MADISON BUMGARNER IS A GOOD PLAY TUESDAY
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 Tuesday, April 2, there are seven games in Major League Baseball. The Baltimore-Tampa Bay (3:10pm ET, MLB Network), St. Louis-Arizona (9:40pm ET, MLB Network) and San Francisco-L.A. Dodgers (10:10pm ET, MLB Network) are all nationally televised. The Baltimore-Tampa Bay game is also free at MLB.com. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
GOING SIX STRONG
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($5,000 at HOU): Beltre is the highest-priced option at third base, but for good reason. He'll be facing Houston Astros SP Lucas Harrell ($7,600), a guy he has managed three singles, two doubles and four RBI against in just seven at-bats during his career.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco ($10,200 at LAD): The defending champs look for revenge in their second game of the season, and they have another of their young guns on the bump. Bumgarner made just one start against Dodger Blue last season, but he worked eight scoreless while allowing four hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts in a win. He'll be opposed by Korean import SP Hyun-Jin Ryu ($6,200), who will be making his Major League debut. It's a very favorable spot for Bumgarner.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee ($5,800 vs. COL): Braun is obviously one of the top players in the game, and you'll definitely want him in your starting daily lineup Tuesday. He had a marginal day in Monday's opener, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. He should have much better success Tuesday against Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa ($8,000), as Braun is 7-for-9 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI in his career against JDLR.
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto ($4,400 vs. CLE): Cabrera has managed 11 hits, including two doubles and a home run, in his 21 at-bats in his career against Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson ($8,000). Cabrera should enjoy his return to the American League, and he will get off to a quick start Tuesday.
Jarrod Parker, SP, Oakland ($8,500 vs. SEA): Parker was so-so against the Seattle Mariners last season, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 2.3 innings, and he recorded 15 strikeouts. He'll be opposed by SP Hisashi Iwakuma ($7,800), who was 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA against the Athletics. Parker has that going for him, and he will be working at home. It was night and day for Parker at O.co Coliseum, as he was 6-5 with a 2.61 home ERA in 2012, as opposed to a 4.54 road ERA.
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Cleveland ($3,900 at TOR): Sure, Reynolds strikes out. A lot. But he can also be a cheap source of power, especially against a team he has had plenty of success. Reynolds was 15-for-58 (.259) with three home runs and 10 RBI last season against the Toronto Blue Jays. Of course, he also had 21 strikeouts.
R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto ($10,800 vs. CLE): Dickey has been in the Major Leagues for 10 years, and he is now pitching for his fifth team. He is just 61-56 during his career, including last season's phenomenal 20-6 campaign with the New York Mets. He has been a solid starter over the past few years for the Mets, but moving to the American League should mean an increase in ERA, since he'll face nine capable batters rather than just eight. The Indians looked like a softball team at times during Cactus League spring play, so Dickey might fail to live up to his lofty salary in the opener.
Martin Prado, 3B/OF, Arizona ($4,400 vs. STL): Prado had a pair of doubles, two runs scored and an RBI in Monday's opener against the Diamondbacks. He'll look like quite a bargain at this price level, especially since he can be plugged into two positions. However, Prado is just 1-for-12 with a strikeout in his career against St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia. It might be a good idea to avoid him.
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) suffered a separated shoulder sliding into third base Monday, and he will have an MRI Tuesday. If he is forced to miss time, OF Chris Keisey could be a nice daily Fantasy value in the first week. ... New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) was playing catch Monday in Tampa, Fla. at the team's spring training facility. Love him or hate him, it was really strange not seeing the familiar No. 2 in pinstripes manning the shortstop position on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. SS Eduardo Nunez was hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts in Jeter's stead.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Madison Bumgarner||SF||$10,200||3B||Matt Dominguez||HOU||$2,800|
|P||Jarrod Parker||OAK||$8,500||SS||Justin Sellers||LAD||$3,100|
|C||Carlos Santana||CLE||$4,000||OF||Ryan Braun||MIL||$5,800|
|1B||Mark Reynolds||CLE||$3,900||OF||Melky Cabrera||TOR||$4,400|
|2B||Jose Altuve||HOU||$3,900||OF||Michael Brantley||CLE||$3,400|
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