Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have two different nice sized slates to play, which makes the day more fun.
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With that out of the way, let’s move on to the picks:
Clayton Kershaw [E] – Kershaw gets the Braves today. Here’s the thing: the Braves have played very well in this series… against Ross Stripling and Alex Wood. Neither of those guys hold a candle to Kershaw. He is expensive everywhere, but should be in a great place to nab some strikeouts and get an important victory today.
Jake Arrieta [L]- Cincinnati is really an up and down team, at least to me, and I think a guy like Arrieta should be able to shut them down handily. He pitched a masterpiece against Colorado this past weekend, and there is nothing to suggest he won’t be able to do it again tonight.
Johnny Cueto [E] – I think it is a spend up on your pitcher kind of day today, which will have been settling on a guy like Cueto again. The Giants offense hasn’t exactly been spectacular, but neither has Shelby Miller. He should get all the run support he needs on his way to a nice outing.
Trevor Brown [E] – I hope I’m not making unfair assumptions, but I believe Posey will sit today. If he does, that opens up tremendous value for Brown. Miller is not adjusting well to his move, and Brown has been seeing the ball well. Should make for a nice discount play if he starts.
Salvador Perez [L] – Perez has been knocking the laces off the ball over the last two games, and nothing makes me believe it will stop with Mike Pelfrey on the mound. Perez has homered in back to back outings, and I wouldn’t rule it out again tonight.
Albert Pujols [E] – I’m not in love with any of the first basemen on the early slate, but Pujols has a great matchup today. He still has the power he is known for, and his price is very affordable. You’ll need to save to fit Kershaw in, and Pujols can allow you to do just that.
Eric Hosmer [L] – I like both Hosmer and Morales on the late slate against Pelfrey. I like looking toward the KC lefties when they are up against a bad righty, and tonight is no different.
Scooter Gennett [E]– I expect this game to be the highest scoring of the morning slate, so I am loading up on both sides. Gennett should continue his hot streak going, and is always a threat to take the ball out of the park. Fell free to roll him out.
Jose Altuve [L] – Altuve is a man possessed right now, and gets a good matchup. That is a recipe for a guy I am going to target heavily tonight. I think Houston will score often tonight, and I want Altuve because he will be a part of it.
Anthony Rendon [E] – Not a lot of third basemen I really like on the morning slate, so I will roll with Rendon, who has been solid in recent days. I fully expect a nice effort from Miami today, and Rendon should be at the center of that.
Manny Machado [L]– Machado is playing very well right now, and as long as he is seeing the ball like he is, I want him in my lineups. Marco Estrada isn’t scary to me; Machado is.
Francisco Lindor [E] – Nate Karns is on the mound today, so I want some Indians exposure. Lindor is enjoying a nice start to his first full year in the bigs, and there is nothing that makes me believe that is going to change any time soon. Roll him out today.
Carlos Correa [L] – Correa has been frustrating, but I’ve watched him play, and it isn’t bad decisions. He keeps sending the ball out to the tracks and coming up short. That is going to end eventually, and I think tonight is that night.
Ryan Braun [E] – Braun is probably my play of the morning slate. He is going to contribute in so many ways, and he is a must in my lineups. It is going to be tough to fit he and Kershaw in and still have a good lineup, but you can do it!
Mike Trout [E] – Trout has been most unspectacular, but is not as boom bust as a guy like Stanton who basically either hits homeruns or gives you goose eggs. The matchup is great for him today against Danks, and I think we see a big Mike Trout performance.
Miguel Sano [E]– Sano is still better served as a tournament play for me, but you can’t ignore his power upside. With only one homerun on the year, you know a power surge is on the way, and Taylor Jungmann is just the guy who can let it fly for him.
Jose Bautista [L] – I don’t really love many outfield plays today, but Joey Batts is a guy I’m going to look to target against Chris Tillman. Tillman is known to give up the long ball, and Bautista is known to hit the long ball – perfect combination for a nice fantasy outing.
Carlos Gomez [L]– Even though he is cheap, he is still a tournament only option. Gomez is having a good series after a very poor start to the year. I expect it to continue tonight and for he and the Astros to have a good night.