- Avoiding the Unavoidable
- Daily DFS
- Meager Monday
1. Avoiding the Unavoidable
Is it possible to avoid the unavoidable? Only in a sense.
Yesterday, Scott Kazmir looked like the best choice of a motley bunch. By my numbers, he possessed a better point per dollar projection than Clayton Kershaw. Kazmir then failed to make it through two innings. He was ejected after arguing balls and strikes.
Whether the ejection was merited or not, the only way to avoid this kind of nasty surprise is through diversification. Unfortunately for me, my Kazmir lineups performed the best; they all finished less than two points outside of the money. Even a mediocre 10 point start would have allowed me to make money. There’s always another day…
2. Daily DFS
The Yankees and Pirates have a doubleheader, but only the first game counts for the full day contest.
You can try select left-handed Pirates against Hiroki Kuroda. As I’ve been saying pretty much every day: short porch.
Lefty Mariners should benefit from facing Ricky Nolasco. Just remember the park is less than ideal for stacking.
In his first outing back from the disabled list, command and control specialist Jaime Garcia might not be on top of his game. Then again, he might. I guess we’ll see.
Donn Roach is a soft-tossing, right-handed, ground ball specialist. He neither strikes out or walks many hitters. It remains to be seen if he’s a major league pitcher, but Coors Field is a hell of a place to start your first big league game.
Last but not least, Vidal Nuno is also exploitable if you’re entering a late contest that includes the second Pirates-Yankees game.
3. Monday Madness
Count ’em, one, two, three, four, five games tomorrow. Oof.
Pitchers to Start: The Indians have struggled against left-handed pitching. More to the point, Progressive Field favors left-handed hitters. They loss the platoon advantage against Drew Smyly.
Then again, if Corey Kluber is available, I much prefer his side of the matchup. The Tigers have a good offense, but Kluber is pretty good in his own right.
Maybe Wily Peralta is still available in your league? Maybe not. In any case, his start against the Braves is passable.
Pitchers to Exploit: Mike Minor hasn’t been particularly sharp since his return from the disabled list. He’ll face a Brewers lineup that punished left-handed pitching – at least when it’s full strength.
Hitters (power): Mark Reynolds is one of the top platoon advantaged bats for tomorrow. It’s not a deep day.
C.J. Cron appears most attractive.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color coding is a classic stoplight where green equals go for hitters. The weather conditions are from SI Weather’s home run app. A 10/10 means great atmospheric conditions for home runs. A 1/10 means lousy atmospheric conditions.
Looks like we have a clear day for baseball. Let’s enjoy it.
The Link. You can have some red, or you can have some green. Take your pick. Do note the excellent weather conditions in a few hitter friendly parks. Namely Coors Field, Chase Field, and the two Texas locales.
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