ALEXI OGANDO WILL SURPRISE IN DAILY PLAY TUESDAY
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For Tuesday, April 23, there are 17 games in Major League Baseball. The Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati (7:10pm ET, WGN) game will be televised nationally. The L.A. Dodgers-N.Y. Mets (8:10pm ET) game can be viewed free at MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
There are several trouble spots today, but at least it appears they'll get their doubleheader in between the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. It will be brutally cold, but the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies 'should' be able to play, despite temperatures in the upper 20's or lower 30's.
Some daily leagues will include the game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox at 6:35pm ET. Some will not, because of the odd starting time. It might not start until after 7pm anyway, or perhaps won't played at all.
Oakland at Boston - 6:35pm ET (90 percent chance of rain)
Kansas City at Detroit - 7:08pm ET (80 percent chance of rain)
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati - 7:10pm ET (90 percent chance of t-storms)
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox - 8:10pm ET (50 percent chance of showers)
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
Marlon Byrd, OF, N.Y. Mets ($2,800 vs. LAD): Sure, all of his career hits have been singles, but it is impressive nonetheless that Byrd is 6-for-9 (.667) in his career against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw ($12,700). Most people will probably stay away from the matchup regardless, but he is a guy who could be plugged into the lineup for salary cap relief, allowing you more money to spend elsewhere.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto ($5,100 at BAL): This is sort of an "against the grain" pick for me. Sure, Encarnacion is just 1-for-7 (.167) in his career against Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez ($7,800). However, that one hit was good for a home run. I like the power-on-power matchup here, and think Encarnacion could come out of this one with another homer against Gonzo.
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City ($5,300 at DET): Gordon has had surprising success against Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer ($11,400), going 7-for-18 (.389) with a double, home run, five walks and an impressive 1.133 OPS. You have to like the potential for extra-base hits in spacious Comerica Park for Gordon tonight. Be careful with the weather (see above).
Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay ($3,500 vs. NYY): There is something Joyce likes about the pitching of New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes ($7,900). He is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI in his career against Hughes, while posting three walks and no strikeouts. He should tutor his teammate 2B/OF Ben Zobrist ($4,500) on the dealings of Hughes, as Zobi is 0-for-12 lifetime against Hughes.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas ($4,600 at LAA): Kinsler is a great value on this night, as he is 12-for-35 (.343) with five doubles, a home run and three RBI in his career against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jason Vargas ($6,800). That's good for a .966 OPS. Sign me up.
Alexi Ogando, SP, Texas ($8,900 at LAA): Ogando's career numbers against the Angels are eye-popping. He is 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 20 career appearances (three starts), striking out 29 batters in 36 2/3 innings while walking just nine. The Angels are hitting .237 collectively against him in the 20 games. He is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA in 12 games (two starts) all-time at Angels Stadium.
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City ($4,000 at DET): Perez hasn't faced Sherzer much in his career, but when he has he has been awfully succesesful. In seven career at-bats against Scherezr, Perez has collected five hits, including a double, two homers and three RBI. Obviously the sample size isn't great, but that adds up to a 1.714 slugging percentage and 2.429 OPS. Again, watch the weather.
THESE EIGHT AREN'T WORTH THEIR RATE
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($4,800 at LAA): Some argue that the numbers might simply mean a guy is due, but Beltre is just 2-for-21 (.095) with no homers and just one RBI in his career against Vargas. He has managed three walks to get his career on-base percentage to at least .208 against Vargas, but that type of production definitely does not warrant such a high salary.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona ($4,800 at SF): I keep worrying that manager Kirk Gibson is going to give Goldie a day off, as he is the only Diamondbacks player to have played in every single game this season for his team. If he was to rest, Tuesday might be a good day for it, as he is just 2-for-13 (.154) in his career with no homers or RBI and three strikeouts against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain ($10,500).
Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia ($11,700 vs. PIT): It's more of a salary cap issue with Hamels than anything else. He is just too expensive for this matchup. It is strange, but he has faced the Pirates just twice since the start of the 2010 season, and he is 0-1 with a 2.40 ERA during the span. In fact, this will be just his fifth career start against the cross-state rivals, and he hasn't had a victory against the Bucs since his rookie season, winning his only career start against Pittsburgh July 9, 2006.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City ($4,000 at DET): Moustakas hasn't exactly been lighting the world afire, hitting just .158 on the season with no RBI since April 9. It doesn't figure to get any better against Scherzer, as Moose is just 1-for-14 (.071) in his career against the fireballer.
David Murphy, OF, Texas ($3,800 at LAA): Murphy has collected just one hit in 19 career at-bats (.053) against Vargas with no extra-base hits, no RBI, two walks and five strikeouts.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto ($4,100 at BAL): Rasmus hasn't been on the radar screens of most daily players lately, and he definitely should be off tonight. He is 0-for-7 in his career against Gonzalez with three strikeouts.
Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit ($$11,400 vs. KC): When, not if, the rains come, it could really affect Scherzer and his value. This game appears as if it will get underway, and it could become an official game before it is interrupted by weather. But it is a bad idea to pay this type of salary for a guy who might very well have an abbreviated start.
David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($4,300 vs. LAD): Wright actually has more Fantasy points per game at his position (11.8) than any of his counterparts at the hot corner. That makes him a tempting play, especially with the 16th-highest salary at 3B. However, his salary is temptingly low because he has a tough matchup against Kershaw. Wright is batting just .167 (2-for-12) in his career against the Dodgers' ace with a double and no RBI.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Jason Vargas||LAA||$6,800||3B||Chase Headley||SD||$4,500|
|P||Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||$9,000||SS||Jean Segura||MIL||$3,900|
|C||Salvador Perez||KC||$4,000||OF||Matt Joyce||TB||$3,500|
|1B||Mark Trumbo||LAA||$4,200||OF||Vernon Wells||NYY||$3,800|
|2B||Ian Kinsler||TEX||$4,600||OF||Ryan Braun||MIL||$5,700|
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