April 15 is one of my favorite days of the year. And not because it’s tax day. It’s Jackie Robinson Day. It’s the day our sport comes together to honor Mr. Robinson and his magnificent achievements. Without his sacrifice and perseverance the game we love wouldn’t be nearly as special as it is today. So, today when you’re enjoying the game, think a little bit about Mr. Robinson.
Unfortunately, there are no day games today, which seems like a travesty to me every time the schedule works out that way. But the schedule is still chocked full of games, so there are plenty of good match-ups to exploit, in both facets of the game. Unfortunately, there is a lot of rain in the forecast for much of the northeast. The following games are risky plays today: Tampa Bay/Baltimore, Chicago (NL)/New York (AL), and Atlanta/Philadelphia. So, for today, I’m completely throwing those games out of my lineups, which leaves us 12 games left to choose our lineups from.
Edit: The Yankees/Cubs game has been postponed. As has Detroit/Cleveland. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Erik Johnson, Josh Beckett, Phil Hughes, and Tim Lincecum are throwing today, and consequently they’re my favorite pitchers to build stacks against. The book has been out on Hughes for quite some time, and he’s facing a homer heavy team that has seen him a ton in the past. Johnson hasn’t quite found his footing at the major league level yet, and his opponent today (Boston) isn’t likely to make that any easier. And Beckett and Lincecum have been pitching like shells of their former selves for quite some time.
The Daily Five
Red Sox stack
It feels like Napoli has made his way onto a ton of my teams – daily and roto – this season. He hasn’t disappointed so far. Ortiz hasn’t been quite as good as he usually is, but it’s only a matter of time before he takes a swig from the Fountain of Youth and begins launching baseballs into orbit. Bogaerts’ tremendous plate discipline and approach hasn’t manifested into a ton of 5×5 production so far, but eventually things will turn in that direction, and if he keeps being priced so cheaply, I’ll own him when it happens.
Brett Lawrie – $4,275
Lawrie has struggled so far, but Phil Hughes could cure that in a hurry. Lawrie won’t have the platoon advantage, but Hughes has proven multiple times that batters from either side of the plate can have a field day when he takes the bump. By plugging in Lawrie we’re saving a little cash too, which could come in handy when you’re filling out the rest of the lineup card.
Yordano Ventura – $14,444
Honestly, until his price goes up, I’ll likely pick him every time he starts. Jeff Sullivan covered him the other day on FOX – the piece includes gifs, so head on over there. I was extremely impressed with how confident he was in his secondary offerings versus the Rays, and I expect that to continue today. Oh, and he’s pitching against Houston.
Also, if you have any questions regarding your regular roto lineup or anything else, feel free to comment below or message me on Twitter (probably the quickest way) @joneslandon.
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