Tonight’s MLB Fantasy Expert Plays are my first step towards forgetting.
If that seems like a strange tagline, you’re correct. Last night was the $5K Knuckleball, and I was sitting pretty for a good portion of the evening. Okay, maybe that’s a tad unappreciative of me. I finished the evening sitting pretty as well, as 5th place is nothing to scoff at. Still, as all of you know whenever you have a chance for the top prize it’s always a disappointment when the cards don’t fall your way.
On that note, let’s talk about Ian Kennedy for a second. All I needed was for you to hold off the Twins watered down lineup. Was that so much to ask? I guess so. Im done venting though, I promise.
Congratulations are in order for Ballerzzz81 for taking down the whole shebang. Nicely played sir.
Tonight’s looking like an abysmal pitching slate compared to yesterday, when it seemed as though every ace on the planet had conspired to hurl on the same evening. The pickings are slim, but I feel like I’ve got two solid options for you to choose from. Let’s take a look at them in my MLB Fantasy Expert Plays below.
Five Guys MLB Fantasy Expert Plays
All salaries listed are for DraftDay player pricing.
Christian Yelich $8,900 - One of this season’s best kept secrets has been the Marlins offense at home. The Fish are prolific in Miami, but flop like they’re out of water on the road. This has created an interesting dynamic of both picking on them with starting pitchers and picking on starting pitchers with them. Does your head hurt yet? If so, Yelich’s .299 batting average, .369 wOBA, and .149 ISO in limited action the last two season’s against right-handed pitching should ease your pain.
Tyson Ross $15,900 - Anyone pitching in San Diego is bound to be a tad unheralded, but all signs point to this young fireballer developing into at the very least an instrumental rotation piece for years to come. Ross has gone seven innings in three straight starts, with one earned run apiece in each outing. Add onto that 21 total strikeouts during the span with a 1.59 ERA at home, and you’ve got a solid option tonight.
Pablo Sandoval $8,200 - Though he is a switch-hitter, the Panda has always been better from the left side of the plate. When you consider the Coors Field effect and opposing pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, the picture begins to paint itself. Sandoval sports a .290 batting average, .357 wOBA, and .197 ISO since 2011 against righties.
Jered Weaver $13,000 - Sometimes the story writes itself. Weaver is on the record as saying he feels better health-wise now than at any point during the last five years. 21.1 innings pitched, four earned runs, and 17 strikeouts over his last three starts corroborate the revelation. The Astros hit just .221 against right-handers, and they strikeout 24.4% of the time. Lock and load.
Josh Donaldson $11,950 - Dongaldson (as I have affectionately dubbed him) is approaching Tulowitzki-level production over the last two weeks. As is always the case with Oakland players though, he’s doing it as quietly as a mouse. I don’t buy Erik Bedard’s recent strong production, and regardless of the opposing pitcher Donaldson’s numbers against lefties are otherworldly. We’re talking about a .297 batting average, .400 wOBA, and .270 ISO since 2011. Add those numbers to his eight hits, three home runs, and 10 runs batted in over the last six games and you have a veritable powder keg.