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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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Player Pos. Reasoning
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.

A.J. Burnett: Blue Jays lead the AL with a home OPS of .831, which was in full display against Cliff Lee and the Phils Wednesday night where Toronto defeated them 10-0.

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.

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