BEN ZOBRIST IS A FAVORABLE DAILY PLAY MONDAY
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For Monday, April 8, there are 11 games in Major League Baseball, with five afternoon games, and six evening contests. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs - 2:20pm ET (60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland - 4:05pm ET (40 percent chance of rain)
Minnesota at Kansas City - 4:10pm ET (40 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis ($4,500 vs. CIN): Beltran faces off against Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos ($9,900), a player he has had quite a measure of success during his career. Beltran is 4-for-11 (.364) with three homers, four RBIs, three walks and a sensational 1.182 slugging percentage.
Juan Francisco, 3B, Atlanta ($3,400 at MIA): Francisco is needed at third base while Chris Johnson slides across the diamond to play first base. Francisco has power potential to make him an intriguing pick, although playing in spacious Marlins Park might turn those homers into doubles.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore ($3,400 at BOS): Hardy has had his way against Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz ($7,800) during his career, going 6-for-13 (.462) with two bombs, three RBIs and a robust .923 slugging percentage. While he struck out 14 times against the Red Sox last season, he should be able to pick up at least a couple of hits, and one extra-base knock, in this one.
Chris Johnson, 3B, Atlanta ($3,600 at MIA): Johnson will be seeing regular at-bats, manning the first base position, while 1B Freddie Freeman (oblique) is on the 15-day disabled list. Johnson has power potential, and he could pile up the hits against the Miami Marlins during this early-week series.
Juan Pierre, OF, Miami ($4,000 vs. ATL): While there are plenty of youngsters, has-beens and never-will-bes on the Fish roster, one player will be very familiar to the home faithful in Monday's opener at Marlins Park. Pierre was around in the glory days, and he might have more against Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm ($7,700). Pierre has five hits, including a triple, two walks and three RBIs in 16 career at-bats against Maholm. He has a career .389 on-base percentage against Maholm.
Joe Saunders, SP, Seattle ($6,800 vs. HOU): The Mariners have their home opener against the lowly Astros, a team which has struck out at least 10 times in five of their first six games. The Astros have struck out 74 times through the first six games, which is the most in the majors during the first six games of the regular season since 1921. All but one starting pitcher the Astros have faced has either set or tied a career high for strikeouts against them.
Ben Zobrist, OF, Tampa Bay ($4,600 at BOS): There isn't much rhyme or reason to taking Zorilla here in this spot, except he has a favorable matchup against a young pitcher in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
DON'T TAKE THE COLLAR
Michael Bourn, OF, Cleveland ($4,400 vs. NYY): Bourn has not enjoyed facing New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda ($9,100) in his career. The speedy outfielder has collected just five hits in 26 at-bats (.192) with just one extra-base hit (a double), one RBI, no walks and five strikeouts. That's good for a terrible .192/.231/.423 slash. Bourn might be one of the Indians who is praying for the rains to come.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona ($4,500 vs. PIT): Goldschmidt has owned plenty of pitchers during the early portion of his career, but Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez ($7,700) is not one of them. Goldschmidt is hitless in five career at-bats with one walk and one strikeout against the Pirates ace.
Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia ($4,500 vs. NYM): The sample size isn't large, but New York Mets SP Matt Harvey ($9,700) has had Howard's number. The Phillies first baseman is hitless in five at-bats with an RBI and three strikeouts. He is simply not worth the risk.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland ($8,000 vs. NYY): One start does not change things. U looked fantastic in Toronto in his first outing last week, but he'll be facing a wounded, yet still dangerous New York Yankees lineup in the home opener at Progressive Field. Jimenez went 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA over 11 innings in two starts against the Bronx Bombers last season. Even if he can get off to a good start, this game could be interrupted by weather, and he could face a lengthy delay and/or he could have his innings limited if he starts, the rains come and the delay is long enough. He is not worth the tremendous risk.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs ($4,100 vs. MIL): If the rains do not come to wash this game out, Rizzo will face a difficult matchup against SP Marco Estrada ($8,700). He has managed just one single with one RBI and two strikeouts in his career against the Milwaukee hurler.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Wandy Rodriguez||PIT||$7,700||3B||Juan Francisco||CIN||$3,400|
|P||Joe Saunders||SEA||$6,800||SS||Troy Tulowitzki||COL||$4,900|
|C||Erik Kratz||PHI||$3,600||OF||Ben Zobrist||TB||$4,600|
|1B||Lance Berkman||TEX||$4,700||OF||Nelson Cruz||TEX||$4,200|
|2B||Ian Kinsler||TEX||$4,600||OF||Carlos Gonzalez||COL||$5,200|
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