CARLOS BELTRAN IS A MUST-PLAY FRIDAY IN DAILY FANTASY
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 Friday, April 12, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, with one afternoon game. The Oakland-L.A. Angels (10:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on the MLB Network. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses and designated with a DK, FanDuel.com salaries designated with a FD)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees 7:05pm ET (50 percent chance of showers)
Tampa Bay at Boston - 7:10pm ET (90 percent chance of showers, early evening)
USE THIS GANG OF EIGHT
Carlos Beltran OF, St. Louis ($4,600 DK and $3,500 FD - vs. MIL): Beltran was probably thrilled to death with SP Kyle Lohse ($5,000 DK and $7,400 FD) elected to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, staying inside the NL Central. Beltran carries a .564 (22-for-39) career average against Lohse with four homers, 12 RBI, 11 walks and just five strikeouts. His 1.026 slugging percentage and 1.673 OPS are insane against the Milwaukee veteran and former teammate.
A.J. Burnett, SP, Pittsburgh ($9,300 DK and $6,800 FD - vs. CIN): Burnett tore up the Reds in 2012, going 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA over 34 2/3 innings in five starts. He racked up 31 strikeouts during the span, and the Reds hit a paltry .186 against him.
Alexi Casilla, 2B, Baltimore ($3,400 DK and $2,900 FD - at NYY): This is the kind of thing that makes baseball great. We all know Casilla is a middlin hitter, and New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia ($11,800 DK and $8,700 FD) is one of the game's best. However, Casilla is a .571 career hitter against Carsten Charles Sabathia, collecting two doubles, an RBI and a whopping 1.238 OPS.
Ross Detwiler, SP, Washington ($5,000 DK and $5,000 - vs. ATL): Detwiler has managed a 2-1 record with a 2.97 ERA over 39 1/3 innings in eight appearances (six starts) against the Braves since the start of the 2010 season, and he has 13 walks and 26 strikeouts during the span. At this price level, Detwiler is a must-start No. 2 option in leagues which require two SPs.
Justin Masterson, SP, Cleveland ($8,100 DK and $7,200 FD - vs. CHW): Masterson has fired out of the chute this season, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts through his first two outings, going at least six innings in each outing. He has amassed an impressive 0.92 WHIP in the process. For those expecting the bottom to drop out, it might be coming, but perhaps not tonight. Since the start of the 2010 season, Masterson is 4-4 with a solid 2.95 ERA in 79 1/3 innings against the White Sox in 14 games (13 starts) with one complete game.
David Murphy, OF, Texas ($4,000 DK and $3,300 FD at SEA): Murphy greeted Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma ($8,000 DK and $6,600) to the majors last season with five hits, including two doubles and a home run, in nine at-bats. He also drove in three runs while posting a 1.111 slugging percentage and 1.667 OPS.
Ramon Santiago, 2B, Detroit ($3,100 DK and $2,500 FD - at OAK): The light-hitting Santiago is almost certain to be included in manager Jim Leyland's lineup, as the infielder has a career .524 average (11-for-21) with three doubles, a triple and three RBI against Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon ($6,900 DK and $6,200 FD).
Kyle Seager, 2B/3B, Seattle ($4,000 DK and $3,100 FD - vs. TEX): Sure, Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish ($12,200 DK and $9,700 FD) has been nearly untouchable this season, but Seager doesn't seem to be bothered by him in the past. Seager collected four hits (including two doubles) with five RBI, two walks and just three strikeouts last season against the Texas hurler.
GIVE THESE SIX THE NIX
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cincinnati ($4,700 DK and $5,200 FD - at PIT): Choo has been humming along with a .371 (13-for-35) average, three homers and six RBI on the season. However, running into Burnett Friday might cool him off. He is just 3-for-18 (.167) in his career with one RBI and four strikeouts against Burnett over his career.
Kyle Lohse, SP, St. Louis ($5,000 DK and $7,400 FD - at STL: Lohse returns to St. Louis in the opposing dugout after spending his past five seasons with the Cardinals. I just don't like the prospects for Lohse against his old team, especially when it comes to Beltran (see above).
Miguel Montero, C, Arizona ($4,300 DK and $3,500 FD - vs. LAD): Not many have had a lot of success against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw ($12,500 DK and $9,900 FD), and Montero is certainly in that boat. He has just four career hits in 20 at-bats (.200) with three RBI and nine strikeouts.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, Seattle ($4,100 DK and $3,700 FD - vs. TEX): Morales is an awful 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts against Darvish in his career, and it wouldn't be surprising to see manager Eric Wedge opt to sit Morales completely, giving him a rest.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta ($3,800 DK and $3,500 FD - at WAS): Uggla has gone hitless in 10 career at-bats against Detwiler. He has managed four walks for a somewhat respectable .286 on-base percentage, but he also has three strikeouts.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox ($3,700 DK and $3,700 FD - at CLE): Viciedo was out of the lineup the past two days in Washington, as playing in an NL park caused manager Robin Ventura to get creative to get 1B Adam Dunn ($3,800 DK, $3,900 FD) into the lineup. Viciedo is expected to return, but he is 0-for-7 lifetime against Masterson. However, remember him in this series over the weekend. He has hit .345 (30-for-87) with seven homers and 21 RBI with a 1.045 OPS against the Indians since the start of the 2010 season.
Check out the lineups and see who is serving as the designated hitter for manager Buck Showalter. So far this season, the DH spot in the Baltimore order is a dismal 1-for-30. OF Nick Markakis ($4,500 DK and $3,700 FD) served in the role in Boston Thursday and was hitless in four at-bats.
Dobish's Late Games Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Justin Masterson||CLE||$8,100||3B||Miguel Cabrera||DET||$5,600|
|P||Ross Detwiler||WAS||$5,000||SS||Troy Tulowitzki||COL||$4,900|
|C||Buster Posey||SF||$4,700||OF||Carlos Beltran||STL||$4,600|
|1B||Yonder Alonso||SD||$3,600||OF||David Murphy||TEX||$4,000|
|2B||Ramon Santiago||DET||$3,100||OF||Mike Trout||LAA||$6,300|
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