesn’t look like there will be any games delayed due to weather, but still check the forecast closer to first pitch – especially in the Cleveland/Chicago game (currently 30% chance of showers).
In some injury news, Jose Reyes will be out anywhere from one to three months. Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes might also be out of the lineup today, not that you were thinking of using them against Justin Verlander. Carlos Quentin has been suspended for his actions in the fight the other night, but is appealing and should be eligible to play until the appeal is settled. If you’re considering him in your lineup, make sure he is playing today.
Yesterday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit Recap
|Clayton Kershaw||7 1/3 innings allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 ER and 9 strikeouts in a loss|
|Yu Darvish||6 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 ER, 8 strikeouts in a loss|
|CC Sabathia||Got the win while going 8 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 ER, and striking out 9|
|Justin Masterson||Was the best pitcher of the night, going 9 innings for a complete game shutout, allowing just 5 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 7|
|J.A. Happ||Got the win but lasted just 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 4|
|Shelby Miller||Went 7 innings while allowing just one hit for his only damage. Struck out 8 and got the win.|
|Wilin Rosario||0-4 with an rbi|
|Evan Gattis||0-4 with a walk|
|Adrian Gonzalez||0-3 with a walk|
|Chase Utley||1-5 with a triple, an rbi, and a run scored|
|Omar Infante||Did not play|
|Michael Young||1-5 with an rbi|
|Jose Reyes||1-4 with 2 rbi and a SB|
|Marwin Gonzalez||0-4 with a CS|
|Bryce Harper||1-4 with a HR, 2 rbi, a walk, and a SB|
|Carlos Gonzalez||1-3 with a double, 2 walks, and a SB|
|Carlos Beltran||1-3 with a run|
|Jayson Werth||1-5 with an rbi and a SB|
|Starling Marte||2-4 with a run and a SB|
|Justin Maxwell||2-4 with a HR, a double, 2 rbi and a walk|