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Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 5/26

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May 26th, 2015

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Daily Fantasy Baseball – High Cost / Value Picks – 5/26/15

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 5/26



  • High Cost – Clayton Kershaw  – Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw hasn’t been able to find the magic he had yet in 2014 as the southpaw has posted just a 2-3 record with a 4.32 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Kershaw is still piling up the strikeouts on the season as he has an 11.3 K/9 ratio in 2015 and he has a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Braves who have struggled against left-handers on the season. Kershaw threw a complete game against the Braves last year giving up just one run while striking out 9 and I think he have his first real dominant start of the season against the Braves on Tuesday.


  • Value Pick – Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians

Danny Salazar has posted a 5-1 record with a 3.50 ERA and 1.08 WHIP while striking out 60 batters in just 43.2 IP on the season. Salazar, who had control problems for the majority of 2014, has been great in 2015 while posting an incredible 12.4 K/9 ratio. Salazar has a good matchup on Tuesday as he faces a Texas Rangers club that is hitting just .234 (ranked 25th in MLB) and ranks 21st in total strikeouts against right-handed pitching in 2015. Salazar’s price tag has continued to grow throughout the season but he still has great value with his ability to reach double-digit strikeouts in any matchup.


  • High Cost – Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays

Russell Martin had a tough series against Seattle over the weekend going just 1 for 13 however, still is having a good first season with the Toronto Blue Jays posting a .277 average with 7 homeruns and 23 RBI’s. Martin hasn’t fared that well against John Danks of the Chicago White Sox going just 1 for 9 in his career but that one hit has been a homerun. Martin has done well against lefties hitting .375 on the season and is also hitting a solid .314 at the Rodgers Center on the season. As I mentioned when I picked Martin over the weekend, with Donaldson, Bautisia, and Encarnacion hitting before Martin in the lineup, always gives Martin a good possibility of having some runners on base when he comes up to the plate.  


  • Value Pick – Miguel Montero – Chicago Cubs

Miguel Montero is hitting .267 on the season with 5 homeruns and 16 RBI’s and although he has struggled as of late, he has a good history against Jordon Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals. In his career against Zimmerman, Montero has posted a career .353 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI’s and has done well at Wrigley Field on the season hitting .333. Montero has hit .298 against Washington over his past three seasons as good value as he certainly has the power to hit a homerun in any at-bat.


First Base

  • High Cost – Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion struggled at bit early on the season and although he is still hitting just .241 on the season, he does have 12 homeruns and 32 RBI’s on the season. Encarnacion is hitting .292 with 3 homeruns and 8 RBI’s over the past week and is 3 for 11 with 2 homeruns against John Danks of the Chicago White Sox in his career. Encarnacion is hitting .290 against left-handers on the season has hit .338 against the White Sox over his past three seasons.


  • Value Pick – Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer might not be the same hitter he was a few years ago, but the veteran catcher turned first-baseman still has a good bat and is hitting .274 with a homerun and 26 RBI’s. Mauer is career .317 and has fared well against Clay Buchholz of the Boston Red Sox as he has posted a career .438 average with 3 doubles. Mauer is only hitting .242 on the season against righties on the season but is hitting .316 against righties over the past three seasons. Mauer is hitting .280 at home on the season and has hit .306 against the Red Sox over the past three seasons.

Second Base

  • High Cost – Jose Altuve – Houston Astros

I’m going with Jose Altuve again as the scrappy second baseman is hitting a solid .301 on the season with 5 homeruns and 25 RBI’s on the season. Altuve has a little experience against Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles in which he is 2 for 8 against in his career, however, has hit .409 against Baltimore over the past three seasons. Altuve is hitting .290 against right-handed pitching and .296 away from Minute Maid Park. At the time of writing this, Altuve is 2 for 3 in today’s game against the Orioles and I think he is in for a big series against Baltimore.  


  • Value Pick – Robinson Cano  - Seattle Mariners  

It’s amazing to see some of the names at the 2B position that are currently cost more that Robinson Cano in the daily fantasy leagues. Cano is really having a tough 2015 season hitting just .247 with 1 homerun and 11 RBI’s. What’s really been concerning about Cano’s struggles is his lack of power as the veteran second baseman is slugging just .333 on the season. Cano might not be the same player he was five years ago, but the career .308 hitter is better than what he has shown in 2015. Cano has generally had success at Tropicana Field hitting .318 over the past three seasons and as he is facing a right-hander in Alex Colome, I think Cano has good value on Tuesday.


  • High Cost – Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki isn’t have as down of a season as Robinson Cano is having, but it’s not too far off as Tulowitzki is hitting just .274 with 2 homeruns and 18 RBI’s. The career .298 hitter hasn’t faced Michael Lorenzen of the Cincinnati Reds, however, I do like the matchup as Lorenzen has given up 4 homeruns in 16.0 IP in his three starts of the season. Tulowitzki has hit .370 against the Reds and .400 at Great American Ball Park over the past three seasons. Tulowitzki has hit .318 against right-handed pitching over his last three season and although he is struggling a bit this season, I do like Tulowitzki on Tuesday night.  


  • Value Pick – Adeiny Hechavarria – Miami Marlins

Adeiny Hechavarria is having a solid 2015 season hitting .305 with 2 homeruns and 20 RBI’s. Hechavarria is hitting just .269 over the past week but has fared well against Jeff Locke as in his career he has posted a .385 average against the left-hander. Hechavarria is hitting .333 (8-24) against left-handed pitching on the season and done well away from Marlins Park on the season as he is hitting .382 on the road in 2015. For a small price, Hechavarria is a great value play on Tuesday.

Third Base

  • Value Pick – Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles

Manny Machado is really picking it up as he has hit .333 over the past week and now is posting a .287 average with 6 homeruns and 19 RBI’s so far in 2015. Machado has a great matchup against Scott Feldman of the Houston Astros on Tuesday as he has posted a career .625 (5-8) average with a double, triple, two homeruns and 6 RBI’s. Machado is hitting .297 at Camden Yards on the season and has actually fared better against right-hand pitching on the season posting a .290 average.  


  • Value Pick – Danny Valencia – Toronto Blue Jays

Danny Valencia has been getting most of his playing time in the outfield this season, but as he still has eligibility at the 3B position, he is a good value play on Tuesday. Valencia is hitting an impressive .348 on the season with a homerun and 10 RBI’s and has done well against John Danks as he has posted a career .348 average with a double, homerun and 4 RBI’s against the left-hander. Valencia is hitting .455 against left-handers on the season and for a price-tag that is below $2500 he has great value on Tuesday.


  • High Cost – Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout is starting to heat up as of late as the reigning AL MVP is hitting .345 over the past week and is now hitting .301 with 11 homeruns and 25 RBI’s on the season. Trout hasn’t faced Odrisamer Despaigne of the San Diego Padres in his career, but is hitting .294 with 9 homeruns and 20 RBI’s against right-handed pitching on the season. Trout has a 6 game hitting streak in which he has at least 2 hits in three of those six games. Despaigne has really struggled on the season as he has posted a 6.11 ERA on the season and has given up 5 homeruns in his last 15.2 IP. Despaigne is allowing right-handed hitter to hit .310 against him on the season and I see Trout having a good day at home on Tuesday.


  • High Cost – Justin Upton – San Diego Padres

Justin Upton had a big day on Sunday going 2-4 with a homerun and 6 RBI’s and is currently hitting .284 with 12 homeruns and 35 RBI’s. Upton hasn’t faced Matt Shoemaker of the Los Angeles Angels, however he is good matchup for Upton on Tuesday as Shoemaker has allowed right-handed hitters to have a .292 average and .584 slugging percentage against him in 2015. Upton is hitting .287 and slugging .588 against right-handed pitching on the season and as he is hitting .309, he is a good “high-cost” buy on Tuesday.  


  • High Value – Colby Rasmus – Houston Astros

Colby Rasmus is hitting just .229 on the season but does have 8 homeruns and 17 RBI’s on the season and has a good matchup against Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles. Rasmus has posted a career .300 average against Tillman and is slugging .505 against right-handed pitching on the season. Rasmus is only a career .245 hitter, however as he has some power in his bat, has experience against Tillman, and will be at a hitters park on Tuesday, I feel that he has some good value for Tuesday.


  • Value Pick – Matt Kemp – San Diego Padres

Matt Kemp has had trouble finding his power in 2015 as he enters Monday’s game with a .257 average with just 1 homerun and 22 RBI’s. Kemp has really struggled in May hitting just .181 however, did have a good game on Sunday against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 2 for 3 with a BB and 2 runs scored. As I mentioned with Justin Upton, Matt Shoemaker has really struggled against right-handed hitting on the season and as Kemp is 1 for 3 lifetime with a homerun against Shoemaker, he has good value at the mid-$2500 range on Tuesday night. 

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