Daily Fantasy Sports:
Gambling on Bats

June 24, 2012 -

Yesterday, I was able to spot a dark horse pitcher and did well with him. Boston’s Franklin Morales struck out 8 over 6 innings, and got the win against Atlanta, good enough for 17 points from $3,300 in salary at Fan Duel.

Today, I don’t see  such opportunity – though Hector Noesi of the Mariners is teasing me. He did throw well against San Diego last week, and he benefits from Petco park this time out. But I don’t trust mediocre pitchers facing the same team again so quickly.

As a result, I will likely go with a relatively strong pitcher against a weaker offense. The Cubs don’t strike out a lot, but they also don’t score many runs. Arizona LHP Wade Miley has a low WHIP of 1.06, strikes out batters at 3 times the rate he walks them. He gets ground balls 48.6 percent of the time.  Salary is $7,700 on Fan Duel.

Which means I need t find some cheap bats. There are lots of questionable pitchers on the hill today, though, I think I can manage that:

  • SS Rafael Furcal is only 5 for 23 lifetime against KC LHP Jonathan Sanchez. But this year’s Sanchez (1.82 WHIP) does not look like the past few years. And Furcal is 7 for his last 15. For $3,000 I like those numbers.
  • C Brian McCann is 6 for 20 lifetime against Aaron Cook, who fills in today for an ill Clay Buchholz. McCann  has been somewhat cold at the plate, 4 for 17 in the last 4 games, but that gives him an affordable $3,200 price tag.
  • OF Rajai Davis is 5 for 14 lifetime against Mark Buehrle and costs only $3,300 in salary. He is 0 for 2 in stolen base attempts though, so I hope he does not get himself out on the basepaths.
  • OF Brian Bogusevic has not been consistent. But he hits right-handers, and Derek Lowe has been ugly this year. For $2,800 I’ll take my chances with a guy hitting clean-up against a very sloppy pitcher.

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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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