If you play in daily leagues, you don’t need me to tell you how important starting lineups are. Annoying, I’ve gotten burned not once, but twice, over the last week, catching Alex Rios and Andrew McCutchen on days they weren’t playing after setting my lineup around noon. I don’t care how good the rest of your lineup is, a guy sitting on the bench is a big goose egg. If you’re like me, and set your Draftstreet lineups early in the morning; be sure to log back in around 6 PM (or in the next couple of hours today!) to make sure the guys you are paying for will see the field. For those who play in leagues with daily moves and game caps, it’s also a wise strategy to physically move guys out of the lineup who aren’t starting. Three pinch hit AB’s from your LF still count as three whole games on the stat sheet. Friendly reminder: be sure to click on “scores” on the Fangraphs menu bar for starting lineups essentially as soon as they are posted. Here’s the link for today.
Weather update: Looks to be cold and dreary in Milwaukee. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the last weather model I peeked at is saying 10-15 mph easterly winds — that is in from left field. Ouch. Devalue hitters by a few bucks and bump pitchers up a couple notches. On the flip side, the forecast is calling for sunny skies and temps in the lower 90’s in Houston. Just like in Milwaukee (only the reverse), it only gets better, since the wind is currently progged to be blowing straight out at game time. Giddy up, Chris Davis!
The Daily Five
Chris Johnson -$4,853
You know who is the third best hitter by wOBA against left-handed pitchers this year? If you guessed Chris Johnson, you either A) correctly read two lines up, B) are a diehard Braves fan, or C) are mixing in too many early season fantasy football mocks. OK, he’s getting a bit too much BABIP love, but still, he’s a nice option at that price.
Joey Votto – $10,625
10k isn’t cheap, but sometimes you need to ante up. Votto continues to tear up pitching while also walking enough to cause his OBP to occasionally flirt with .500. Tomorrow, the righty-killer gets Jon Garland in Cincy. That sound you hear is me licking my lips.
Josh Donaldson – $7,145
Another value play at the corners, Donaldson was one of the top 10 hitters in baseball in May. Yeah, he probably won’t keep the near-.600 SLG forever, but you can save a couple thousand on a top tier 3B play and allocate that money elsewhere. Of course, I’m pseudo-contradicting myself given the weather quip above, but I still think there’s enough value here to overcome the conditions.
Doug Fister – $13,129
I deftly drafted Fister all winter (we’re talking like 15th round!) and it’s paid huge dividends so far. Quite possibly baseball’s most under-the-radar top-10 WAR pitcher so far in 2013, Fister gets the Rays at home. Decent matchup and solid value. Nice combination to have out of your Draftstreet 1-A guy.
Joe Kelly – $7,184
Kelly gets the spot start in St. Louis. Owners may look at his 6.75 ERA and recoil in fear, but he’s actually been better peripherally than in 2012. Yes, his walk rate is up a hair but the punchouts are also up. He’s getting murdered by BABIP and HR/FB%, both of which are bound to come down. With a tasty matchup at home against Arizona, I’m buying him for the back end of my rotation and saving a couple dollars for my utility slot.
One for tomorrow
Dan Straily – $???
Seriously? How is Straily owned in only 18% of Yahoo! leagues? Just go pick him up if he’s available and stream him. Actually, don’t just stream him, keep him. And I’ll love him at almost any price Thursday — he’s coming off back-to-back-to-back solid starts and will be up against the 2nd worst offense in the league.
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