YOU’LL FIND JAY BRUCE OF GREAT USE IN DAILY PLAY TUESDAY
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 Tuesday, April 16, there are 16 games in Major League Baseball, with one afternoon game (Game 1 of the N.Y. Mets-Colorado doubleheader). The Kansas City-Atlanta (7:10pm ET) is the free game of the day at MLB.com. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parentheses)
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
N.Y. Mets at Colorado - 3:10pm ET, 8:40pm ET (80 percent chance of snow to rain to ice)
Arizona at N.Y. Yankees - 7:05pm ET (50 percent chance of showers)
St. Louis at Pittsburgh - 7:05pm ET (50 percent chance of thunderstorms)
Philadelphia at Cincinnati - 7:10pm ET (50 percent chance of thunderstorms)
THESE EIGHT COULD BE GREAT
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($3,900 vs. STL): Sure, Alvarez has struggled mightily this season. He has just three hits in 41 at-bats in 13 games this season, which equates to an .073 batting average. However, he has owned St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook ($7,100), posting 11 hits in 19 career at-bats (.579) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI. With a 1.000 slugging percentage, and 1.600 OPS, Alvarez is worth a roll of the dice.
Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati ($4,800 vs. PHI): Bruce has fared extremely well against Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick ($7,300), posting five hits (including a double and two homers) with three RBI in 11 at-bats. That's good for a .455 batting average, 1.091 slugging percentage and 1.545 OPS.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cincinnati ($4,900 vs. PHI): The Reds outfield can be one-stop shopping for daily Fantasy players. Sure, Choo has just three career at-bats against Kendrick of the Phillies, but each of his two hits have left the yard and he has piled up four RBI. It is hard to pass up the hot-hitting Choo.
Yunel Escobar, SS, Tampa Bay ($4,500 at BAL): Escobar has gotten off to a nightmare start for his new team, posting just one hit in 23 at-bats since April 6, a span of seven games. During the span he has whiffed eight times. However, if he is going to snap out of it, he has a good chance to do so against Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta ($7,800). Escobar has six singles and a home run with two RBI and just one strikeout in 16 career at-bats against Arrieta. His .438 batting average against Arrieta leads all active Rays.
Doug Fister, SP, Detroit ($9,600 at SEA): Fister will match up against his former team, the Seattle Mariners. The current roster of the M's has hit a collective .212 with just one homer, five RBI and 11 strikeouts in 52 at-bats. In just one game against the Mariners since his trade from Seattle, he has seven scoreless innings under his belt with four hits and no walks allowed in a no-decision May 7, 2012.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, L.A. Dodgers ($4,200 vs. SD): Gonzalez is a strong play at this price level, as he has managed seven career hits in 24 at-bats against San Diego Padres SP Jason Marquis ($6,300). Gonzo has three doubles, a homer, four RBI and six walks with just three strikeouts. That's good for an impressive .542 slugging percentage and .961 OPS.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh ($4,900 vs. STL): 'Cutch' has rolled up nine hits in 22 career at-bats (.409) with two doubles, four walks and an RBI against Westbrook. He is a big-ticket item you should be able to squeeze into your lineup by using a couple of other bargains on this list.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($4,300 at CLE): The player the fans and teammates affectionately call 'Petey' should have a fabulous evening against Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez ($8,300). Pedroia has collected five hits, including a double with three RBI, in nine career at-bats against U.
THESE FIVE JUST DON'T JIVE
Jake Arrieta, SP, Baltimore ($7,800 vs. TB): Arrieta has not fared well against the Rays since the start of the 2010 season, going just 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) over 33 2/3 innings. He has managed 24 strikeouts, which is fine, but he has also issued 19 walks while serving up five homers.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit ($4,700 at SEA): Cabrera and the Tigers roll into Safeco Field in Seattle looking to get the offense going. However, Cabrera might find the ball to look very small against Seattle Mariners SP Aaron Harang ($6,900). Cabrera has posted just two career hits in 15 at-bats (.133) against Harang, although the two hits are a double and home run.
Andre Ethier, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($3,900 at SD): Ethier has struggled in his career against San Diego Padres SP Jason Marquis ($6,300), going just 3-for-26 (.115) with no extra-base hits, an RBI, three walks and three strikeouts. That includes going hitless in two at-bats last Thursday against the Padres veteran.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee ($4,100 vs. SF): Gomez has managed just one single in eight at-bats (.125) in his career against San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito ($6,600). He should be avoided, as he posted just two hits in 19 at-bats over his past five games overall.
Matt Kemp, OF, L.A. Dodgers ($5,200 vs. SD): We mentioned last Thursday about Kemp's futility against Marquis, and he went hitless in three at-bats against the San Diego junkballer. Kemp now has three hits in 20 career at-bats (.150) with no extra-base hits, RBI or walks and six strikeouts. That's good for a .150/.190/.150 slash line.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|P||Doug Fister||SEA||$9,600||3B||Pedro Alvarez||PIT||$3,900|
|P||Ivan Nova||NYY||$5,500||SS||Yunel Escobar||TB||$4,500|
|C||J.P. Arencibia||TOR||$3,400||OF||Shin-Soo Choo||CIN||$4,900|
|1B||Adrian Gonzalez||LAD||$4,200||OF||Andrew McCutchen||PIT||$4,900|
|2B||Dustin Pedroia||BOS||$4,300||OF||Jay Bruce||CIN||$4,800|
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