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The Daily MLB Fantasy Pulse- 5-20

Daily-Fantasy-PulseYesterday’s Studs

Miguel Cabrera- I don’t know if you have heard, but OH MY GOD HE HIT THREE HOME RUNS! ESPN boner fest over Miggy aside, it was truly an epic performance, and one that swung alot of daily fantasy matchups.

Evereth Cabrera- What a day for Cabrera’s. The light hitting Padre’s shortstop went 2/6 with 2 runs and a crazy 3 stolen bases.

David Murphy- Miggy wasn’t the only one who had a big day down in the Ballpark in Arlington. Murphy went 2/3 with a homer, a walk and 2 runs.

5/20 Pitchers

Shelby Miller- There really isn’t anyone pitching better in the Bigs right now than Shelby Miller. Last weeks TINSTAAP podcast with Paul Sporer detailed just how good Miller is doing with only a fastball and a curveball. He has only thrown 10 changeups in all of 2013 thus far,  but has still been able to post a a crazy 1.40 ERA. Despite a recent offensive explosion, the Padres still strike out the 7th most in MLB and are in the bottom half of the league in runs scored. Miller will be cheaper than Kershaw and post a similar pitching line.

Jeremy Guthrie- That’s right, I’m fading Kershaw versus Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Braunettes as well as Cole Hamels versus the juicy Miami Marlins. Also in the latest episode of the TINSTAAP (seriously, you should be listening), Sporer and his cohort explained that Hamels just wasn’t himself and that it was going to take several weeks for his mechanics and pitching strength to return to form. Guthrie gets a matchup at Houston against a high K% lineup. His last start basically personified the concept of regression to the mean, but I don’t expect a repeat against an offense that runs so hot and cold.

5/20 Hitters

Robinson Cano- If you are spending money on any hitter today, you have to make it Cano. Freddy Garcia of the Baltimore Orioles just isn’t very good and Cano is as great of a left handed hitter as there is.  Cano will be in all of my lineups today. Any other left handed hitters in the Yankees final lineup are a solid play as well.

Billy Butler- The Royals lineup comes alive against mediocre pitchers. Against any pitcher with real talent, they are going to have swiss cheese bats; but tonight, against the Astros and Dallas Kuechel, Billy Butler makes a great play. His batting average hasn’t fully normalized for the season but in the warmer Texas air against a bad pitcher, I love Butler as a value play.

Brandon Moss- This bit me in the butt yesterday, but the A’s get another dream matchup today. This time it is against the Texas Rangers Josh Lindblom, a AAA arm who is nothing but organizational depth. An Oakland A’s stack is going to be very popular and Moss should lead the way. Batting cleanup, Moss is slugging .480 against right handed pitchers.

Shin-Soo Choo- Another great lefty-right matchup. Since returning from the DL, Shawn Marcum has been seriously terrible. Choo has an .508 wOBA against right handed hitters. That is truly insane. If anyone is going to have the night that Miggy did last night, it’s going to be Choo tonight.

Allen Craig- This is the last time I’m going to the well. Mediocre right hander. Good left handed hitter in Craig. He will be very cheap on most sites and has a prime matchup. Good luck to all of those who put him in your lineup tonight.

Top 5 BvP Lines

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Alexi Casilla  S 24 14 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 .583 .583 .708 1.292
Travis Hafner  L 33 15 2 0 4 7 3 4 0 0 .455 .500 .879 1.379
Adrian Beltre  R 60 19 7 0 5 14 1 7 0 0 .317 .323 .683 1.006
Miguel Montero  L 12 4 1 0 1 3 5 3 0 0 .333 .529 .667 1.196
Joey Votto  L 9 5 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 .556 .667 .667 1.333

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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