JOHNNY CUETO HEADS UP THE DAILY FANTASY VALUES SUNDAY
For Sunday, May 26, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, including one evening game. The N.Y. Yankees-Tampa Bay (1:40pm ET) game will be nationally televised on TBS, the Miami-Chicago White Sox (2:10pm ET) game will be nationally televised on WGN, and the Atlanta-N.Y. Mets (8:05pm ET) game will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Baltimore-Toronto (1:07pm) is also available free on MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
THIS DOZEN WILL BE DANDY
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee ($5,900 vs. PIT): Braun is well worth the money if you can fit him in under the salary cap. In his career against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez ($8,000), Braun is 17-for-44 (.386) with seven doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, seven walks and six strikeouts.
Bartolo Colon, SP, Oakland ($8,600 at HOU): Colon has been outstanding in his two previous starts against the Houston Astros this season, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA over 12 innings, walking none and striking out five. A win is never assured, but it is very likely with Colon against this lineup.
Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati ($9,100 vs. CHC): Cueto has rolled up some seriously impressive numbers against the Chicago Cubs since the start of the 2010 season. He is 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 10 starts over 61 2/3 innings with 41 strikeouts and a .225 opponent batting average. He definitely needs to be one of your two starting pitchers in formats which require two SPs, as the Cubs lineup is just as weak as ever.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee ($8,900 vs. PIT): Gallardo is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts against the Pirates this season, posting 10 strikeouts over 13 innings. Since the start of the 2010 season, he is 7-1 with a 2.15 ERA in nine starts against Pittsburgh. Based upon those numbers, he should be seriously considered if you can find the salary cap space.
Josh Hamilton, OF, L.A. Angels ($4,300 at KC): Hamilton has done some serious damage in a short amount of time against Kansas City Royals SP Wade Davis ($6,600), as he is 5-for-7 (.714) with two doubles, a home run and three RBI all-time against the former Rays' starter. Hamilton also has five RBI over his past five games overall, so it appears he is starting to come out of his season-long funk. He is worth a roll of the dice at these prices.
Omar Infante, 2B, Detroit ($3,500 vs. MIN): Infante enters play with a six-game hitting streak in tow. He is 10-for-27 (.370) with two doubles and three RBI during the span. More impressively, however, he is 15-for-32 (.469) with a triple, three RBI, two walks and just one strikeout with a 1.046 OPS against Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey ($6,000).
Miguel Montero, C, Arizona ($4,000 vs. SD): Montero has started to piece things together lately, going 4-for-16 (.250) over the past four games, raising his average slightly from .180 to .187. He could continue to see that average climb, as he faces a guy he has hit well in his career. Montero is 5-for-16 (.313) with a double, three homers and seven RBI in his career against San Diego Padres SP Jason Marquis ($7,000).
Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota ($4,500 at DET): If anyone in the Minnesota lineup is going to do damage against Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer ($11,200), it will be Morneau. He is 5-for-13 (.385) with a double, three home runs, four RBI and four walks with zero strikeouts and a 1.683 OPS in his career against the Tigers' flamethrower.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee ($4,600 vs. PIT): Ramirez has posted some solid stat lines over his career against Rodriguez, going 20-for-54 (.370) with two doubles, a triple, two homers and six RBI to go along with a .556 slugging percentage and .931 OPS in his career against the Pirates' southpaw.
Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit ($11,200 vs. MIN): Scherzer will be a very popular play against a Twins squad which has amassed just three total runs in the first two games of this series, including getting one-hit Friday night. Scherzer knocked off the Twins April 29 at Comerica Park, allowing three earned runs, six hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. That was one of his six victories against no defeats to date.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs ($4,200 at CIN): If anyone is to put a dent in Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto ($9,100) Sunday, it will be Sori. He is a career .275 (11-for-40) hitter against Cueto, but more importantly are his four homers, which account for each of the long balls on the Chicago active roster against Cueto.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado ($4,700 at SF): Tulowitzki had had plenty of success against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain ($8,900), going 19-for-56 (.339) with five doubles, a triple, four homers, six RBI and five walks, which is good for a 1.072 OPS. Sure, he has 10 strikeouts, too, but that comes with the territory against a good pitcher and a larger sample size. Tulo is the cream of the crop among daily shortstops Sunday.
THESE 10 WON'T BE PERFECT
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($4,200 at MIL): Alvarez has not done well at all against Gallardo during his career. In fact, he has done absolutely nothing. He is hitless in 15 career at-bats with no RBI, three walks and eight strikeouts against Milwaukee's Opening Day starter.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cincinnati ($5,400 vs. CHC): Choo has had a difficult time in his career against Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza ($8,700), posting just one hit in eight career at-bats (.125) with no RBI and four strikeouts.
Jeff Francoeur, OF, Kansas City ($3,800 vs. LAA): Frenchy is just 5-for-26 (.192) over his past nine games with no homers and just one RBI, and things aren't likely to improve against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jerome Williams ($5,000). He is 1-for-12 (.083) with no extra-base hits, two RBI, one walk and four strikeouts in his career against the Angels' righty.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee ($4,100 vs. PIT): Gomez has had a hard time against the lefty Rodriguez, going 3-for-20 (.150) with no extra-base hits and just one RBI, no walks and two strikeouts. Avoid.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($5,000 at SF): CarGo has not struggled against many, but he has done next to nothing against Cain in his career. He has just four hits (none for extra bases) in 35 at-bats (.114) with two RBI, seven walks and 11 strikeouts. You don't see Gonzalez with a .370 OPS against very many.
Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia ($9,600 at WAS): How is it possible that a guy with the stuff of Hamels is 1-7? Well, these Phillies haven't been the mashers we have seen in the recent past, and runs have been difficult to come by. Hamels has a 4.45 ERA which is putrid by his standards, but is not that terrible in the grand scheme of things. While he is 0-4 with a 5.35 ERA at home in five starts, and a much better 1-3 with a 3.41 ERA in five road starts, he should be avoided. Plus, this one is being played during the daytime, and Hamels has an abysmal 7.56 ERA in three day outings.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Pittsburgh ($8,000 at MIL): Rodriguez is one hurler to avoid in the series finale at Miller Park, as he is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA over 10 2/3 innings in two outings against the Brewers this season. That includes a loss April 29 in Milwaukee when he allowed season-highs of seven earned runs and four walks with six hits in just 3 2/3 innings.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia ($3,900 at WAS): J-Roll has a five-game hitting streak working, but that will be put to the test big-time against Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg ($10,000). He has just one hit in eight career at-bats (.125) against the Nats' ace. While that lone hit left the yard, and he has two RBI versus Strasburg, Rollins also has four strikeouts. You can do better at the position.
CC Sabathia, SP, N.Y. Yankees ($11,100 at TB): Sabathia was drummed for five earned runs, seven hits, including three home runs, and two walks over seven innings in a loss at Tampa Bay April 22. He was able to salvage the day with eight strikeouts, but it was typical of Sabathia against Tampa Bay. Since the start of the 2010 season, Sabathia is just 3-7 with a 3.40 ERA in 15 starts. Those seven losses are three more than any other opponent.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati ($5,100 vs. CHC): Votto saw his 12-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, going hitless in three at-bats with a run scored, walk and two strikeouts. Over his career, he has had difficulty against Garza, posting just two singles in 10 at-bats (.200) with one RBI, two walks and two strikeouts. He is a risky play given his history against the Chicago right-hander.
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