Adrian Beltre- In the right matchup versus a bad hitter, Beltre is fun to watch go. Last night posted an insane box score, going 4/5 with a homerun, 2 doubles, 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
Jose Bautista- Joey Bats was having none of what any Tampa Bay Ray was trying to throw him. He finished up the series last night by going 2 for 4 with 2 home runs.
Emilio Bonafacio- In honor of the ESPN Fantasy Focus Baseball podcast, I have to inform you guys that this performance was not bonafide by Bonafacio. Don’t expect this often, but last night Emilio went 3/4 with a double and a homer.
Anibal Sanchez- A match made in heaven for Sanchez. Astro’s batters strike out 26.8% of the time. That is an astronomically disgusting figure for the Texans but good for DFS players who know to high K% pitchers against them. Sanchez’s K% in 2013 is inflated due to his 17 strike out game, but still, 31.5% is really, really impressive. Tonight is bereft of truly elite options, but Sanchez will be my #1 pick across all platforms.
Jordan Zimmerman- Besides Zimmerman, there are 3 other pitching options tonight: A.J Burnett versus Milwaukee, Lance Lynn versus the Mets and Mike Minor in Arizona versus the Diamondbacks. Of all these options, Zimmerman has the best matchup. Despite a weaker bottom of the order, Milwaukee still has professional hitters in the heart of their lineup, as evidenced by their 18th ranked offense. Lynn and Zimmerman are the closest and if Lynn is signifcantly cheaper where you play, go for him. However, Minor versus Arizona isn’t really a consideration. Zimmerman gets to face the 3rd worst offense in the major leagues. Matt Kemp hasn’t been Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzales is hurt and Carl Crawford won’t hurt you all by himself. Zimmerman also gets to face Josh Beckett who has just been really, really bad, giving him a solid shit at a win.
Mike Trout- I hate that I have to do this for my favorite team, but when Luis Mendoza takes the mound, it’s time to stack the opposing team. Players I would play include Pujols, Trumbo and Howie Kendrick. Trout takes the honors of #1 play of the night, however, because of his .351 OBP and .510. There will be men on base all night and Trout should be able to bang some runs in and score some against Mendoza’s 6.38 ERA.
Alex Gordon- Funny how this works! The Royals are throwing out Mendoza and the Angels are playing Joe Blanton. Blanton is better at home, posting lower hitting percentages in the confines of Los Angeles, but he still has a plus 5 ERA there. He also gives up a .352 batting average to lefties, making Alex Gordon a prime target in today’s lineup. I wouldn’t hate playing Hosmer or Moustakas either.
Dan Uggla- Uggla is scorching hot at the moment, and most talking heads believed that he has fixed some mechanical issues with his swing. Tonight he gets to face Wade Miley, in a hitters park. While I believe the baseline of talent that Miley has shown in his big league career, at Chase Field, Uggla will have an advantage. Not only that, but Uggla has already knocked a home run off of Miley in only 3 at bats.
Prince Fielder- The Astros are rolling out one Mr. Bud Norris who is the definition of an underwhelming right handed pitcher. Fielder is swinging a hot bat and will easily take advantage of Norris; .474 SLG% allowed to left handed batters. Other left handed batters for the Tigers deserve consideration as well.
Alex Rios- Rios will have a depressed price most places as he hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire. However, the White Sox get to face Pedro Hernandez, who is actually a former White Sock himself. Hernandez has bounced around the minors since 2009 and looks pretty much like an organization arm. His fastball averages 89 MPH and looks to be pretty homer prone. Start Rios with confidence.
Top 5 BvP Lines
|Andrew McCutchen R||19||7||1||0||2||4||0||4||1||0||.368||.368||.737||1.105|
|Ryan Braun R||14||6||0||0||0||1||2||5||4||0||.429||.500||.429||.929|
|Cody Ross R||6||4||1||0||2||5||0||2||0||0||.667||.667||1.833||2.500|
|Dan Uggla R||3||2||0||0||1||2||0||1||0||0||.667||.667||1.667||2.333|
|Carlos Gomez R||12||4||1||0||0||1||2||2||2||0||.333||.429||.417||.845|