Yesterday was interesting to say the least. Michael Pineda got thrown out the game for having a pine tar hickey on his neck, Michael Wacha struck out 10 batters, and walked in two runs, Nelson Cruz keeps stealing RBIs from Chris Davis, and Cole Hamels returned from injury. Holy run on sentence Batman.
Draftkings once again split their cards in to two, and I didn't like anything I saw price wise for the early card so I decided to play the night card.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Drew Hutchison, Toronto Blue Jays, $6,000 - I have no idea why Hutchison is priced so low on DraftKings. Last time out against the Orioles he pitched six scoreless innings with five strikeouts. He didn't get the win, but that's beside the point. At this price I can't say no to him.
SP 2 - Jordan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals, $10,200 - Zimmerman gets the Padres tonight, a team he owns. In career starts he has 30 strikeouts in 32.1 innings, and an ERA of 1.95. The Padres aren't exactly Murderers Row, so don't be scared to use Zimmerman.
C - Derrick Norris, Oakland Athletics, $3,100 - I like using Norris as my catcher on nights that there aren't too many cheap options. Norris has good power, and is always a threat to go deep, exactly what you want from a cheap catcher.
1B - Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers, $5,000 - One of the scariest hitters in baseball, takes on Kyle Kendrick, seems like a no brainer to me. Gonzalez got the day off yesterday so he should be fresh tonight.
2B - Jose Altuve, Houston Astros, $4,400 - Altuve is a great hitter, and he was a pest last time around for Kazmir. He is my favorite 2B option tonight since he is a threat to steal anytime he gets on base.
3B - Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays, $3,600 - Lawrie is pretty cheap considering he has five homers, and 18 RBIs, his batting average sucks, but you don't lose points on Draftkings for outs. I like the matchup against Bud Norris, a pitcher who has a high WHIP, and that many base runners usually leads to a lot of runs.
SS - Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays, $4,400 - Reyes hits lead off for one of the most potent offenses in the league. As mentioned with Lawrie, I can see plenty of runs in this game. This also has the highest over/under total in Vegas for the night.
OF 1 - Johnny Gomes, Boston Red Sox, $3,700 - Gomes loves to hit off Sabathia, being a home game for the Red Sox, I love this matchup. Look for Gomes to take Sabathia deep tonight.
OF 2 - Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees, $4,900 - I'm considering building a Yankee stack for tournament play tomorrow, given that Felix Doubront is on the mound for the Red Sox. Beltran owned Doubront just a couple weeks ago, and I expect no less tonight.
OF 3 - Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers, $4,600 - Kemp seems to be heating up, I don't have a lot of faith in Kyle Kendrick, and I expect the Dodgers to run him out the game within four innings. Consider a Dodgers stack as well.
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.