- TDG Invitational
- Weather Reports
- Pitchers to Use and Abuse
- SaberSim Says…
1. The Daily Grind Invitational
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2. Weather Reports
Although it’s not a part of our slate, the Red Sox-Yankees game is in jeopardy. The rest of the league should be dry enough tonight.
3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
Main Slate: Five aces reside atop the board. Blake Snell ($22,900) is the priciest in what should be an easy victory at The Glob (i.e. Globe Life Park). The Rays should tee off against Yovani Gallardo despite a flat game versus Adrian Sampson yesterday.
Ace number two is Clayton Kershaw ($22,200). Although he isn’t performing at his usual level of excellence, he does have 12 straight quality starts. I think it’s safe to count on solid production, especially with Trevor Story out of the lineup. Kyle Freeland ($18,800) is a good, deceptive pitcher, but he’s overpriced for this one.
Aaron Nola is hosting the lowly Mets. I’ll happily pony up $21,400. I’m a little less keen about paying $16,300 for Steven Matz. I thought he’d cost closer to $13,500 which would have been pretty desirable.
Corey Kluber ($20,300) is set to rebound from a disaster outing. That, along with all these alternatives, could keep his ownership low for a pairing against the strikeout-tastic White Sox. Carlos Rodon ($15,900) is playable in an unexciting way.
The last ace, Stephen Strasburg ($19,600) can be found in Miami. He’s been working with pitch counts since returning from a minor injury. He still managed seven innings and 32.15 points last time out. Sandy Alcantara ($11,700) will be the top choice for bargain hunters. They’ll see that 20.25 point average and ignore that it’s from only three starts. He does have an intriguing mix of velocity, swinging strikes, ground balls, and soft contact.
Jameson Taillon ($17,700) may go overlooked at home versus the Royals. He consistently reaches 20 points against much better opponents. Derek Holland ($16,000) at Joey Lucchesi ($14,700) offers a couple more great values. Both offenses are el terrible.
Jake Odorizzi ($15,400), Dylan Bundy ($12,900), Austin Gomber ($11,700), and Daniel Norris ($11,300) are all reasonably priced. Daniel Mengden’s ($9,500) “start” will be opened by Liam Hendriks. Josh James ($8,000) is a final, risky, moderate upside bargain.
4. SaberSim Says…
Kluber, Kershaw, Strasburg, Nola, and Lucchesi are the preferred arms this evening. James, Lucchesi, Norris, Bundy, and Kluber are the most playable values. Mengden would probably rank in there somewhere. Tommy Pham, Ronald Acuna, Ji-Man Choi, Mallex Smith, and Rhys Hoskins top the bat list. Bargains include Franmil Reyes, Logan Forsythe, Jose Osuna, Elvis Andrus, and Billy McKinney.
Here’s an almost-triple-play broken down in more detail than you’d ever need.
Two cycles are better than one.
This guy is going to hit 50 home runs in Korea some time.
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