July 16, 2012 -
My lineup was wrecked yesterday when the Dodgers made a pitching change for a an injured Chad Billingsley. That late scratch probably was not the difference maker, but it certainly did not help. I’m hoping for a little more luck at FanDuel today for daily fantasy baseball.
Pitching will still be an issue, though. At first I liked the idea of going with Bronson Arroyo against an Arizona team that was swept over the weekend in Chicago. But three Diamondbacks have excellent numbers against Arroyo. SS Willie Bloomquist is 5 for 11, 2B Aaron Hill is 5 for 14, and C Miguel Montero is 6 for 13 with 2 HR against Arroyo. It would seem to silly not to use Montero, for $3,500, and Bloomquist for $3,300. So there went a pitching pick to finding bats instead.
What drew my attention to this game though is that the Diamondbacks had a tough weekend and they strike out a lot, with a K rate of 21.1% . Tampa Bay had a slightly better weekend, winning one of the three in Boston, but they strike out even more, at a rate of 21.8%, behind only the Pirates (who wants to pitch to them right now?) and Astros (more on them in a bit).
Cleveland P Zach McAllister faces Tampa tonight. He has been great so far this year, striking out 8.72 per 9 innings, while walking 2.13/9IP. His WHIP is 1.28. And he is only $6800 at FanDuel.
Back to the Astros, a dark horse might be San Diego’s Kip Wells, facing Houston tonight at Petco, available for only $4,200. But he just faced Houston recently and even then fanned only 2 in 5 innings.
In another repeat of recent play, Rays RHP Alex Cobb just faced the Indians before the all-star break, and gave up 3 runs over 6. OF Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 in that game. I don’t think he is going to be less familiar with Cobb just 10 days later. The $4,100 price is steep, however.
Despite going 5 for 10 over the weekend, Royals rookie OF Lorenzo Cain is still flying under the radar and is available for only $2,600.
OF Denard Span is 2 for 5 against Chris Tillman and was 5 for 9 over the weekend. He is $3,300 at FanDuel.
2B Jerry Hairston Jr. is 3 for 6 against Phillies P Joe Blanton, and went 3 for 8 over the weekend with a walk. He had been getting in the lineup pretty consistently, but that may change with Kemp and Ethier back in the lineup. A late scratch hurt last night, but I’ll take a chance and pencil in Hairston for $3,000 in salary.