Well last night was interesting. Dallas Keuchel almost threw his second complete game shut out in a row - Bo Porter left him out there too long and he ran out of gas. My advice is go pick up Keuchel in all your rotisserie leagues, if you don't trust me, go read Rays' article on Keuchel from last week. The Royals/White Sox game turned out to be a surprising slugfest, and the Brewers look completely lost. I apologize for the Wily Peralta pick, but he turned out a decent outing - minus the ridiculous amount of walks, which is unlike him. Today is a new day, and there are a lot of great options on today - as usual I will be picking out single guys I like, whatever you do with them is up to you.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Drew Pomeranz, Oakland Athletics, $7,200 - Pomeranz takes the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, a team which has lost its offensive touch - kind of like the movie Space Jam where the aliens took the NBA players skills. Pomeranz is a capable lefty who should throw a quality start, and at his price point he is worth a flier . The only downside is he is on a really strict pitch count that could be costly.
SP 2 - Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers, $8,800 - I am pretty sure I threw this tandem out last week as well and they did well for us, so why change things? If you aren't convinced, Beckett takes on the Mets at Citi Field , a team that has the lowest wOBA against right handed pitching, and the seventh highest strikeout percentage against righties as well. Beckett could be a sneaky tournament play with so many top tier pitchers going tonight.
C - Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies, $3,500 - This will probably be the lowest we will see Rosario for the rest of the season (barring injuries). Tonight is no easy task as he faces Madison Bumgarner in Colorado. Bumgarner has been inconsistent so far this season, so I think Rosario in Coors is a solid play.
1B - Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners, $3,800 - Smoak is one of the streakiest hitters in the league. He started off the season on a tear, and I thought "Smoak is finally going to break out" - guess what he lied. Either way he has been hitting decent lately and he faces Colby Lewis who he has done well against. If you don't want to spend big on a first basemen, then Smoak something.
2B - Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox, $4,900 - Pedroia and the Red Sox have been extremely mediocre thus far, but luckily for them they head to Toronto and get to face J.A Happ or as I like to call him J.A Crapp. This is a great spot for Pedroia, and I am considering stacking Red Sox players for tourney play this evening.
3B - Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners, $4,100 - I really dislike Kyle Seager, but his numbers against Lewis force me to use him. Seager is batting .429 with one homer, and four RBIs against Lewis - it's a small sample size, but Lewis is prone to take a pounding.
SS - Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays, $5,100 - Reyes' price is pretty expensive for a player who hasn't done much this season - but he and Tulowitzki are the only two shortstops I will play tonight - cash game or tourneys. As mentioned with Pedroia, stacking Blue Jays against Doubront might not be a bad idea.
OF 1 - Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays, $5,400 - See Reyes description. Doubront in Rogers Centre is a disaster waiting to happen, and he might end up on the DL with a neck a injury from looking back at all the home runs he gave up.
OF 2 - Curtis Granderson, New York Mets, $3,700 - A contradictory play against Josh Beckett - you can't expect your pitcher to throw a perfect game (unless it's Dallas Keuchel). Granderson has three homers and five RBIs against Beckett in his career, and at this price its worth a shot.
As always be sure to check the weather in the city your players are playing in. Don't forget to check lineups either, nothing worse than having a rostered player on your squad that isn't in the lineup.