Happy Monday, faithful Dirty Turbanites. Another weekend in the books and yours truly is in the middle of a glorious hot streak. I cashed in 2/3rds of the contests I entered this weekend, including a nice top 25 finish in Saturday’s Moonshot. My bankroll is growing and I’m hoping to ride this wave of success all the way to the bank again tonight. I could sit here and be humble and say that I’ve been lucky, but who has time for modesty? I have the Midas Touch and I’m going to ride this momentum until the wheels fall off.
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SP 1 – Yu Darvish, $11,400: I don’t love any of the pitching options for tonight’s games, but there are a few I like. Darvish vs. the Yankees at home being the best of the bunch. Yu has looked marvelous in Arlington this year dropping a 2.49 ERA, 11.08 K/9, and a 2.35 BB/9. Sure the Yankees have been better of late and Darvish hasn’t been in his best form the last month or so, but he’s still the best bet for a high K number and 6+ innings on today’s board.
SP 2 – Jesse Chavez, $8,000: Chavez gets Houston today as he faces the Astros in back to back starts for the second time this year. In his previous 3 starts against them Chavez is 2-0 with a 3.78 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a K/9 of 9.72. The Astros have the highest K% in baseball this season at 23.6%, and they’ve actually been striking out more the last month whiffing at a 24.5% rate. They also have the 5th lowest wOBA against right-handed pitching, hitting an abysmal .296. All of this should setup well for Chavez, I’m going to predict 9 K’s today and 7 innings of quality work. I’m anticipating a point total in the 20’s from Chavez.
C – Travis d’Arnaud, $2,600: I like d’Arnaud tonight for a couple of reasons mostly based around his cost. His price is under $3,000, he has some pop, and is getting the lion’s share of the playing time behind the dish for the Mets. He faces AJ Burnett today at home and is 1/3 with an RBI against him lifetime. So not a lot of data to draw from. When it comes down to it this a punt play with some upside, which is how I like my catchers.
1B – Paul Goldschmidt, $5,700: It’s not like you ever need to justify fitting Goldy into your lineup, but today sets up very nicely. He faces Homer Bailey for the first time of his career as the D-Backs travel to Great American Ballpark. Bailey is one of the most generous arms in the league when it comes to serving up dongs. EWWW. Any the who, true to his name Bailey is averaging 1.16 homers per 9. So I like Goldy’s chances of going deep. Did someone say Dong of The Night? I just did? Yes I did.
2B – Jordany Valdespin, $3,100: Punt play alert! Jordany has come up huge for me the last two days as a cheap option at 2B/OF. He put up 16 points on Saturday and 12 yesterday, so I’m riding the hot hand until it burns me. Yes this is the same philosophy that got me crabs. Not to worry readers they make a shampoo for it!
3B – Anthony Rendon, $4,500: This is a bit of a gut pick. I like Rendon and he’s been one of the most consistent performers at third base all year. Having put up double digit points in 3 of his last 5 games, I’m seeing the potential against Eovaldi tonight. Between Eovaldi’s July ERA of 6.38 and his home ERA of 4.85 I’m thinking the punishment should continue.
SS – Josh Rutledge, $4,300: Rutledge has been a man possessed since Tulo hit the DL. Scoring in double digits for 4 straight games leading up to last night’s goose egg. He gets Tsuyoshi Wada in Coors tonight, and I think he could be in for a big one. He hasn’t crushed lefties at home thus far, but his .263 average against them at Coors tells me he’s not baffled by him either. Buy the hot bat!
OF 1 – Kevin Kiermaier, $3,900: The Rays get righty Kyle Loshe at home tonight, and there is no one in the Rays lineup who hits righties better than Kiermaier. His .409 average, 3 homers, and wOBA of .488 tell that story. K2 is a great play whenever a righty faces the Rays.
OF 2 – David Peralta, $3,500: Peralta is a .338 hitter against righties and he gets Homer Bailey at Great American tonight. As I mentioned in my Goldy blurb Homer is staying true to his name this year and giving up dongs like a reformed porn star. I like the matchup, I like the hitting environment, and I like the price. I don’t like jelly donuts though. I can’t help it, I just don’t trust things filled with jelly. Sorry Billy Butler!
OF 3 – Jim Adduci, $2,700: Adduci is this week’s diamond in the rough. With a price tag under $3,000 clams and an everyday starting gig what’s not to like? I have a feeling I’m going to be using Adduci as a way to get premier pitchers and hitters into my lineup all week. With efforts of 9 and 15 points on Friday and Saturday the man has shown he’s worth a flier.
As always be sure to check the lineups, give a look at the weather and I toast your team with slightly chilled Manischewitz.
Contributing Writer: Ralph Lifshitz