Looking for Another Giant Day From a Giants Pitcher

Apr 9, 2014 by

Looking for Another Giant Day From a Giants Pitcher

Last season, Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter at San Diego and had one of the best days among all Daily Fantasy Baseball pitchers in 2013. He faces the free-swinging Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and daily players are hoping he can get some of that magic back.

(As a matter of fact, I went back and looked at the top 10 Fantasy Baseball hitting performances of 2013, and you might be surprised to see who landed on that list!)

You might also recall, I went through the top 10 Daily Fantasy hitting performances of 2013 on this site over the weekend.

Some of today’s interesting stories include:

  • Josh Beckett will make his first start since May of last season, due to a rib injury, but he’ll be going up against Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez.
  • Is Ryan Braun done punishing Phillies pitching, after he hit three home runs on Tuesday?
  • Looking at the best pitching parks in the game, only Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park are in action today.
  • Can the White Sox rookies keep it up? Jose Abreu and Marcus Semien destroyed Rockies pitching at Coors Field Tuesday, and the team as a whole hit six home runs. They play again today at 3:10 pm.


Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are your top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Wednesday! If you know of an article I’ve missed, drop it in the comment section, or tweet it at me @DavidGonos.

Before we get rolling too far into today’s links, I wanted to point you to #LuTV, which is a video show put on by some of the guys at LuDawgs.com. They did a nice job for Wednesday’s games below:

TheFakeBaseball.com – SP Streamers

Justin Klein takes his turn at choosing his favorite starting pitchers for Wednesday’s games. He likes Ervin Santana in his 2014 Braves debut, going up against the Mets and SP Zach Wheeler.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Daily Fantasy Baseball Weather Links

Chet Gresham pulls in a link from WeatherSpark.com, which has updated weather graphs and maps, for each of the major league cities that don’t have retractable roofs – or play in Tropicana Field.

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 5 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Chris Meaney once again goes over last night’s games to find the top tweets of the baseball world. One interesting tweet was by BaseballReference.com about Ryan Braun:

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Props to Dobish for pointing us toward White Sox rookie 2B/SS Marcus Semien yesterday. For Wednesday, he talks golf. Great.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Grind Down

Nobody looks as deep into a day’s matchups like these guys, and Notorious takes his turn, figuring out good/bad hitters/pitchers for today’s/tonight’s games/matchups. I/can’t/stop. (Every time I read the name “Notorious,” it makes me sing that old Duran Duran song from “A View to a Kill,” I think, where it starts off, “No-, No-, No- Notorious!” Yeah, I’m not proud of that.)

He suggests using Bryce Harper against Miami’s Jacob Turner, and he wonders if today is the day Harper hits his first home run of the season – with a discounted price on many sites.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Gramling likes both the Red Sox and Yankees today, with Jake Peavy and Masahiro Tanaka pitching, and he has our coverboy for today, Tim Lincecum, as the sixth-best starter of the day. He also mentions another AL pitcher that’s worth watching today.

“[Indians starter Trevor] Bauer has been shaky to start his career, producing a 5.67 ERA and 1.74 WHIP over eight major league starts. But his fastball was consistently clocked in the mid-90s in spring training, which should help him get closer to his gaudy 10.2 K/9 rate over four minor league seasons.” – Gramling

Photo Credit: Damen Jackson

I hope you pick some great Daily Fantasy Baseball pitchers and win some tournaments today – unless it’s against me! Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rockies Rookie Rocking & Rolling

Apr 5, 2014 by

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rockies Rookie Rocking & Rolling

There’s just something exciting about using rookies in Daily Fantasy Baseball. It’s like opening up a gift your Aunt Sally brought you from Michigan. You’re really hopeful that it’s going to be something awesome, but the odds are it’s going to be a crappy framed picture of you and her, with her dog, Captain PawPaws.

This past week, however, several rookies have come through in a big way, including Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon, who blew up in a huge way Friday night against Arizona. In his third start of the season, he went 6-for-6 with three doubles, a home run, 5 RBI and four runs scored. (And he kinda looks like Todd Helton, to boot!) Expect to see him among many experts’ Daily Fantasy Baseball picks in the coming days.

While Rockies manager Walt Weiss still plans to keep rotating his outfielders, according to MLB.com, Daily Fantasy Baseball owners should be happy, compared to their traditional counterparts. Those partial weeks will help keep Blackmon’s salaries down on most Daily Fantasy sites.

For Saturday, Blackmon checks in at just $2,900 on FanDuel, which ranks about 104th among all outfielders. He’s not on rosters for Draft Day or Draft Kings yet, but you have to imagine he will be soon!

Another big rookie about to take center stage is Tyler Skaggs, who’s getting a spot start for the Angels against the free-swinging Astros Saturday night. That sounds like a cheap option many might choose for some tournaments tonight.


Saturday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

There are eight games before 7pm, so you should definitely have plenty of choices for both the early and the late games. Here are your top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles of the day! If you know of an article I’ve missed, drop it in the comment section, or tweet it at me @DavidGonos.

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – News & Notes

I love the nightly roundup of tweets and comments from around the web about last night’s action. By checking this page out, we find out things like how Blackmon was just the 63rd player to go 6-for-6 in a game in major league history. Or how Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka gave up a homer to the first major leaguer he faced – after giving up just six home runs in Japan last season. Chris Meaney did a great job on this last night.

(Cool note, from @AdamRubinESPN – Jay Bruce has 45 homers vs. lefties since the start of 2010, which is the most of any major leaguer in that span.)

FanDuel - WFBCESPN.com – Daily Notes

Jose Fernandez leads the second tour of aces on Saturday, as guys like Madison Bumgarner, Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, David Price and Stephen Strasburg also take the mound. ESPN writer Mike Sheets actually has Skaggs ranked among the worst choices for the day, but not as bad as John Danks and Kyle Gibson. Line up some hitters against the Twins and White Sox.

TheFakeBaseball – Streaming Pitchers

Michael Pineda starts for the first time in a couple years, and he’ll face the Blue Jays, and R.A. Dickey – who was not hitting his spots Monday at Tampa Bay.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish likes 3B Cody Asche against the Cubs Saturday in the early games.

“Asche has a little bit of power potential in a lefty vs righty situation, even if he is facing Chicago Cubs ace SP Jeff Samardzija. The wind will be blowing out of Wrigley Field, albeit a little more to right field than left, but that’s always a hitter’s friend and bugaboo for hurlers.” — Dobish

Looks like Matt Joyce could be another good lefty-vs-righty play against rookie RHP Nick Martinez for the Rangers.

VegasInsider.com – Saturday’s Daily Doubles

Dobish also notes in his column on VI that the wind is still blowing out to right field in Cleveland, which spells a good day ahead for Twins left-handed hitter Joe Mauer.

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my Daily Fantasy Baseball picks might be for Draft Day Rapid Fire! (It posts a little later in the day.) 

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