The Daily Grind: Let There Be Lopezes

It occurs to me, somewhat belatedly, that the Seattle Mariners should be owned by Subway, roster only submariner pitchers, and also be called the Submariners. Who doesn’t want to play at Subway Submariner Field. Ironically, there shall be no branches of Subway at the park – only actually edible sandwich shops allowed. And hotdogs.


  1. TDG Invitational
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. This Looks Familiar…

1.The Daily Grind Invitational

mmddyyyy crushed the competition last night without the help of pitchers. Matt Shoemaker and Trevor Richards combined for just 11.2 of his 193.2 points. Christian Yelich did the heaviest lifting with a 52 point performance. Of course, I also had Yelich and scored just 94 points so kudos to [date field] for finding complementary parts. Leaderboard.

We’re doing our usual $2, no rake GPP on FantasyDraft tonight. It’s a large slate.

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2. Weather Reports

While temperatures remain cool, it’s not like that’s constraining home run production. It’s going to be another bumper crop. No rain in the forecast.

3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse

We have a 13-game slate tonight. Spoiler alert: I mostly warn against using the Tri-Lopez. It will neither help you to defeat Ganondorf nor your terrestrial DFS foes.

Tyler Glasnow’s point total has increased by 10 in each consecutive start. Clearly, this is the night he scores 47 points! In all seriousness, he’s a solid bargain at $20,800 despite carrying the largest price tag. Glasnow is one of the few pitchers who looks sharp and ready for the 2019 season. A matchup against Dylan Bombko and the Orioles promises run support and an easy path to the win bonus.

Easy win bonuses abound! Stephen Strasburg ($19,800) should have little issue taming at terribad Giants offense. Must feel nice to draw San Francisco after facing the Mets and Phillies.

Robbie Ray’s ($19,700) effectively wild strikeout machine is still equipped. I’d rather pay for Strasburg at this price point – mostly because the Braves are a difficult opponent. Or flip targets to Max Fried ($14,900). A prospect for at least the last two decades, Fried finally appears to be on the cusp of major league usefulness. He velocity is up and his command looks sharp.

Kenta Maeda ($17,800) is a fine if slightly unimaginative play. He host the Reds. I’m liking Tyler Mahle this year, but I’ll pass tonight.

Captain Jack Flaherty ($17,800) is visiting Brandon Woodruff ($14,800) in a very appropriately priced battle at Miller Park. Both sides of the ongoing war between the Milwaukee Beer People and the St. Louis Red Bird Furries are charged with dispelling a stacked lineup at a hitter friendly venue. But, most importantly, that’s been built into their respective price tags.

Shane Bieber’s ($17,200) been living that easy life against AL Central opponents. We’ll see how he measures up against the pride of the American League, the Seattle Mariners. Mike Leake is weirdly cheap at $12,900. Hard to pass against the Cleveland Carlos Santanas. Then again, Leake is the sort of pitcher who might find Triple-A equally as challenging as the majors.

Jose Quintana ($16,200) is raking in the strikeouts. He’s almost a must play at Stad du Marlins for just $16,200. Pablo Lopez ($13,800) has a whiff of bargainliciousness to him too. Mike Minor ($13,500), Jaime Barria ($16,200), Jon Gray ($16,900), and Kyle Gibson ($12,600) are also plausible plays.

Favorite Plays: Glasnow, Strasburg, Quintana, Gibson

Stack Targets: Marco Estrada, Reynaldo Lopez, Jorge Lopez, Pablo Lopez, Dereck Rodriguez, Dylan Bundy, Nick Pivetta

Lopez and Lopez and Lopez oh my!

4. SaberSim Says…

Strasburg, Glasnost, Flaherty, Woodruff, and Gray are the top arms tonight. Rey Lopez, Leake, Woodruff, Gibson, and Pab Lopez are the valuemen. Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Austin Meadows, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Joey Gallo top the charts for hitters. Prime bargains include Billy McKinney, Chris Davis, David Fletcher, Danny Santana, and Josh Donaldson. aka four piles of barf and Josh Donaldson.

5. This Looks Familiar…

Apparently, it’s not uncommon to hit a batter, catcher, and umpire with one pitch.

Last year, Stephen Strasburg maximized damage. Then he did it again a week later.

Also, of course it was Willians who knew what was up.

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Will be interesting to see if Bellinger plays after being HBP last night and pulled out of the game.