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Hello and welcome to another edition of my Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Monday, May 18.

Today’s slate is absolutely gross. There are a few good arms, but oddly there aren’t a lot of high priced bats to go with them. Most days the bats are pretty easy to fit in and you have to nail your pitchers, but today it is the exact opposite due to some awkward situations around MLB. Today is definitely a day where I’ll be playing more tournament’s instead of cash games because of the shorter slate.

As always, make sure to check the line-ups as they come out. Also, I will not be discussing the early game because I assume you are actually working at work and not doing your DFS research. So, let’s look at today’s slate and discuss the awkwardness of it all.

Awkward situation 1: The Miami Marlins

I’m pretty sure Jeffrey Loria is crazier than an Al Davis draft pick so it’s hard to say how the Marlins will respond on Monday. They are planning to announce a manager at 11 am EST and then it’s off to batting practice…I guess? Just another day in Meeamii.

The Marlins get to face Rubby De La Rosa which is Spanish for pitching garbage. He carries a 5.60 ERA while on the road which is baffling considering he pitches in the most hitter-friendly park not named Coors. I will be trotting out a Marlins stack simply because I think people will be off of the Marlins given the situation. If you are not stacking the Marlins I would only look at Giancarlo Stanton, Martin Prado and Dee Gordon. Especially Dee Gordon since Rubby De Le Basura struggles against left-handed batters.

Awkward situation 2: The Arizona Diamondbacks

Who the hell are these guys? They single-handedly punched the ticket for Chad Billingsly and Sean O’Sullivan to the All-Star game. All weekend long I stacked the Diamondbacks because; 1. It’s the Phillies and 2. The Phillies pitching is probably the worst in all of baseball, yet here we are on Sunday evening and the Phillies are on a 5-game winning streak and the Diamondbacks are wondering what the hell just happened. The only person I even care about tomorrow on this team is Paul Goldschmidt. Of course now that I’m fading all batters you can fully expect the Diamondbacks to score 90 runs.

Awkward situation 3: The Oakland A’s

I don’t know what is going on in Oakland, but these guys are committing more errors than an Al Davis draft pick. Yesterday, they had 4 errors, running their streak to 13 games. That’s right the A’s have committed at least one error in 13 straight games. So what you say? Well here is why this matters in DFS. Scott Kazmir threw 103 pitches in 4.1 innings. Which led to him being yanked way too early. Which led to the White Sox batters scoring runs. So even though your player may reach on an error they still can get points for steals and scoring runs.

Another reason to stay far away from the A’s right now is their bullpen. I can’t remember the last time they actually had a hold. So, even if Drew Pomeranz leaves with a 4-run lead, nothing is safe in Oakland. However, if Billy Burns, Stephen Vogt, and Marcus Semien are in the lineup don’t overlook them.

The final Awkward situation: The game in Colorado

First off, this game might not even get played, but if it does, welcome to cheap bats with more potential than the nerdy high school chick. Troy Tulowitzki may be making his annual return to the DL. Justin Morneau, who is not to be out done, probably won’t be available for this game either. Charlie Blackmon, you sit down as well. Corey Dickerson hasn’t been 100% lately, so his status will be up in the air as well. So that leaves us with Daniel Descalso who, oh by the way is 6 for his last 10, Rafael Ynoa who is dirt cheap and batted second yesterday and Drew Stubbs. Now I know these aren’t household names, but anytime you get guys staring in Coors that are priced low you put them in your lineup.

On the other side of the coin, the Phillies bats are also cheap. Hell, even Maikel Franco is cheap. So, if you really want to load up on high-end pitching, the game at Coors is one to look at. I doubt that this will happen often so make sure you take advantage of it.

Last but not least, I want to talk briefly about pitching. You have Corey Kluber coming off an absolutely dominant performance, Chris Sale up against the wildly inconsistent Indians and Matt Harvey vs. a Cardinals team that has been struggling at the plate worse than an Al Davis draft pick. For my money I’m going with Kluber and Harvey as I just don’t quite trust Sale yet.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for DraftKings

Here is one of my line-ups on DraftKings that fits in both Kluber and Harvey. Keep in mind it may change because of who is actually playing.

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