We have a split slate tomorrow with five games in the afternoon and eight more starting at 7PM EST or later.
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Felix Hernandez vs. Texas Rangers ($10400) – King Felix had one bad start against the As and three dominant performances where he averaged over 10Ks and 30 DK points. He faces a Rangers team that has the worst batting average in MLB, is in the bottom third for runs scored, and struggled against him once already this season. King Felix went seven innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, one run ball against them last time with twelve strikeouts. He is the biggest favorite on the day at -180 and should be in line for a win, a high strikeout game, and a low amount of hits and runs.
Andrew Cashner vs. Houston Astros ($8500) – Cashner has been very good so far this year and gets a great match up for fantasy purposes. The Astros lead the league in strikeouts and have yielded multiple double digit strikeout games to pitchers in recent starts. Cashner is a high strikeout guy who has 26 of them through 28 innings to start the season. He is a -125 favorite in a game with a total run line of only 6.5, so he should also be able to limit the runs scored and pick up the victory, which would make for a nice score on top of the probable high strikeout total.
Carlos Martinez vs. Philadelphia Phillies ($7700) – Philadelphia has the third lowest batting average and the least amount of runs scored in MLB so far in 2015. Martinez has been spectacular in his first three starts so far. He is averaging just shy of 25 DK points per start and has 20 strikeouts through 19 innings of work with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP to start the year. He is the second biggest favorite at -170 tomorrow and pitches at home in a pitcher friendly park in a game with a run line of only 7. He has been one of the hottest pitchers to start the season and gts one of the worst offenses, so there is a lot of upside to this play.
Stephen Vogt vs. Los Angeles Angels ($3700) – Vogt occupies the three hole in the Athletics order and is in play against all but the top right-handed pitchers in the game. He is a lefty who absolutely mashes weak righties and he gets a middle tier Matt Shoemaker tomorrow. Vote currently sports on OPS of over 1.000 which is an elite number, especially for a catcher. He is not too expensive at under $4K and should have upside and safety for cash games or a tournament.
Brayan Pena vs. Milwaukee ($3000) – Pena is starting for the injured Devin Mesoraco and has produced some solid fantasy lines at a very cheap price. He gets a match up against Matt Garza who has been solid, but nothing special in his first few starts. Pena has upside with his power against a guy known to give up some homeruns and playing in a hitters park. He is not a safe cash game play, but that power at his price make him a great guy to roll the dice on in a GPP.
Adrian Gonzalez vs. San Fransisco Giants ($4900) – A Gonz has been the best hitter on the dodgers to start the season. He hits for average and power and has a nice lineup spot in the three hole for the Dodgers. He gets to go up against Ryan Vogelsong tomorrow who is aptly nicknamed VogelDong for a reason. Vogelsong has not been good and many think he is in danger of losing a rotation spot. Gonzalez should be able to pick up a few hits against him and has the home run upside we look for out of the first base position in this matchup.
Ike Davis vs. Los Angeles Angels ($3500) – Ike Davis gets a good match up against righty Matt Shoemaker in this one. The big lefty has been rejuvenated since landing in Oakland and has a good line up spot hitting in the five hole behind Vogt and Butler. Davis is hitting over .300 so far this year and has some power. For only $3500, you will not find a better upside play or a guy who has been a more consistent producer so far in 2015.
Nei Walker vs. Chicago Cubs ($4500) – Walker was dropped to the six hole yesterday with a lefty on the mound, but should move back into his usual clean up spot against the righty for this one. Kyle Hendricks is not known as a high strikeout guy, so Walker should be able to put some balls into play here. He went hitless to snap his ten game hitting streak, but was averaging over 10 DK points in his last five starts before last night, mostly against right-handed pitching like he will see today. If he gets back into the run producing spot, he makes for a high upside play at a thin position.
Dan Uggla vs. Atlanta Braves ($2800) – This is a tournament only play with upside, but I really think Uggla is worth a look. He had a monster game Tuesday night going with three hits including a bomb to help power some lineups to the top of the heap in many GPPs, including a few of the top rosters in last night’s Home Run Championship. He is a right-handed power bat who is looking for revenge against his former club and gets a matchup with lefty Alex Wood, which is his preferred split. Uggla has always been a feast or famine kind of guy, but while he is hot and motivated, I think it is time to take a chance with him again.
Matt Carpenter vs. Philadelphia Phillies ($4600) – Carpenter goes up against Aaron Harang who he knows will from his days in Cincy and Atlanta before ending up in Philly. Carpenter is a left-handed bat who goes against Harang who struggles more with lefty hitters. Carpenter has been dropped from the lead off spot to the two hole, which should give him more RBI opportunities as he gets more chances to bat with runners on hopefully. It also gives him better protection as he now hits in front of a guys like Holiday and Adams. Carpenter is consistent, which makes him a great cash game play daily. Hopefully the move down in the order will help him improve his RBI numbers, which is the only thing his last few year’s stat lines have lacked.
Jimmy Paredes vs. Chicago White Sox ($4000) – It literally took a riot in the streets of Baltimore to stop Jimmy Paredes week from rolling on. He should pick up where he left off tomorrow as he is slated to stay in the top three of the order. He has raked right-handed pitching over the last week and until he has a bad game, there’s no reason to stop believing in him. He has a string of five 15+ point DK lines in the past week of play, and has won his backers a lot of money in a short period of time. His price has jumped, but he would still have been elite value at least five times over the course of the last ten days and that includes the two days off they just had from the riots.
Ian Desmond vs. Philadelphia Phillies ($4100) – Desmond is back up to the two hole and gets a good splits matchup against Alex Wood. Desmond has some nice power and has flashed it more often against left-handed pitching. The move up into the two hole should help him see an extra at-bat or two and he should be in line to score more runs with Werth, Harper, and Zimmerman hitting around him. Wood is not an easy matchup for him, but he does prefer lefties and Wood has not been dominant, so there’s upside here.
Alex Guerrero vs. San Fransisco Giants ($3400) – Guerrero is in line to see more time in the outfield with Crawford going on the DL. He has homered in 3 of his last seven at-bats coming into last night, with five hits in those seven. He is hitting .500 on the year with 5 homers in spot start and pinch hit duties. He has been swinging a hot stick and they need to find a position for him to play while he is. I expect him to be in the game tomorrow and in the mid to tail end of that order. It’s not ideal, but he has been too hot to ignore at the price.
Nelson Cruz Vs. Texas Rangers ($5500) – Cruz has been red hot to start the season and gets to go back into Texas for some revenge. He gets a park bump moving to Texas from Seattle and goes up against Wandy Rodriguez who struggles with right-handed power bats historically. Cruz has a history of hitting weak left-handed pitching pretty hard and should be able to do so again in this one.
Melky Cabrera vs. Baltimore Orioles ($4500) – Melky has been consistent with at least 6 DK points in his last seven games. He is averaging over 10 DK points during this stretch and gets a matchup with Ubaldo Jimenez here. Jimenez is a shell of his former self and has been prone to walks, hits, and long balls in recent starts. Melky is a great cash game option with upside against a guy who has struggled with left-handed bats and giving up the long ball.
Kole Calhoun vs. Oakland Athletics ($4700) – Calhoun is a sneaky play anytime a righty is on the mound. He leads off for the Angels and has a good combination of power, speed, and average on top of that order. Hitting in front of Mike Trout is also going to guarantee him some pitches to hit and Calhoun has taken advantage of that. Calhoun is averaging 12 DK points per start over the last week and has had 9 or more in 4 of those six. Jesse Hahn has struggled so far and Calhoun profiles as the type of batter who normally has success against him. With so many ways for him to rack up fantasy points, you can not ignore his upside or safety for cash and GPPs.
Ichiro Suzuki vs. New York Mets ($3000) – Ichiro has posted a hit in six of his last seven games. He has had multiple hits in half of those games as well. As long as Christian Yelich remains sidelined, Ichiro should continue to see playing time. He is very cheap and very consistent, plus he gets a solid matchup against Bartolo Colon who throws mostly slow fastballs which Ichiro’s bat is still quick enough to get around on. He still has speed on the base paths and is a threat to score runs when he gets on. At his discounted price, he does not need to do much to make value, and he has done so often in recent games. His upside is limited as he is not a power threat and does not drive in a ton of runs, but he should get on base a few times in this one and have a chance for a really solid day.