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For Thursday, April 18, there are 11 games in Major League Baseball, with four afternoon games. The Texas-Chicago Cubs game (2:20pm ET, WGN), and Tampa Bay-Baltimore game (7:05pm ET, MLB Network) are televised nationally. The Chicago White Sox-Toronto game (7:07pm ET) is the free game of the day at MLB.com.
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
You'll definitely want to avoid players from all eight of the teams below. While it is conceivable one or more of the games below will be played, the weather looks really bad in each of the cities. Check the radar link for the latest:
Texas at Chicago Cubs - 2:20pm ET (100 percent chance of rain/thunderstorms)
N.Y. Mets at Colorado - 3:10pm ET (90 percent chance of snow, 1-2 in.)
Boston at Cleveland - 7:05pm ET (80 percent chance of thunderstorms/wind)
Miami at Cincinnati - 7:10pm ET (80 percent chance of rain/thunder/wind)
TAKE THESE HIGH FIVE
Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee ($10,600 vs. SF): Gallardo was arrested for driving under the influence since his last time out. This will be his first start since, and luckily for him it comes in front of the home crowd. Since the start of the 2010 season, Gallardo is 2-1 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts against the San Francisco Giants, striking out 16 batters while walking just three over 22 innings.
Jon Lester, SP, Cleveland ($9,400 at CLE): If this game goes off, Lester is a tremendous value against the Indians. He is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 30 innings in five starts against Cleveland since the start of the 2010 season. He also has 40 strikeouts and just nine walks while allowing only one home run against the Tribe. Both of those wins have come at Progressive Field.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee ($4,200 vs. SF): Not many people fare well against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain ($10,700), but has certainly done his damage. He is 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, triple and two RBI with a .667 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS.
Cliff Pennington, SS, Arizona ($3,000 at NYY): Pennington looks to maintain his mastery against New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes ($8,200) in the series finale. He has managed four hits in eight at-bats (.500) with a double, home run and four RBI. That's good for a 1.000 slugging percentage and 1.600 OPS.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore ($4,500 vs. TB): Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price ($11,600) has kept many of the Baltimore hitters at bay during their career, but for whatever reason Wieters has been able to unlock the code. He has nine hits, including three doubles and a home run, in 29 at-bats (.31o) against the Rays' ace. Sure, he has also struck out a team-high 10 times against Price, but that's because he has almost more at-bats than anyone else on the team against Price. Don't let that dissuade you from using Wieters.
KEEP THESE SEVEN ON THE SHELF
Alex Gonzalez, 1B/SS, Milwaukee ($3,600 vs. SF): Gonzalez has collected hits in each of the first two games in this series, but it wouldn't be surprising to see manager Ron Roenicke rest Gonzo against Cain. In nine career at-bats against the San Francisco ace, Gonzalez is hitless with a walk and four strikeouts.
Raul Ibanez, OF, Seattle ($3,400 vs. DET): Ibanez, like most major leaguers, has struggled against Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander ($13,000). However, the Mariners' veteran has been exceptionally poor, going 3-for-29 (.103) with two RBI and five strikeouts.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas ($4,800 at CHC): If the weather cooperates, Kinsler will face a difficult matchup against Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Villanueva ($5,000). Kinsler has posted just two hits in 11 at-bats with a double, walk, no RBI and two strikeouts. That simply won't get it done at this price.
Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis ($4,600 at PHI): Molina and his St. Louis teammates have a difficult assignment against on the road against Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels ($12,000). He has just four hits in 18 at-bats (.222) with three RBI and three strikeouts against the Phillies' ace.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami ($5,500 at CIN): Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported Wednesday that Stanton (shoulder) is likely to be back Thursday for the road series opener in Cincinnati. However, with cooler weather and potential for slippery conditions, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Marlins keep him out again. Even if he plays, heavy rust wouldn't be shocking.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis ($10,900 at PIT): Wainwright has struggled lately against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he is 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA in five starts since the start of the 2010 season. He has racked up 31 strikeouts in 32 innings against the Bucs, but Pittsburgh is batting .276 against him during the span.
Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay ($5,600 at BAL): In his career against Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez ($8,000), Zobrist has managed to go 0-for-10 with just two walks and four strikeouts. He has struck out at least once in each of his past three games entering Thursday's contest, and it is likely that streak continues.
Dobish's Late Games Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Jon Lester||BOS||$9,400||3B||Evan Longoria||TB||$5,700|
|P||Jose Fernandez||MIA||$5,000||SS||Cliff Pennington||ARI||$3,000|
|C||Matt Wieters||BAL||$4,500||OF||Allen Craig||STL||$5,100|
|1B||Paul Goldschmidt||ARI||$4,700||OF||Andrew McCutchen||PIT||$4,900|
|2B||Placido Polanco||MIA||$3,400||OF||B.J. Upton||ATL||$4,300|
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