JEFF SAMARDZIJA WILL HAVE SUCCESS FOR DAILY OWNERS WEDNESDAY
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 Wednesday, April 24, there are 14 games in Major League Baseball, with eight afternoon contests, and six evening games. The Cleveland-Chicago White Sox (2:10pm ET, WGN) game and Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Mets (7:00pm ET, ESPN) game will be televised nationally. The Arizona-San Francisco (3:45pm ET) game can be viewed free at MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
The weather actually looks pretty good throughout the country in cities where baseball will be played without cover. However, keep an eye on the forecast for the game at Citi Field between the Dodgers and Mets, as rain could roll into the area around 10pm. The game should be over by then, or close to it, but any speeding up of the system, and the game could potentially be interrupted.
THESE 10 WILL HELP YOU WIN
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee ($5,700 at SD): Braun has rolled up nine hits in 25 career at-bats (.360) with a double, home run, three RBI, five walks and five strikeouts in his career against San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez ($8,600). He has a .520 slugging percentage and .987 OPS, which makes him well worth the salary.
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City ($5,300 at DET): Gordon has had surprising success against Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer ($11,400), going 7-for-18 (.389) with a double, home run, five walks and an impressive 1.133 OPS. You have to like the potential for extra-base hits in spacious Comerica Park for Gordon tonight.
Zach McAllister, SP, Cleveland ($8,100 at CHW): If you don't want to spend a fortune on starting pitching Wednesday, you might have one-stop shopping from the Cleveland-Chicago White Sox game, plucking two solid Fantasy options from the heap. McAllister allowed three runs - one earned - and five hits over 5 1/3 innings with no walks and six strikeouts in an earlier meeting with the White Sox April 13. It was McAllister's only win in three starts. He is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts in his career against the Pale Hose. Plus, he might be pitching with a little extra fire since he is an Illinois native, and he'll likely have plenty of family and friends in the stands.
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City ($4,000 at DET): Perez hasn’t faced Sherzer much in his career, but when he has he has been awfully succesesful. In seven career at-bats against Scherezr, Perez has collected five hits, including a double, two homers and three RBI. Obviously the sample size isn’t great, but that adds up to a 1.714 slugging percentage and 2.429 OPS.
Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox ($6,600 vs. CLE): Quintana is an affordable Fantasy option who could really surprise. He is allowed just one hit and no walks over seven scoreless innings in a no-decision in Cleveland April 12, striking out seven batters. He is 1-0 with an 0.93 ERA in four career appearances (two starts) against the Indians.
Joe Saunders, SP, Seattle ($8,000 at HOU): There are plenty of solid mid-level Fantasy options to choose from among the early games. Saunders had his lunch handed to him last time out at Texas, but he picked up his only win of the season in his first meeting with Houston back n April 8 at Safeco Field. In that win, his only of the season in four outings, Saunders allowed six hits and one walk while piling up five strikeouts.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago Cubs ($10,400 at CIN): Samardzija has been solid against the Cincinnati Reds since the start of the 2010 season, going 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 10 appearances (two starts). He has struck out 24 batters in 22 1/3 innings while walking just three, and the Reds have managed a poor .167 average against him during the span.
Mike Trout, OF, L.A. Angels ($5,700 vs. TEX): Trout has fared well against Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish ($12,300), going 6-for-19 (.316) with a double, two homers, four RBI, five walks and seven strikeouts. He has a robust 1.143 OPS against the Rangers' sophomore, making him a strong play in late-game contests.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee ($4,400 at SD): Weeks has been on base frequently against Volquez, going 6-for-14 (.429) with a double, two homers, three RBI, three walks and just one strikeouts. That's good for a .929 slugging percentage and robust 1.484 OPS.
Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay ($4,500 vs. NYY): There is something very calming to Zobrist when he sees New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte ($9,000) out on the mound. Many have struggled against the crafty veteran lefty, but not Zobi. He is hitting .368 (7-for-19) in his career against Pettitte with two homers, four RBI and three walks, good for a .684 slugging percentage and 1.119 OPS.
THESE 10 ARE ANYTHING BUT PERFECT
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore ($5,300 vs. TOR): Davis hasn't fared very well against Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow ($10,200), going 2-for-11 (.182) with a double, home run, two RBI, four walks and five strikeouts during his career. The batting average just isn't there, although his .983 OPS is still rather good. Still, he is not worth this type of salary.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, L.A. Angels ($3,800 vs. TEX): Kendrick is hitless in 12 career at-bats with two walks and five strikeouts in his career against Darvish. Avoid.
Paul Konerko, 1B, Chicago White Sox ($4,900 vs. CLE): Konerko isn't a recommended option against Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister ($8,100). He has collected just two hits, both singles, in 12 at-bats (.167) in his career with one RBI, no walks and two strikeouts against the Indians' hurler. Avoid.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay ($4,500 vs. NYY): You definitely won't want to bother with Longo on this evening, as he has managed just two hits in 18 at-bats (.111) with a double, home run, two RBI, four walks and 10 strikeouts in his career against Pettitte. His .304 on-base percentage against the southpaw isn't horrible, but certainly not worth this price.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($5,400 at PHI): Cutch has yet to figure out the combination to solve Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay ($10,800), going just 1-for-10 (.100) with no RBI, one walk and four strikeouts in his career.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City ($4,000 at DET): Moustakas hasn’t exactly been lighting the world afire, hitting just .158 on the season with no RBI since April 9. It doesn’t figure to get any better against Scherzer, as Moose is just 1-for-14 (.071) in his career against the fireballer.
Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona ($3,900 at SF): It would be shocking to see Parra in the starting lineup against San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner ($10,500), as the D-Backs' outfielder is hitless in 10 career at-bats with five strikeouts against the North Carolina native.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati ($4,500 vs. CHC): Phillips, a.k.a @DatDudeBP (if you want an entertaining follow on Twitter), might have some colorful things to say after this game against Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija ($10,400). He has managed just two hits in 13 at-bats with on RBI, no walks and two strikeouts. That's good for a .154 on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Yuck.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati ($5,200 vs. CHC): Votto has struggled against Samardzija, going just 1-for-11 (.091) with no extra-base hits or RBI, and just two walks with three strikeouts. An .091 slugging percentage and .377 OPS isn't worth $2,000, let alone this high-end salary.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore ($4,400 vs. TOR): Wieters has been terrible against Morrow during his career, going 2-for-18 (.111) with a homer, three RBI and five strikeouts. It's a day after night game, so look for manager Buck Showalter to rest Wieters, giving C Taylor Teagarden ($3,400) a start behind the dish.
Dobish's Late Games Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Jerome Williams||LAA||$5,000||3B||David Wright||NYM||$4,300|
|P||Matt Harvey||NYM||$9,900||SS||Brendan Harris||LAA||$2,100|
|C||Salvador Perez||KC||$4,000||OF||Ben Zobrist||TB||$4,500|
|1B||Adrian Gonzalez||LAD||$4,600||OF||Alex Gordon||KC||$5,300|
|2B||Rickie Weeks||MIL||$4,400||OF||Ryan Braun||MIL||$5,700|
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