I’m a little frazzled this morning, so before we get into my FanDuel picks for Saturday, I have to explain. Here’s the scoop – my plumbing is screwed up and I don’t have any hot water.
I have guests staying with me this weekend, with their newborn baby.
My dog Frank thinks the baby is for him and can’t stalk it enough. Now he wants me to buy him a baby.
I’m writing for two Fantasy Football draft prep magazines this season, and both have deadlines of this weekend, so I’m pushed to the gills.
My Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 7 against the N.Y. Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs last night, and my guests and I celebrated with nine fingers of Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch.
So this will be an abbreviated version of my weekly article. Plus, I’m smarting after getting beat hard in last night’s Tout Wars Daily tournament.
FanDuel Picks for FanDuel Picks for Saturday, May 30
Top Starting Pitchers
The following rankings take into account skill of pitcher, quality of opposing offense, quality of opposing pitcher, ballpark factors, and of course price at FanDuel. It’s a weird day with some solid, top-notch starters – and then the rest of the field. You pretty much HAVE to get a win from your pitcher to compete on FanDuel, so I’m spending money on the mound today.
It’s an interesting slate for tonight’s seven games in baseball, as there are no aces going on the mound. That means we’re going to see a lot of variance among the 14 starting pitchers to choose from.
Shane Greene, RHP, Detroit at L.A. Angels ($7,200): The Angels are batting just .233 against right-handed pitching this season (28th in majors), ranking among the bottom teams in runs scored vs. RHP too.
Michael Wacha, RHP, St. Louis vs. L.A. Dodgers ($8,900): He’s the second-most expensive pitcher on the day, but he’s one of the most reliable, with a 7-0 record on the season. He also has a quality start in four of his last five outings, with a 1.64 ERA away from home, and he’s pitching in a great pitcher’s park.
Jesse Hahn, RHP, Oakland vs. N.Y. Yankees ($7,500): He’s coming off his first complete game shutout, and the 25-year-old has been a nice surprise this season.
Top Hitters for Saturday, May 30
Here are two choices at each position; one is the best bet for production and the other is a lower priced option with a favorable outlook.
Robinson Chirinos, Texas ($2,800): He’s smacking around left-handed pitchers to the tune of .310 batting average, 2 HR and 5 RBI in 29 at-bats this season.
A.J. Pierzynski, Atlanta ($2,200): Going up against RHP Tim Lincecum tonight, and the veteran backstop has 16 RBI in 91 at-bats vs. RHP.
Brandon Belt, San Francisco ($3,600): After a rough start to what was supposed to be his “breakout” season, Belt has come around big-time. He’s batting .330 with six homers and 16 RBI in May, after no homers and five RBI in April, and he’s hitting .320 against RHP.
Mark Reynolds, St. Louis ($2,200): If you load up at other positions, Reynolds makes for an interesting cheap play – especially in GPPs – as he has big power and a starting gig with Matt Adams on the DL.
Kolten Wong, St. Louis ($3,400): He nearly always treats me right when I use him against right-handed pitching, like he’ll face tonight (Frias). He’s hitting .328 vs. righties, with five homers and 15 RBI.
Jace Peterson, Atlanta ($2,400): He has a .338 on-base percentage against right-handed pitchers, along with 17 RBI and 14 runs scored. Solid play, cheap price.
Kyle Seager, Seattle ($3,600): In 99 at-bats this month, Seager’s batting .273 with seven homers and 17 RBI. Even so, I’d rather go with …
Pablo Sandoval, Boston ($2,500): He should be a nice under-the-radar play against Rangers’ pitching prospect Chi-Chi Gonzalez, who is getting called up for the start. The switch-hitter has a .391 OBP and a .491 slugging percentage against RHP this season, with five homers.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis ($3,300): He has pretty good reverse splits this season, batting .331 with 22 RBI and 17 runs scored against right-handers.
Brad Miller, Seattle ($2,500): Miller is one of my go-to slugging shortstops when I need a cheap play and he’s facing a right-handed pitcher (5 HR vs. RHP), like tonight (Marcum).
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels ($5,100): You can save in plenty of spots tonight, which means you can splurge on a big-hitting outfielder. Unfortunately, they’re all facing like-handed pitchers, or are batting in pitcher’s parks. Trout still hits .288 vs. right-handed pitching, with nine homers, 20 RBI and 30 runs scored.
Yoenis Cespedes, Detroit (3,300): The Cuban outfielder has pretty good reverse-splits, batting .313 vs. right-handers, with a .841 OPS.
Josh Reddick, Oakland ($3,300): With 23 RBI against right-handed pitchers, Reddick is a no-brainer tonight. He also hits about 100 points better at home (.361) than away (.255).
Anthony Gose, Detroit ($3,000): He’s hitting almost .200 points better against righties than lefties, with 20 runs scored in 129 at-bats vs. RHP.
Hopefully, we hit more homers than GIDPs with our FanDuel picks for Saturday, May 30, and you come out a winner!
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