TUESDAY’S DAILY FANTASY BASEBALL PREGAME UPDATE
We're officially in the dog days of summer, as it is a scorcher out there. I sure can't wait until we get into late September and early October, when the chill starts to return to the air. Of course, then baseball season is over, and that's no bueno.
As far as today's weather, a line of storms really developed right over the city of Boston, and is racing toward Massachusetts Bay and the Cape. It looks like the danger for tonight's Tampa Bay-Boston game might have passed, although it is possible with such instability that more showers to the west could crop up. Still, this looks like what the forecasters were worried about, and the storms should be well east by game-time.
The storms in New York are quite a bit more isolated, and really slow moving. There is a NASTY cell that just moved into Queens, and is parked over the Long Island Expressway. Good luck with that commute. It appears to be south of LaGuardia, and even at a slow rate of speed, it should push off over Long Island Sound and east of Citi Field by game-time. The field might be covered by the tarpaulin right now, but by 7:10pm ET the danger is likely to have passed.
As far Kansas City, mentioned in the previous weather report as a potential danger area, the radar is completely clear. Feel free to start all of your Kansas City Royals, and especially your Baltimore Orioles.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parantheses - unless otherwise noted)
The Tigers will have to do without 3B Miguel Cabrera (hip) for Tuesday's game. He left the game Monday due to a sore hip flexor, and is considered day to day. That's good news for Chicago White Sox SP Hector Santiago ($6,900), who can use all the help he can get against the first-place Tigers. 3B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo ($3,700) bats in Cabrera's usual third position, and 3B/OF Don Kelly ($3,800) will start at the hot corner.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
As expected, Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) is out of the lineup again. He is not expected to play in the series in Toronto, and the artificial surface at Rogers Centre likely has a lot to do with that. C Tim Federowicz ($3,400) draws a start behind the plate, with C A.J. Ellis (rest) getting a day off. SS Hanley Ramirez ($6,900) serves as the designated hitter in the American League park, and he'll bat cleanup. He will cost you a pretty penny, and his salary might only be affordable if you punt a couple of other spots. 2B/3B Nick Punto ($3,700) gets the start at shortstop.
The Marlins purchased the contracts of OF Jake Marisnick and OF Christian Yelich from Double-A Jacksonville, and both are in the lineup for Tuesday's game in Colorado. (Marisnick and Yelich only have salaries listed at DraftDay.com for tonight's game.) Yelich bats second and he will play left field, while Marisnick plays in center field and bats sixth.
NEW YORK YANKEES
This certainly isn't a murderer's row that manager Joe Girardi is wheeling out there tonight. I am certainly not a Yankees fan or apologist, but I have to admit I think Girardi should be considered for Manager of the Year for keeping his team within hailing distance of first place in a tough American League East, and certainly in the mix for the playoffs. For instance, look at tonight's lineup: SS Eduardo Nunez ($4,200) is batting sixth, 3B Brent Lillibridge ($2,400) is batting seventh, OF Melky Mesa ($2,000) is batting eighth and C Austin Romine ($3,900) is batting ninth. 1B Lyle Overbay ($3,900) is this team's cleanup hitter, for crying out loud! Lillibridge and Mesa will get at-bats tonight, and while they won't be world beaters, using them in your lineup might free up salary to go stud across the board at your pitching spots, or other positions.
OF Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) will miss his fifth consecutive game due to a sore wrist he reportedly suffered Friday during batting practice. Fans and Fantasy owners are up in arms, feeling perhaps the Home Run Derby last Tuesday contributed to the injury. Either way, he should obviously be avoided.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
For Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds, 1B Brandon Belt (rest) is out of the lineup. C Buster Posey ($4,400) gets the nod at first base, with C Guillermo Quiroz ($2,00o) handling the catching duties. Quiroz might be a nice, low-end purchase to help your budget in other areas. Heck, the same could be said for Posey, who is rather cheap based upon his production and potential.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Rays OF Wil Myers ($4,600) (wrist) is back in the lineup for manager Joe Maddon, batting cleanup. I'd still avoid him for one more night until he makes it through a full game without any setbacks.
The Rangers activated SP Alexi Ogando ($7,600) (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to make Tuesday's start against the New York Yankees. In your mind, this is a difficult matchup because it is the Yankees, but really, that lineup is rather anemic (see above). Ogando might be a nice mid-level buy at home.
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