Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 hrs ago
Don't you just hate when you're pretty sure you're about to become a thousandaire, but then the Tigers' bullpen blows David Price's win? Me too. But we'll get it back today. Check the weather here, you guys, and scan lineups over here. Let's do the do...
Mitch Moreland, OF, at NYY (Pineda), $2300 at FanDuel: Moreland homered on Thursday, and he has eight hits in his last 20 at-bats with two doubles and two bombs. He's slashing .312/.382/.506 for the year. Moreland is just a single short of the cycle in his career against Pineda, for what it's worth, having gone 3-for-6 with nothin' but extra-base hits. At this price, I'm happily on board.
Brad Miller, SS, at Tor (Estrada), $2800: Yup, I'd be willing to double-down on M's. Miller has four multi-hit games over his last eight starts with three homers, and he's slashing .297/.363/.571 against RHPs this year.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
On Sunday, Texas manager Jeff Banister decreed that no player in his team's bullpen had a defined role going forward. Which of course was another way of saying that no player who'd previously had a defined role was any good at pitching. Neftali Feliz had blown a save chance on Saturday, allowing three runs in a horrid inning of work that featured a double, homer, walk and wild pitch.
On Wednesday, when another save opportunity presented itself, Shawn Tolleson got the nod for the Rangers. He wasn't flawless, but he managed to successfully protect a one-run lead while facing the top of the Red Sox batting order — not exactly a low-stress save situation. Mookie Betts doubled off Tolleson, Dustin Pedroia ripped a loud out (nice play by Delino DeShields), and David Ortiz drew an intentional pass, but no runs were scored.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
There's only one early game on Wednesday, so we'll ignore it here. Good luck to anyone Kuecheling today. Before finalizing rosters, please remember check the weather and scan the lineups prior to game time. Let's begin the usual bargain hunt...
Tyson Ross, P, vs. CHC (Wada), $8900 at FanDuel: Ross enters this game with a 10.6 K/9, and the Cubs lead the majors in Ks (377). If Ross can just limit the walks (no sure thing), then he has a shot to post a significant point total here. The Pads are a healthy favorite here (-135).
David Ortiz, 1B, vs. Tex (Klein), $2200: In case you hadn't noticed, Papi has strung together three straight multi-hit efforts and he's homered in back-to-back games. He's facing an unthreatening right-hander on Wednesday, and the price is right.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 4 days ago
Only seven games on the Monday slate, and one of 'em is a noon start. At least it's Harvey Day. Please remember to check the weather reports and scan today's MLB lineups prior to game time. Now let's look for bargains...
Ryan Howard, 1B, at Col (Lyles), $3400 at FanDuel: Howard's flaws are well-documented, but he's slashing .314/.375/.588 with three homers so far this month. He's also 7-for-14 over his last four games, and, for what it's worth, he's 3-for-8 with a double in his career against Lyles. I'm happy to take him at Coors at this price.
Chris Owings, SS, at Mia (Haren), $3300: Owings is on a silly tear right now, riding a six-game hitting streak that includes five multi-hit efforts. He's enjoyed facing Dan Haren over the past three years, going 9-for-14 with a pair of doubles. No reason to think Owings won't keep hitting.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 7 days ago
Just in case you don't habitually check Pacific Coast League box scores, here's a quick look at the production of Fresno's 1-5 hitters in the team's 17-6 win on Wednesday:
J. Sclafani, 2B – 1-for-3, 4 R, 3 BB C. Correa, SS – 1-for-4, 3 R, double, 2 BB L.J. Hoes, LF – 1-for-2, 5 R, 3 RBIs, 3 BB D. Santana, RF – 2-for-3, 2 R, double, 3 RBIs, 3 BB J. Singleton, 1B – 4-for-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 10 RBIs
Yup, that's right: Jon Singleton delivered a 10-RBI performance, crushing his league-leading tenth and eleventh homers. As of this writing, Singleton is getting himself on-base at a .379 clip and slugging .612.
Here's a clip of his moonshot grand slam from Wednesday's action (misplayed by a dude who brought his glove to the game):
If you're a Fresno fan, you'd better get yourself to the park soon, before this run-scoring juggernaut is broken apart by call-ups to Houston, the parent club.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 days ago
Another day, another opportunity to lose $22 while winning back $4.50 and somehow feeling good about the achievement. Sigh. Let's do this thing. As always, remember to scan the weather reports and double-check today's MLB lineups prior to game time.
Robinson Cano, 2B, vs. SD (Shields), $3400 at FanDuel: If batter-vs.-pitcher history is your thing, then you'll want to know that Cano is 34-for-84 lifetime against Shields, with nine doubles, two triples and four homers. Cano is also heating up at the plate just a bit, batting .316 so far this month, with a pair of three-hit games in his last six.
Gio Gonzalez, P, at Ari (Hellickson), $9100: Gio is a heavy favorite on Wednesday, plus he's struck out eight or more batters in each of his last three outings (two of which resulted in wins). He's facing a guy who's allowed 12 runs (all earned) over his last 14.2 innings. This has to work, right?
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 days ago
Adrian Beltre, 3B, vs. KC (Volquez), $2900: Beltre struggled throughout April, and his slow start is clearly reflected in the current dirt-cheap price. So far in May, Adrian is slashing .313/.320/.542 and he's homered in back-to-back games. Volquez opened the season with a useful string of outings, but he's not exactly the sort of pitcher we avoid at all costs.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, at Cin (DeSclafani), $2900: Simmons simply refuses to cool down. He went 2-for-5 with a double and a homer on Monday, and is now batting .359/.444/.667 in May with four multi-hit games. I'll gladly take him at this price, filling a position that's been a season-long minefield.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 days ago
You guys, if things go well on Friday night, I stand to make tens if not dozens of dollars. So you know I'm not messin' around today. Let's make good choices, together. And as always, please be sure to check weather reports and scan today's MLB lineups prior to game time.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, at Sea (Walker), $2600 at FanDuel: This really seems like a curiously low price for a player on an 11-game hitting streak, facing a pitcher of dubious quality. Lawrie has five multi-hit games in his last six, so it's not as if his streak is simply some accident of luck.
Wilson Ramos, C, vs. Atl (Stults), $2800: Here's another guy riding an 11-game hit streak, with five multi-hit games in his last seven. Ramos has raised his season average from .229 to .319 over the past two weeks. He hammers left-handed pitching, so Stults should be a friendly matchup.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 15 days ago
When the minor league home run leader gets called up to the majors, it's an actionable fantasy event — perhaps not in all formats, but in many.
Houston Astros prospect Preston Tucker will join the big league club on Thursday for the start of a four-game series against the Angels, serving as a placeholder for concussed outfielder George Springer. Tucker's visit to the bigs may end up being little more than a cameo appearance, obviously, but it could be fun (and profitable) for however long it lasts.
If you're not familiar with Tucker's work, here's a glimpse of his all-fields power...
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 days ago
Tuesday was a bloodbath, you guys — at least for me. Between Strasburg's injury and weather in Colorado and Cashner's ordinariness ... well, it was a rough night. Let's see if we can't be better today. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing your selections.
Gerrit Cole, P, vs. Cin (Leake), $9200 at FanDuel: Cole has allowed just three earned runs and no homers over his last 25.2 innings. He basically always strikes out 6-8 batters, his WHIP is 0.98 and he's at home on Wednesday, facing a meh team. I'm on board.
David DeJesus, OF, at Bos (Masterson), $2300: If you're a left-handed hitting human, then you've probably had some success facing Justin Masterson at some point in your life. LHBs are slashing .270/.353/.419 against him this year, and they hit an utterly ridiculous .320/.408/.502 against him last season. DeJesus, as it happens, is a left-handed hitting human. He's also gone 2-for-4 in each of his last two games..