August 11, 2012 -
After too long a drought, I made a pitching move last night that showed some return. For $3200, Mark Rogers deliverd 14 points at FanDuel, and if not for the Brewers bullpen might have delivered 19 points. Maybe the day off helped. Not enough to win a league, though, as position players did not deliver. I picked on two weak pitchers, but while the Yankees came through against Romero and the Jays, the Red Sox did little against Chris Seddon.
Regardless I am striving for the same idea today – value at the pitching position, pick on weak mound presence.
For pitching value I am staying close to yesterday, going against Houston again, this time with the Brewers’ Marco Estrada for $5700. He strikes out over 9 per nine innings pitched, and walks less than 2. His problem is fly balls, and more importantly having those leave the yard. But he pitched well against Houston last month, and I believe his strikeout rate combined with their free swinging will mena points.
It does not hurt that his opponent is Dallas Keuchel. Previously he did not do well against the Brewers, and so I am picking up Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez against him. Braun only had one hit against him last time because he was walked twice.
That already eats up a good deal of salary, so I still need some bargain position players.
Enter Orioles SS Manny Machado. No, he’s not going to hit two homeruns again like last night, but he should fare well against Luis Mendoza. For $2500, why not?
Other value position players include Detroit OF Delmon Young ($3300) who is 6 for 12 against Derek Holland, and 1B Carlos Lee ($3500) who is 9 for 18 against Joe Blanton with 3 doubles.
Other players of interest but with limited sample size are 2B Neil Walker ($4200) who is 5 for 7 against Jason Marquis, and OF Justin Upton ($3700 ) who is 4 fo 5 against Edwin Jackson.