TUESDAY’S PRE-GAME DAILY FANTASY UPDATE
The weather appears to be cooperating in the trouble spots indicated in today's earlier blog, although there was a delay due to the icy weather in Denver for Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. However, they were able to get that one underway.
The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds, with first pitch set for 7:10pm ET, appears to be in some danger. There are scattered thunderstorms over northern Kentucky that appear poised to move into the greater Cincinnati area within the next 40-60 minutes, just in time to interrupt the game. It might be a good idea to steer clear of all Philadelphia and Cincinnati players for Fantasy purposes.
There is also troubling brewing in eastern Ohio, just west of the greater Pittsburgh area. However, those storms appear to be slow movers, and they should be able to get a majority of the game in, and perhaps all of it, without any interruption.
According to the team's official website, 2B Aaron Hill (wrist) is not included in manager Kirk Gibson's starting lineup for the interleague series opener at N.Y. Yankees. 3B/OF Martin Prado ($4,500) draws in at second base, and 1B/OF Eric Hinske ($3,400) gets the start at the team's designated hitter. In fact, we're getting word from Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic that Hill is out four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left hand.
BOSTON RED SOX
The Red Sox will face the Cleveland Indians and former manager Terry Francona in Tuesday's game at Progressive Field. They'll be without SS Stephen Drew, who gets a day off. 2B/3B Pedro Ciriaco ($3,300) gets the start at shortstop, and could be a valuable daily play for Fantasy owners looking to plug him in at, let's say 2B, and spend a little more money elsewhere. Rookie OF Jackie Bradley Jr., who has managed just three hits in his past 31 games with 12 strikeouts, grabs some pine tonight. It makes plenty of sense, too, as OF Daniel Nava ($3,200) draws the start in left field. He has three hits, all doubles, in five career at-bats against Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez ($8,300). Nava has also managed three RBI and a ridiculous 1.867 OPS against U. OF Jonny Gomes ($3,200), who will be the designated hitter, is 5-for-12 (.417) with two dongs and five RBI against Jimenez in his career.
The Cubs activated 2B Darwin Barney (knee) from the 15-day disabled list, and manager Dale Sveum wasted no time plugging him back into the starting lineup. He bats seventh against the Texas Rangers.
C Carlos Santana ($4,000) (thumb) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. However, the Indians are without 2B Jason Kipnis (elbow), who continues to deael with a tender elbow. He told MLB.com that is feels improved, and he might give it a go Wednesday.
The Marlins are yet again without OF Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder). He has now been out of the starting lineup since Wednesday, and appears to be a prime candidate for a 15-day disabled list stint, with a date retroactive to April 10. OF Chris Coghlan ($3,500) gets the call tonight, this time in right field. Coghlan, who is 3-for-8 (.375) lifetime against Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren ($8,700), will also lead off for manager Mike Redmond. OF Justin Ruggiano ($4,300) slides down to the fifth spot, and OF Juan Pierre ($4,200) will try his hand in the two-hole. 3B Placido Polanco ($3,300) will follow in the three-hole, with 1B/3B Greg Dobbs ($3,400) serving in the cleanup spot. C Rob Brantly ($3,500) will serve as the team's sixth hitter. Ruggiano is 1-for-3 in his career against Haren, while Pierre is 3-for-15 (.200) with no extra-base hits and three strikeouts. Meanwhile, Polanco is 8-for-22 (.364) with a double, four RBI and just one strikeout, and Dobbs is 1-for-3 (.333) with an RBI.
OF Josh Willingham (illness) is still under the weather, and he is not in the starting lineup for a second straight day. He is unavailable as a pinch hitter, and is away from the team. With 'The Hammer' sidelined, OF Wilkin Ramirez ($2,000) is out in left field, with OF Aaron Hicks ($2,000) drawing back in as the center fielder. He is only in because OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) is nursing a left ankle injury, and was a late scratch. OF Chris Parmelee ($3,500) again serves as the starting right fielder, and he will bat sixth. SS Pedro Florimon ($2,600) could be a sneaky play, and he bats ninth for manager Ron Gardenhire.
NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees get SS Eduardo Nunez ($4,200) (wrist) back, after he missed time after being hit on the wrist by a pitch in the weekend series.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Manager Mike Matheny has elected to rest OF Jon Jay for the game at Pittsburgh, according to FOXSportsMidwest.com. OF Shane Robinson ($3,100) gets the nod in center field, and he will also sit atop Matheny's lineup. There is some value there in a favorable matchup against the erratic Pirates SP Jonathan Sanchez ($5,000).
OFs Franklin Gutierrez ($3,300) (groin) and Michael Morse ($4,100) (finger) are each back in the starting lineup against Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister ($9,600), a former Mariner.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The Blue Jays activated 3B Brett Lawrie ($4,100) (rib cage) Tuesday, and he is in the starting lineup. Still, it might be a good idea to wait on plugging him into your active daily Fantasy lineup until he can prove one, or even two, full games without any setbacks. OF Jose Bautista (back) is out of the starting lineup again, so avoid.
Nationals OFs Bryce Harper and Denard Span are both battling flu-like symptoms, and they're sidelined. OF Jayson Werth ($4,500) will serve as the leadoff hitter while playing in right field, OF Rogervin Bernadina ($4,300) gets the start in center field while batting in the two-hole. 1B/OF Tyler Moore ($4,300) will filled in for 1B Adam LaRoche ($4,400) (rest) last night, will start in left field. LaRoche is back at his regular first base position. 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) is also sidelined again, with 2B/OF Steve Lombardozzi ($3,400) drawing another start at second base.
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