PITCHING PLANNER AND BARGAIN HUNTING
There are a good number of quality pitching options available tonight. As I go through the list, I see a few prominent names to definitely consider. Let’s take a closer look:
Baltimore hitters on the current roster are batting.163 vs. R.A. Dickey ($11,100 on DraftKings). He would be a quality start if he was not trying to work through back and neck problems, but he is something of a risk, so it is best to avoid him.
Detroit is hitting.195 vs. Wade Davis (7,500). The Kansas City starter is very tempting at that price, but the Tigers lineup can make any starter look bad at any time, so I would pass on him tonight.
Current Yankees on the roster are hitting a combined.239 vs. David Price (11,300), who always seems to save some of his best for New York. Also, keep in mind that .239 includes some big bats on the DL right now. So Price should indeed be a top consideration.
Cleveland batters are hitting .140 vs. Jose Quintana (6,600). The White Sox youngster is indeed an interesting possible bargain, but the Indians have recently shown they can better that type of batting average on any given day.
The Dodgers are batting .229 vs. Jonathon Niese (9,100). I would lock the Mets starter in if he was not going against Clayton Kershaw. But tonight, I just cannot use him as the chances of a win seem reduced.
Arizona is batting .239 vs. Matt Cain (10,500). The struggling Giants starter really needs a victory badly, but I won’t use him until I see clear signs of a turnaround.
Ultimately, I will likely settle on Price and Adam Wainright tonight. Current Nationals are hitting .286 against Wainright, but the lineup has started to sputter recently, as Adam LaRoche has yet to get going as usual in April, Denard Span is transitioning to the National League and Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL, among other issues. Wainright is off to an absolutely terrific start this year and I’ll overlook the past numbers.
Here are some hitters for your Tuesday consideration, including some prominent bargain types.
You can certainly use some Brewers with success against San Diego. Jonathan Lucroy (4,100) is 3 for 5 with a double and a home run against Clayton Richard. Carlos Gomez (3,800) is 5 for 9 with a double and a home run against Richard. Norichika Aoki (5,000) is 3 for 4 against Richard.
Justin Upton (6,500) is 8 for 22 with two home runs against Jeff Francis, but spending that much on a hitter could really limit your flexibility elsewhere.
Adam Lind (4,300) is 3 for 6 against Miguel Gonzalez. He hits second for Toronto.
Torii Hunter (4,500) is 3 for 7 with two doubles against Wade Davis. He is in the lineup and is looking good early this year.
Salvador Perez (4,000) is 5 for 7 with a double and two homers against Max Scherzer. He is hitting eighth for Kansas City tonight.
Matt Joyce (3,500) is 5 for 11 with a double, a triple and two home runs against Phil Hughes. He hits fifth tonight.
Yunel Escobar (3,700) is 7 for 16 with two doubles against Hughes. He is in the lineup right behind Joyce.
Clint Barmes (2,700) is 4 for 5 with two doubles and a home run against Cole Hamels. This is a confirmed No. 8 hitter tonight to actually consider.
Hunter Pence (4,100) is 3 for 8 with a triple and a home run against Patrick Corbin. He has been playing well so far, so get him in there.
Marlon Byrd (2,800) is 6 for 9 against Clayton Kershaw.
Ruben Tejada (2,500) is 3 for 5 with two walks against Kershaw. He is hitting leadoff tonight.
Jeff Keppinger (4,300) is 4 for 7 against Zach McAllister
Mark Trumbo (4,200) is 4 for 10 with two doubles against Alexi Ogando
Will Venable (3,800) is 4 for 10 with a double and home run against Yovani Gallardo