CARLOS BELTRAN IS A DAILY PLAY TO AVOID WEDNESDAY
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For Wednesday, April 17, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, with two afternoon games, plus the resumption of Philadelphia-Cincinnati, which was suspended Tuesday due to heavy rains with the score tied 0-0 in the ninth inning. Once those teams finish their game from Tuesday, they will square off in Wednesday's scheduled game, tentatively set for 7:00pm ET. The Tampa Bay-Baltimore game (7:05pm ET) is the free game of the day at MLB.com. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
You'll definitely want to avoid players from all six of the teams below. While it is conceivable one or more of the games below will be played, the weather looks really bad in each of the cities. Check the radar link for the latest:
Texas at Chicago Cubs - 8:05pm ET (100 percent chance of rain/thunder)
L.A. Angels at Minnesota - 8:10pm ET (100 percent chance of rain to snow)
N.Y. Mets at Colorado - 8:40pm ET (100 percent chance of snow/wind, 1-2 in.)
THESE FIVE WILL THRIVE
John Buck, C, N.Y, Mets ($3,800 at COL): If this game is played through the flakes, Buck will be a nice value. He has hit just .238 (10-for-42) in his career against Colorado Rockies SP Jon Garland ($5,000), but five of those hits are good for extra bases. Buck has four doubles, a home run, four RBI and five walks in his career against Garland, which is good for a respectable .724 OPS.
Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit ($3,700 at SEA): Not many have had long-term success against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez ($12,200). However, Hunter is one of the exceptions, batting .324 lifetime (22-for-68) against King Felix. Keep in mind that while he has a high average, he has struck out 19 times against the fireballer, so this isn't a slam-dunk. However, if you're dead-set on using some Tigers, he and 3B Miguel Cabrera ($4,700) have hit Hernandez well over the years. Miggy owns a .429 (9-for-21) career average, and 1.044 OPS, against Hernandez.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay ($5,600 at BAL): Sure, he is the second-most expensive hot corner man on the board, but he will be worth it. He has hit Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman ($7,600) well during his career, going 6-for-12 (.500) with three homers, four RBI, three walks and no strikeouts. That's good for an insane 1.250 slugging percentage, and 1.850 OPS. You can't lose with Longo.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, Miami ($8,300 vs. WAS): Nolasco kept bats quiet on Opening Day at Washington, except for two solo homers by OF Bryce Harper ($5,200), over six innings in a 2-0 loss. Harper, who is battling flu-like symptoms and is a question mark for this game, likely will not see one curveball from Nolasco if the two do face each other. Nolasco has racked up 10-plus strikeouts against the likes of 1B Adam LaRoche ($4,400), OF Jayson Werth ($4,500) and 3B Ryan Zimmerman ($4,800), while holding each to a .264 career average or less.
Albert Pujols, 1B, L.A. Angels ($5,600 at MIN): Sure, it's only three career at-bats, but Minnesota Twins SP Vance Worley ($8.500) has yet to retire Pujols. The SoCal slugger is 3-for-3 during his career against Worley. That's hard to ignore.
DON'T PICK UP THESE SIX
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis ($4,600 at PIT): While Beltran carries a .300 (9-for-30) lifetime batting average against Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett ($9,500) into play, it is interesting to note that most of his damage against the Pirates last season came at home. He had two homers and 12 RBI against the Bucs last season, but he batted .136 (3-for-22) with no extra-base hits and one RBI with six strikeouts at PNC Park. In fact, since the start of the 2010 season, Beltran has just eight hits in 45 at-bats (.178) with no extra-base hits and seven RBI. he doesn't see the ball well at PNC Park for whatever reason, and his average there since 2010 is higher only than Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, and Nationals Park in Washington.
Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego ($4,700 vs. LAD): Headley will come off the 15-day disabled list, and in his first regular season game of the season he faces Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw ($13,000). That's a nice 'How-Do-You-Do?' While there was likely to be rust anyway, facing one of the best, if not the best, hurlers in baseball is not a recipe for success.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($4,300 at CLE): For whatever reason, Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson ($8,300) has had the number of 'Petey' over the years. Pedroia has broken through for just one hit in 13 career at-bats (.077) against Cleveland's ace, while managing just one walk for a .143 on-base percentage.
Cliff Pennington, SS, Arizona ($2,900 at NYY): Pennington, like so many others, has struggled in his career against New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia ($12,100), posting just one hit with six strikeouts in 14 career at-bats. That's a .071 batting average and on-base percentage.
Josh Willingham, OF, Minnesota ($4,700 vs. LAA): We mentioned that the weather is frightful in MPLS, but if this game does get underway, 'The Hammer' is one to avoid. One, he has been battling an illness, and cold conditions won't help that. And two, he has a lifetime average of .083 (1-for-12) with four strikeouts against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson ($8,300).
Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay ($5,500 at BAL): Unlike his teammate Longoria, Zobrist has been unable to solve Tillman for whatever reason. Zobi-Wan-Kenobi, Zobi, Zorilla, or whatever other nickname you or his teammates what to bestow on him, has managed just three hits in 18 career at-bats (.167) against the Baltimore hurler. When he has made connection, the ball has gone far, as he has a double and two homers. But he is just not worth the gamble.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Ricky Nolasco||MIA||$8,300||3B||Evan Longoria||TB||$5,600|
|P||Ross Detwiler||WAS||$5,100||SS||Asdrubal Cabrera||CLE||$4,300|
|C||John Buck||NYM||$3,800||OF||Torii Hunter||DET||$3,700|
|1B||Kevin Youkilis||NYY||$4,300||OF||Matt Holliday||STL||$4,700|
|2B||Robinson Cano||NYY||$4,300||OF||Alex Rios||CHW||$4,800|
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