FIND A WAY TO PAY FOR YOVANI GALLARDO IN DAILY PLAY MONDAY
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 Monday, April 29, there are 12 games in Major League Baseball, all evening affairs. The Washington-Atlanta (7:00pm ET, ESPN) game will be televised nationally. Also, the Colorado-L.A. Dodgers (10:10pm ET) game is available free at MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
The weather is a little shaky in couple of places Monday, but nothing too terribly threatening.
Houston at N.Y. Yankees 7:05pm ET (40 percent chance of showers)
San Diego at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm ET (40 percent of thunderstorms)
...other than that, everywhere else has a 30 percent chance, or less, for rain.
THESE EIGHT WILL BE GREAT
Brennan Boesch, OF, N.Y. Yankees ($3,700 vs. HOU): Boesch has never made an out against Houston Astros SP Lucas Harrell ($7,800), albeit a small sample size. He has four hits in four career at-bats against Harrell with a double, walk and RBI. He is a certainty to be in manager Joe Girardi's lineup Monday.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee ($6,000 vs. PIT): While Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez ($8,600) has done well against the Milwaukee Brewers in the past few years, he has been unable to quiet the bat of Braun. The Brewers' All-Star is 14-for-39 (.359) with five doubles, four homers and eight RBI. He also has six walks and six strikeouts during the span against Rodriguez.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee ($10,300 vs. PIT): Gallardo is an impressive 6-0 with a 2.18 ERA in seven starts against the Pirates since the start of the 2010 season, and he has 48 strikeouts in just 41 1/3 innings during the impressive span. He is a must-play.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($5,100 at LAD): CarGo has to be pleased as punch that Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly ($8,400) is back in the rotation for Dodger Blue. Gonzalez is 8-for-20 (.400) with five homers and 10 RBI in his career against 'The Pad'.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota ($4,500 at DET): There is something about the pitching of Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer ($11,400) that Morneau likes. He has five career hits in 10 at-bats (.500) against Scherzer with a double, three homers, four RBI and four walks while recording zero strikeouts. That's good for an insane 1.500 slugging percentage and 2.143 career OPS against the Tigers' strikeout pitcher.
Carlos Pena, 1B, Houston ($4,400 at NYY): Pena is a superb play in Monday's interleague series opener against New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte ($10,000). Sure, he has 14 strikeouts in 43 career at-bats against Pettitte, he is also a career .326 hitter (14-for-43) with two triples, six homers and 11 RBI. That's good for an .420 on-base percentage, .837 slugging percentage and a 1.257 OPS. Just be mindful of the weather, as showers are in the forecast.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Pittsburgh ($8,600 at MIL): Rodriguez has managed a 3-3 record in nine starts against the Milwaukee Brewers since the start of the 2010 season, which is just so-so. However, he has a sparkling 2.47 ERA during the span with 56 strikeouts in just 58 1/3 innings during the span. He is also 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA in three starts at Miller Park during the stretch, with 22 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. That makes him a solid Fantasy start at a decent price.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta ($3,500 vs. WAS): Uggla has hit Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg ($12,100) in his career, going 9-for-20 (.450) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI. He also has three walks and seven strikeouts, good for a career .850 slugging percentage and 1.372 OPS against the Nationals' flamethrower.
THESE EIGHT WON'T HAVE GOOD FATES
Yonder Alonso, 1B, San Diego ($4,800 at CHC): Alonso hasn't fared well against Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija ($10,400) in their brief history, as the former University of Miami slugger is just 1-for-7 (.143) with no RBI, no walks and three strikeouts against the former University of Notre Dame wide receiver.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($4,200 at MIL): Alvarez cannot be happy to see Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo ($10, 300) on the mound. He is hitless in 12 at-bats with no RBI, three walks and seven strikeouts in his career against Milwaukee's Opening Day starter.
Clint Barmes, SS, Pittsburgh ($2,800 at MIL): Barmes has managed just one hit, a single, in 15 career at-bats against Gallardo. He also has one walk with four strikeouts, which is good for an abysmal .067 slugging percentage and .192 OPS against Gallardo. Avoid.
Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco ($10,500 at ARI): Cain has made five starts this season, and the Giants have lost all five of those games. He is 0-2 with a very un-Cain-like 6.59 ERA. He allowed four runs - three earned - over six innings in a no-decision last time out against the Diamondbacks at home last Tuesday, and now he meets them in Chase Field. Until he starts pitching to his capabilities, he should be avoided at this exorbitant price.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee ($4,000 vs. PIT): Gomez has hit safely in each of his past five games, and he has a handful of multi-hit games during the stretch. That will be put to the test against Rodriguez, however. He has just four hits in 28 at-bats (.143) with no RBI, no walks and a whopping 14 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates' hurler.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota ($3,400 at DET): Scherzer certainly has been able to handle the Plouffe, as the Twins' third baseman is 0-for-7 with a walk and five strikeouts in his career against the Tigers' hurler. You certainly don't want Plouffe anywhere near your lineup.
Justin Upton, OF, Atlanta ($5,500 vs. WAS): Upton is hitless in eight at-bats against Strasburg in his career with just one walk and three strikeouts. A .111 on-base percentage means stay away, regardless of how hot he has been in April, especially at this salary level.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati ($4,600 at STL): Votto has struggled in his career against St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright ($10,600), going just 1-for-17 (.059) with no RBI, one walk and five strikeouts. Votto's salary is tempting, but he should be avoided.
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