Don Mattingly Should Bench Andre Ethier Too
Can anyone stop Chris Davis? No, seriously, what has gotten into this man? Pretty sure the Texas Rangers loathe him at this point, wishing he had shown half of this ability back when they had him. Onto Friday’s (and a few weekend pitchers) picks...
Josh Johnson, TOR – There is a lot of concern with Johnson given his injury history and move to the AL now. When healthy though, Johnson is still one of the game’s better pitchers, and he looked healthy in the spring. Johnson finished with a 2.70 ERA and 23 Ks (just three walks) in 20.0 IP. The Red Sox are on tap today, and only Shane Victorino has seen much of Johnson, plus the price tag is extremely reasonable at $6,600 in FanDuel (Wade Miley and Derek Holland have the same cost). If you’re looking for one more, I’ll give you Mike Minor who is even cheaper and has the potential to dominate with no Cubs outside of Nate Schierholtz (3-of-6) having much success or history against him.
Chris Davis, BAL – He’s on fire, you have to play him... simple as that. Are you really worried about Liam Hendricks pitching? Oh, and somehow he’s still just $3,400 on FD!
Brennan Boesch, NYY – Players facing former teams always seem to step it up a bit and here we have Boesch against the Tigers. Not only that, but Boesch is facing Doug Fister, who he’s 7-of-12 against with two double and a homer (.583 AVG, 1.615 OPS). At just $2,700 (FD), there isn’t a better value play.
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Dan Haren, WAS – Whereas Johnson showed reason to have faith, Haren struggled a bit in the spring and is also coming off injury. Haren posted a 6.39 ERA with just 18 Ks in 25.1 IP. Now, he heads to Cincinnati (queue ominous dun-dun-DUUNNN!). The Reds haven’t seen much of Haren, but at $8,600 (DraftKings – fifth highest) and $6,900 (FD – fourth), I will spend my pitching dollars elsewhere.
Andre Ethier, LAD – Ethier doesn’t have an outrageous price tag ($4,000 DK, $3,300 FD), but he has a miserable time facing Jonathan Sanchez. I wouldn’t be surprised if Don Mattingly even lets Ethier sit today. Ethier is just 4-for-30 against Sanchez with 11 Ks and no walks. That’s a .133 AVG and .395 OPS my friends. Don’t see the value price and think Ethier is a good play; you’ll be sorry.
Some pitchers that I like this weekend are worth looking into for potential value plays are Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Alex Cobb and Jonathan Niese.
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