FRIDAY’S DAILY FANTASY PRE-GAME UPDATE
T.G.I.F., especially if you're a fan of the Cleveland Indians, who own the league's longest winning streak at four games. The bats have come alive, especially that of OF Ryan Raburn ($3,400). He is 11-for-13 (.846) with four home runs and nine RBI over his past three games, yet remains a tremendous value. He has no history against Minnesota Twins SP Pedro Hernandez ($5,000), who has only faced Indians INF Mike Aviles ($3,400) and no one else on the roster.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
Mother Nature allowed for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs to play their game at Wrigley Field this afternoon in Chitown, but the other team from Chicago wasn't so luck. The game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals has been postponed due to inclement weather, and the game will be made up Monday afternoon, a common off day for both teams. Game time will be 2:10pm ET.
Keep an eye on the weather situation in the ATL tonight. An approaching cold front will bring showers, and perhaps some storms to Georgia's capital city. Three hours out, the weather is still a while off, so it appears the game will be able to get started. This game looks like it has a good chance of becoming official, and even going the distance, by the looks of the weather, but know there is some risk involved.
N.Y. Mets at Atlanta - 7:30pm ET (70 percent chance of rain)
Interactive ATLANTA radar (draw your own conclusions!)
BOSTON RED SOX
OF Shane Victorino ($4,800) (back) returns to the lineup for the first time in about a week, but be careful. He tried to make a return before, and couldn't make it through a full game without aggravating the injury. Let him prove his health in one full game before considering him again. With Victorino back, OF Daniel Nava grabs some pine after a run of starts.
SS Troy Tulowitzki (legs) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays due to "heavy legs," according to MLB.com.
Manager Jim Leyland has decided to rest OF Austin Jackson (rest) for Friday's game, with OF Andy Dirks ($3,500) gets the nod in left field. He moves up to serve as the team's leadoff hitter. OF Don Kelly moves into the lineup, batting sixth.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
The Angels activated 3B Alberto Callaspo ($2,900) (calf) from the 15-day disabled list, and he bats seventh in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles. Even though there could be rust, Callaspo might be a good low-end play since you can plug him in and save money to load up at other positions.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup for the third consecutive game. 2B/3B Jerry Hairston Jr. ($2,800) get the start in left field, and he will bat in the leadoff spot of manager Don Mattingly's order.
OF Josh Willingham (rest) gets a day of rest after Thursday's scheduled off day, so he should be fresh and ready to go Saturday and Sunday. With 'The Hammer' out of the lineup, C/OF Ryan Doumit ($3,300) serves as the designated hitter with OF Oswaldo Arcia ($2,000) starting in left field and batting seventh.
NEW YORK METS
Manager Terry Collins elects to sit 1B Ike Davis (rest) against Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor ($9,200). Davis is 0-for-4 with two walks and three strikeouts in his career against Minor. 2B Justin Turner ($3,300) get the nod at first base, and he'll bat fifth. He is 3-for-7 (.429) with an RBI, two walks and just one strikeout in his career against Minor. C John Buck ($4,500) is in the lineup, and batting cleanup. However, he is 0-for-8 all-time against Minor, who has been a major pain in Buck's side.
OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) is out of the lineup against the New York Yankees, as he battles a strained left quadriceps muscle. He might be able to return over the weekend.
2B/3B Brandon Inge ($2,000) might soon be able to add another position to his eligibility. For the first time in his major league career, he draws a start in right field. He'll bat sixth. OF Andrew McCutchen ($5,100) has three hits in three career at-bats against Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler ($7,800). 'Cutch' bats in his customary third spot because minor-league recall 2B Jordy Mercer, who is up from Indianapolis after 2B Neil Walker (hand) hit the 15-day disabled list.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
SS Brandon Crawford (rest) gets a rest from manager Bruce Bochy for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 3B/SS Joaquin Arias ($3,300) draws a start at shortstop, and he'll bat sixth in the batting order.
OF David Murphy (rest) gets a night of rest, with 1B/OF Jeff Baker ($2,000) drawing in against a southpaw, Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront ($9,100). Baker might be a very nice play for daily Fantasy owners, allowing them to spend more heavily at other positions.
OF Jayson Werth (hamstring), and his beard, are not in the starting lineup again, as he continues to deal with some tightness in his hamstring. It's a good idea to avoid Werth through the entire weekend, and wait for him to return and play a full game before plugging him into your lineup. 1B/OF Tyler Moore ($3,800) draws into the lineup again, batting sixth and playing right field. 3B Ryan Zimmerman ($4,300) (hamstring) was also activated from the 15-day disabled list after just one minor-league rehab appearance, and he bats cleanup for manager Davey Johnson. If you're as confident in Zimmerman's health, feel free to start him. However, keep in mind he is hitless in six career at-bats with two strikeouts against Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett ($9,300). 3B Anthony Rendon was optioned back to Triple-A in the corresponding roster move, by the way.
Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, OF Alfonso Soriano and OF Nate Schierholtz all recorded multi-hit games, but the Cubs just fell short after spirited bottom of the ninth inning rally which chased Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. Also, sorry for the bum steer if you started SS Starlin Castro. I loved him today, but he went just 1-for-4 with a run scored and walk in the 6-5 loss. It wasn't a total loss, but I expected much better. Sometimes, the trends don't always mean success. Reds OF Jay Bruce accounted for the only multi-RBI day, driving in two runs, although he was just 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
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