After a few day hiatus from this column due to the author being extremely busy, we return to a full slate of games. Two games are scheduled to begin just after 6 o’clock with the rest of the games beginning after that. Weather does not appear to be an issue for any games; however, with the ongoing riots in Baltimore, be careful if you decide to play any White Sox or Orioles as the game may be cancelled like yesterday.
I have said it numerous times in this column but the Phillies’ offense is bad, very bad and Michael Wacha is very good and has been lights out thus far to start the year. On a day where several big time aces are starting and with little to no cheap options that I am a fan of Wacha is my pick for the best starter of the day. He should put up big numbers against this Phillies’ lineup.
Ross has shown big time strikeout ability thus far in his career and has struck out more than one batter per inning thus far in 2015. The Astros have a solid offense but they’re very fond of the strikeout and for that reason Ross is a great play for today. The right-hander should rack up the k’s which always bodes well for Daily Leagues.
Cozart does not have a track record of great success at the plate evidenced by the fact that he was the worst qualified hitter in 2014 but he has been tearing the cover off the ball in the early going. He is hitting .300 with four homers already. He is extremely cheap on FanDuel and facing Kyle Lohse who has struggled thus far in 2015. Cozart could have and allow you to save money for big guys at other positions.
Harrison was very good against lefties last season posting a wRC+ of 141 in over 100 PAs. Today him and the Pirates face Travis Wood a lefty who has struggled with the long ball at times in his career. Harrison has gotten off to a slow start following his breakout 2014 season but I like his matchup and price for today’s contest.
Wong has been heating up recently with a tiny four game hitting streak to his name. The left-hander and the Cardinals will be facing Severino Gonzalez a righty making his MLB debut for the Phillies. Sure it is concerning that Wong likely has never seen Gonzalez before but Wong does provide a very good power/speed combo for a low price of FanDuel.
Longoria has gotten a hit in six straight games and gotten multiple hits in four of those six. Today he faces Yankee SP Chase Whitley making his 2015 debut. Whitley had an up and down 2014 campaign showing flashes of talent but ultimately finishing with an ERA over five. I like Longoria’s chances of remaining red-hot at the plate.
As I stated in the above blurb about Kolten Wong the Cardinals are facing a pitcher making his big league debut. This could potentially be a bad thing as it is often tough to hit a pitcher you have never faced before but with so many Cardinals priced cheaply I love this stack. Basically every St. Louis starter with the exception of Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday are priced below 3,000 on FanDuel making this an extremely affordable stack especially if you want to pay up for one of the big arms going today.
On the other side of the pricing spectrum is the Tigers’ stack. They are facing Mike Pelfrey today and while he has been decent to begin the season I will not buy into him being even an average MLB pitcher until I see more. The Tigers have one of it not the most potent lineups in all of baseball and I am expecting a big day from them in today’s contest. Try to play a few Tigers if you can afford it.