Daily Archives: April 23, 2016
Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
Seeing on how many points Tanner Roark acquired vs the Twins on Saturday (66 PTS on 15 SO and 7 IP,) I am confident on Stephen Strasburg dominating the Twinkies on Sunday. Yes the price is high, but this is Sunday. so there are some cheap options to replace your roster.
Since I am having Bryce Harper in any lineup also right now, I took 3 cost effective Mariners to help me bring the price down. With Righty Matt Shoemaker toeing the hill for the Halo’s, I have Adam Lind, Seth Smith and Nori Aoki in my lineup.
Lind is starting to heat up after a brutal start ( 3 straight multihit games), and holds an .859 OPS career vs RHP. Smith is equally as good, with an .839 OPS vs RHP. Call it a hunch. but these guys…
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P- Jared Eickhoff (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $8,500. Eickhoff has been a stud all year long. He is averaging 22.9 points on Draft Kings this season. In his first 3 starts, he has thrown 19 innings, 1.89 ERA, 21 strikeouts, and only 5 walks. He will be facing the Brewer’s offense, which is nothing special. Through the first few weeks of the season, the Brewers are ranked as the 29th best offense… that’s bad. They also strikeout the third most (156 total strikeouts) in the Major Leagues, which is great for a strikeout-pitcher such as Eickhoff.
P- Aaron Blair (vs. New York Mets): $6,800. I’m going out on a limb here, but I love Blair in this match-up. He is making his Major League debut and he is playing in his home stadium. The crowd will be behind him and he will be pumped up. The Mets offense has struggled all year long, so this could be a good first taste of the big leagues for Blair. In Blair’s minor league career, he is averaging 8.3 strikeouts per 9 innings, with a 3.13 ERA. This start could backfire considering no one knows how Blair will fair in the bigs, but at only $6,800, it won’t hurt too badly.
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The MLB’s regular-season schedule is 162 games long for a reason – it’s a marathon, not a sprint. While we’re not even at the three-week mark yet, it’s still long enough for us to get a good glimpse as to which players are off to surprisingly great starts.
Baseball is a game of failure, but it’s also a game of averages. Even if a player is white-hot for a certain period of time, they’ll eventually come back down to Earth and maybe even go into a slump to even things out (unless your Bryce Harper). However, some players may use a hot start to propel themselves to a new benchmark moving forward when it comes to their career norms.
Whether the current narrative about players is good or bad, they still have five months of games left to prove themselves, one way or the other. With that in mind, here are five players who have been pleasant surprises thus far.
And yes, I know the obvious ones like Harper, Tyler White, Trevor Story and others are not on this list. I did that on purpose.
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Curtis Granderson hit two homers, including a grand slam, and added another hit to lead the Mets past Atlanta, 6-3.
Mookie Betts singled, doubled and tripled twice to spark the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory in Houston.
Jeff Samardzija pitched into the 8th, finishing with 1 earned run over 7 2/3 innings. He also singled and doubled, driving in 3 to help the Giants snap a skid and top the Marlins, 8-1.
Jose Quintana threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and earned the 5-0 win for the White Sox against Texas.
They all owned baseball on April 22, 2016.
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