Hill has spent his first three NBA seasons with the Pacers after the team selected him with the 23rd pick of the 2013 draft. The 25-year-old forward started 78 games for the Pacers in 2014-15, but was relegated to mostly a reserve role this season.
Diaz blistered the baseball throughout the month of April, but has slowed a bit here in the first week of May. He did pop his fifth homer of the season Monday, but he has gone just 2-for-13 with four strikeouts overall during the last four games. Ruben Tejada will start at shortstop for the Cardinals and bat eighth.
The Seahawks traded up in the second round of the draft to grab Reed at No. 49 overall. The 300-plus-pound defensive lineman is widely expected to win the starting nose tackle spot in Seattle this summer.
Wall sat out the last five games of the regular season due to knee issue and has now gone through the surgery he needed. The All-Star point guard put up sensational numbers in 2015-16, averaging 19.9 points, 10.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals across 77 games.
Grichuk continues to scuffle at the plate and will get a day off Thursday. Jeremy Hazelbaker will draw the start in center field and bat sixth against Phillies' righty Jerad Eickhoff.
Holliday has been swinging the bat pretty well while starting each of the past eight days in left field. However, the Cardinals will go with Matt Adams at first bast and slide Brandon Moss to left field for Thursday's matchup with Phillies' righty Jerad Eickhoff.
Originally hired in the middle of the 2010-11 season, Vogel ultimately put together a successful tenure as the Pacers' head coach. He guided the team to five playoff appearances in six years, advancing as far as the Eastern Conference Finals on two occasions. Vogel will turn 43 years old in June and should still have plenty of coaching years ahead of him.
With a left-hander in Jaime Garcia starting on the mound for the Cardinals, Howard will begin the game on the bench and Darin Ruf will start at first base and bat cleanup for the Phillies. Ruf is minimum salary across the DFS landscape and with Garcia struggling against right-handed hitters, he could be a salary relief option, but there are better options that provide more upside.
Franco is scuffling to start the month of May as he has only collected one hit in 13 at-bats which has dropped his average to .243. The young power hitter has hit five homeruns this season, but hasn’t gone yard since April 23. Franco will start the game on the bench with Andres Blanco starting at third and batting third. Jaime Garcia starts for the Cardinals on Thursday and struggles against right-handed hitters and with a minimum salary across the DFS industry, he could be used as a salary relief option.