Daily Archives: April 11, 2017
Wednesday is always a great day for MLB DFS because we normally have a full 15 game slate. That’s the case today for the 4/12/17 slate of MLB DFS Games. Let’s take a look at some plays we like in the form of Top and Value Pitching, Value bats, and some Top BVP plays to go along with some pitchers we think you should avoid today as well.
Fanduel Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (4/12/17): MLB DFS Advice
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Daily Matchups for 4/12/2017
Max Scherzer- Scherzer is always a stud when he’s on the bump but we like it even better tonight against a struggling St. Louis Cardinals team who have lost 2 in a row, sit on the bottom of the NL Central and look lost at the plate. Scherzer is coming off his dominating performance on April 7th that saw him pitch 6.2 innings, allowed only 4 hits (2 ERs) walking only 2 and striking out 7. He ending up with 98 pitches so it appears he isn’t on any sort of pitch count and absolutely love his numbers against a Cardinals team that used to be really good.
Career vs Current Cardinals Roster
AVG: 0.219 [28 for 128], BABIP: 0.289, K%: 28.1, BB%: 3.0
FIP: 2.05 Strikeout: 38 Flyout: 22Groundout: 20 Single: 18 Pop Out: 9Lineout: 7 Double: 7 Walk: 4 Forceout: 2Home Run: 2 Bunt Groundout: 1 Triple: 1Sac Bunt: 1 Grounded Into DP: 1 Sac Fly: 1 Hit By Pitch: 1
John Lackey- No matter how many times you say his name, it’s still not sexy. Anytime you can take the Cub’s pitcher with the offense behind them, it’s generally a great idea. Lackey is coming off a great game on April 6th against the foe Cardinals where he pitched 6 innings, gave up only 6 his including 4 runs (3 ERs) walking only 2 and striking out 7 on his way to his first win of his season. He’s also dominated the Dodgers to the tune of under a .200 bA in 74 ABs which we will show you below.
Career vs Current Dodgers Roster
AVG: 0.189 [14 for 74], BABIP: 0.237, K%: 18.8, BB%: 10.6
FIP: 2.95 Flyout: 17 Strikeout: 16Groundout: 16 Single: 12 Walk: 9 Pop Out:5 Lineout: 3 Field Error: 2 Triple: 2 Sac Bunt: 1 Hit By Pitch: 1 Forceout: 1
Michael Fulmer- Stop me if you’ve heard us suggest him before. Fulmer is coming off of his first start of the season against the feared Red Sox offense where he pitched 6 innings of 4 hit ball, walking 2 and only striking out 4 but coming up with the win. Of course we’d love to see more strike outs out of Fulmer, but a W is a win. Fulmer is going up against a Twins team that somehow is in first place right now but he’s opposing the Twins’ Kyle Gibson.
Career vs Current Twins Roster
AVG: 0.353 [6 for 17], BABIP: 0.385, K%: 16.7, BB%: 5.6
FIP: 6.33 Groundout: 5 Single: 4 Strikeout:3 Pop Out: 2 Walk: 1 Double: 1 Home Run:1 Flyout: 1
Marcus Stroman- Stroman has only seen the Brewers for 18 total at bats so around 1 start and the results have been mixed, but he’s coming off a terrific start against a TB team where he pitching into the 7th inning (6.1) allowing 6 hits and only 1 ER with 5 Ks and getting 11 ground balls to only 6 FBs.
Career vs Current Brewers Roster
AVG: 0.333 [6 for 18], BABIP: 0.385, K%: 18.2, BB%: 13.6
FIP: 6.70 Groundout: 4 Strikeout: 4 Flyout:3 Walk: 3 Double: 3 Single: 2 Home Run: 1Hit By Pitch: 1 Lineout: 1
Ivan Nova- We suggested Nova last week when he went up against the Atlanta Braves and that worked out very well for us. In that game he pitched 6 innings allowing only 6 hits, 1 run, striking out 4 and getting the W. He’s got another great match-up pitching at home against the Cincinnati Reds who he has fared well against in the past. Would not be the least bit surprised if Nova goes for 7 innings with 6+ strikeouts tonight.
Career vs Current Reds Roster
AVG: 0.250 [17 for 68], BABIP: 0.276, K%: 14.3, BB%: 1.4
FIP: 2.96 Groundout: 19 Flyout: 11Single: 10 Strikeout: 10 Double: 6Lineout: 6 Grounded Into DP: 3 Home Run: 1 Sac Fly: 1 Pop Out: 1 Field Error: 1 Walk: 1
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PLAYERS LIKELY RISING THE TOP PROSPECT RANKING
RANK 218 – FRANKLIN PEREZ
Franklin Perez is a tough cookie to quantify. He is 19 years-old with a decent fastball and a curveball that shows hints of elite status and throws at plus on a bad day.
On the surface, I am in love with Franklin Perez and think he has the chance to be something magnificent long-term.
Question marks arise on pitches outside his curve and are primarily geared at the change up. He also needs to clean up his delivery and become more repeatable. He is very early on in the development for a transitional pitcher from third base.
Though this ranking is likely more passive than aggressive, the future for Perez could net him a top 50 grade by season’s end if he showcases improvement in the mentioned areas. At the moment he looks like a potential SP4 with the upside of an SP2.
With his current offerings and age in mind, he didn’t calculate out higher than other names who are younger or hold better offerings. But, that doesn’t mean he can’t beat them out quickly. Read the rest of this entry
Soroka was Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2015 out of high school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has gone on to climb organizational charts since. After a steady 2016 in a full season of Class-A ball, the Braves brass felt confident promoting Soroka directly onto the Double-A Mississippi Braves roster where he made his 2017 debut on Monday.
Soroka flourished. He mixed in his regular combination of a sinking fastball, slider, and changeup and avoided walking a single batter in five innings of work. He struck out seven batters over those innings – five of his first nine outs recorded – and validated John Hart & Co.’s decision to accelerate his development after that aggressive promotion to Double-A ball earlier than anyone anticipated.
Soroka’s combination of skills allows for optimism regarding his floor. He already exhibits the characteristics of a solid, mid-rotation starter and his early work as a 19-year old in Double-A grants some further hope that he might even be able to take another leap forward toward a front-end slot.
Yesterday’s Top Prospects
As evidenced by their young starting rotation, the New York Mets are a team — and organization, for that matter — built around starting pitching. However, while having a dominant starting staff is awesome, we’ve seen that offense is just as important toward their eventual success.
After all, you still have to score more runs than the other team to win.
For the Mets, it doesn’t really matter how deep the offense appears on paper because it all flows through Yoenis Cespedes. Considering the fact that he’s slashed .154/.267/.308 in 30 plate appearances thus far — good for a 63 wRC+ — it shouldn’t be totally shocking to see New York scuffling a bit out of the gate because their offense hasn’t gotten into a groove yet.
And yes, there’s no possible way we can draw any conclusions from a seven-game sample size, but there are a couple of encouraging trends from Cespedes now that we’re one week into the regular season.
Matt Moore threw 8 innings, allowing 3 hits, no walks and 1 run and earned the 4-1 decision for the Giants over Arizona.
Michael Pineda was brilliant into the 8th, striking out 11 Rays batters, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk and won the 8-1 final for the Yankees.
Chase Headley reached base 3 times, including a homer, scoring twice to help the Yankees past Tampa Bay, 8-1.
They all owned baseball on April 10, 2017
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