Daily Doubles - Saturday
April 26, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - TV schedule
1:05 p.m. - L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees (FOX Sports 1)
4:05 p.m. - Pittsburgh at St. Louis (FOX Sports 1)
7:10 p.m. - Cincinnati at Atlanta (MLB Network)
7:10 p.m. - Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox (MLB Network)
-- 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. - L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees (10 percent chance of precipitation, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing to RF)
1:05 p.m. - San Diego at Washington (10 percent chance of precipitation, 13 to 16 mph wind blowing to RF)
2:10 p.m. - Detroit at Minnesota (0 percent chance of precipitation, 14 to 17 mph wind blowing in from LF)
4:05 p.m. - Pittsburgh at St. Louis (0 percent chance of precipitation, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing RF to LF)
4:05 p.m. - Cleveland at San Francisco (0 percent chance of precipitation, 17 to 20 mph wind blowing to RCF
7:05 p.m. - Kansas City at Baltimore (20 percent chance of precipitation, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing LF to RF)
8:10 p.m. - Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox (20 percent chance of precipitation, 12 to 15 mph wind blowing in from LF)
9:10 p.m. - Colorado at L.A. Dodgers (0 percent chance of precipitation, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing to RF)
Saturday's game schedule is split between EARLY games (1:05pm - 4:05pm ET first pitch) and LATE games (7:05pm ET or later first pitch)
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee (vs CHC - LATE): Over the past seven days, Braun has enjoyed a run we have seen from him previously before his much publicized suspension for banned substances. He is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with two doubles, three homers and seven RBI during the span, and he has rolled up six homers and 17 RBI in the month of April.
Marco Estrada, SP, Milwaukee (vs CHC - LATE): Estrada has been impressive against the Milwaukee Brewers since the start of the 2011 season. He is 4-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 10 appearances (six starts) with 44 strikeouts over 41 1/3 innings against the division rivals. And if you're worried about Cubs power-hitting left-handed 1B Anthony Rizzo, he is just 1-for-15 (.067) lifetime against Estrada.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, L.A. Dodgers (vs COL - LATE): You'll watch to spend the extra money on the left-handed hitting Gonzalez Saturday night. The wind is blowing strong to right field, and he'll be facing a hittable right-handed pitcher. Don't be scared off by the fact Gonzalez is just 1-for-7 (.143) against Colorado Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio. And for the record, the one hit was good for a homer.
Jenrry Mejia, SP, N.Y. Mets (vs MIA - LATE): Mejia has racked up seven or more strikeouts in three of his four outings this season, and he hasn't allowed a run over his past two starts. Now, he'll get a chance to face a Miami Marlins team which is 9-4 at home, and 1-9 on the road.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, Detroit (at MIN - EARLY): The right-hander will be aided by a stiff wind blowing straight in from left field, and he'll be facing a solid pitching matchup against a team the Tigers just rolled Friday night. Since the start of the 2011 season, Sanchez is just 1-2 in seven starts against the Minnesota Twins, but he has a solid 2.57 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 42 innings.
MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $7,500 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:
Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco (vs CLE - EARLY): There will be a strong wind gusty to the power alley in right-center field, which is great news for power-hitting left-handed batters against a pair of right-handed pitchers Saturday at AT&T Park. Belt will be itchy to play after going hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts in the series opener. Despite that poor game, he has still hit safely in eight of the past 10 games.
Denard Span, OF, Washington (vs SD - EARLY): Span will look to get the ball up into a jetstream blowing out to right field, and he could get the ball up against San Diego Padres RHP Andrew Cashner. Span has collected six hits with four runs scored and a stolen base over his past three games, so he is a nice value at a mid-level price.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta (vs CIN - LATE): Uggla has now gone eight straight games without an RBI, and he has just one extra-base hit during the span. So this is a bit of a leap of faith pick. He is 4-for-10 (.400) against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake in his career, which isn't a giant sample size to base your entire decision. However, three of those hits have left the yard, and that's hard to ignore.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,500)
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis (vs PIT - EARLY): Peralta snapped an ugly 0-for-20 slide with a pair of hits in four at-bats Friday against the Pirates. He could have another solid performance Saturday afternoon with a strong wind blowing out ti left field. Peralta is also 13-for-39 (.333) with a double, two homers, six RBI and a .948 OPS in his career against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano. He is a strong low-end buy with plenty of upside.
Mark Ellis, 2B, St. Louis (vs PIT - EARLY): There is a strong wind blowing from right field to left field, which will aid right-handed batters against the two left-handed starting pitchers Saturday afternoon. Ellis has done damage against Liriano in his career, going 8-for-13 (.615) with two doubles, a homer, four RBI and a 1.667 OPS. It isn't a giant sample size, but if he is in the lineup, you have to use him based on these trends and the strong wind.
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