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2013 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: May 17, 2013

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DraftKings Team of the Day

Today I’m playing the $1 Double Up contest. It’s very easy for beginners to get involved with and doesn’t cost much at all to play. Don’t forget your deposit bonus when you sign up at DraftKings.

Trevor Cahill at Miami – Cahill has the fifth highest ground ball percentage among starters, and his repertoire should play well in Miami’s spacious park.

Jaime Garcia vs. Milwaukee – Uneasy about this one, because anytime I trust Jaime he always just lets me down. But he’s pitched well this year especially in two starts against the Brewers.

Jarrod Saltalamachhia – Salty has a .923 OPS against righties like Vance Worley.

Adam LaRoche – LaRoche has homers in back to back games, and San Diego’s starting Burch Smith, who gave up six runs in one inning in his first start the other day.

Dustin Pedroia – Boston has a really good matchup against Worley, and Pedroia is always a good play.

Jed Lowrie – Honestly, there weren’t many good options here because I needed to go cheap. But Lowrie’s hitting righties better than lefties this year.

Didi Gregorius – Didi is playing well and crushing righties like opposing starter Kevin Slowey.

Denard Span – I’m hoping the Nats can take advantage of Burch Smith, with Span being the catalyst.

Michael Saunders – Saunders is a top-scoring outfield at DraftKings. He’s playing well and facing Ubaldo Jimenez who’s always a welcome sight for the opposing hitters.

Alex Gordon Jarrod Parker has been very wild this season, so picking someone who can (usually) take a walk or two in Gordon is a good idea, I think.

Thursday Recap

Phil Coke and Derek Lowe started the slow-pitch softball game between Detroit and Texas Thursday night. Wait, that’s not right. Actually in what was a matchup between two Cy Young contenders, Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish, it was anything but. Verlander didn’t make it out of the third inning while allowing eight runs in only 2.2 innings. The seven runs allowed in the third were the most he’s ever allowed in any inning, according to ESPN Dallas. Darvish fared better, but he allowed two homers and four earned in eight innings. He threw 130 pitches and apparently has a rubber arm. But he had TWTW (The Will To Win) and got the W despite not pitching too well.

Nelson Cruz hit his 11th homer, which ties him with Chris Davis, Mark Reynolds and Edwin Encarnacion for the AL lead. Mitch Moreland hit two doubles to continue raking. He’s hitting .371 in his last nine games.

Matt Cain also had TWTW despite raising his ERA to 5.43 with a 6.1-inning, six-earned run start against Colorado. He allowed three homers, which raises his season total to 13. Despite all that, I think he’s a good buy low option. Brandon Belt picked up a hit in his seventh straight game, and he’s now hitting 9-for-21 in those seven games with two homers, three doubles and three walks.

Fernando Rodney blew Alex Cobb‘s chance at a win by walking three of the first four Red Sox he faced and giving up a bases-loaded double to Will Middlebrooks that scored all three runners. That’s Rodney’s third blown save after having only two last year. You might want to pick up Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, or Kyle Farnsworth just in case Rodney’s removed from the closer’s role.

Francisco Liriano shut down the Milwaukee lineup, which is one of the best in the league. He struck out seven in only 5.2 innings of one-run ball. He walked three, but had 11 swinging strikes. He’s got 16 strikeouts and five walks in only 11 innings this season. He’s owned in only 29 percent of ESPN leagues and 31 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He should be the No. 1 waiver priority in most if not all leagues.

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