We’re putting this Daily Fantasy Baseball preview into the microwave and heating it up quickly!
We’re not going to waste any time this morning – we’re getting right into our FanDuel picks for Wednesday, May 13, because
First, you should know that there are only two 3pm games, with one 6pm game, and 12 games tonight – six 7pm games, four 8pm games and two 10pm games. That’s the most for a Wednesday night all season!
So we’re not going to talk about the day games, since by the time you read this article, they will already have begun.
But with a dozen nighttime games, you’ll have 24 starting pitchers to choose from!
It should be a pretty nice evening across the country – with just one game with more than a 50-percent chance of precipitation (or higher).
- Kansas City at Texas: 82% chance of precipitation
- Boston at Oakland: 20%
- Louis at Cleveland: 20%
Interesting Notes About Tonight’s Starting Pitchers
Here are a few things that stand out to me about today’s list of starting pitchers:
- Of the 24 starting pitchers tonight, seven of them are left-handed, including a Francisco Liriano-Cole Hamels matchup in Philadelphia. That matchup is very intriguing, considering both the Pirates and Phillies rank among the three worst offenses against left-handed pitching.
- The Dark Knight of Gotham, Matt Harvey, will cost you the most today with a $10,300 price tag. Considering how many pitchers are going tonight, it’s interesting that he’s really the only top 10 pitcher on the day, although, Hamels is a smart play, too. (The Pirates have scored just 11 runs vs. lefthanded pitchers all season – worst in the majors.)
- I really do like Nate Karns, but just not tonight. He’ll face the Yankees for the third time this season, and that’s usually a bad thing for rookie pitchers, as hitters get more and more looks at their stuff. He struck out nine Rangers hitters on Friday.
FanDuel Picks for Saturday, May 13
I’ll try to give you a regular choice (mid and expensive), with a bargain option as well, for each position. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.
Matt Harvey, RHP, N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, $10,300
Yep, going with Harvey as my top expensive pitcher. As I mentioned, the other nine pitchers inhabiting the top 10 are all resting today. Harvey’s a great way to start your 50/50 lineup. While the Cubs hitters are starting to get their legs under them, you have to love that they have struck out 136 times in the month of May – 18 more times than any other team. That sounds good to me – and Harvey’s owners.
Jose Quintana, LHP, Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee, $7,100
The Brewers’ offense has rebounded big-time this month, but they’re still batting below .200 against left-handed pitching, with a .239 on-base percentage. This offers up Quintana’s best chance for a win in a month, and his price tag shows that he hasn’t won a game since April 14.
Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto at Baltimore, $6,400
Speaking of the month of May, the Orioles have averaged just three runs scored per game this month, with only three other MLB teams scoring fewer per game in that span. The Cubs and Rangers are the only two teams with more strikeouts than the Orioles this month, also. Sanchez has really improved lately, including a gem from Friday night against Boston (W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 5 BB). Note those walks are troublesome, and he has had plenty of control problems. But at this price, he’s worth the gamble that those walks don’t turn into runs scored. (Walks don’t cost you points on FanDuel, either.)
Yasmani Grandal, L.A. Dodgers ($3,000)
Grandal plays in Dodgers Stadium tonight, which is a tough place to hit, but he’s hitting .310 against right-handed pitching this season. Stephen Vogt is the only catcher hitting RHP better in as many at-bats.
Salvador Perez, Kansas City ($2,500)
He’s healthy again, and he has 10 RBI against RHP this season, which ranks him among the top five catchers. There really are plenty of good-hitting cheap catchers, that should keep you from spending big money on Russell Martin.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers ($4,600)
Miggy has been cold this month, which is a good time to pile on him in GPP tournament play, because you know the veteran superstar will come around. It’s very possible that turnaround begins tonight against Ricky Nolasco, who has a 6.30 ERA over the past three weeks.
Joe Mauer, Minnesota ($2,900)
You might be looking for some cheap hitters if you’re rolling with Harvey tonight, and Mauer’s matchup fits the bill. He’s batting .327 against left-handed pitching this season, and he’s going against LHP Kyle Lobstein.
Howie Kendrick, L.A. Dodgers ($3,200)
Kendrick has raised his batting average 31 points over the past week, and he’s obviously seeing the ball well. Toss in the fact he has 14 RBI and 15 runs scored against RHP, both among the leaders at his position, and this is a solid play.
Micah Johnson, Chicago White Sox ($2,200)
For the FanDuel minimum price, I’ll take a chance on Johnson, who we know has speed to spare, but has been unable to unleash it thus far. Jimmy Nelson has allowed five stolen bases so far this season, tied for 11th-most in the majors.
Todd Frazier, Cincinnati ($3,600)
He has 11 homers on the season, including one from last night. Now, he’ll face LHP Eric Stults, and he has four home runs in just 35 at-bats against LHP this season. Great price for an all-or-nothing hitter on FanDuel (he’s batting just .161 if you take away his 11 home runs this season).
Mike Moustakas, Kansas City ($2,700)
He homered last night in Texas, and now he gets RHP Yovani Gallardo, who has allowed a home run in five of his seven starts this season. Moose is batting .319 against right-handed pitching this season.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado ($4,400)
I’ll follow up this wicked expensive pick with a super-cheap one, I swear! Tulo is batting .455 against left-handers this season, although, he’s not exhibiting much power (1 HR, 3 RBI, 22 AB). Trade talk aside, he’s a nice play Wednesday.
Jose Iglesias, Detroit ($2,400)
While he hits lefties better, Iglesias is still batting .305 against righties, and he returned to the lineup last night. His week off allowed his salary to dip back to a great price.
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels ($5,400)
If you have money to burn, Trout’s an interesting play for his speed more than his power tonight. He goes up against Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles in Anaheim, and only the Pirates (1.03) have allowed more stolen bases per game than the Rockies (0.93). Plus, Trout’s crushing RHP right now.
After an OK April, Gose has really heated up in May, batting .364 with a .400 on-base percentage. Plus, he’s batting .351 vs. RHP, and Ricky Nolasco is not-so-good, with a 2.000 WHIP in three starts.
Curtis Granderson, N.Y. Mets ($2,900)
The Grandy Man goes up against RHP Jason Hammel tonight, and he has a .407 OBP against righties, with two steals.
Kelly Johnson, Atlanta ($2,600)
He’ll likely bat cleanup again tonight against rookie spot-starter RHP Raisiel Iglesias. Johnson has six homers and 18 RBI against RHP, and he’s having an excellent May.
Good luck with your FanDuel picks for Wednesday, May 13!
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