YORVIT TORREALBA IS A DEEP DAILY SLEEPER SATURDAY
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For Saturday, April 20, there are 16 games in Major League Baseball, including an L.A. Dodgers-Baltimore day-night doubleheader thanks to Friday's rains. The Detroit-L.A. Angels/Minnesota-Chicago White Sox/Washington-N.Y. Mets (3:05pm ET) will be televised nationally/regionally on FOX (check your local listings). The Seattle-Texas (8:05pm ET) can be viewed free at MLB.com.
The good news after a handful of delays due to cold, rain and even crime, Saturday should go much more smooth. There are no weather concerns, and the authorities nabbed the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Friday night, ending a tense time in the Bay state.
(DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
THESE NINE WILL BE FINE
Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston ($8,100 vs. KC): Buchholz comes into this game with a pretty nice price as opposed to those with bigger names and $10K-plus salary figures. Buchholz is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings in two starts against the Royals since the start of the 2010 season.
Robinson Cano, 2B, N.Y. Yankees ($5,700 at TOR): Cano comes with a very hefty price tag, but he has against fared very well in his career against Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle ($7,300). Cano has gone 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. That's good for a 1.000 slugging percentage and 1.467 OPS against the veteran lefty.
Andre Ethier, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($4,700 at BAL): Ethier has fared pretty well over his career against Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel ($9,200), who is the starter in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Ethier is 8-for-23 (.348) with a double, home run, six RBI and three walks. While he has seven strikeouts against Hammel, a .522 slugging percentage and .945 OPS against Hammel makes Ethier a very nice play.
Ramon Hernandez, C, L.A. Dodgers ($4,400 at BAL): It would be very surprising to see manager Don Mattingly choose to use C A.J. Ellis ($3,800) over Hernandez for Friday’s game. That’s because Hernandez carries a .474 (9-for-19) career batting average against Hammel, which includes five doubles, a triple and four RBI. Hernandez also has an .842 slugging percentage and 1.342 OPS against Hammel all-time.
Paul Maholm, SP, Atlanta ($8,100 at PIT): Did you know Maholm has the sixth-best ERA in the majors since the All-Star break last season? Since leaving Pittsburgh as a free agent after the 2011 season, Maholm is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 20 innings in three starts. The Bucs are batting just .188 against him.
David Ortiz, 1B, Boston ($5,600 vs. KC): Big Papi is expected to make his regular season debut after slowly recovering from his Achilles’ tendon injury. He admitted mid-week he isn’t quite 100 percent, and he struggled during his minor-league rehab assignment. However, he could get off to a good start with Kansas City Royals SP James Shields ($11,300) on the hill. D.O. is batting .314 (16-for-51) with nine doubles, three homers, 15 RBI and eight walks lifetime against Shields, the former Tampa Bay Rays All-Star.
Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox ($9,900 vs. MIN): Peavy has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.07 ERA over nine starts against the Minnesota Twins since the start of the 2010 season. He has rolled up 51 strikeouts with just 11 walks over 55 2/3 innings, making him well worth the money for this home start.
Ichiro Suzuki, OF, N.Y. Yankees ($4,100 at TOR): Ichiro has looked like a shell of his former self this season, but he could be vintage Suzuki Saturday afternoon. He is 21-for-48 (.438) with a double, triple, five RBI and a .940 OPS lifetime against Buehrle.
Yorvit Torrealba, C, Colorado ($2,000 vs. ARI): Torrealba will be behind the dish with SP Jorge De La Rosa ($8,500) on the mound, as he serves as JDLR's personal receiver. Torrealba has managed three hits in 13 at-bats (.231), which is respectable, but not great. Still, if you need a cheap catcher and want to spend more elsewhere, you could certainly do worse.
THESE SIX SHOULDN'T BE IN THE MIX
Bronson Arroyo, SP, Cincinnati ($7,200 vs. MIA): For whatever reason, Arroyo hasn't fared well against the Marlins. Since the start of the 2010 season, Arroyo is just 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA over five starts. In 33 1/3 innings against the Fish, he has been hit to the tune of .292.
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis ($4,900 at PHI): Not many have had success against Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee ($12,500), and Beltran certainly has had his share of struggles. Beltran is 3-for-19 (.158) with two doubles and two RBI along with five strikeouts. A .238 on-base percentage and .263 slugging percentage simply won't get it done at these prices.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee ($4,100 vs. CHC): Gomez has cooled a bit over the past five games, going just 2-for-19 with three strikeouts. His fortunes do not figure to turn around with Chicago Cubs SP Edwin Jackson ($9,200) on the bump. Gomez is just 1-for-10 with three strikeouts against E-Jax.
Phil Humber, SP, Houston ($7,700 vs. CLE): Humber might be awfully tempting at a mid-level price, especially against an Indians team not swinging the bat particularly well. However, since the start of the 2010 season, Humber is 0-2 with an 8.74 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) against the Tribe, starting out 22 in 22 2/3 innings, but also allowed 11 walks and four homers. The Indians have hit .343 against Humber during the span.
Lyle Overbay, 1B, N.Y. Yankees ($3,700 at TOR): If we even see Overbay in manager Joe Girardi's lineup it would be shocking. He is 0-for-16 in his career with seven strikeouts and no walks against Buehrle.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston ($3,500 vs. KC): Salty has been awful in his career against Shields, going 0-for-14 with two walks and five strikeouts. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him out of the lineup completely. At the very least, he should be out of your lineup.
Dobish's Late Games Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Paul Maholm||ATL||$8,100||3B||Evan Longoria||TB||$4,600|
|P||Nick Tepesch||TEX||$5,000||SS||Troy Tulowitzki||COL||$6,000|
|C||Yorvit Torrealba||COL||$2,000||OF||Nick Swisher||CLE||$4,300|
|1B||Mark Reynolds||CLE||$4,400||OF||Ben Zobrist||TB||$4,500|
|2B||Ian Kinsler||TEX||$5,400||OF||Dexter Fowler||COL||$5,700|
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