Well it's safe to say - Justin Verlander is done, stick a fork in him. I know there is a lot of baseball left to play and a lot can change, but one thing that can't change is Detroit getting a refund on that ridiculous contract. Verlander doesn't care I'm sure, he probably goes home and cries in Kate Uptons lap, on a bed made of $100 bills. There is my Tuesday rant, so lets get in to our lineups. I hope you enjoyed my little comedic intro.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs, $8,700 - Could this be the last start for Samardzija as a Cub? Quite possibly, and this could be a good game for "Shark" to show off his stuff to potential buyers. The Marlins have the highest strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers, so Samardzija could be a great GPP play today, especially with so many expensive pitchers on the card tonight.
SP 2 - Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves, $7,900 - Santana is another bargain bin pitcher you could use tonight as he takes on the Philadelphia Phillies, at home. Santana has cooled off from his hot start, but still should be very efficient tonight against the Phillies.
C - Brian McCann, New York Yankees, $3,500 - McCann has been underwhelming so far in New York, I don't blame him necessarily since a lot of new players have a hard time adjusting to the New York spotlight. Today he faces a rookie pitcher (Marcus Stroman), who is from New York, so a lot of pressure will be on him today. The Yankees could take advantage of this matchup and could be a decent GPP stack, starting with McCann who always has double dong upside.
1B - Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds, $4,400 - I really like the Reds tonight against Brandon Cumpton, and Votto is my first choice out of all their players. We all know Votto is an on base machine, so he can earn points in many ways other than homers. I doubt a lot of people will be on him tonight, so he might be a good risk/reward play.
2B - Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians, $4,400 - Kipnis has been pretty consistent since coming back from the DL, i expect a productive day from him today. I like that this game is at home, since left-handed hitters seem to hit homers easier in Cleveland, and Matt Shoemaker isn't someone I am completely sold on yet.
3B - Conor Gillaspie, Chicago White Sox, $3,800 - I love taking players who are playing against their old teams, revenge is a dish best served cold. Gillaspie has great numbers against right handed pitching in his career, and Matt Cain isn't the man he used to be. At this price you can't go wrong, especially if Cain has a panic attack and walks everyone.
SS - Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals, $4,600 - Desmond has really been turning it up in the month of June - as he has done in the past. His adversary tonight is Dallas Keuchel, and although I am the President of the "Dallas Keuchel For Cy Young" movement, I expect Desmond to matchup well against him tonight, and not rule out a homer.
OF 1 - Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles, $4,500 - It's impossible to fade Jones at his price, the way he's been playing. Facing Bedard tonight makes this pick my easiest pick of the night.
OF 2 - Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants, $4,000 - When Morse faces a lefty on the road, I will add him to my squad anytime. He isn't the sexiest name for outfielders, but he is a great hitter. John Danks has been great of late, but the Giants are pests that will eat away at him.
OF 3 - Khris Davis, Milwaukee Brewers, $4,000 - Isn't it ironic that Khris Davis with a K is having a better season thus far than Chris Davis with a C? All corny jokes aside; I think Davis can have a great night in Mini Coors Field AKA Chase Field. With Wade Miley on the mound, the king of home runs given, this could be a long night for him with all the right-handed power the Brewers have.
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