FRIDAY’S DAILY FANTASY BASEBALL PREGAME UPDATE
Checking the radar as of 5:30pm ET, there was a strong line of showers and embedded thunderstorms marching toward Massachusetts Bay. The line should clear greater Boston, and more importantly Fenway Park, by the 7:10pm ET start time. I expect tonight's game between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox to get started on time. However, while the radar appears clear well back down the Mass Pike to the Springfield/Holyoke area, it is a rather large shield extending from the Albany/Rensselaer area down to the New York City Metro area, and it is moving east-northeast. I wouldn't be surprised to see the tarpaulin come out at Fenway Park tonight, and perhaps we have a rain-shortened game as long as it makes it to the bottom of the fifth inning. It might be a good idea to shy away from Indians and Red Sox with so many other less-risky options available.
As far as tonight's game at Citi Field between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, while most of metro NYC is being cooled off with some showers, the rain extends only into western New Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania, and then it is rather clear with much less threat. I expect the game to start without a problem, or perhaps with a slight delay. But once the all-clear is given, I do not think we'll have a problem. That's good news if you plan to start Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen ($9,100), as his outing should go uninterrupted once he starts pitching. That's always the fear with rain - a pitcher starting, having a delay, and then having his outing cut short.
Interactive radars (check back before finalizing your rosters)
Cleveland-Boston (7:10pm ET - 60 percent chance of rain)
Atlanta-N.Y. Mets (7:10pm ET - 30 percent chance of showers)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
The Baltimore Sun reports that OF Adam Jones ($4,900) (groin) has been bothered by some groin soreness lately, which is why he has been relegated to designated hitter duties. However, he is back in center field Friday, so obviously he is feeling much better.
Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (rest) is getting another day of rest, as manager Ron Roenicke rolls with SS Jeff Bianchi ($3,400) at second base. Weeks has been struggling lately, and he is just 4-for-19 (.211) with a double, two RBI and five strikeouts in his career against Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett ($9,100). Roenicke might be trying not to compound the struggles by rolling Weeks out there against a guy he traditionally hasn't fared well against. Bianchi is 0-for-3 lifetime against Burnett, but not as much is expected from him.
Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe ($3,800) (concussion) has been placed on MLB's 7-day concussion list, although MLB.com reports he has passed the league's mandatory imPACT concussion test. As such, 2B Jamey Carroll ($3,400) is in the lineup as the leadoff hitter while handling the duties at the hot corner. Carroll is 3-for-9 (.333) lifetime against Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez ($9,300), but hardly worth your Fantasy consideration since he has no pop whatsoever.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Yankees C Chris Stewart ($2,900) (groin) is back in the lineup Friday, and he could be a good Fantasy option if you want to save salary to spread around at more deeper positions. Stewart actually is 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in his career against Tampa Bay Rays SP Roberto Hernandez ($6,800), so perhaps he could be a find. 2B Robinson Cano ($5,000) has also torn the cover off the ball against Hernandez, to the tune of a .478 average (11-for-23) with a double, four RBI and just one strikeout. OF Curtis Granderson ($3,800) also sees the ball well out of Hernandez's hand, victimizing the pitcher for a .436 career average (17-for-39) with three doubles, three triples, three homers and six RBI, with most of that damage coming from when Grandy was with the Detroit Tigers, and Hernandez was known as Fausto Carmona and pitching for the Cleveland Indians.
Athletics SS Jed Lowrie (foot) was plunked on the foot Tuesday against the Texas Rangers, and he remains sidelined. 2B Adam Rosales ($3,300) steps into the lineup for manager Bob Melvin, starting at shortstop and batting eighth. By the way, OF Coco Crisp ($4,500) is in the lineup and batting leadoff, but he is just 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against Houston Astros SP Erik Bedard ($7,000).
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval ($4,700 vs. COL) is back in the lineup after battling an illness, and he could be a good play. In his brief history against Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood ($6,100), he is 3-for-6 (.500) with a home run and three RBI in his career.
Mariners C Jesus Sucre, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Tacoma Thursday, is in the lineup and batting eighth for manager Eric Wedge. While this isn't important, as his value is negligible, keep in mind his arrival is because of the tremendous disappoint and demotion of C Jesus Montero. In general, C Kelly Shoppach ($3,300), whom Wedge had in Cleveland, is likely to be the biggest beneficiary of playing time going forward. Remember that in the coming days, and don't worry about prospect C Mike Zunino being hurried along from the Rainiers.
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