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The Daily MLB Fantasy Pulse- 5-31

Daily-Fantasy-PulseYesterday’s Studs

Jacoby Ellsbury- Holy stolen base, Batman! In 5 at-bats and 4 trips on base last night, Jacoby Ellsbury stole FIVE BASES. Congratulations if you played him and reaped those benefits.

Carlos Gonzalez- This play was significantly  more obvious than Ellsubry. In fact, Gonzalez was played in an astounding 35% of Wiz Walkoff teams yesterday and reward his owners with 2 hits, a walk and 3 stolen bases.

Logan Schafer- My value play of the day, who was leading off for the Brew Crew, went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI.

5/31 Pitchers

Stephen Strasburg- There are seriously an insane amount of starting pitching options to chose from today. On sites where you only have to start one, I recommend Strasburg. He has the best combination of matchup and upside potential. Clayton Kershaw is being forced to pitch in Coors Field, and Max Scherzer’s price has just gotten absolutely insane. Strasburg is the owner of a 24.5%, which is actually lower than 30.2% number in 2012. The Braves, on the other hand, strike out 24% of the time, which is only worse than the Astro’s. Provide Stras can keep the ball in the park, he is going to mow the Braves down.

Hisashi Iwakuma- There are a couple different ways you could go with your starting pitching slot. I don’t hate starting Shawn Marcum against the Marlins, or even going insane cheap and starting Jacob Turner against the lackluster Mets. Iwakuma, however, presents a happy medium of affordable price and realistic upside. The Twins rank 15th in the league in runs scored and strike out 21.4% of the time. Iwakuma has only allowed more than 2 earned runs twice and strikes out 8.5 batters per 9 innings.

5/31 Hitters

Jason Castro- Still cheap, still hitting in the 3, against facing a mediocre right handed pitcher. Fade him at your own risk.

Adrian Gonzalez- Far and away, the best first base play of the day. In Coors field, against a right handed pitcher allowing a .377 wOBA to left handed hitters. Just as with Castro, fade him with discretion.

Daniel Murphy- Jacob Turner is making his first big league start of 2013, and while the kid does have some talent, he’s no Clayton Kershaw. Murphy is hitting near the top of the Mets lineup with a .331/.373/.556 triple slash versus righties. A cheap play, especially if you are hopping on the expensive pitchers.

Chase Headley- Going back to the Headley bandwagon; he is super under priced but still has day to day star potential in a way that no other third basemen has today (other than Miggy). Facing Chad Jenkins, a nothing special call up with an 88 MPH fastball, Headley should be able to initiate some offense.

Jean Segura- I don’t care that the lefty Segura is facing is Cole Hamels; Hamel’s mechanics have been off for a while and he just isn’t intimidating anyone. Segura absolutely RAKES versus lefties, with a .378/.403/.622 triple slash versus them so far in 2013.

Matt Joyce- To say that Matt Joyce murders righties is to say that the Niagra Falls is wet. He absolutely hammer smashes the, with 8 home runs in only 143 PA’s. Joyce will face Corey Kluber tonight and is a sneaky value play.

Top 5 BvP Lines

Lyle Overbay  L 25 9 2 0 2 8 3 6 0 0 .360 .429 .680 1.109
Adam Jones  R 12 6 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .500 .500 .667 1.167
Adam Dunn  L 10 5 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 0 .500 .500 .800 1.300
Garrett Jones  L 36 11 4 1 1 3 4 11 0 0 .306 .375 .556 .931
Joey Votto  L 51 19 4 2 1 6 3 8 0 1 .373 .407 .588 .996

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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