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The MLB Fives for April 19

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**Due to inclement weather there will be no ranks of the Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Orioles**

Elite Starters

1. Mat Latos RHP CIN vs MIA- Miami is hitting .194 with only 3 HRs and a .499 OPS versus right-handed pitching so far this year. Latos has been a little unsteady at times this year, but to his credit, he has still had quality start in each of his three starts this year. I suppose Stanton will be back for tonight’s game, and Stanton has had success against Latos in the past. I don’t think Latos lets Stanton beat him. This should be an easy and dominant win for Latos.

2. Clay Buchholz RHP BOS vs KC- Statistically there hasn’t been a better pitcher in baseball this year than Mr. Buchholz. He’s only allowed two extra base hits in his three starts so far against the Rays, Yankees, and Orioles. None of those teams are that bad although the Rays are starting to state a case for being bad. Wind looks like it will be blowing out over the Green Monster, but if Buchholz maintains the quick approach and keeps the ball low in the zone, I don’t think we’ll see the wind be a factor. The Royals have the second lowest OPS against right-handed pitching in all of baseball.

3. Yu Darvish RHP TEX vs SEA- Did you know that I love Yu? It’s true I do. Ever since the near perfection in his first start, Yu has struggled with a blister issue. Hopefully that is behind him. In Yu’s last start against Seattle he pitched 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 8. I would take that stat line again if he gave me a win on top, but I think he’ll pitch better today at home. Mariners hitters have a .241 against righties and a .156 against Yu in particular. They have no HRs against him either. This is your safest play of the night in my opinion.

4. Madison Bumgarner LHP SF vs SD- Putting Madison on this list makes me a little nervous. The last time I recommended a stud lefty in Clayton Kershaw versus the Padres, the Pads got to him pretty hard. Madison hasn’t had a ton of success against the Padres in the past and could give up a HR. The thing is I love Madison’s makeup. You tell him he doesn’t throw hard enough anymore to be a big league pitcher he proves you wrong. I don’t want to be the guy that says he can’t beat the last place Padres at home. Additionally, he is being opposed by Edinson Volquez who the Giants should get to early and often.

5. Tim Hudson RHP ATL @ PIT- Hudson is my sleeper pick of the day if you can call Huddy a sleeper. Pirates hitters are hitting .197 against Hudson over the course of their careers.  They have no HRs versus him and have struck out 23 times in 117 at bats which is a lot a team against Hudson. Tim won’t strikeout 10+ batters in this game, but he has great potential to work 7+ innings, grab the win, and give you 5 or so Ks at a cheaper price.

**Note I didn’t use Matt Harvey or Stephen Strasburg although I feel both have a great chance for success tonight. Their high price tags, the fact that they face each other, the wind blowing out in New York, and the possibility of weather all played a role in my decision to leave them both off my recommendations list. Feel free to use if you feel those factors don’t warrant such a harsh decision leave off two of the best pitchers going tonight talent-wise.**

Elite Hitters

1. Prince Fielder 1B DET @ RHP Tommy Hanson- Fielder broke out of his mini-slump yesterday with a 2 for 4 performance. I think you’ll see him carry over that success against Hanson tonight. Hanson isn’t a Major League caliber pitcher anymore. If Fielder doesn’t walk every time he comes to the plate, I think there is a high probability he puts a charge into one.

2. Nelson Cruz OF TEX vs LHP Joe Saunders- I love the match-up of all the Texas righties versus lefty Saunders. Cruz has 2 HRs to his credit against Saunders in the past. Saunders is pitching well this year but is still giving up a .313 AVG to right-handed batters. Look for the righty power hitters of Cruz, Kinsler, Berkman and Beltre all to have hits and have the possibility for good games. I like Cruz the best because of his past success against Saunders, his love affair with lefty pitching, and his price across most sites.

3. Buster Posey C SF vs RHP Edinson Volquez- Posey will hit his first home run of the season tonight. The last time this season Posey played after a rest night, he went 3-5 with a double, triple and three RBIs. I like to play catchers coming off of rest. Here’s your opportunity as it just so happens to match up Posey with Volquez who likes to give up runs. Posey’s price has fallen lately especially on Fanduel (3.000).

4. Robinson Cano 2B NYY @ RHP Brandon Morrow- Morrow hasn’t been great over his last couple of starts, but Cano has. Cano loves to make pitchers pay for mistake pitches, and I think Morrow will give him a mistake or two today. Cano is by far the best option at second base for all you non-stackers out there. I know that’s a big surprise to all.

5. Miguel Cabrera 3B DET @ LAA Tommy Hanson- Al Smizzle pointed this out on Wednesday, but it rings especially true today. Miggy is the best hitter in baseball period, but his salary on Draftkings is not indicative of that talent level. Like I said earlier in my Fielder evaluation, Hanson can’t pitch well anymore. Miggy could have a massive day and is only 4,900 on DraftKings which is less than like 40 other hitters. That’s disgusting.

Five Teams to Stack

1. Detroit Tigers @ RHP Tommy Hanson

2. Texas Rangers vs LHP Joe Saunders

3. Cincinnati Reds vs RHP Kevin Slowey

4. San Francisco Giants vs RHP Edinson Volquez

5. Atlanta Braves @ LHP Wandy Rodriguez

About Ben Pritchett

Member of the FSWA. Top 4 2012 Most Accurate Fantasy Baseball Expert. Top 3 Finisher in the 2012 DSFC football championship. Written for The Hardball Times and Daily Joust.

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