Dalton Del Don

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Brandon Belt, Stephen Strasburg and a look around the league

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    Brandon Belt had zero homers in April but hit six in May, finishing the month with a .330/.393/.642 line, when he was one of the best players in baseball. Injuries ruined his breakout last season, but he sure looks ready to explode in 2015. He has the highest LD% (34.5) in all of baseball, and his 47.3 Hard Contact% is the second best, behind only Giancarlo Stanton (but Belt’s 10.9 Soft Contact% ranks as No. 10 lowest in MLB, whereas Stanton’s 17.4% is higher than Stephen Drew’s). Moreover, Belt plays in a park that’s suppressed home runs for left-handed batters by an MLB-high 34 percent over the past three seasons. He had 20 extra-base hits in May, and his 152 wRC+ is the sixth-highest among all hitters in baseball. He was well on his way to a breakout last year before a HBP (that required thumb surgery) was followed by a concussion that essentially ruined his season. Belt, who also did this last postseason should be able to add a handful of steals, so he can be treated as a top-10 type fantasy first baseman moving forward.

  • Daily Dime: Talking Madison Bumgarner and looking for cheap hitters

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    Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Sunday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

    Madison Bumgarner, SP, vs. Atl (Teheran) $10000 at FanDuel: He’s priced high but as usual, I’m recommending the best-looking SP option of the day. Bumgarner is a good pitcher wherever he throws, but he has a 2.53 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP at home, where batters hold a .210 BAA. The Braves also have a .587 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, which is the second lowest in baseball, so it makes sense the Giants are the most favored team (-185) Sunday.

    Jose Reyes, SS, at Min (Nolasco), $3300: He’s often drafted as a top fantasy player yet isn’t being treated as a top-five shortstop here, but he owns a .346/.382/.635 career line over 52 at bats against Ricky Nolasco.

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  • Daily Dime: Looking at Dallas Keuchel and searching for hitting bargains

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    Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Saturday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

    Dallas Keuchel, SP, vs. CWS (Quintana), $9400 at FanDuel: He’s the most expensive pitcher on FD during Saturday’s slate, but it’s not as high as usual. Keuchel’s K rate (6.07) isn’t exactly great, and his BABIP (.222) sure looks likely to regress, but his soft contact% (26.2) ranks third best in all of baseball. Houston is the biggest favorite on the board Saturday, thanks in part to the White Sox having an MLB-low .552 OPS when facing left handers (the next worse is .587). 

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    Carlos Ruiz, C, vs. Col (De La Rosa), $2400: He’s batting .438/.471/.625 against lefties this season and owns a career 1.370 OPS over 11 at bats versus Jorge De La Rosa. Seems like a decent target at this price.

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Carlos Carrasco, Ryan Braun and a look around the league

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    Carlos Carrasco has an ugly 4.74 ERA, and I don’t want to point to his .351 BABIP as an automatic mark due for regression, because Cleveland’s defense is bad. However, getting Yan Gomes back should be a big help, and everything else here screams a pitcher who looks like a dominant ace (his 22.3 K-BB% ranks seventh best in baseball, while his 12.3 SwStr% is also top-10). Carrasco had a 1.72 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 78.2 innings after the All-Star break last year, and his peripherals look even better in 2015 despite him having to deal with taking a line drive off his head early on. Carrasco could easily be a top-five fantasy starter from here on out, so try to buy him low in your fantasy league.

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  • Daily Dime: Talking Bolsinger, Martin, Freeman and Altuve

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    Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Saturday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

    Michael Bolsinger, SP, vs. SD (Kennedy), $6400 at FanDuel: Normally I’m all about recommending the best starting pitching option, who’s usually the most expensive. And I have no problem if you go with Corey Kluber (et al) but realize Bolsinger pitches for a team that’s tied for the third most favored Saturday, yet there are 23 pitchers pricier. It’s safe to say Bolsinger’s 1.04 ERA is probably (and by probably I mean certainly) going to rise, but he’s inducing a bunch of ground balls with an elite offense backing him up and is so cheap you can load up on hitters.

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    Jose Altuve, 2B, at Det (Lobstein), $4100: Altuve isn’t cheap but he plays a thin position and has hit .396/.491/.521 against southpaws this season.

  • Daily Dime: Talking Cano, Kershaw, Miller, Franco and Jones

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    Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Thursday but be sure to double-check the weatherand lineups before first pitch approaches.

    Clayton Kershaw, SP, at SF (Bumgarner), $11200 at FanDuel: He’s the most expensive player Thursday and faces a tough opposing pitcher in Madison Bumgarner. But Kershaw is still as good as it gets (2.52 GB/FB ratio, 24.5 K-BB%, 13.8 SwStr%), and this game’s O/U is six, with the vig -120 on the under.  

    Brad Miller, SS, at Bal (Tillman), $2900: He has five homers over 90 ABs against RHP, including three steals and a .289/.356/.567 line. Chris Tillman has yielded a .333 BAA to LHB, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards has increased home runs an American League-high 33 percent for left-handed batters over the past three seasons, so Miller seems like a no-brainer considering his price at such a shallow position.

    Carlos Gonzalez, OF, vs. Phi (Williams), $3300: He has a long history of success, is facing a righty and is at home in Coors Field, where Gonzalez’s price doesn’t reflect this. Jerome Williams has allowed a .333 BAA versus LHB this season.

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Troy Tulowitzki, the Dodgers and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    Troy Tulowitzki has always either been highly productive or hurt, so naturally, he’s been healthy this season and not hitting (although he's been dealing with a yet another leg injury of late, to be fair). But Tulow owns a 29:2 K:BB ratio, which is terrible for any hitter and is downright reprehensible for someone who plays half his games in Coors Field. Among fantasy shortstops who've played at least 25 games this season, he ranks No. 26 on a per-game basis. There's no where for his value to go but up, but Tulowitzki has been a major disappointment so far for different reasons than usual. His current 1.7 BB% is a career low, while his 24.2 K% and 11.5 SwStr% marks are career highs (the latter by a wide margin, with his career mark being 6.7%), and his defense has also graded as worse than ever. Let's hope he's just dealing with an injury that he'll soon recover from, because these signs are pretty discouraging for the soon to be 31-year-old who may very well be traded away from Coors Field in the near future.

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  • Daily Dime: Greinke, Votto, Cano, Escobar and more

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    Here’s a look at 10 DFS options for Saturday but be sure to double-check the weather and the lineups before first pitch approaches.

    Zack Greinke, SP, vs. Col (De La Rosa), $10100 at FanDuel: He’s the fourth most costly SP despite the Dodgers being by far the most favored team (-240) during Saturday’s slate. Despite decreased velocity, Greinke has been as good as ever, is at home and benefits from Los Angeles having the best offense in baseball by a mile (they lead MLB with 130 wRC+. Next highest is 115).

    Joey Votto, 1B, vs. SF  : (Vogelsong), $3900: He has a 1.017 OPS with seven homers and five steals over 84 at-bats versus right-handed pitchers this season, and he plays in a home park that’s increased home runs by 52 percent for LHB over the past three seasons, which is easily the most in MLB. $3900 seems like a bargain (there are six first basemen priced at least $400 higher).

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  • Daily Dime: Kershaw, Blanks, Pujols, Davis and more

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    Here’s a look at 10 DFS options for Friday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

    Clayton Kershaw, SP, vs. Col (Butler), $11000 at FanDuel: As usual, I’m recommending my favorite SP option of the day, regardless of price, before digging for some hitting bargains. Kershaw’s current ERA (4.26) and WHIP (1.26) are both his highest since his rookie campaign way back in 2008. But his average FB velocity (93.6 mph) is his highest since 2009, and both his GB/FB ratio (2.44) and SwStr% (14.2) are career highs, the latter ranking No. 2 in MLB this season. Start Kershaw with confidence.

    Kyle Blanks, OF, vs. Cle (Chen), $2700: He’s cheap, in a hitter’s park and owns a 1.333 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season. Bruce Chen has been getting destroyed versus RHB, so this matchup looks worth taking advantage of.

    Albert Pujols, 1B, at Bal (Chen), $2900: It’s possible Pujols is done, but this is a hitter with a career 1.021 OPS versus southpaws over nearly 2,000 at bats. There are 18 first basemen priced higher Friday.

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Kolten Wong, Michael Wacha and a look around the league

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    After a slow start, Kolten Wong has raised his OPS nearly 200 points over the past eight games, currently sitting at .898, which is the fourth highest among all second basemen. He’s 24 years old and has recently been moved to the No. 2 spot in St. Louis’ order (he’s on pace to record 84 runs and 89 RBI despite hitting mostly eighth all season). Wong’s .359 BABIP is going to come down (his career mark is .283), but he should be a threat to go 25/25 with a ton of counting stats. I’d give him around a 50 percent chance he’s more valuable than Robinson Cano this season.

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