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Anibal Sanchez | P | Tigers | $10,600 – Sanchez is dealing early in the season and he faces a strikeout happy foe in the Houston Astros. He’s a no-brainer even at this inflated price.
Hector Santiago | P | White Sox | $5,000 We went to the penthouse for the first starter, we’ll go the outhouse for starter #2. He’s $300 cheaper than Luis Mendoza who wouldn’t likely be a selection if DraftKings had a AAA game. Santiago faces a Twins team that will be offering Pedro Hernandez as their starting pitcher who has nearly a six ERA. Santiago has been good in his two starts so far this season and should be in line for a chance at a win.
Russell Martin | C | Pirates | $3,600 – It’s not clear that Martin will play so check lineups heading into the matchups on Monday. Martin has four hits(including a HR) in eight ABs against Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada. Estrada has given up 11 HRs in 38 2/3 IP this season. I like those odds. I’ve left enough salary room to sneak hot hitting Josh Donaldson into the lineup if Martin doesn’t play.
Mitch Moreland | 1B | Rangers | $3,300– Moreland is cheap and hot. Quite a combination. He’s got three HRs in his last 28 ABs and allows us some flexibility elsewhere.
Pedro Alvarez | 3B | Pirates | $4,000 – Alvarez is a notoriously streaky hitter so you have to take a chance when you think he’s getting hot. He looks to be heating up (six hits in his last 12 ABs) and faces Mr. Estrada who likes to give up dingers. He doesn’t have a ton of success against Estrada, but when Alvarez is on, he’s unstoppable.
Dee Gordon | SS | Dodgers | $3,500 – Gordon has been hitting leadoff for the Dodgers and has been solid. His salary hasn’t caught up with this production yet so take advantage. I’d also consider Jean Segura here
Andrew McCutchen | OF | Pirates | $5,200 – McCutchen also gets Marco Estrada and he has an outstanding (albeit short) history against him with seven hits in 19 ABs and two HRs. Start with confidence.
Cody Ross | OF | Diamondbacks | $4,300 – Ross eats lefties for breakfast, lunch and dinner (.932 career OPS, 59 HRs in 942 PAs – he’s got 64 HRs in 2,367 PAs verus right-handers). He gets Mike Minor on Monday and he’s got two HRs in six career ABs.
Mike Trout | OF | Angels | $5,700 – Mike Trout is very good at baseball. Luis Mendoza (KC’s starter on Monday) isn’t quite as good. Trout looks to be in a groove (since the calendar turned to May, he’s got a 1.132 OPS – not including Sunday’s games).
If you are looking for stacking options I’d look at the Pirates. I’ve peppered them throughout my lineup here, but the higher risk option is to slot as many Pirates in as you can.
The First Pitch:
Let’s take a quick look around some of the better performances of Sunday
Colorado Rockies 8 St. Louis Cardinals 2
Jorge de la Rosa took a no hitter into the seventh inning and the Rockies bats finally got going against a Cardinals’ staff that had stymied them through much of the series. He finished seven innings and struck out seven while only walking three and give up two hits. This start came out of nowhere as de la Rosa has seen his K/9 rate plummet this season while maintaining solid numbers overall. He’d struck out just four batters over his last three starts (16 IP).
Troy Tulowitzki was healthy today and did Tulo things as he smashed his eighth homerun and recent call up Charlie Blackmon hit his first. The Rockies put Michael Cuddyer on the DL on Sunday and it looks like there will be a platoon of Eric Young and Blackmon in right. It’s unclear at this point if it will be a strict platoon, but both should have some value with home games in Colorado.
Chicago Cubs 2 Washington Nationals 1
Gio Gonzalez carried a no hitter into the sixth and struck out seven over his seven innings. But, he watched as the Nationals’ bullpen and defense blew the lead and left him with a no-decision. It looked like the Nats offense had finally awoken earlier in the week, but they are back to their light hitting ways as they were shut down by Scott Feldman and the Cubs’ bullpen. The Nats have been hovering around .500 all year long and I don’t see them as the world-beaters everyone thought they’d be entering the season. Their starting pitching is good on paper, but games on played on a diamond and they aren’t as good as they look. Their offense has been out of sync all year. Adam LaRoche had a career year and signed a new contract. He’s been missing in action – he’s generally a slow starter so this shouldn’t be completely unexpected. Ryan Zimmerman’s defense has caused issues all season long and it looks like he should move across the diamond sooner rather than later (those $18M yearly salaries at the end of his deal are going to look pretty awful).
The Cubs aren’t going to contend for anything this season, but they’ve unearthed solid pitchers in Scott Feldman, Travis Wood and Carlos Villanueva. Indeed, their two orst starters were the two guys (Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson) expected to lead the rotation. They are due to get Matt Garza back this month so it will be interesting to see who exits the rotation). And out of the “You Can’t Predict Baseball”, Kevin Gregg has solidified the back end of their bullpen – unscored upon in his first nine appearances.
Some other notes from Sunday’s games:
- Chris Sale threw a complete game one -hitter with the only hit from Mike Trout. He was dominant and continues to pitch better than anyone expected.
- Jake Westbrook hit the 15 day DL and the Cardinals will recall prospect John Gast. Gast has been lights out this season with a 32 IP scoreless streak. Prosepct guru Keith Law sees Gast as a reliever long term. He’s certainly a deep league option as he should get two starts at home this week against a poor Mets’ offense and the Brewers. Westbrook is only expected to miss two starts with his elbow injury. If his injury extends longer, we could see top prospect Michael Wacha or even ageless Chris Carpenter who is on the comeback trail.
- Frank Francisco had an issue with his an elbow and he’s returning to New York for an exam. Bobby Parnell has pitched well in his place and will continue to close while Francisco is out.
- Neil Walker will be activated for Monday’s game against the Brewers. Get him back in your lineup.
- Wei-Yin Chen left his start on Sunday with an oblique strain. Tread lightly here as these types of injuries can turn into lengthy DL stints.
- Brandon League gave up two runs in a non-save situation. Is that Kenley Jansen at the door?
- Brandon McCarthy looks to have righted the ship. He would have picked up the win if Kirk Gibson thought he had enough grit to throw more than 88 pitches. Heath Bell blew the save, but should have more rope than just one poor appearance.
- Cody Allen picked up the save for the Indians as Chris Perez felt some shoulder stiffness warming up. Perez said he’ll be fine and should be able to return Monday.
- Oscar Taveras hurt his ankle stealing a base. No word on his status.