Blake Snell is DC’s favorite pitcher tonight. He’s ready to annoint him the best arm in baseball. Mans likes him as well but prefers Thor as the top end play for cash.
Thor is in a great matchup against the Tigers and is Mans’ favorite cash arm. He doesn’t have the same velocity on his slider that he’s had in the past, but this is still a great spot and he still has dynamic stuff.
DC is on Kyle McGowin as a value in a match-up play vs Miami while Mans is looking at Pomeranz. EDIT: Posey isn’t catching him tonight and Mans is now off him. McGowin is now his value guy.
Jose Berrios has some serious upside in a home matchup against the White Sox.
Griffin Canning and Tyler Thornton are fun GPP plays. Canning, in particular, is a guy DC already views as an ace. He loves his stuff and he makes for an intriguing play, though Texas does have a lot of lefty power.
For GPPs, DC is fine with using two value pitchers and paying up for bats while Mans is more into pairing a higher end pitcher with a value guy.
Really love the Rockies bats today, especially the righties, Story and Arenado. However, a lot of people are going to start their lineups with Syndergaard, Story, Arenado, and there’s a limited number of ways you can go from there. Of all the games at Coors this weekend against this Baltimore pitching staff, this is the one you could conceivably fade, but it’s still scary.
The Orioles side of the Coors game is also interesting. Keon Broxton is leading off and cheap. He’ll be chalky at a value price. There’s some other
DC loves the Cardinals stack against Folty tonight. Folty has been awful so far this year. He’s lost velocity on his fastball from last year and now he’s facing a powerful lineup in 90 degree heat. Mans is on it too, especially his mancrush, Matt Carpenter.
Like Boston as a contrarian stack option. The top four especially.
Also like the A’s against Wade LeBlanc, who is giving up a lot of hard contact. The top of the lineup is the way to go there.
Gotta throw in the Twins as well. They’re on pace to break the homerun and slugging record. Cruz is still out, but Sano is back and hitting bombs. Can see the Twins going nuts against Reynaldo Lopez, who has good stuff, but unravels when things start going south.
One team we’ve failed to mention is the Mets. They’re up against a mediocre starter and an atrocious bullpen.
The last one DC wanted to mention was the Phillies in a hitter’s park against a not-very-good-starter in Chase Anderson.
Hitters by Position
C – Sanchez, Realmuto, Grandal, Castro, Molina, McCann, Phegley
1B – Hoskins, Freeman, Pearce, Bellinger, Bell, Reynolds, Goldy, Naylor
2B – Chavis, Moustakas, Lopez, Rodgers, Dozier, Odor
3B – Arenado (clearly the top play. If playing five teams, would want him on at least 3 of them, but some other decent options), Carpenter, Chapman, Guerrero, JD Davis
SS – Story (Clearly the top play), DeJong, Bogaerts, Turner, Segura, Polanco, Mondesi, Semien (Value)
OF – Trout, Desmond, Yelich, Betts, Kepler, Harper, Acuna, Gallo, Braun, Pham, Piscotty, Reyes, Broxton
Ted’s Favorite Values
DK – Leon, Pearce, Dozier, Nunez, Ahmed, Gomez, Broxton, Anderson
FD – Pearce, Nunez, Frazier, Garcia, R. Davis, Gomez, Pinder, JD Davis