MATT HOLLIDAY, YOVANI GALLARDO HEADLINE WEDNESDAY’S TOP DAILY PLAYS
A lot of Fantasy players either set daily lineups, or play in daily Fantasy leagues such as Draft Kings, Fantasy Feud, etc. During the course of the season, each day in Major League Baseball, we'll have a short and sweet blog to help guide you with your lineup decisions. And, in the late afternoon/early evening on busy nights in MLB, we'll have an updated blog with injury news, lineup changes, etc. to help you set the best possible lineup and pad your bank account.
For Wednesday, May 15, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The Boston-Tampa Bay (7:00pm ET) game is nationally-televised on ESPN. The Chicago White Sox-Minnesota (1:10pm ET) game is available free on MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
Weather should not be a major concern yet again on Wednesday, however there are a few spots to keep an eye on. Make sure to check back later just to be on the safe side before finalizing your rosters.
San Diego at Baltimore (12:35pm ET - 30 percent chance of thunderstorms)
N.Y. Mets at St. Louis (8:15pm ET - 30 percent chance of thunderstorms)
PICK UP THESE SIX
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, L.A. Angels ($3,500 vs. KC): For whatever reason, Callaspo hasn't hit very well against Kansas City Royals SP Wade Davis ($6,900). He is just 1-for-9 (.111) with a double, two walks and three strikeouts in his career against the Kansas City hurler. However, buck that trend and use Callaspo at the hot corner, as he always seems to get up for playing his former team. Callaspo is 3-for-7 (.429) against Royals pitching this season with a double, walk and two runs scored, and since the start of the 2010 season, Callaspo is batting .310 (22-for-71) with five doubles, a homer and eight steaks.
Robinson Chirinos, C, Texas ($2,600 at OAK): Will Chirinos light it up? Probably not. But if you're looking for a guy who will get regular at-bats while coming with a friendly salary, Chirinos is your man. He gets the nod behind the plate from manager Ron Washington in the day-after-night game.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee ($9,200 at PIT): Gallardo picked up a win against the Bucs April 29, allowing just two runs -- one earned -- and three hits over seven innings with five strikeouts. Since the start of the 2010 season, Gallardo is 7-0 with a 2.04 ERA over eight starts against the Pirates, striking out 53 over 48 1/3 innings. It doesn't get much more automatic than that. He is also 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 17 2/3 innings at PNC Park since 2010.
Josh Hamilton, OF, L.A. Angels ($4,400 vs. KC): It isn't a great sample size, but Hamilton has never made an out against Davis in four career at-bats. BroHam is 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in his career against Davis, so perhaps the former Rays hurler is the elixir to cure Hamilton's ills at the dish.
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis ($5,200 vs. NYM): Holliday is definitely happy to see New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum ($8,100) healthy and pitching on a regular basis. He is 4-for-12 (.333) with two homers, three RBI and a 1.218 OPS in his career against Marcum.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($4,300 at TB): Pedroia isn't intimated by Tampa Bay Rays ace SP David Price ($9,900), as he is a career .303 (10-for-33) hitter with three doubles, one homer, two RBI and six walks with just five strikeouts against Price.
FIVE WHO WILL NOT THRIVE
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($4,000 vs. MIL): Alvarez is hitless in 15 career at-bats against Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo ($9,200), with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Zack Greinke, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($10,500 vs. WAS): Greinke (collarbone) is back from the 15-day disabled list, and cleared to start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. However, his pitch count is expected to be somewhat restricted, so he is not a good addition to daily Fantasy lineups until the training wheels are kicked off.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay ($4,300 vs. BOS): Sure, Longo has taken Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester ($9,400) deep once in his career to go along with three doubles, but overall he is just 9-for-42 (.214) with six RBI, six walks and a whopping 15 strikeouts.
Daniel Nava, OF, Boston ($3,700 at TB): Nava's playing time has tailed off with OF Shane Victorino ($3,400) back in the mix, and Nava is unlikely to sniff the field with Price on the hill. He is 1-for-18 (.056) lifetime against the southpaw.
Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay ($3,900 vs. BOS): Zobrist is just 5-for-27 (.185) over his past eight games, and facing Lester isn't likely to turn that skid around. Zobi is just 8-for-38 (.211) with two doubles, one homer, six RBI, six walks and 15 strikeouts against Lester, nearly mirroring the stats of Longoria. Both should be avoided.
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