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2014 Fantasy Baseball, Daily Double Switch for April 19th

Saturday’s Daily Double Switch is a good one with a typical 15 game slate for us to concur. Starting Monday, we’ll have an even better version of the Double Switch locked in. We can’t wait to bring that to you, but until then I’m going to run down each position like I have been. Wednesday’s lineup was a great one. As always, make sure to check lineups before locking in your lineups on Draftstreet.

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*All stats exclude Friday games.

Starting Pitchers

Ervin Santana has not only been great in his two starts this season, but gets a great matchup against a high strikeout team. He has 17Ks in 14 innings this season. Tony Cingrani is sporting a 2.60 ERA on the season and it should continue against the Cubs tomorrow. They are struggling big time right now against a tough LHP in Cingrani.

Scott Kazmir had a sore arm situation after his last start, but everything was done for precautionary reasons. He’s good to go now and he has maybe the best matchup on the day against Houston. Don’t sleep on Tim Hudson this season. He has pitched into the seventh inning in three straight games and has only given up six earned runs. He faces the Padres in San Diego. There isn’t much to hate about that matchup.

Catchers

Sadly, I don’t believe in Alex Avila against LHP, but I do believe in Devin Mesoraco. He has been lights out since coming off the DL and faces a weak RHP in Carlos Villanueva. Evan Gattis has a great matchup against a fastball pitcher, and he clearly loves fastballs. If his recent hitting hasn’t convinced you then you should check up on the unwritten rules of hitting (no batting gloves means extreme love for fastballs). Brian McCann is a great option against the RHP and with his six hits in his last four games. Tyler Flowers is a nice value option with all the other catchers being so high priced. He’s hitting .364 on the season and going up against a weak pitcher in Lewis.

First Basemen

Is anyone else salivating over Ryan Howard in Coors Field against Jordan Lyles? He has a hit in each of the last five games he has started including two home runs. Adrian Gonzalez faces a RHP who I’ve never heard of before, but he has given up two runs in three innings this season. That should bode well for Gonzalez who has a hit in each of his last ten games (15 in all). Edwin Encarnacion is heating up and needs to be considered against Corey Kluber. EE has seven hits in his last four games including some power (two doubles).

Second Basemen

It wouldn’t be a Double Switch if I didn’t include Dee Gordon. He has tore up the basepathes this season logging ten stolen bases all while hitting .373. I love his matchup and the fact A-Gone is hitting a few spots behind him. Ian Kinsler has been a great add and is playing the complete opposite of Prince Fielder right now. He’s hitting .327 this season with two home runs. He has six multi-hit games in his last ten and faces a LHP Saturday. He’s 4-6 against LHP this season. Brian Dozier is all that is man right now. He’s hitting .273 with two bombs in his last seven days including one on Thursday.

Third Basemen

Josh Donaldson has a huge admirer in myself. He’s hitting .324 in his last seven days and has included three home runs. He is 3-11 against LHP with a home run so far this season. If you’re not playing Aramis Ramirez Saturday then there’s a decent chance you hate money. He’s leading the Brewers with a .369 average and 14 RBI. He gets the juicy matchup of facing Wandy Rodriguez and his 2014 struggles.

Shortstop

Jimmy Rollins has struggled in his last few games, but so has everyone in those games. He gets a good matchup against Lyles at Coors Field, which can’t be ignored. Alexei Ramirez has come down to Earth a little bit in his last few games, but he still has four home runs this season and a hit in every game this season. He faces Colby Lewis who is not an intimidating pitcher on the mound. Chris Owings is always a cheap option for me with the way prices can be tough.

Outfielders

Rajai Davis amazingly leads the Tigers in hitting this season and he’s been doing it partly because of his last 19 at bats. He has seven hits during that span with six hits in his last four games. Look for him to do well against CJ Wilson, the LHP, as he has been great against LHP in his career. I know I’m a huge Tigers fan, but it seems way too tough to pass on Austin Jackson with that price. He has struggled against CJ Wilson in his career, but with that spot in the order there is a ton of potential.

Jose Bautista has been crushing baseballs so far this season and has a great opportunity Saturday against Corey Kluber. He has six home runs on the season and six hits in his last four games. Four of his six home runs have come against RHP.Jay Bruce is kind of a hunch play Saturday against Carlos Villanueva. He has struggled this season, but did have a double against the Cubs Friday. Bruce has breakout potential with the way Chicago’s field can play at times. All Brewers outfielders should be considered against Wandy Rodriguez.

Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez are the two I would target as they’ve had success this season and crush LHP. Obviously Khris Davis is in play with the lefty matchup and being the cheapest of the three. Everyone needs to stop sleeping on Chris Collabello, at least for now. He has been great this season and leads the Twins in hitting with a .357 BAVG. Recently, he has 10 hits in his last 20 at bats. Some value can be found with Wil Myers. The guy has struggled, but he has been hitting in a good part of the lineup and will turn it around eventually.

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Weather
MIN/KC- Wind 18mph out to LF
HOU/OAK- Wind 14mph out to RF

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