Happy Hitters Day with Plenty of Bad Pitching on Deck

Apr 19, 2014 by

Happy Hitters Day with Plenty of Bad Pitching on Deck

Looking at today’s starting pitchers, you’ll find there are several hurlers that have had some troubling first few weeks. Let’s take advantage of some bad pitching!

Twins SP Kevin Correia faces the Royals in his fourth start of the season. While he has finished six innings in two of his three starts, he has allowed more earned runs (11) than players he has struck out (10).

The Marlins throw out Henderson Alvarez to face Robinson Cano and his Seattle teammates. Alvarez has allowed 25 hits (and seven walks) in just under 15 innings this year.

In all, there are nine pitchers with ERAs above 5.00 throwing today, and you get to line up a bunch of hot hitters to go against them!

Today might be a good day to buy good pitching, with mediocre bats, with expectations that they’ll have better than average days. By loading up on great hitters, you’re rolling the dice with cheaper pitchers, and not taking advantage of the good matchups some of the lesser hitters have.

Saturday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Here are the top Daily Fantasy Baseball articles for Friday! If I missed any articles, let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting me @DavidGonos. Also, for traditional Fantasy Baseball players, here’s an article I wrote on “11 Simple Rules to Trading Fantasy Baseball Players” you might enjoy.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Mike Sheets takes a turn on the pitcher rankings for today’s games, and his top plays include Tigers SP Max Scherzer, Reds SP Tony Cingrani and, interestingly, Rangers SP Colby Lewis, who has a 6.75 ERA so far this season.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Daily Plays

Bono6699 helps out with his picks of the day. He also likes Scherzer as one of his top pitching plays this afternoon. He also suggests slugging rookie catcher Josmil Pinto, who faces Royals lefty Bruce Chen (bad pitching).

“Only in his second MLB season Pinto has some pop in his bat, 7 HR’s and a HR to AB ratio of 1:15. I like this spot for Pinto to do some damage, as he homered off Chen in this situation last week. He is an affordably priced catcher, who will allow you to fit some other decent bats in your lineup. He is definitely someone who will be overlooked by many and makes a superb GPP play especially.” – bono6699

There aren’t really any more live articles this morning that I know about, but check these links throughout the day to see if they’ve posted some updates recently.

FantayAces, April, Bad PitchingRotoExperts.com

TheFakeBaseball.com

LockerRoomFantasySports.com

FanGraphs.com

RotoGrinders.com

FoxSports.com

RotoScouting.com

Saturdays are days meant to spend with your family … or playing a boatload of Daily Fantasy Baseball games, watching bad pitching and getting drunk!

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks!

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Got a Crush on Crush Davis?

Apr 2, 2014 by

Got a Crush on Crush Davis?

Everyone has had an Opening Day now, including Derek Jeter’s final Opening Day with the Yankees.

And as we move forward into the season, we find just one or two ace-worthy fantasy pitchers in Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Washington’s Gio Gonzalez.

Gonzalez goes up against a Mets team that scored seven runs on seven hits in their opener in a game against Nats ace Stephen Strasburg.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis goes up against Red Sox starter John Lackey, who has given up a pair of home runs to Crush Davis in 30 lifetime at-bats. Davis is ranked as the fourth-best first baseman on Draft Day, and FanDuel has him ranked second.

Getting into a Groove

Max Scherzer gets his first start since winning the 2013 American League Cy Young award, and he’ll be facing a team he beat three times in four starts last season. He posted a 3.33 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 27 innings against the Royals. If you play in FanDuel games or other setups with just one pitcher slot, spend heavy on Scherzer Wednesday. (I’m late to the show, so Scherzer’s start is already under way.)

Gonzalez, however, starts at 7:10pm, and he’ll go up against Bartolo Colon in his new Mets jersey. Unfortunately, Gonzalez is the most expensive pitcher on Draft Day today.

TheFakeBaseball.com – FanDuel Daily Plays

Jason Guilbault likes Gio against the Mets on FanDuel because his salary checks in at just $8,000, but if you’re a believer in the Mets, then maybe you with Yankees P Hiroki Kuroda ($7,500).

“The Astros have not scored a run against Kuroda in the last 21 innings. I am looking for the Yankees to bounce back as a whole tonight, and pick up a Kuroda win.” – Guilbault

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Daily Plays, April 2

300x250_mlb_free500Michael Wacha lands on the “Top Plays” list, along with Carlos Ruiz and Yunel Escobar.

RotoGrinders.com – MLB Grind Down

RotoGrinders pimps Andrew McCutchen tonight for a big game against Cubs P Edwin Jackson.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

ESPN’s Brian Gramling has Giants’ starter Tim Hudson ranked at the top for today, as he pitches at Arizona. He checks in as the 14th-most expensive pitcher on Draft Day this afternoon.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Speaking of Draft Day, Dobish lists several “Bargain Basement” players that might be worth a look in your daily lineup tonight, including Padres C Nick Hundley.

“Manager Bud Black started the season with three catchers on the roster. Hundley is expected to get the start in Wednesday’s game, and it might partially be due to the fact he has had tremendous success in his career against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Dan Haren ($11350). Hundley is 10-for-29 (.345) with two doubles, and RBI and a .414 slugging percentage all-time against Haren. Hundley is a great value pick if he is, in fact, in Black’s lineup as expected.” — Dobish

FanGraphs.com – The Daily Grind

Landon Jones does an excellent job explaining “‘stacking” and how weather should be much more important in your decision making. He also posts a pretty cool table with all of today’s starting pitchers, ranked by their wOBA allowed to batters of each handedness.

TheFantasyFix.com – Daily Fix

Scott Barzilla shares his DraftStreet.com lineup for today, and it includes starting pitchers Kuroda, Tony Cingrani and Ubaldo Jiminez.

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I pick as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks – then again, we’re 0-for-2 this season. Not cool! 

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