Andy Behrens

  • Daily Dime: Chris Davis, Denard Span, and a dirt-cheap Friday starter

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 12 hrs ago

    We have potential weather issues in the Midwest today, gamers, so please remember to check the pregame forecasts. And as always, scan the MLB lineups as they're released. Let's get into it...

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    Chris Davis, 1B, vs. TB (Karns), $3300 at FanDuel: Davis is binging, you guys, so I'm on board. He's 4-for-10 over his last three games with a double, three homers and six RBIs. On Friday, the O's face a right-hander who hasn't given Davis much trouble in limited looks (2-for-5, HR, BB).

    Lance McCullers, P, vs. CWS (Rodon), $5400: Oh, man, this pitching matchup. Good times. McCullers is available at a ridiculously friendly price considering his performance thus far — 10.2 IP, 3 R, 11 Ks — and the fact that his team is a heavy favorite (-150). The early numbers from McCullers aren't a total surprise, just so you know. This is a former first-rounder with a career minor league K/9 of 10.7.

  • Closing Time: Red Sox prospect Eduardo Rodriguez gets the call

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Boston's starting rotation has been mostly dreadful this season, delivering a combined ERA north of 5.00. When you consider the rogue's gallery of pitchers who've made starts for the Red Sox this year — Miley, Porcello, Masterson, Buchholz, Kelly and Wright — it's actually kind of remarkable that the team is only five games under .500.

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    Rodriguez mixes mid-90s heat with a quality slider and change. Here's a highlight reel, if you're prospecting.

    For now, the plan is for Rodriguez to return to Pawtucket following Thursday's outing. Boston is simply looking for a spot-start, since the team is in the middle of a stretch of 20 games without an off-day. But if he dazzles in his big league debut, there's always a chance he'll stick around...

  • Daily Dime: Zack Greinke and a house of Cards

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Picked the wrong day to fade Prince Fielder, I guess. Even my Donaldson-led lineups fell before him. Let's try to get it back today, together. As always, please remember to check the pregame weather reports and scan the MLB lineups as they're released. Now let's get to it...

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    Kolten Wong, 2B, vs. Ari (Collmenter), $3300 at FanDuel: Yup, going back to Wong again. He's slashing .331/.393/.500 against RHPs, and Wednesday's right-hander isn't exactly the best in the business.

    Jhonny Peralta, SS, vs. Ari (Collmenter), $3300: Peralta is working on a mini-streak of three straight two-hit games, and he homered on Monday. He's slashing .308/.370/.506 for the year, hitting in the heart of the order. I'm going to the three-Cardinals formation on Wednesday, rolling with Wong, Holliday and Peralta ... because Collmenter.

  • Daily Dime: Wong, Duda, deGrom and seven other can't-miss, sure-fire daily bargains

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    OK, perhaps "can't-miss" is a bit strong. But it's snappier than "less-likely-to-miss-than-many-others." As always, please remember to check the pregame weather reports and scan MLB lineups as they're released. Now let's do this thing...

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    Jacob deGrom, P, vs. Phi (Williams), $9700 at FanDuel: I am not gonna get out-deGrom'd today, you guys. Oh, no. Jacob is a bit cheaper than Tuesday's blue-chip starters (Kershaw, Price, Bumgarner), plus he's facing doomed team and he's coming off a brilliant performance (8.0 IP, 1 H, 11 Ks). Earlier this year, deGrom fired 6.1 scoreless innings at the Phils.

    Lucas Duda, 1B, vs. Phi (Williams), $3500: OK, after this we're done with Mets, I promise. Without looking it up, I'm gonna guess that Duda is hitting .750 in his career vs. Jerome Williams with maybe 17 home runs.

    *looks it up*

  • Daily Dime: Moreland, Abreu and other Friday buys

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 7 days 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...

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    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.

  • Closing Time: Shawn Tolleson earns save, Tim Lincecum tosses seven scoreless

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days 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.

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    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.

  • Daily Dime: Ross, Papi, Span, Moose and more

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 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...

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    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.

  • Daily Dime: Rosario, Howard, Owings and other bargains

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 11 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...

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    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.

  • Countdown to Carlos Correa and Jon Singleton is underway in Houston

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 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.

  • Daily Dime: Cano, Span, Moose and more

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 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.

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    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?