My sincerest apologies for not posting up plays for yesterday's games. I've been dealing with a nasty flu, and been fighting it all week. If you want to send care packages contact Ray for my address. Saturday baseball is upon us, and to be honest I'm not too crazy about the early or late card, but I prefer the early card. There is some great value at pitching today, which lets us get some nice power bats.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers, $8,400 - Sanchez has been subpar at best compared to last season. He has high strikeout potential, and he is facing a hot Twins team. Historically Sanchez has only allowed one home run against the Twins, with 44 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched.
SP 2 - Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals, $7,600 - Roark goes up against the Padres today, a team that is offensively challenged. Roark has runaway with the fifth rotation spot, and actually looks pretty good. Given the matchup and the price point, this seems like a no brainer.
C - A.J Pierzynski, Boston Red Sox, $3,000 - Pierzynski takes on a Toronto Blue Jays team, that has given up about two million runs in the last three days. Even though he is priced so low, I expect him to be one of the more productive catchers on the early card.
1B - Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels, $5,600 - Name a hotter hitter right now not named Charlie Blackmon...... I'm still waiting..... He also gets an inexperienced lefty named Vidal Nuno, sounds like what I use to shampoo and condition my hair.
2B - Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels, $4,600 - Kendrick is almost as hot as Pujols. With Josh Hamilton on the disabled list, Kendrick has been hitting clean up most nights. I like both teams hitters today, and so does Vegas, setting the over/under at 9.0.
3B - Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers, $3,300 - The pitcher he is up against today is Phil Hughes, enough said.
SS - Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals, $3,400 - Two homeruns, six RBIs, .333 batting average off Franscico Liriano. The Cardinals have had a hard time creating runs lately, but I do expect their bats to come alive today.
OF 1 - Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, $5,300 - As I said previously with Pujols and Kendrick, I like the Angels, and Yankees today. Trout bats ahead of both of them, and should get some runs. Angels are a stack I'm going to consider for tournaments.
OF 2 - Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees, $4,600 - Sorianos' batting average against lefties in .323 this season, today he get's Hector Santiago, not exactly Clayton Kershaw. I like Yankees right handed hitters today for a stack. Mix them up with Angels for tourney play.
OF 3 - Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals, $3,700 - Another team I would consider stacking the Cardinals. They have struggled as of late, but they historically kill Francisco Liriano. Look in to stacking Cardinal right-handed hitters at your own risk.
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.