Desmond Jennings- Figuring out which Ray is going to go off on any given day is a real pain in the ass and last night, it was Desmond Jennings with 2 homers and 3 runs scored.
Tyler Colvin- Finally up from the minors and crushing like a grape! Colvin went off for 2 homers yesterday and will be a solid play going forward.
Pedro Alvarez- This could be a good sign of things to come, as Alvarez hits homers in bunches. His homer and 3 hits yesterday are certainly a positive sign.
Shelby Miller- If you can come up with a coherent argument to fade Miller tonight, I’d love to hear it. He is facing a team that strikes out 22.8% of the time and has scored only 39 runs over the last 14 days. They have David Wright and really, nothing else. Miller is sporting a spiffy 2.40 FIP, 27.6 K%,Â and an impossibly low .48 HR/9. If you go cheap on pitching tonight, you’ll probably regret it.
Jeremy Bonderman/Jordan Lyles- This is not a strategy for the faint of heart. The over under in this game in 7.5 and it’s excruciatingly possible that it goes underneath that. Bonderman and Lyles are both DIRT cheap with a reasonable upside. The Astros still strike out a quarter of the time and literally no one on the Mariners is an above average hitter right now, with Mike Morse on the DL.
Buster Posey- Posey’s current triple slash versus Lefties: .321/.381/.536. That’s pretty darned good. Posey will face Francisco Lirano, who every single baseball fan in the world is waiting to melt down. It may not come tonight, but given Liriano’s likelihood to explode at any given moment, I like Posey as the top catcher play tonight.
Paul Goldschmidt- Hyun-Jin Ryu has had an absolutely fantastic year, but so has Paul Goldschmidt. Against lefties, he’s slugging .618 with a .948 OPS. If you want a high, high, high upside play, Goldschmidt is your guy.
Matt Carpenter- He let you down yesterday, but tonight against Dillon Gee, I expect things to go much more smoothly. Gee can’t get lefties out and Carpenter wreacks havoc on righties. I can see an argument for going with Robinson Cano against Straily and Oakland, but I like Cano at home more than on the road.
Micheal Young- The Phillies have apparently decided that Micheal Young is a legit leadoff. While I disagree with that, that does increase his daily fantasy value, especially against Mike Pelfrey. Young is hitting .279 against righties and is facing a pitcher with a plus 6 ERA who has only looked passable against the Royals.
Troy Tulowitzski/Carlos Gonzalez- This game has an over/under of 11 1/2. I don’t really know what else you need. They are facing a AAA level arm in Ross Ohlendorf and I fully expect to be writing these two up in tomorrow’s “Yesterday’s Studs” segment.
Top 5 BvP Lines
|Adrian Beltre Â R||12||5||2||0||1||4||0||1||0||0||.417||.462||.833||1.295|
|Ryan Howard Â L||43||16||2||0||3||7||7||4||0||0||.372||.471||.628||1.098|
|Anthony Rizzo Â L||11||6||2||0||0||1||1||2||0||0||.545||.583||.727||1.311|
|Justin Upton Â R||12||7||4||0||0||2||0||2||0||0||.583||.583||.917||1.500|
|Andrew McCutchen Â R||16||7||1||1||0||2||0||0||2||0||.438||.438||.625||1.063|