TUESDAY’S PREGAME DAILY FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATE
After a quick spin around the city radars of the trouble spots, I am a little more concerned with Kansas City than I was earlier in the day. The Cardinals-Royals game looks like it should start mostly uninterrupted, but as the game goes on thunderstorms could threaten. The forecast is brighter for the Cubs-White Sox game on the south side of Chicago. There are some scattered, and I mean REALLY scattered, popcorn type summer showers and storms in the Chicagoland area. A heavy line of showers could potentially move through around the fifth or sixth inning, causing a delay, so there is that, but a postponement does not appear to be in the cards.
On the other hand, the rain has been soaking New York and Long Island for most of the day today. It appears that things are fairly clear from NYC up to Port Jervis, with the showers moving from the west-northwest to east-southeast. Some rain and showers could develop, but I am a lot more positive about the Yankees-Mets being able to play a full game than I was earlier today. The forecast at 7pm for Flushing called for 70 percent chance of rain/thunder earlier today. That has bbeen dropped down to a 40 percent of thundershowers for 7pm, with a ZERO percent chance of rain at 8pm. Another passing shower could threaten around 11pm or so, but by then the game should be concluded. The forecast is much less bleak than earlier.
For Detroit, there have been some big-time storms rolling through Wayne County on a march toward Lake Erie and Ontario, but they're not as numerous. If one were to pass over Comerica, a delay is almost certain, perhaps lengthy, but at this point it doesn't look like there is much chance of a postponement.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets (7:00pm ET - 40 percent chance of thundershowers)
Pittsburgh at Detroit (7:08pm ET - 45 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox (8:10pm ET - 0 percent to start, heavy storms possible during the game)
St. Louis at Kansas City (8:10pm ET - 50 percent chance of rain/thunder)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has dropped OF Matt Kemp ($4,700) to the fifth spot of his order. Kemp is mired in a season-long slump, he is hitless in 12 straight at-bats, and he was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the Freeway Series opener Monday. In his career against SP Joe Blanton ($7,000), he is just 3-for-18 (.167) with a double, RBI, two walks and four strikeouts, good for a poor .472 OPS, so don't expect a major turnaround tonight.
The Brewers welcome back OF Ryan Braun ($5,900) (thumb) after just a one-game absence. He is batting a right thumb issue, but apparently he is feeling good enough to give it a go. He made a pinch-hitting appearance Monday and did not have any setbacks. I'd warn against using Braun until he can make it through one full game without any setbacks, however. He is just too expensive and a big risk.
NEW YORK METS
Manager Terry Collins has dropped 1B Ike Davis ($3,300) all the way down to the eighth spot in his order for Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees. Davis is 2-for-9 (.222) with a double, solo home run, two walks and four strikeouts all-time against New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda ($8,900).
Pirates OF Starling Marte ($4,900) (headache) was apparently battling a severe migraine headache Monday, but he is back into the lineup for Tuesday. It might be a good idea to wait for Marte to make it through a full contest without any recurring symptoms before taking a chance on him at this salary level.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Manager Mike Matheny is giving C Yadier Molina (rest) a scheduled day to rest, so C Tony Cruz ($3,400) gets a chance to show off behind the dish for the Cardinals. He could potentially save you a few dollars in salary, but he isn't a very powerful stick either.
The Nationals are without OF Bryce Harper (knee) for the second consecutive game, as he bursitis in his knee continues to win over. OF Rogervin Bernadina ($3,800) is in the lineup, batting seventh and playing right field, while 1B/OF Tyler Moore ($4,000) holds down the fort in left field, batting sixth. Moore could potentially be a cheap source of power in this spot. 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) also remains out of the lineup, although he is hopeful of playing in Wednesday's game, according to The Washington Post. For now, 2B/OF Steve Lombardozzi ($3,300) gets another start at second base, batting second.
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann socked a pair of solo home runs in Tuesday's extra-innings win at Toronto, going back-to-back with C/OF Evan Gattis in the eighth inning. Manager Fredi Gonzalez is likely to continue to find a way to get both backstops into the lineup, especially in an American League park where the designated hitter spot is at his disposal. Remember that for daily play Wednesday. In a quick sneak preview for Wednesday, the Braves face Toronto Blue Jays SP Esmil Rogers, formerly of the National League. McCann has two hits in two at-bats against Rogers in his career, as well as a walk and an RBI. SS Andrelton Simmons had a three-hit afternoon, and he now has multi-hit efforts in three of his four-game hitting streak. Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia delivered three hits, including a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI, and OF Jose Bautista swatted a solo home run, his 12th over the season, as well as posting a double and tapping the plate three times for runs.
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