STARLIN CASTRO IS BACK AS A MUST-PLAY MONDAY
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 Monday, April 22, there are 13 games in Major League Baseball. The N.Y. Yankees-Tampa Bay (7:00pm ET, ESPN) will be televised nationally. The Miami-Minnesota (8:10pm ET) game can be viewed free at MLB.com.
After a rather trouble-free Sunday, with the rain clouds staying away, there are a couple of trouble spots for Monday. And it is the same old suspects, too.
Miami at Minnesota - 8:10pm ET (60 percent chance of PM rain/snow showers)
Atlanta at Colorado - 8:40pm ET (90 percent chance of rain/snow)
PICK UP THESE SIX
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto ($5,800 on DraftKings at BAL): Bautista is 4-for-9 (.444) with a double, two homers and four RBI in his career against Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman ($7,700). He has managed four homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards since the start of the 2010 season, although his .161 average (14-for-87) is a bit worrisome. Still, his power numbers against Tillman, and homer history in Baltimore makes him worth the money.
Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs ($4,600 at CIN): Castro has a fantastic history against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake ($7,700), going 11-for-28 (.393) with three doubles, a triple and five RBI in his career. He owns a .571 slugging percentage and .971 OPS all-time against Leake.
Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh ($4,400 at PHI): Jones is an intriguing play. He is a left-handed bat going up against right-handed SP Jonathan Pettibone ($N/A), who will be making his major league debut. The lefty vs. righty matchup coupled with the bandbox at Citizens Bank Ball Park make Jones a nice speculative pick.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, L.A. Angels ($4,100 vs. TEX): Kendrick will be awfully happy to see Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland ($8,800) coming to town. Kendrick is 14-for-41 (.341) with six doubles, two homers and 10 RBI lifetime against the Rangers' hurler. That's hard to ignore.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay ($4,800 vs. NYY): Longoria has fared very well in his career against New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia ($12,200), going 14-for-39 (.359) with three doubles, five home runs, nine RBI, 10 walks and just three walks. That's good for an .821 slugging percentage, and gaudy 1.321 OPS.
Juan Pierre, OF, Miami ($4,100 at MIN): Pierre has owned Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Correia ($6,000) during his career, going 8-for-19 (.421) with a double, walk, .474 slugging percentage and .924 OPS. Pierre won't likely reach the seats, but he should provide a couple of hits, a run or two and perhaps a stolen base. Just remember, watch the weather.
THESE FIVE WON'T HELP YOU SURVIVE
Kevin Correia, SP, Minnesota ($6,000 vs. MIA): Correia might be a very popular pick initially, especially since he is going up against the lowly Miami Marlins. However, he is just 2-2 with a 7.32 ERA in four starts against the Marlins since the start of the 2010 season. He has walked nine with 14 strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings during the span, and the Fish are hitting him to the tune of .359 in the past three years. Plus, remember weather is a concern here.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona ($5,200 at SF): Goldschmidt is just 2-for-12 (.167) with a double, RBI, walk and four strikeouts lifetime against San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong ($9,600). That, and the fact Goldie has played every single game this season, the only player on the Diamondbacks to do so, is a concern. Manager Kirk Gibson rested C Miguel Montero and SS Cliff Pennington over the weekend for a game, the last of the other Diamondbacks who had played every game this season. Goldschmidt might be next, especially against a pitcher he hasn't had a lot of success against.
Derek Holland, SP, Texas ($8,800 at LAA): Holland has managed five victories against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since the start of the 2010 season, his most against any opponent. However, he has also made 11 appearances (10 starts) during the span, also his most during the span. The worrisome thing for potential Fantasy owners is a 5.71 ERA during the span, with the Angels batting .297 against him.
CC Sabathia, SP, N.Y. Yankees ($12,200 at TB): Since the start of the 2010 season, Sabathia is 3-6 with a 3.19 ERA in 14 starts against the Tampa Bay Rays. He has racked up 95 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings during the span, but the losing record makes him too risky of a play at this salary level. He has just one victory in his past six starts at Tropicana Field.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs ($4,500 at CIN): While his teammate Castro has had a good history against Leake, Soriano has struggled mightily. The veteran has managed just two hits in 18 at-bats (.111) with a home run, two RBI and four strikeouts against Leake all-time. Since the start of the 2010 season at Great American Ball Park, Soriano is batting just .231 (15-for-65) with 18 strikeouts.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Justin Masterson||CLE||$8,400||3B||Evan Longoria||TB||$4,800|
|P||Kyle Lohse||STL||$5,000||SS||Brandon Crawford||SF||$2,700|
|C||Buster Posey||SF||$4,800||OF||Jose Bautista||TOR||$5,800|
|1B||Garrett Jones||PIT||$4,400||OF||Alfonso Soriano||CHC||$4,500|
|2B||Howie Kendrick||LAA||$4,100||OF||Andrew McCutchen||PIT||$5,500|
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