ADRIAN BELTRE WILL HAVE A BIG DAY TUESDAY
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 Tuesday, April 9, there are 14 games in Major League Baseball, with one afternoon game. The Milwaukee-Chicago Cubs (8:05pm ET, WGN) is nationally televised. The Houston-Seattle (10:10pm ET) game is also available free at MLB.com. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Toronto at Detroit - 1:05pm ET (60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland - 7:05pm ET (60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs - 8:05pm ET (60 percent chance of rain/thunderstorms)
Minnesota at Kansas City - 8:10pm ET (100 percent chance of strong storms, potential hail)
THESE SEVEN WILL SMOKE THEM ALL
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($5,000 vs. TB): Beltre has managed just three hits in 13 at-bats (.231) against Tampa Bay Rays SP Roberto Hernandez ($5,000), formerly Fausto Carmona. However, two of those hits have left the yard, and Beltre has four RBI, five walks and a 1.142 OPS.
John Buck, C, N.Y. Mets ($3,000 at PHI): Buck is a cheap source of power for this battle in Philly. He enters play with a career .292 (14-for-48) average with three doubles, three homers, eight RBI and six walks against SP Cliff Lee ($11,900).
Daniel Descalso, 2B, St. Louis ($2,800 vs. CIN): Descalso was expected to see a drop in playing time with 3B David Freese (back) back from the 15-day disabled list, with 3B Matt Carpenter ($3,900) seeing a chunk of the time at second. However, manager Mike Matheny is no fool, and he knows Descalso is 7-for-17 (.412) lifetime against Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo ($6,900), best among all active Cardinals.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($5,200 at SF): Not many have had sustained success against San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum ($9,500), but CarGo isn't one of those players. He is 12-for-39 (.308 with a double, three triples, two homers and seven RBI over his career against Lincecum.
Brandon Maurer, SP, Seattle ($5,000 vs. HOU): Hey, why not strike while the iron is hot? Or strike while the bats are cold? The Astros have been strikeout-happy, and they don't have a whole lot in the way of offense. Maurer was dinged for six earned runs and eight hits over six innings in a loss in Oakland Thursday. He is a cheap option who will help you load up on offense, and he should have a bounce-back game.
Kris Medlen, SP, Atlanta ($9,900 at ATL): Medlen was unbelievable last season, going 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 50 games and 12 starts. He did a lot of damage against the Marlins, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA over 24 innings in five appearances (two starts). The Marlins have already been blanked three times this season and isn't even April 10.
Ruben Tejada, SS, N.Y. Mets ($2,600 at PHI): Tejada has posted six hits with two doubles and a walk in 13 at-bats in his career against Lee. Tejada has never struck out against Lee, and he has a 1.115 career OPS against the hurler. Some guys just have the number of others, which is why baseball is so fun to try and figure out.
THESE FOUR DON'T COMPARE
Erik Bedard, SP, Houston ($8,400 at SEA): Bedard should get a chilly reception in Seattle against one of his former teams. Despite the fact Bedard has held the current Seattle roster to a .171 career batting average with just one homer, two RBI and 14 strikeouts, the Astros are pathetic and putting up little to no offensive support.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($4,900 at LAA): Crisp hasn't had a whole lot of success in his career against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson ($8,900). Crisp is just 3-for-21 (.143) with two doubles, three RBI and four strikeouts lifetime against Wilson.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado ($4,700 at SF): Sure, San Francisco's Lincecum hasn't been himself lately, but Fowler hasn't been able to figure out the successful combination. Fowler is just 6-for-32 (.188) with two extra-base hits and 10 strikeouts in his career against Lincecum.
David Freese, 3B, St. Louis ($3,900 vs. CIN): Freese (back) was activated from the DL Monday, and he made his season debut. He was hitless in three at-bats against the Reds, and he isn't likely to do much better than that Tuesday. Lifetime against Arroyo, Freese is just 1-for-12) (.083) with three strikeouts.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington ($4,100 vs. CHW) (back) was unable to start either of the past two games over the weekend due to a tight back, but manager Davey Johnson said Sunday that he expects LaRoche to play. If he is able to go, LaRoche has fared well over the years against SP Jake Peavy ($9,500). LaRoche is 4-for-11 (.364) with two homers, five RBI and three walks, posting a team-high 1.409 OPS. The next best OPS mark against Peavy among the other Nats is OF Denard Span ($3,900), who is 5-for-17 (.294) with an .824 OPS.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Kris Medlen||ATL||$9,900||3B||Adrian Beltre||TEX||$5,000|
|P||Brandon Maurer||SEA||$5,000||SS||Troy Tulowitzki||COL||$4,900|
|C||John Buck||NYM||$3,000||OF||Carlos Gonzalez||COL||$5,200|
|1B||Albert Pujols||LAA||$5,000||OF||Michael Cuddyer||COL||$4,200|
|2B||Daniel Descalso||STL||$2,800||OF||Andrew McCutchen||PIT||$4,900|
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