New week means new picks. This can’t get much worse than last week! There is a reduced slate today including matinee games. I am going to set a lineup for the Main evening slot.
Pitcher to Start – Taijuan Walker SP ARI ($7,800)
Walker draws an excellent matchup at home against the San Diego Padres. Recently the Padres have made Zack Greinke look like an ace again. Walker has a reduced cost because his peripherals have been poor. A closer look shows you that he has just been unlucky. He is giving up a .323 BABIP! That will regress and then so will his ERA. He has a 22:7 K:BB ratio. I expect Walker to get his first QS tonight and be a cheap source of points for your lineup.
Pitcher to Stack Against – Jered Weaver SP SD
How long can an 84 MPH fastball be successful in the major leagues? Seriously. How is his changeup effective? There is going to be a team very soon that just demolishes Weaver. I expect that to be tonight with a lineup that features Goldschmidt, Lamb, and Pollock.
P – Taijuan Walker
C – Martin Maldonado
1B – Paul Goldschmidt
2B – Adam Rosales
3B – Jake Lamb
SS – Xander Bogaerts
OF – Khris Davis
OF – Mookie Betts
OF – David Peralta