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For Friday, April 26, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The Chicago Cubs-Miami (7:10pm ET, WGN) game will be televised nationally.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
The wet stuff seems to be following around the Kansas City Royals, and it might affect the opening of their homestand. In fact, both of the Show-Me State teams might be dodging the raindrops and/or rolling out the tarpaulin.
Cleveland at Kansas City 8:10pm ET (50 percent chance of rain)
Pittsburgh at St. Louis 8:15pm ET (60 percent chance of showers)
...other than that, everywhere else has a 20 percent chance, or less, for rain.
THESE SEVEN WILL HELP YOU SMOKE THEM ALL
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto ($4,700 at NYY): Cabrera doesn't have a long history against New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova ($5,400), but he is 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, two homers and three RBI. That's good for a 1.500 slugging percentage and 2.167 OPS. That's hard to ignore. 'The Melkman' should deliver.
Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia ($4,100 at NYM): Howard has managed three hits in nine career at-bats against New York Mets SP Dillon Gee ($8,300), which is a good .333 average, but certainly not great. However, all three of the hits have left the yard, and he has seven RBI in their brief encounters. Can Gee keep Howard in the yard?
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia ($4,300 at NYM): There is something J-Roll likes about the pitching of Gee. He is 7-for-11 (.636) with a double, walk and two RBI in his career against Gee, which is good for a 1.394 OPS.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta ($3,700 at DET): Uggla and the Braves hit the road for Friday's interleague series opener in Detroit. They'll face a familiar face, SP Anibal Sanchez ($9,400), who they know from his days with the Marlins. Uggla has had a decent measure of success against Sanchez, going 4-for-10 with a double, two homers and six RBI in his career against the former Marlin. Sure, he has struck out three times, but he is worth the mid-level salary thanks to a 1.100 slugging percentage and 1.500 OPS against Sanchez.
C.J. Wilson, SP, L.A. Angels ($9,000 at SEA): Wilson has posted six victories in nine decisions overs 12 starts against the Seattle Mariners since the start of the 2010 season. That's tied for his most victories against any team during the stretch. He also has a 3.04 ERA with 68 strikeouts over 77 innings during the span.
David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($4,300 vs. PHI): Wright will face Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick ($7,100), a pitcher he has had plenty of success against in the past. Wright is 11-for-34 (.324) with two doubles, two homers and four RBI in his career against Kendrick, which is good for a .910 OPS.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Washington ($9,300 vs. CIN): Zimmermann has had a lot of success early in his career against the Reds. In four career starts against Cincinnati, Zimmerman is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA over 24 innings, striking out 19 while walking just six and allowing only two homers. The Reds have a .222 batting average against him all-time.
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Yonder Alonso, 1B, San Diego ($4,000 vs. SF): The former University of Miami standout hasn't had a lot of success against San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum ($10,300), going just 1-for-15 (.067) with no RBI, no walks and six strikeouts.
J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto ($3,900 at NYY): Arencibia hasn't had a ton of success in his career against Nova. Sure, he has two doubles in 10 at-bats against the Yankees' hurler, but those are hit only successful hits while managing four strikeouts and zero RBI. He might be a bit tempting at this price level due to his power potential, but look elsewhere on this day.
John Buck, C, N.Y. Mets ($4,200 vs. PHI): Many have treated Kendrick rather rudely, but Buck has been unable to solve the Phillies' hurler. He is just 1-for-10 with a solo home run and two strikeouts, which equates to a dismal .182 on-base percentage.
Ian Desmond, SS, Washington ($4,200 vs. CIN): The high-end options at the shortstop position are either on the disabled list, or dealing with nagging injuries. Desmond is healthy, but he is also hitless in six career at-bats with two strikeouts against Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey ($9,000). Look elsewhere for your shortstop.
Martin Prado, 3B/OF, Arizona ($4,800 vs. COL): Prado has struggled in his brief history against Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio ($8,800), going 1-for-8 (.125) with no extra-base hits, RBI or walks and a pair of strikeouts. He is not worth this type of salary for a .125 on-base percentage and .250 OPS.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, Detroit ($9,400 vs. ATL): Sanchez has struggled in his career against the Atlanta Braves, going 1-6 with a 6.23 ERA in eight starts since the start of the 2010 season. He has struck out 42 batters in 43 1/3 innings against the Braves, but he has also allowed 15 walks and a .301 opponent batting average.
Kyle Seager, 2B/3B, Seattle ($3,800 vs. LAA): Seager might be rather tempting at this price level due to his power potential, but he is one to be avoided. Seager is just 1-for-13 (.077) in his career against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson ($9,000). While he has two walks, he also has five strikeouts. A zero-point performance, or negative outing, is definitely in the offing.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Jordan Zimmermann||WAS||$9,300||3B||David Wright||NYM||$4,300|
|P||C.J. Wilson||LAA||$9,000||SS||Jimmy Rollins||PHI||$4,300|
|C||Tyler Flowers||CHW||$3,800||OF||Shelley Duncan||TB||$2,000|
|1B||Ryan Howard||PHI||$4,100||OF||Melky Cabrera||TOR||$4,700|
|2B||Dan Uggla||ATL||$3,700||OF||Michael Cuddyer||COL||$4,700|
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