Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 4/22
HIgh Cost & Value Picks for all your MLB Daily Fantasy Leagues
April 22nd, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – High Cost / Value Picks – 4/22/15
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- High Cost – Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 4.42) got off to a rough start to his 2015 campaign, however, looked like the 2014 NL MVP in his last outing when he went 6.0 innings giving up just 1 ER while striking out 12. Kershaw was dominant against the Giants in 2014 going 3-0 while posting a 1.69 ERA in 32.0 innings pitched while striking out 36. Kershaw is holding the current Giants lineup to a .179 average. Kershaw is going to be expensive, but it’s hard to argue with all the recent success he has had against the Giants.
- Value Pick – Joe Kelly – Boston Red Sox
Joe Kelly (1-0, 1.29) has looked impressive in both his starts for the Red Sox this season and although his career statistics have never been eye popping, Kelly does have above average stuff led by his sinker. Kelly’s issue has always been control, however, early in 2015 he has a 0.71 WHIP and only has walked 4 batters in a total of 12.2 IP. Going into Tuesday’s game, the Rays are tied for 5 in the league in strikeouts and if Kelly can continue his strong start, I can see him going 7 innings with 7-10 strikeouts for a relatively low price.
- High Cost – Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
I’m sticking with Salvador Perez as my high cost catcher on Wednesday as the Royals have a very favorable pitching match-up at home against Minnesota’s Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey has really struggled against the Royals and he is allowing the current Royals roster to hit an incredible .396 (38-96) off him. Salvador Perez is hitting .500 (4-8) with 2 RBI’s off Pelfrey and is hitting .400 (12-30) with two homeruns of right-handed pitching this year.
- Value Pick – Evan Gattis – Houston Astros
Evan Gattis got off to a slow start in 2015 with the Houston Astros however, he has started to display a bit of the power that we know he has as in the past week he has 2 doubles and a HR. Gattis doesn’t have any career at-bats against Seattle’s J.A. Happ, but does have a career .295 (49-166) average with 10 homeruns against left-handed pitching.
- High Cost – Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt has owned Yovani Gallardo in his career as he has a lifetime .714 average (5-7) with 2 BB’s and 2 RBI’s. Goldschmidt currently is riding a 7 game hitting streaking as of Tuesday night, and has hit .292 with three homeruns over the past week. Goldschmidt is one of the best in the game and although he will cost you a large part of your salary, this is a great matchup to pick him up.
- Value Pick – Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis hasn’t done anything spectacular so far in 2015 as he is currently hitting just .250 while striking out 21 times in just 48 at bats, however, could be a solid value pick on Tuesday as he is a career 3 for 3 with two homeruns off the right-handed Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays. Chris Davis certainly isn’t the same player he was in 2013, however, when Davis was at his best, he was dominating right-handed pitching hitting .316 with 40 homeruns of the course of 2013
- High Cost – Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano got off to a slow start in 2015 as he started the season just 1-17, however, Cano has been on fire as of late with 5 multi-hit games in his last 6 contests that have risen his batting average to a solid .296 mark. Cano is batting .423 (11-26) in his lifetime against Roberto Hernandez and is hitting .480 with 5 doubles and a homerun over his last 7 games.
- Value Pick – Omar Infante – Kansas City Royals
Omar Infante is a great value pick on Wednesday as not only is he hitting .417 in his last 7 games, but he has a lifetime average of .410 (16-39) against Minnesota’s starter Mike Pelfrey. As I mentioned when discussing Salvador Perez, Pelfrey is allowing the current Royals roster to hit .396 against him so Infante has a great chance of getting some runs and RBI’s in this one.
- High Cost – Yunel Escobar – Washington Nationals
Yunel Escobar might be only batting .286 on the season, but he has recorded a hit in 9 of the 10 games he has played in this year. Escobar isn’t exactly a “High Cost” pick, however, he has had a lot of success off John Lackey as he as career .375 batting average against the veteran right hander.
- Value Pick – Adeiny Hechavarria – Miami Marlins
Adeiny Hechavarria has a lifetime average of .364 with 2 triples and 3 RBI’s against Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels and is batting .391 with two doubles and a homerun over his past 7 games. Hamels has struggled a bit in the early going in 2015 as he is 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA and although Hechavarria is never going to be mistaken as a great or even good hitter, he could get a few points at low price on Wednesday.
- High Cost – Kyle Segar – Seattle Mariners
Kyle Segar is coming off this third straight multi-hit game and is currently hitting .455 with 5 BB and 5 RBI’s over his past 7 games. Segar is batting .375 against left hand pitching in 2015 and although he hasn’t face Roberto Hernandez much (1-3 lifetime), the success that the Mariners have had against Hernandez should provide Segar with a few chances to drive in some runs in this one.
- Value Pick – Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
In 2014 Brock Holt basically forced the Red Sox to find the utility man a spot in the everyday lineup and once again, as Holt has gotten off to another hot start with the bat in 2015, he is starting to see more time regularly. Holt is batting .462 (12-29) on the season and as the Red Sox do have a very powerful lineup from top-to-bottom, if Holt gets another start on Wednesday, he is a solid value pick for your team.
- High Cost – Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
Like most of the San Diego Padres as of late, Upton is hitting the ball well as he has a .368 average with 2 homeruns over his last 7 games. Over the past three years, Upton is batting .321 with 12 BB and 3 homeruns at Coors Field. Upton has also had success against Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick as he has a career .348 (8-23) average with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI’s off Kendrick.
- High Cost – Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
As you can probably tell, I like the majority of the Kansas City offense against Minnesota and Mike Pelfrey on Wednesday night. Alex Gordon has a lifetime .429 (3-7) batting average against Pelfrey and also has hit .375 over his last 7 games with a home run. Gordon is also hitting a solid .300 against right-handed pitching so far in 2015.
- Value Pick – Jason Werth – Washington Nationals
Jason Werth has really struggled in 2015 hitting just .120 with no homeruns. Werth certainly isn’t worth the money that the Nationals are paying him, however, he does have power to hit it out of the park and has had a good track record against John Lackey, hitting .500 (5-10) with 2 homeruns in his lifetime against Lackey. Werth is due to have a decent game and for a low price, let’s hope it’s on Wednesday night.
- Value Pick – Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners
Similar to Kansas City and their matchup against Mike Pelfrey, I equally like Seattle’s matchup against Roberto Hernandez on Wednesday night. Seth Smith might be hitting just .265 in 2015 however, he is hitting .333 at Safeco Field with 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 4 RBI’s on the season. Smith has also had some nice success against Hernandez as he has a lifetime .400 average against the righty.