Daily Doubles - Saturday
April 5, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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Saturday, April 5, 2014 - TV schedule
1:05 p.m. - Minnesota at Cleveland (FOX Sports 1)
4:10 p.m. - San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers (FOX Sports 1)
7:05 p.m. - St. Louis at Pittsburgh (MLB Network)
7:05 p.m. - Atlanta at Washington (MLB Network)
-- On Saturdays, Daily Fantasy providers split the available players from 'EARLY games (1:05p ET-4:10p ET) and 'LATE' games (7:05pm ET and after). Below, next to the salaries, the players have 'EARLY' or 'LATE' indicated in parentheses.
-- Each day we'll provide a look at MLB cities with outdoor venues which have a 30 percent or more chance of precipitation. It's rather risky to insert guys into your Daily Fantasy lineup in games with a good chance of delay or postponement.
1:05 p.m. - Minnesota at Cleveland (0 percent chance of preciptation, but WNW wind at 18-22 mph - or blowing LF to RF)
1:05 p.m. - Baltimore at Detroit (0 percent chance of precipitation, but WNW wind at 16-18 mph - or blowing out to LF)
1:10 p.m. - Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets (0 percent chance of precipitation, but W wind at 18-20 mph - or blowing out to RF)
Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle (at OAK - EARLY): Cano is obviously a stud against anyone, but he is especially effective against right-handed pitching. Since the start of the 2011 season, he is hitting .327 with a .984 OPS against righties vs .279 with a .765 OPS against left-handed pitchers. The good news for Cano and his potential fantasy owners, Oakland Athletics SP Dan Straily comes from the right side.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado (vs ARI - LATE): JDLR had a miserable opening day performance in Miami, and he probably never had a chance going up against Jose Fernandez anyway. Let's hope he worked out his communications problems with C Wilin Rosario, as the two worked together this week at the behest of manager Walt Weiss to iron out problems after some contentious mound meetings in Miami. De La Rosa is 13-1 with a 3.09 ERA in 19 starts at home since the start of 2011, so don't be afraid of the Coors Field factor.
R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto (vs NYY - EARLY): Dickey was tuned up in his first start of the season in Tampa Bay, so he looks for a rebound. Last season, he picked up eight victories in 18 home starts, and he was 2-2 with a 2.54 ERA over four starts with one complete game and 27 strikeouts over 28 1/3 innings against the Yankees. He also held the Yanks quiet with a .198 opponent batting average.
Jose Fernandez, SP, Miami (vs SD - LATE): The key to success in Daily Fantasy generally starts and ends with starting pitching. Sure, Fernandez's salary is pumped up quite a bit due to his dominating opening day performance against Colorado in which he racked up nine strikeouts over six innings in a win. However, he could exceed those numbers against a San Diego offense which was kept at bay Friday night against Marlins SP Tom Koehler. Remember, Fernandez is 10-0 in his career in 16 starts at Marlins Park, so at least you will get what you pay for.
Joe Mauer, C-1B, Minnesota (at CLE - EARLY): Mauer has five hits in eight career at-bats against Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco. However, that's not a big enough sample size to select Carrasco on that alone. The bigger reason to play Mauer is that he is a left-handed hitter, and there is a still wind blowing out to right field. And from 2011-13 at Progressive Field, Mauer is hitting .288 with five doubles, two homers and 13 RBI with an .860 OPS. The RBI total is his highest at any park outside of Target Field.
Alex Rios, OF, Texas (at TB - LATE): The Rangers offense was bottled up in Friday's series opener, and they might not be much better Saturday against Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price. However, one guy who has been right against Price is Rios. He is 11-for-27 (.407) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and eight RBI with a 1.281 all-time against Price. That's a big enough sample size where he is obviously comfortable handling the twig against the Rays' ace. You can't say the same about any other Rangers' hitters.
MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $8,000 and $9,999)
If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:
Cody Asche, 3B, Philadelphia (at CHC - EARLY): The left-handed hitting Asche has already gone deep against a right-handed pitcher this season, and he'll face Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija looking for more. He is a strong fantasy play at a position that is rather light during the early games.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado (vs ARI - LATE): Sure, this is a bit of 'day late and a dollar short', but Blackmon is worth starting a day after his 6-for-6 performance. In fact, is the only player in Major League Baseball history to rock three doubles and a home run in a six-hit game. He finished with four runs scored and five RBI in the mammoth performance Friday. It's rather obvious he won't do that again, but he apparently feels much better at home than on the road. Entering this season, Blackmon was hitting .341 with an .840 OPS at Coors Field as opposed to a .246 average with a .643 OPS on the road.
Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay (vs TEX - LATE): Joyce is a solid mid-level bat to line up against Texas Rangers rookie RHP Nick Martinez, who will be making his big league debut. Joyce is off to a quick start with five hits, including a pair of doubles and three RBI with a 1.421 OPS through the first four games. He is a cheap source of potential extra-base hits, as most Daily Fantasy providers haven't ratcheted up his salary based on his early numbers.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta (at WAS - LATE): Uggla has been terrible over the past few years in terms of batting average, but he has not been fazed when facing Washington Nationals ace SP Stephen Strasburg. He is hitting a robust .407 with two doubles, two homers, eight RBI and a 1.170 OPS against the Nats' stud. Sure, he has 10 strikeouts, so there is that. But Uggla is a cost-effective source of power against a guy he has fared well against.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox (at KC - EARLY): Viciedo has owned Kansas City Royals veteran SP Bruce Chen in their brief encounters, hitting .345 (10-for-29) with three homers, seven RBI and a 1.022 OPS. Each of his two hits this season have come against southpaws, and since 2011 he is hitting .318 against left-handed pitching with an .898 OPS while he is hitting just .240 against righties with a .671 OPS and 197 strikeouts in 784 at-bats.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,999)
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B-OF, Chicago Cubs (vs PHI - EARLY): Bonifacio has piled up 11 hits over his first 19 at-bats. He is red hot, and is a nice low-cost alternative with positional versatility. He will help you squeeze in plenty of higher-cost studs, too.
Jose Lobaton, C, Washington (vs ATL - LATE): Lobaton took the reins as the primary receiver in the nation's capital when C Wilson Ramos (hand) broken a hamate bone in his hand in the opener. While he hasn't piled up the Fantasy stats, he has hit safely in his three starts and is a low-priced alternative which will help you save big money at more productive positions.
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