Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 hrs ago
We can say two things with absolute certainty about Texas third base prospect Joey Gallo. First of all, he strikes out at an insane rate — 179 Ks last season, 172 in 2013. So far this year, the 21-year-old has whiffed 49 times in 146 plate appearances for Double-A Frisco. Not great.
But let's get to the second thing you need to understand: Gallo's power is obscene. Almost unrivaled. We're talking serious, monstrous country power.
Like, this sort of thing happens in BP...
That InTouch sign? Gallo just hit it. pic.twitter.com/MS4bcCiZVR
Gallo has hit nine bombs so far this year while slashing .314/.425/.636. He cleared the fence 42 times across two minor league levels last year, and 40 times the prior season.
On Monday, we learned that Gallo will join the big league club for Tuesday's game with the White Sox, skipping Triple-A entirely. The Rangers have an immediate need, because Adrian Beltre is headed to the DL with a dislocated left thumb. Rough news for Beltre, but still exciting times for Texas fans.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 18 hrs ago
Monday's pool offers plenty of well priced players, despite the light slate. Boston and Minnesota are postponed due to ugly weather, so avoid that mess. Please, as always, remember to check the pregame forecasts and scan MLB lineups as they're released. Let's get to it...
Andre Ethier, OF, at Col (Kendrick), $2600 at FanDuel: This one almost feels too obvious. Ethier is dirt-cheap, hitting at Coors Field and facing a sketchy right-hander. Kendrick has allowed four or more earned runs in seven of his ten starts this season. For what it's worth, Ethier has homered twice in his career off Kendrick.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, at Ari (Bradley), $3200: Freeman has homered twice over the past three days, he's hitting in a friendly road park and facing a righty who's allowed 14 earned runs over his last 10.2 innings. At this price, Freeman is a gift.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago
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.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 4 days 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.
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...
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 5 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...
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.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 6 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...
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*
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 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...
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 11 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.
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 12 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 14 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.