Dalton Del Don

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Corey Kluber, Josh Reddick and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    What’s going on with Corey Kluber? Last year’s Cy Young winner has yet to win a game this season and is sporting a 4.24 ERA. He’s been especially bad of late, as he’s allowed 14 earned runs and 31 hits over his last three starts, spanning over just 17.1 innings. Some of this may be attributed to Yan Gomes getting injured, as Kluber owns a 2.58 ERA over 45 games with Gomes catching compared to a 4.66 ERA over the other 36 games when throwing to someone else. Kluber also has a poor defense defense working behind him to go along with a shaky bullpen. But his SwStr% (12.9) and GB/FB ratio (1.87) are both career highs, and his 18.2 K-BB% remains top-20 in MLB, so there’s plenty of reason to suggest his start to the 2015 season is flukier than him being the best pitcher in the AL last year. Go try to trade for Kluber if his owner thinks otherwise.

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  • Daily Dime: Throwing Jake Arrieta and searching for bargain hitters

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

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

    Jake Arrieta, SP, vs. Mil (Fiers), $9800 at FanDuel: He has a 2.03 ERA and 0.94 WHIP during a dominant start to the year and faces a Brewers team that’s scored the fourth-fewest runs and has the second-worst road OPS in major league baseball. The Cubs are the biggest favorite on the board Saturday, as opposing SP Mike Fiers has struggled badly, having allowed 36 baserunners over 18.2 innings this season.

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    Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. NYY (Eovaldi), $3200: His power numbers have disappointed early on in Boston, but the switch-hitter is batting .407 against RHP and .400 at home. Sandoval is also 10-for-14 with 10 RBI during his career against Nathan Eovaldi.

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  • Daily Dime: Throwing Jon Lester and hunting for hitting bargains

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

    Jon Lester, vs. Mil (Peralta), $8700 at FanDuel: It’s a tough day for starting pitching, as the two obvious choices (Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer) face each other in a game that’s essentially a pick ‘em. The second biggest favorite Friday features Tom Koehler, who has a 12:8 K:BB ratio over 22.0 innings. The Cubs are the biggest favorites, and despite the ugly ERA, Lester has a 24:5 K:BB ratio over 21.2 innings. Moreover, the Brewers have an MLB-low .488 OPS against LHP this year, which is 52 points lower than the next worst team. But to use Lester you’ll have to be ready to play the lineup guessing game, as the Cubs play in Friday’s lone early contest.

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  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Chris Archer, catchers and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    It sure looks like Chris Archer has taken the leap this season and is going to make his fantasy owners very happy. Of course his 0.84 ERA is going to regress, but there’s a lot of underlying stats to get excited about. He has a 37:6 K:BB ratio while allowing just 18 hits over 32.1 innings. His 25.8 BB-K% ranks top five among all starters, and among the top 10 in that stat, only Felix Hernandez has a higher GB/FB ratio than Archer’s 2.33. Archer’s 13.8 SwStr% is also top five in MLB. Limiting walks, getting a ton of swings and misses and inducing a bunch of groundballs is a pretty good recipe for success.

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  • Daily Dime: Starting Drew Pomeranz and utilizing Coors Field

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    Drew Pomeranz, SP, vs. Hou (Wojciechowski), $5900 at FanDuel: He has a middling 4.26 ERA over the first three starts of the year, but that’s accompanied by a 17:2 K:BB ratio in 17.0 innings to go along with a 1.06 WHIP. There aren’t many obvious aces to use Sunday, and despite Oakland being the biggest favorites (-160) on the board, there are 24 pricier pitchers than Pomeranz, so he’ll allow you to load up on hitting.

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    Mark Trumbo, 1B, vs. Pit (Liriano), $2800: He’s slugging .833 against lefties this year and will be hitting in a park that’s increased run scoring by 10 percent over the past three seasons, which is second only to Coors Field over that span.

    Chris Young, OF, vs. NYM (Niese), $2900: He’s been out of his mind when facing southpaws this season, and while Yankee Stadium is known for its short porch in right field, it’s also boosted HR for RHB by 19 percent over the past three years.

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  • Daily Dime: Starting Adam Wainwright and digging for bargain hitters

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    Adam Wainwright, SP, at Mil (Peralta), $9600 at FanDuel: His strikeouts are down, and it’s best to use pitchers in home starts, but Wainwright remains highly effective and gets a Brewers team that’s an MLB-worst 3-14 and missing Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy from their lineup. The Cardinals are -160 favorites, and Milwaukee has the lowest team OPS (.587) in all of baseball. Opposing starter Wily Peralta is off to a dreadful start (eight strikeouts over 19.0 innings) thanks in part to a noticeable drop in velocity.

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    Justin Maxwell, OF, at Col (De La Rosa), $2600: His recent play has forced himself into the Giants’ everyday lineup, and Saturday he gets a lefty in Coors Field.

    Dustin Pedroia, 2B, at Bal (Chen), $3000: He’s hitting atop one of the best lineups in baseball and has slashed .364/.462/1.000 against southpaws this season, yet Pedroia is a reasonable price, with nine other second basemen more expensive.

  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Alex Rodriguez, Danny Salazar and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    Alex Rodriguez looks fantastic while off to a .316/.447/.711 start, and while it’s easy to say he’s going to regress, not all small samples are created equal when it comes to importance. It was fair to question whether Rodriguez was done as an impact hitter after missing all of last season thanks to a suspension, and he’ll turn 40 in July, so his hot start has certainly helped disprove that. ARod clearly worked hard during his time off (cue the jokes), and it’s been remarkable to see him turn on fastballs so well after slugging .430 in 2012 and .423 in 2013. In fact, there’s an argument the time off helped him heal, and this may be the first time Rodriguez has been truly healthy in years.

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  • Daily Dime: Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey and bargain hitting

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    By now you should all know the drill. We examine daily prices for 10 players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

    Players to buy:

    Stephen Strasburg, SP, vs. Phi (Buchanan), $9,800 at FanDuel: He’s off to a shaky start, but Strasburg posted a 2.56 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP with 140 strikeouts over 116.0 innings last year at home, where he’ll be pitching Sunday against a Phillies offense that’s been the worst in baseball in 2015. There’s always danger in dealing with Washington’s poor defense (namely Ian Desmond), but the Nats are the biggest favorites on the board by a wide margin (-230). There are plenty of bargains to be had on the hitting side, so feel free to pay up for your SP on Sunday, where there are a handful of aces available. 

    Matt Harvey, SP, vs. Mia (Koehler), $10,500: He may not pitch deep into games while recovering from TJ surgery, but Harvey’s sporting a 2.25 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP with a 17:1 K:BB ratio over 12.0 innings. The Marlins have also been susceptible to being fanned early on. The Mets are -190 in a game with the lowest O/U total (6.5) on the day.

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  • Daily Dime: Freddie Freeman, Jordan Zimmermann and stacking Cardinals

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    By now you should all know the drill. We examine daily prices for 10 players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

    Players to buy:

    Freddie Freeman, 1B, at Tor (Dickey), $3,500 at FanDuel: He leads the league in hard-hit rate and owns a career .476/.522/.922 line against R.A. Dickey. Rogers Centre is a hitter’s park, and there are 15 first basemen with a higher price tag Saturday.

    Jordan Zimmermann, SP, vs. Phi (Harang), $9,900: He’s coming off a clunker in which he was pounded for seven earned runs over 2.1 innings. But that was in Fenway, and Zimmermann is typically dominant at home and is facing a Phillies offense that’s scored the fewest runs per game (2.18) this season. The Nats are -190 favorites in a game with a low O/U (7), so Zimmermann should be worth this price.

    Chris Carter, OF, vs. LAA (Wilson), $2,600: He’s off to an extremely ugly start, which is why he can be had so cheap. But Carter hit 10 homers over 135 at-bats against lefties last season, and the low contact slugger is facing a southpaw who’s currently sporting a low 10.7 K%.

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  • Mostly MLB Notes: Talking Billy Hamilton, Xander Bogaerts and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

    I owned Billy Hamilton in every league I was in last year, but after experiencing a .200/.254/.257 second half (and being caught a surprising 23 times on SB attempts on the year), he ended up on zero of my teams this season. So it’s been especially annoying to watch him swipe seven bags (without being caught) over the first six games, even adding a homer Sunday to boot. He’s struck out in seven of his last 19 at bats, so I’m not ready to call him a star exactly, but Hamilton could easily prove to be one of the most fun players to own. Take Friday’s sequence for example, when he reached on a walk, stole second, got to third on a ball in the dirt and then scored on this short sac fly hit to one of the best defensive outfielders in all of baseball. Among his rapid SB start, one happened during a pitchout, and he’s basically 9-for-9 when you factor in this balk. He’s also doing things like this on defense. This is a 24-year-old who very well could get better who attempted 79 steals last year despite a .292 OBP. The upside remains immense. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] I’m regretting coming away with no shares of Xander Bogaerts. He disappointed last year, but this is a SS who posted a .297/.388/.477 line over 444 at-bats across Double and Triple-A as a 20-year-old the season prior. He’s already matched last year’s SB total with two over six games so far with an encouraging 3:3 K:BB ratio. Bogaerts is slated to hit low in Boston’s lineup, but it’s one that’s likely to score the most runs in baseball, and no park other than Coors Field has boosted BA more other than Fenway over the past three seasons. It’s crazy to come to any conclusions after one week, but I’ll say I’d prefer Bogaerts ROS over shortstops such as Alexei Ramirez, Elvis Andrus and maybe even Starlin Castro.