And, I’m back. After a small vacation, in which I recharged my batteries, hiked, and didn’t play any fantasy, it’s back to normal life. Thankfully, Blake and Brett held the fort down for me, otherwise I guess it wouldn’t have completely been a “vacation.”
While I didn’t play any fantasy, I did manage to get to the ballpark in Denver for one game. Jair Jurrjens pitched in it. Predictably, he was hit very hard. Considering I live in Atlanta, it was nice to see an old friend. Not much has changed for him. Breaking: The Earth keeps spinning and 88 mph over the middle keeps leaving the yard :(.
Hopefully over the next year and a half, Jeff Samardzija and Felix Hernandez face off a few times. Tonight, we’ll get our first such matchup. Fun! If neither of those tickle your fancy (get your pulse checked if so): Jake Arrieta, Alex Wood, Garrett Richards, Chris Archer, Jordan Zimmermann, Mat Latos, and Corey Kluber are also pitching. Seriously, it’s a great night to watch pitching. If you prefer soft tossing, precision command, and overall craftiness, Mark Buehrle is also taking the ball. And boy, does Toronto need a good start from him.
On the other side of the spectrum, Nick Tepesch, Scott Feldman, Jorge De La Rosa, Hector Noesi, and Mike Bolsinger will also be on our screens tonight. And Tim Lincecum, in the midst of a solid run, will face off with public enemy number one, Paul Goldschmidt.
Tonight should be a good one.
The Daily Five
Jeff Locke – $13,261
I wrote a little about Locke a few weeks ago; short version: I’m a fan. Tonight, he’s facing a Reds’ lineup that is depleted, considering Joey Votto’s absence. The ballpark isn’t friendly, and that hurts, but outside of Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco, the Reds don’t exactly crush left handed pitching. On the flip side, I also like Mat Latos (a touch under $17,000) in this contest.
Seth Smith – $6,804
The Padres’ offense is easy to pick on. Fortunately, we can easily omit Smith from those jokes. Dan Haren has had a ton of trouble keeping balls in the yard in this year, so using San Diego’s best power hitter, save a healthy Carlos Quentin, seems reasonable.
I’m not a big believer in Tepesch. It’s a rather expensive threesome, so we’ll need a big night, but that seems attainable. Over the past 14 days, only one person (Goldie) has posted a higher wOBA than Calhoun’s .497 mark. If you’re looking for cheaper options, I also like Erick Aybar and Hank Conger. Josh Hamilton, too. Honestly, I like the Angels’ offense so much today that you could pull names out of a hat, use them and I likely wouldn’t have any qualms.
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Landon is a senior writer at The Fantasy Fix. You can follow and interact with him on Twitter (@joneslandon).