Daily Dingers - Friday
May 9, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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Friday, May 9, 2014 - TV schedule
7:05 p.m. - St. Louis at Pittsburgh (MLB Network)
7:10 p.m. - Colorado at Cincinnati (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.
7:05 p.m. - St. Louis at Pittsburgh (50 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
7:08 p.m. - Minnesota at Detroit (60 percent chance of scattered t-storms, 13 to 16 mph wind blowing in from RF
7:10 p.m. - Colorado at Cincinnati (70 percent chance of thunderstorms, 12 to 15 mph wind blowing RF to LF
7:35 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Atlanta (60 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
8:10 p.m. - Arizona at Chicago White Sox (30 percent chance of isolated t-storms, 11 to 14 mph wind blowing to LF
10:05 p.m. - Washington at Oakland (0 percent chance of precipitation, 14 to 17 mph wind blowing to RCF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B-3B, Detroit (vs MIN): Cabrera has abused Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes over the years, posting a .536 average (15-for-28) with four doubles, five homers, 12 RBI and a 1.781 OPS. And over the past seven days, he is hitting .346 (9-for-26) with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI. He is red hot, and owns Hughes. You simply must start him.
Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta (vs CHC): Teheran and the Braves are heavy favorites against the Chicago Cubs. In fact, they're the second largest chalk on the board Friday. The Cubs are 1-6 in their past seven meetings with the Braves, and 0-4 in their past four trips to Turner Field. And the Bravos are 12-2 in Teheran's past 14 starts against a team with a losing record, so invest in Teheran and don't look back.
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit (vs MIN): Verlander has been unreal against the Minnesota Twins since the start of the 2011 season, posting a 7-0 record with a 2.01 ERA with one complete game in nine starts. He has struck out 71 Twins over 62 2/3 innings with a .223 opponent batting average. He is a must-start for Fantasy owners Friday.
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:
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado (vs TEX): Arenado's Daily Fantasy salary has crept up dramatically over the past couple of days, but he isn't quite a high-ticket item just yet. He remains reasonably priced despite the fact he carries a career-high 28-game hitting streak into play. That streak will be put to the test against Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto, who has been tremendously effective. However, it hasn't matter who Arenado has faced lately.
Curtis Granderson, OF, N.Y. Mets (vs PHI): After an awful start to the season, Granderson is finally starting to show some signs of life at the dish. He is 8-for-26 (.308) with two homers and six RBI over the past seven days. Grandy has destroyed Philadelphia Phillies SP Roberto Hernandez over the years after many battles in the American League Central. Granderson is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with three doubles, three triples and three homers with six RBI, seven walks and a 1.354 OPS.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore (vs HOU): If you grab Arenado above, why not select the guy who has the longest active hitting streak in the American League, too? Markakis has posted a hit in 15 consecutive games, and he will be facing Houston Astros SP Scott Feldman, a teammate last season. There might be some familiarity there.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis (at PIT): Peralta has struggled against left-handed pitching this season, going just 3-for-23 (.130). However, he is hitting .316 (6-for-19) with three of his seven homers and six of his 15 RBI against the Pirates this season, and his 1.304 OPS is best against any opponent this season. And despite his struggles against southpaws, he is 13-for-40 (.325) with a double, two homers, six RBI and a .926 OPS against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano in his career.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,500)
George Springer, OF, Houston (at BAL): Springer has started to live up to the immense hype which preceeded him. He has hit safely in eight straight games, and 10 of the past 11 outings. Springer also launched his first Major League homer Thursday in Detroit, and he has five RBI over the past eight games. He is a solid low-priced option with some upside.
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