I’m gonna keep the intro short and sweet today as my daughter had a scheduled surgery early this morning and I’m a little spent to try and be witty. I do want to point out one thing though, I’m gonna add teams to stack leaving the spreadsheet more for discounted options as I do not believe you need me to spell out which specific top dollar players to play from the teams I recommend you stack. If you have a specific question remember you can always tweet me @FantasyNomad and/or post your questions and thoughts in the comments section below.
Hopefully Tuesday’s picks paid off for you and good luck tonight.
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Teams to stack: Blue Jays home vs A.J. Burnett (top choices OF Jose Bautista and 1B Edwin Encarcion), Rockies at Rangers vs Matt Harrison (SS Troy Tulowitzki, OF Carlos Gonzalez, Drew Stubbs, and 3B Nolan Arenado), Dodgers home vs Ryan Vogelsong (1B Adrian Gonzalez, SS Dee Gordon, OF Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and 3B Juan Uribe).
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|Hisashi Iwakuma||P||see below the spreadsheet for why|
|Ian Kennedy||P||Marlins struggle on road, traveled from MIA to SD last night so jet lag factor, & Kennedy 7+ K’s 4 last 5 starts|
|Josh Beckett||P||Gets 1st win of season tonight; 21 K last 19.2 IP has 3.14 ERA on season|
|Carlos Ruiz||C||6-for-19 (.316) vs Dickey Update: Ruiz not in Phillies lineup Thursday|
|Yasmani Grandal||C||2 HR over last 3 gms, All 4 HR this yr off of RHP, 3 of 4 at home|
|Jose Abreu||1B||any explanation needed for the AL Player & Rookie of the Month?|
|Garrett Jones||1B||If you don’t believe in Kennedy tonight: Jones 5-for-12 (.417) HR, 2B career vs him|
|James Loney||1B||.314 BA vs RHP, .340 BA at home, 2 HR in 49 career AB vs Ubaldo|
|Justin Smoak||1B||hitting .333 during 6 hit streak w/ HR, 3 2B, & 7 RBI; hits better from right side & one of top hitters in avg. w/ RISP and 2 outs|
|Robinson Cano||2B||6 game hit streak, hitting .317 at home, similar splits vs LHP, 3-for-6 HR vs Duffy|
|Alexei Ramirez||SS||hitting 40 pts higher vs RHP & 82 pts higher at home w/ 3 of 4 HR at home|
|Yunel Escobar||SS||see Ray Flowers Daily Trends for May 8th|
|Adrian Beltre||3B||see here: Adrian Beltre|
|Juan Uribe||3B||7-for-16 (.438) vs Vogelsong, .343 BA w/ all 4 HR vs RHP this yr.|
|Marlon Byrd||OF||3 straight multi-hit gms, 5 in last 6|
|Colby Rasmus||OF||4 HR over w/ .357 BA last 7gms, 6 of 8 HR vs RHP|
|David DeJesus||OF||4-for-9 HR no strikeouts last 3 gms LvR matchup homer friendly Ubaldo|
|Matt Joyce||OF||.321 BA vs RHP, .395 BA at home on the season|
|Nelson Cruz||OF||6-for-16, 2 HR, 4 RBI career vs Price; .309 BA vs LHP last 3 seasons; Good GPP play if you fade Rays starter David Price|
|Giancarlo Stanton||OF||4-for-11 2 HR vs Kennedy, but East-West travel worries me some|
|Seth Smith||OF||8-for-14 (.571) last 4 gms & get LvsR matchup|
|Cameron Maybin||OF||7-for-13 (.538) last 4 gms; RHH hitting .448 vs Turner this y|
|Michael Choice||OF||finding his groove: 5-for-10 over last three games and get the RvL matchup vs Rockies lefty Franklin Morales|
|Drew Stubbs||OF||click here: Drew Stubbs|
Why You Should Start Hisashi Iwakuma:
Gonna keep my rant as short as possible, but honestly you have to be careful to what fantasy advice you listen to, especially on the airwaves these days. I recently heard someone say that they will avoid Iwakuma tonight because they are worried about his pitch count. Come on man. ‘kuma threw 81 pitches in his first outing of the season this past Tuesday which was just eight fewer than Clayton Kershaw in his first start of the season. Then they followed it up by saying ‘kuma allowed four earned runs in his start. Obviously they did not watch the game because he pitched well minus a two-run home run in the third putting an end to his 25 consecutive scoreless inning streak dating back to last year, with a phenomenal 80.8 first pitch strike percent, and threw his splitter 22% of the time (equal to his usage rate last season) proving that his previous finger injury is not an issue.
The final two runs came when the bullpen failed to get the final out of the seventh inning. In the end he allowed just four hits and one walk with three strikeouts, and earned the win. (Imagine if his bullpen did their job he would have only allowed the two runs). While anything can happen in any start, recommending not to start Iwakuma tonight based on any facet of his 2014 debut outing last Saturday is ludicrous! Also consider he will be facing a Royals team whom he shutout over eight innings allowing four hits, one walk and struck out nine in his only career outing versus the team on 9/25 of last season. Add in that the Royals are tied for last in the AL in home runs versus RHP this season and at home where opponents hit just .211 versus him last season. All indicators past and present point to Iwakuma being a most start tonight regardless what some less than fully informed voice may have previously told you.
Pitchers I’m avoiding:
Ubaldo Jimenez: See spreadsheet above as it is littered with Rays bats, which should indicates my faith in Ubaldo. Add in the offense is banged up and struggling, which is the last thing needed when a team is about to face Rays starter David Price who leads the AL with a 11.0 K/BB rate and is second only to Tim Hudson’s 12.0 K/BB rate among all qualified starters in the Majors.
Jacob Turner: I don’t care if he were facing a minor league team, then again some may suggest the Padres look like one. Turner has allowed 11 earned runs over his first two starts (10 IP). While the Marlins offense has been rolling they have struggled mightily on the road and will likely be suffering some jet lag as they had to fly from New York to San Diego last night, thus I do not see Turner getting the run support he needs this evening.
Good Luck and remember if you have any specific questions remember you can always tweet me @FantasyNomad and/or post your questions and thoughts in the comments section below.