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The Daily MLB Fantasy Pulse- 5-14

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Billy Butler- How about that Royals Stack? Butler made it all possible for the entire offense, going 5 for 5 with 5 RBI’s and 2 doubles.

Norichika Aoki- He is new to the majors, but Aoki is already learning that the Pirates are the punching bags. Last night, he beat them up to the tune of 3 hits, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases.

Andy Dirks- Sure looks like Dirks is going to be taking advantage of Austin Jackson’s time on the DL. Last night, Dirks went 3/4 with a homer and 4 RBI!

5/14 Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw- You know the drill by this point. I am going to recommend the most talented pitcher going on any given night. There is actually a debate tonight weather that would be King Felix or Kershaw, but I’m giving the edge to Kershaw tonight because Felix is pitching in New Yankee Stadium and Kershaw is in the confines of his own home ball park. The Nationals tend to strike out 22.5% of the time and have even less punch with Bryce Harper sitting. Tonight is a nice night to start Kershaw.

Homer Bailey- If you want to double up and use Kershaw and Felix tonight, I won’t play you. However, Homer Bailey is about as great of a value play as it gets at the moment. He faces a truly awful offense, the Marlins, that he controlled to the tune of 8 K’s and 2 ER’s last time out. While that start wasn’t as fantasy successful as it could have been, Bailey will be alot cheaper than Felix Hernandez or Matt Moore tonight and produce similar numbers.

5/14 Hitters

Alfonso Soriano- The BvP numbers don’t back it up, but Soriano should have one of the best matchups in baseball tonight. I have been forced to watch Jeff Francis for an entire year and how he is still in the major leagues is absolutely beyond me. Francis’ fastball in 2013 is averaging 84.1 MPH per Fangraphs which is just beyond piss poor. If Cody Ransom is in the starting lineup tonight, I like him as a great value play.

Allen Craig- I swear, he is gonna start raking! Paul Sporer is with me! Part of the frustrating nature of daily fantasy baseball is that good process is not always rewarded with good results. Tonight, Craig gets a bad righty (Dillon Gee), at his home ball park. That should spell out a very solid fantasy night and I’ll be putting my money where my mouth is.

Prince Fielder/Miggy Cabrera/Andy Dirks- This is what they call in the business “a prime stacking opportunity”. The Tigers have obliterated the Astros Every. Single. Time. that they have played and I see no reason that it is going to stop tonight. In 5 games this year versus the Astros, the Tigers have scored FOURTY FOUR runs. Stack ‘em up.

Edwin Encarnacion- In 7 at-bats versus Barry Zito, E5 has 2 home runs. He is playing at home against a lefty, a scenario that has netted him a career .514 SLG%. Rogers center loves the home run and so does Zito. If you’re fading Craig or have a DH spot, E5 it up.

Mark Reynolds- Cleveland is another nice staking opportunity and Reynolds is the primary target. Johnathan Pettibone of the Phillies is allowing right handed batters a .587 SLG% and Reynolds has already hit 7 homers off of right handers in 2013 and has an insane .610% SLG versus righties.

Top 5 BvP lines

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Mark DeRosa  R 28 7 0 0 3 8 7 7 1 0 .250 .389 .571 .960
Ben Zobrist  S 20 8 2 0 0 3 5 2 1 0 .400 .538 .500 1.038
David Ortiz  L 7 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .571 .625 .857 1.482
Billy Butler  R 13 6 2 0 2 5 3 0 0 0 .462 .563 1.077 1.639
Adrian Beltre  R 57 18 6 0 5 14 1 7 0 0 .316 .322 .684 1.006

About Davis Mattek

Davis Mattek is a 20 year old English major at Kansas State University who founded his own website, Sports Wunderkind, late in 2012. In addition to running his own site, Davis is a full-time contributor at Fantasysports.org and a part time contributor at Dynasty League Football, The Fantasy Fix and Rotoviz.

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