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Friday Night Lineup

July 6, 2012 -

Last night I went on a West Coast Swing and recommended an absolute dud of a pitcher.

I’m sticking with the West Coast location for the pitching tonight, but I have hopes that this one will work out better. I certainly feel better about it, because Tommy Milone will be facing the Mariners, who are batting .195 at home as a team.

Milone does not have the best strikeout numbers, but he strikes out more than he walks (a fair 2.86 K/BB ratio) and his problem tends to be flyballs that turn into homeruns. Safeco and that weak Mariners offense should neutralize some of that. At $7000 of salary cap space on Fan Duel, Milone is not a bad choice.

For position players:

  • Jonathan Sanchez pitched twice already against Detroit this year, with mixed results. But C Alex Avila hit a double off him in two plate appearances, and will only cost $3100 tonight.
  • 1B Carlos Lee went 4 for 6 against Jake Westbrook last year, and his career slash line is .450/.511/.700 against Westboork. Lee is only $3100 at Fan Duel.
  • SS Jose Reyes also has good numbers against Westbrook, including a high .750 slugging average against him in 12 at bats. Reyes has been slugging .388 this year, so this might be a cheap way to pick up some power.
  • Barry Zito pitches against the Pirates and their surging offense tonight. That should not end well for him. 2B Neil Walker went 2 for 3 against Zito earlier this year and is $3800 a Fan Duel. That is not the cheapest second basemen, but not the most expensive, either.
  • 3B Ryan Zimmerman has been inconsistent, which is the only reason you can still pick him up for $3500. Which I am doing against a leftie starter tonight.
  • I appreciate what J.A. Happ did for the Phillies when he was with the team. None of that changes that OF Corey Hart has a slash line of .444/.545/.833 against him in 18 at bats. Hart is $3500 at Fan Duel.
  • I also still appreciate what Kendrick did for the Phils in his first year. Begrudgingly. But he has base runners all the time, and OF Martin Prado was 3 for 5 against him last year with a homerun. Also, OF Michael Bourn is 5 for 10 against him.

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Steve Grantz grew up in South Philadelphia, graduated from Central High and went to Penn. Steve works in the software industry to pay for his taste in food and wine, and uses his winnings in weekly poker games to plug up leaks in his sports wagering.

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