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Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 5/30

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May 30th, 2015

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Here is my lineup for tonight’s games. Please note that I’m using the salary cap based on FanDuel prices.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 5/30

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Also, as this is written the day before/morning of the games, please check the lineups and weather to ensure you have all active players going tonight!

Pitchers

  • Yordano Ventura – Kansas City Royals

Yordano Ventura is having a subpar season posting a 3-4 record with a 4.64 ERA and 1.23 WHIP while striking out 43 batters in 54.1 IP. Ventura has been up and down all season, however, I like him as my play at the pitchers position tonight as we don’t have many “ace” options and that he is going up against the Cubs who lead MLB in total strikeouts. The Cubs have struggled at the plate as of late putting up just 2.2 runs per game over their last five contests. Ventura has one of the better arsenals for a young pitcher as his fastball can reach triple-digits and although he has struggled a bit, he does have “ace” potential and I’m willing take a chance with him against the free-swinging Cubs.

Catchers

  • Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals

Salvador Perez is hitting only .176 over the past week but still is hitting .289 on the season with 6 homeruns and 25 RBI’s. I don’t fully understand why Perez price tag is currently only $2,300 which in the same class of Brett Hayes and Chris Stewart but I’ll continue to plan to take advantage of the low price for a catcher that has good power. Perez will be squaring off against Tsuyoshi Wada of the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night and although he has yet to face the left-hander, Perez is hitting .320 (16-50) with 3 homeruns and 10 RBI’s off lefties in 2015. With the money I can save on Perez, it will allow me to spend big at some of the other positions tonight.  

First Base

  • Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera is having another great season hitting .331 on the season with 11 homeruns and 33 RBI’s and although he is facing a tough pitcher in Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, Cabrera is always a good option at first base if you can find the salary to afford him. Cabrera is hitting .338 and slugging .583 against right-handed pitching on the season and is hitting .365 during away games on the season. Cabrera is hitting just .261 against Weaver in his lifetime but does have a homerun against him and as Weaver hasn’t been as good as he has been in the past, I like Cabrera tonight.

Second Base

  • Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox

I’m sticking with Pedroia again tonight and will be going heavy on the Red Sox as I think they have a good matchup against Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers who will be making his MLB debut on Saturday. Pedroia is currently riding a 9 game hit streak and is currently posting a .297 average with 7 homeruns and 21 RBI’s on the season. Pedroia is hitting .315 against right-handed pitching on the season and hit .364 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 2014. Pedroia seems to have found some of his missing power as he is finally healthy this season and if Gonzalez tries to sneak his fastball by the scrappy second baseman, Pedroia couldn’t have a nice day at the plate.

Shortstop

  • Brad Miller – Seattle Mariners

Brad Miller is only hitting .227 on the season but does have 5 homeruns and 14 RBI’s on the season and as he is facing a right-hander on Saturday, should be in the starting lineup tonight. Miller has really struggled over the past week but as he is hitting .338 at home on the season and I like his matchup against a below average Shaun Marcum who is coming a game against Texas in which he lasted just 2.2 innings giving up 7 ER and 2 homeruns. I wanted to save some money at the Shortstop position and although Miller is a reach, I think Seattle can have a decent day off Marcum and I’m hoping Miller can break out of his slump and be a part of it.

Third Base

  • Pablo Sandoval – Boston Red Sox

I’m going with Pablo Sandoval as my third baseman as I think has great value for his price tag on Saturday going against a rookie right-hander. Sandoval is hitting just .258 on the season with 5 homeruns and 17 RBI’s however, the majority of his struggles have come from hitting against left-handers as he is just 2 for 41 as a RHB on the season. Sandoval should be hitting as a LHB tonight which he has posted a solid .331 average and .500 slugging %. Sandoval is now hitting 3rd in the Red Sox lineup and as I project the Red Sox to have a good day against a Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez, I’m stacking Red Sox hitters on Saturday.

Outfield

  • Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels   

Mike Trout is hitting just .262 on the season and .250 at Home on the season however, the reigning AL MVP still is having a solid season posting a .295 average with 11 homeruns, 25 RBI’s and 8 SB. Trout will be going against Shane Greene of the Detroit Tigers, who outside of his first two starts of the season, hasn’t been very good on the season and is currently posting a 4.27 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Trout is hitting .288 against right-handed pitching and .311 during night games on the season and I think there is a good chance that Trout and the Angels could have a good game against Greene and the Tigers.

 

  • High Cost – Hanley Ramirez – Boston Red Sox

As I mentioned above, I’m stacking Red Sox hitters on Saturday in hopes that can make Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez’s MLB debut not a memorable one. Hanley has been great so far in his current series against the Rangers hitting .500 (4-8) with a double, 2 homeruns and 3 RBI’s and I’m hoping his hot streak can continue into the weekend. Ramirez is hitting .263 on the season with 12 homeruns and 26 RBI’s and is hitting .291 on the road this season. Hanley Ramirez has flourished since he has been placed in the 3-spot of the Red Sox batting order and as he seems to be once against hitting for power, he is good choice for Saturday.

 

  • Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals

Lorenzo Cain is hitting .304 on the season with 3 homeruns and 20 RBI’s and for his price tag of $2700, he has great value on Saturday. Cain has a great game last night against the Cubs going 3 for 4 with a double and RBI.  Cain is hitting .375 and slugging .571 against left-handed pitching on the season and is hitting .314 on the road this season. 

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