MAT LATOS IS ONE OF MANY WEEKEND DAILY PLAY VALUES
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For Saturday, April 13, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The live nationally televised games on FOX for Saturday afternoon (check local listings) feature Atlanta-Washington, San Francisco-Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay-Boston at 1:05pm ET. The Colorado-San Diego (8:40pm ET) game is also free on MLB.com. For Sunday, April 14, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The Tampa Bay-Boston (1:35pm ET) game will be televised nationally on TBS, and the Baltimore-N.Y. Yankees (8:05pm ET) game will be televised nationally on ESPN. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
SATURDAY WEATHER WORRIES
San Francisco-Chicago Cubs (1:05pm ET) - 30 percent chance of flurries
Chicago White Sox-Cleveland (4:05pm ET) - 30 percent chance of rain/snow showers
New York Mets-Minnesota (7:05pm ET) - 70 percent chance of light wintry mix
SATURDAY FIVE TO PLAY
Maicer Izturis, INF, Toronto ($3,500 at KC): Izturis is the likely candidate to slide into the starting shortstop job with SS Jose Reyes (ankle) having suffered a serious ankle injury in Friday's game. Reyes is expected to miss anywhere from four to 12 weeks depending on the results of an MRI. Izturis is 6-for-19 (.316) with two doubles, one walk and six strikeouts against Kansas City Royals SP James Shields ($11,000).
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($4,900 at TB): There aren't many who have had success against Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price ($11,300), but Pedroia has fared well against the ace. He has 10 hits in 31 at-bats (.323) with three doubles, a home run, two RBI and five walks against Price.
James Shields, SP, Kansas City ($11,000 vs. TOR): Shields will see a lot of familiar faces in his start against the Toronto Blue Jays. He is 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA with two complete starts over eight starts against the Jays since the start of the 2010 season. He has managed 56 strikeouts over 56 2/3 innings during the impressive span.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs ($4,300 vs. SF): Soriano has had good success at the dish against San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner ($10,500), going 6-for-13 (.462) with three doubles, one home run and four RBI with a .923 slugging percentage and 1.511 OPS. Just be careful to check the weather before finalizing your roster.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis ($10,600 vs. MIL): Wainwright will face a Milwaukee Brewers lineup which is missing the three players who do the most damage against him - (OF Ryan Braun, 1B Corey Hart and 3B Aramis Ramirez). Wainwright is 3-3 with a 1.74 ERA with 46 strikeouts over 46 2/3 innings in six starts against the Brewers since the start of 2010. He has three complete games against the Brew Crew.
SATURDAY FIVE TO AVOID
Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego ($4,100 vs. COL): Cabrera enters Saturday's game against Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin ($6,600) without any hits in eight career at-bats against the pitcher. With a full slate, there are plenty of other better options.
R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto ($11,100 at KC): Dickey is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA and ugly 1.97 WHIP in two starts this season, so his price tag is way too high for his level of production. A road start against a solid young lineup means stay away.
Russell Martin, C, Pittsburgh ($3,600 vs. CIN): Martin has collected just one hit, a double, with one RBI and two strikeouts in nine career at-bats (.111) against Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto ($9,300).
Daniel Nava, OF, Boston ($3,700 vs. TB): Nava has hit safely in each of his six games this season, but that streak will really be put to the test against Price. He has just one hit in 15 at-bats with one walk and seven strikeouts in his career against the Tampa Bay All-Star.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, N.Y. Yankees ($4,100 vs. BAL): Youkilis has hit safely in each of his first nine games as a Yankees, the longest hitting streak to start a Yankee career since 1946. If he is to make it 10 straight games, Youkilis will need to solve nemesis Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel ($8,900). Youk has just one hit in nine career at-bats (.111) against the Orioles starter.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($5,000 vs. DET): Crisp suffered a strained groin in Friday's game against the Tigers, and that makes him uncertain for the weekend.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, N.Y. Yankees ($4,100 vs. BAL): Nunez was plunked by a pitch Friday and he was forced to leave the game. While X-rays came back negative, Nunez has a wrist contusion and he is likely to take a seat Saturday, and perhaps even Sunday. Be careful.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto ($4,900 at KC): Reyes (ankle) will be sidelined a while after being carted off Sunday after an awkward slide which resulted in injury. Reyes is expected to miss at least four week, and perhaps as many as 12 weeks, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami ($5,200 vs. PHI): Stanton (shoulder) missed Friday's game, and manager Mike Redmond said Stanton will have an MRI Saturday. He has already ruled Stanton out for Saturday's tilt, so you do the same.
SUNDAY WEATHER WORRIES
Toronto-Kansas City (2:10pm ET) - 60 percent chance of thunderstorms/wind
New York Mets-Minnesota (2:10pm ET) - 90 percent chance of wintry mix to rain
SUNDAY FIVE TO PLAY (check Twitter and team sites, as lineups could change)
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto (at KC): Bautista has collected seven hits in 22 at-bats (.318) with three doubles, two home runs, four RBI and eight walks in his career against Kansas City Royals SP Ervin Santana.
Mat Latos, SP, Cincinnati (at PIT): Latos has been outstanding against the Pittsburgh Pirates since the start of the 2010 season, going 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in six starts over 38 1/3 innings, striking out 40 batters. The Bucs have hit a paltry .199 against Latos during the impressive span.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, San Francisco (at CHC): Scutaro has posted a .348 career average (8-for-23) with two home runs and five RBI in his career against Chicago Cubs SP Edwin Jackson.
Seth Smith, OF, Oakland (vs. DET): Smith has been hitting the ball well lately for the Athletics, and that should continue Sunday. He is 6-for-13 (.462) lifetime with a double, two home runs and three RBI in his career against Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez. He has a 1.000 slugging percentage and 1.500 OPS against the Tigers hurler.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington (vs. ATL): Werth has produced well over his career when facing Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm, going 10-for-28 with four doubles, a home run and five RBI.
SUNDAY FIVE TO AVOID (check Twitter and team sites, as lineups could change)
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (vs. BAL): Pettitte (back) has been scratched from Sunday's start due to back spasms, so make sure to avoid using him in the series finale.
Juan Pierre, OF, Miami (vs. PHI): Pierre is hitless in 10 at-bats with one strikeout in his career against Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, Cleveland (vs. CHW): Reynolds can be a decent source of power, but he hasn't had a whole lot of success in his career against Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy. Reynolds is just 2-for-17 (.118) with no extra-base hits, one walk and nine strikeouts against Peavy.
Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado (at SD): Rosario is expected to sit when SP Jorge De La Rosa is on the mound, as manager Walt Weiss wants to keep C Yorvit Torrealba as the personal receiver for JDLR. Avoid Rosario as a result.
Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay (at BOS): Zobrist has managed just four hits in 32 at-bats (.125) with one double, two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts in his career against Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz.
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