Update (12:10 PM) - Keeping with the original lineup! Good Luck!
We couldn’t get it done with our “Early Only” lineup yesterday, however we did have a nice cash last night if you caught our “Main” lineup which I posted on my Twitter account (@BrettCU05).
We have a 2-game “Early Only” slate today that starts at 12:35pm and let’s take a look at our “initial” lineup!
We’re going to pay up for Zack Greinke of the Diamondbacks as I think he is the clear-cut choice this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Greinke has a rough first start of the season against the Dodgers, however, has looked solid in his 4 starts since and has allowed just 2 ER’s on 7 hits over his last 13.0 IP. Greinke has a respectable 9.82 K/9 ratio so far on the season and faces a Pirates team that ranks just 22nd in team batting average vs. RHP (.237 average). Greinke has also had success against the current Pittsburgh roster as over 93 total AB’s, he is holding the Pirates to just a .161 average & .504 OPS.
On the offensive side, we’re currently rostering a 3-man stack of Diamondbacks against Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon. Taillon is a solid pitcher who is having a strong start to his season, however, the Diamondbacks have been swinging the bats much better as of late, putting up double-digits runs in 2 of their last 3 games.
For the Diamondbacks, we’re going with Blake Swihart, Eduardo Escobar, and Ketel Marte.
Swihart is more of a “punt” play at $2,000 as he earned the start in the OF last night and hit 6th in the batting order. We’ll have to make sure he gets another start today, but I don’t mind taking a chance so I can pay up elsewhere.
Eduardo Escobar has dominated his series against the Pirates as over the first three games of the series, he is 9 for 13 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, and 4 RBI’s. Escobar is a switch-hitter who in his career has shown more power from the left-side of the plate.
Marte is another switch-hitter and who broke out of a recent slump last night in a big way as he hit 2 HR’s. Marte has 6 HR’s on the season and although he has been better as a RHB, I don’t mind the upside he still brings at a reason price of $2,800.
For the Dodgers, we’re going to roster both Kike Hernandez & A.J. Pollock in their match-up against Jon Lester who will be making his first start since early April due to a hamstring injury.
Hernandez is in the midst of a 0-11 slump, however, the 5-year veteran has always been able to hit LHP’s hard and that’s been no different this season as he has posted a .400 average & 1.321 OPS vs. LHP. Hernandez has a 1.018 OPS vs. Lester in his career and is worth paying for today.
A.J. Pollock is hitting just .239 on the season, however, this is still a player that can do a ton of damage in variety of ways and has also had success against Lester in his career as he is 6 for 18 in his lifetime against the left-hander with a double, triple, and HR.
Rounding out our team will be a 3-man stack of the Cubs in Javier Baez, Jason Heyward, and Kyle Schwarber in their match-up against Ross Stripling of the Dodgers. Stripling is a tough pitcher, however, he can allow some HR’s and was nothing more than average last year in his only start at Wrigley as he gave up 3 ER’s on 8 hits in 6.0 IP.
Baez will be likely heavily owned as not only has he posted at least 24.7 FanDuel points over his last three games, Baez has owned Stripling in his career, going 5 for 5 with 3 doubles and a HR.
Heyward has come alive with his bat this season as the career .264 hitter currently is sporting a .333 average with 5 HR’s & 14 RBI’s. Heyward has a 1.059 OPS vs. RHP & has been outstanding at home this season, posting a .364 average & 1.213 OPS.
Schwarber has had a slow start to his season as he posted just a .191 average this season, however, he does have HR upsides as he has hit 3 HR’s so far this season and he is 2 for 6 with a HR against Stripling in his career.
As always, I will do my best to make any necessary updates prior to the first pitch!