Happy Tuesday everyone, It’s an exciting time in MLB as we approach the 1/4 pole in the season long grind. Baseballs are starting to fly a little bit as we saw some big time scores this weekend. We had 40 out of 86 games last week (Mon-Sun) reach the 10 run mark, and 6 games reached 20 runs. Both those numbers are season highs. Whether MLB is letting the juiced baseballs out or it’s just the weather getting warmer, it’s time to start looking closer at those winds and dew points. The pitchers to choose from tonight are not a mitt full of aces, so really looking to hit on those batters. Oh, and the Rockies are at home in Coors. Keep an eye on lineups as there’s a Double Header in KC with potential weather on the horizon. I like the White Sox bats here, but gotta see if they all play in the day game.
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Tyler Anderson, SP: $8,700. Like I said this is not a pitcher’s night. It seems like they jacked up some marginal pitchers’ salaries for tonight. Adrian Houser at home vs Atlanta is $9,500, Jameson Taillon is at $9,300 and Chad Kuhl is at $9,000. While they are all having ok years so far, the lack of K’s makes me shy away from them above $9,000. Logan Gilbert is at $10,200 and I don’t trust him in Toronto, and Nathan Eovaldi has Houston, which is a red light for me. So I settled on Anderson vs the DBacks. He certainly hasn’t lit the world on fire and got a little lit up himself by the Phillies last trip out. He has struck out 12 in his last 11 IPs and he went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA vs the Snakes last year in two starts, both of which came in the desert. I like his chances at a quality start at Chavez Ravine with a shot at 5+ K’s.
Josh Winder, SP: $6,900. Sticking with pitchers tossing innings in that cool night air on the Pacific Coast, as Winder takes on the soon-to-be Las Vegas Athletics. Winder struggled with his control last time out vs the Astros, but his prior two starts were great going against the Rays and these same A’s. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad said Meatloaf who was a noted MLB fan. Check out his 1994 All-Star Game Performance. Meatloaf 1994 ASG. There’s some regression coming yet for Josh, but I like his price versus the hapless A’s tonight.
Joey Bart, C: $3,400. Joey isn’t in the lineup Monday night so he should be in there on Tuesday vs Chad Kuhl. Bart has hits in each of his last three starts behind the plate and has 4 HRs on the year. He needs to cut down on the strikeouts to start realizing his potential.
CJ Crohn’s, 1B: $5,700. In the other dugout in Denver facing Alex Cobb are CJ Cron and the Rockies. Cron is turning out to be one of the best values in fantasy drafts this year. He only has 2 HRs so far in May, but is still raking, hitting .333 on the month. At Coors so far this year in 19 games he is hitting .378 with 7 HRs, 16 Runs and 19 RBIs. I don’t get why there are more expensive options when the Rockies are at home. The wind will be blowing in hard, but still a big outfield out there.
Gleyber Torres, 2B: $4,100. Look I know, this is two weeks in a row I’ve got Torres in a DFS lineup. And, I know, he did nothing last Tuesday. He did rake on Wednesday though! Either way, he’s a potential power option at 2nd base, and he’s got some serious history of domination against the Orioles. I’m buying at $4,100. Update – He already has two hits at the time of writing.
Yoan Moncada, 3B: $3,600. No Acuna, so going Moncada. Yoan is hitting second in the White Sox lineup right between Tim Anderson and Luis Robert. That’s a good spot to be. Not sure who they’ll be facing in Game 2 tomorrow, most likely a call-up or bullpen game so I like him getting to see some lessor pitchers by the time Game 2 rolls around. Again, just make sure he’s in the lineup before locking it in.
Tim Anderson, SS: $4,900. Same story here with Tim Anderson except he is hitting everything he sees and spreading the ball all around the field. He is hitting .336 and has lowered his K rate to 12%. That’s a recipe for him to hit .350+ if he keeps that K rate down. I’m playing the potential of a big multi-hit game here from Anderson.
Joc Pederson, OF: $3,900. The Joc has been ice cold since the calendar turned into May, and I’m not just talking about all the guys who got their wives nothing but a card for Mother’s Day. He is hitting .065 with just 1 HR. That long ball came on Sunday so hopefully, it rights the ship. I’m not a believer in Chad Kuhl continuing what has happened so far this year so gimme some of the righty crusher in Coors who has a career HR vs Kuhl
Mike Trout, OF: $5,500. Do I really need to write this one up? Trout is healthy which means he’s hitting. Struggling a bit so far in May…only hitting .298 with 4 HRs. Small sample size vs Taylor Hearn, but he’s 2 for 4.
Mike Jastrzemski, OF: $3,300. Yaz has 7 HRs in 65 career ABs in Coors and that’s enough for me to play him at this price as a last OF option.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Check the wind on all the games in the Northeast and it’s gonna be blowing in at Coors. There are potential storms coming into Kansas City.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I did mention I do a bit of Sports Handicapping. I’ll give out a Free Play here every Tuesday, but you can find all my free and premium picks for MLB and a few other sports at The Odds Breakers
Reid Detmers is coming off a No-hitter and his heaviest workload thus far. At -120 though with the Angels vs the Rangers I’ll lay the juice and take the Angels to win and hope he doesn’t have a No-No hangover. Also, look to the team total for the Rays if the juice isn’t too heavy. Those bats are due to wake up.