Daily Doubles - Saturday
April 12, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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Saturday, April 12, 2014 - TV schedule
1:05 p.m. - Boston at N.Y. Yankees (FOX Sports 1)
4:05 p.m. - Colorado at San Francisco (MLB Network)
8:05 p.m. - Houston at Texas (MLB Network)
8:10 p.m. - L.A. Dodgers at Arizona (MLB Network)
-- On Saturday, Daily Fantasy providers split the available players from 'EARLY games (1:05p ET-4:05p ET) and 'LATE' games (7:05pm ET and after). Below, next to the names, 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.
2:10 p.m. - Cleveland at Chicago White Sox (10 percent chance of preciptation, 20-23 mph wind from RF to LF)
2:10 p.m. - Kansas City at Minnesota (10 percent chance of precipitation, 9-13 mph win blowing out to LCF)
2:15 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at St. Louis (10 percent chance of precipitation, 18-22 mph win blowing out to LF)
4:05 p.m. - Colorado at San Francisco (0 percent chance of precipitation, 10-14 mph win blowing to straightaway CF)
8:05 p.m. - Houston at Texas (0 percent chance of precipitation, 18-22 mph win blowing straight in from RCF)
Norichika Aoki, OF, Kansas City (at MIN - EARLY): Aoki has been on fire lately, rolling up 10 hits over his past six games, including four extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples). He faces another lefty vs righty matchup, and that should be extremely favorable.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee (vs PIT - LATE): Gallardo hasn't been as dominant as his first few years in the majors, but he is still a force to be reckoned with. Gallardo has been especially tough on the Pirates, going 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA in nine starts against Pittsburgh since the start of the 2011 season. He also has 57 strikeouts over 55 1/3 innings against the Bucs during the impressive span.
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis (vs CHC - EARLY): Holliday is still looking for his first homer of the season through 10 games. It could come Saturday. While he hasn't had a long history against Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Villanueva, but he has made his few hits count. Holliday is 5-for-16 (.313) with three homers and six RBI with a 1.296 OPS against the Cubs' RHP.
Justin Masterson, SP, Cleveland (at CHW - EARLY): Masterson has been a good, but not great pitcher over the past three seasons. However, since the start of the 2011 season, he has looked like Cy Young against the Chicago White Sox. In 14 appearances (13 starts) over the past three seasons, Masterson is 7-3 with a 2.13 ERA and three complete game against te White Sox with 63 strikeouts over 88 2/3 innings while yielding a total of just three homers during the span. The Indians are 6-0 in Masterson's past six starts against the White Sox, and 5-0 in his past five road outings against the Pale Hose.
David Ortiz, 1B, Boston (at NYY - EARLY): Big Papi hasn't had a long history against New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda, but when they have met D.O. has usually dominated. He is 10-for-17 (.588) with four doubles, a homer, three RBI, three walks and a 1.619 OPS in his career against Kuroda. .
Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco (vs COL - EARLY): Pagan has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He carries a 10-game hitting streak into play, and he is hitting .442 (19-for-43) during the solid span. He also has eight RBI and a .605 slugging percentage during the run.
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:
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto (at BAL - LATE): Cabrera carries a 10-game hitting streak into Saturday's game. He is 15-for-45 (.333) with four homers and five RBI during the impressive span. The switch-hitter faces a very hittable Baltimore Orioles SP Bud Norris.
Curtis Granderson, OF, N.Y. Mets (at LAA - LATE): It's hard to ignore what Granderson has done over his career against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver. He is 10-for-27 (.370) wiht five homers, six RBI and a 1.359 OPS. Does that mean a homer is coming Saturday at the Big A? Well, no. But those are pretty impressive percentages, and it's worth a mid-level salary to see if Grandy can do it again.
Anthony Rendon, 2B-3B, Washington (at ATL - LATE): Rendon looks to push his current hitting streak to 10 games in Saturday's game in Hotlanta. Rendon has rolled up 14 hits over his past 34 at-bats (.412) with eight runs scored, a homer, eight RBI and a .676 slugging percentage. The righty has managed five hits in seven career at-bats against Atlanta Braves southpaw SP Alex Wood.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee (vs PIT - LATE): Weeks has slowly started to show signs of life, hitting in each of the past two games. He is likely to make a third straight start Saturday against Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Edinson Volquez. Weeks has rolled up seven hits, including a double and two homers, in 19 at-bats (.368) with a 1.237 OPS. It isn't a huge sample size, but that history coupled with his mid-level salary make him an attractive play.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,999)
Collin Cowgill, OF, L.A. Angels (vs NYM - LATE): Cowgill is a dirt cheap Daily Fantasy options against left-handed pitching while OF Josh Hamilton is sidelined. Cowgill will also have the added incentive of facing his former team, so he is definitely worth a roll of the dice in this projected start.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP, Philadelphia (vs MIA - EARLY): Pettibone gets a crack against the Miami Marlins, who opened the season 5-2 at home, but have dropped four straight road games heading into this one. For whatever reason, they have looked like fish out of water since leaving Miami. Pettibone might be in line for a home win, and he comes with a cheap price tag.
ONES TO AVOID
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado (at SF - EARLY): CarGo has been awful in his career against San Francisco Giants OF Matt Cain. If you do one thing Saturday, avoid Gonzalez, who is one of the five most expensive Daily Fantasy outfielders across all providers. He has just four hits in 41 career at-bats (.098) against Cain with no extra-base hits, two RBI, seven walks and 16 strikeouts.
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