Paul Goldschmdit- Chances are, I wasn’t the only one who told you to start Paul Goldschmidt yesterday. All he did was go 4/5 with a home run, 3 RBI and a run scored.
Asdrubal Cabrera- A day after I recommend him, he takes the Oakland A’s deep twice with 3 runs and walk.
Evan Longoria- The Rays beat up on old Mark Buehrle pretty badly and Longoria led the charge with a homer and 4 RBI!
Eric Stults- I’m not going to tell you that I trust this pick and am sure it is going to work out. However, the Marlins are just so bad that my basic strategy on sites where you start 2 pitchers is to pick an elite talent, very expensive pitcher and then pick whoever is going against the Marlins. It’s roughly been effective about 80% of the time. Stults isn’t a great pitcher, but he isn’t terrible either. He has a full 4 pitch arsenal to make up for a lack of velocity and should be able to get through at least 6 innings against the Marlins punchless lineup.
Lance Lynn- Today is not a particularly good one for stud pitchers. The best options, Kris Medlen, Jordan Zimmerman and Anibal Sanchez all have questionable matchups. I would understand if you rolled with them, but I will starting Lance Lynn. His 92 MPH fastball and 84 MPH changeup are going to keep Cubs hitters off balance all night and lead him to the eventual win.
Allen Craig- He finally hit his first homerun and as Paul Sporer noted on the Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast, once a player gets that first homerun, their approach shifts back to normal and they stop pressing. Craig is facing Travis Wood, who has been great thus far, but is the owner of a career .419 SLG% versus right handers. Look for Craig to have a solid game tonight.
Alcides Escobar- Escobar is hitting .361 against righties this year and already has 3!!!! home runs. Tonight, he faces off against Wei-Yin Chen in the bandbox of Camden Yards. So far in 2013, Chen has given up a .402 SLG% against righties and Escobar is going to raise that number.
David Wright- Hector Santiago isn’t very good. I don’t think that I am breaking any news by saying this, but I just though we should clear that up. Wright doesn’t have an BvP data versus Santiago but Santiago does allow a .419 SLG% to righties in his career and Wright slugs lefties to the tune of .572 in his career.
Vernon Wells- Stack your Yankees tonight. Heading into Coors field versus a leftie, the whole lineup is going to present excess value. At the top of that list is Vernon Wells who is slugging .486 so far in 2013. Yankee stadium is a bandbox, but it doesn’t get more homer prone than Coors field.
Brandon Moss- The rare lefty outfielder first baseman (just like Craig) has a great matchup tonight versus the underwhelming Zach McAllister. McAllister doesn’t really have stark splits for his career between left and right handed batters, but when I am breaking a tie between players or looking to rank someone for the day, I want my hitter to be opposite handed of the starting pitcher. Moss meets this qualification and is playing good baseball against a mediocre pitcher.