Scott Pianowski

  • Daily Dime: Chris Heston, Kyle Hendricks, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 14 hrs ago

    Here are some thoughts as you get ready for Monday’s DFS slate. As always, be sure to check the weather and the final lineups before you lock things in.  

    Chris Heston, SP, vs. MIL (Lohse), $45: The Regression Police had their fun after Heston’s surprise no-hitter in early June, but guess what? The music keeps playing. Heston has a tidy 2.20 ERA in his last seven starts since the gem at Citi Field, and if you look at all of his non-Colorado starts (thin air ruins everything), we’re looking at a 2.50 ERA. The Giants have been sizzling since the break, and I certainly expect them to have some fun against Kyle Lohse on the other side.  

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  • Daily Dime: Cooney, Kluber, Coors, two guys named Ian

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    Yahoo Daily Fantasy is fun, especially when all the teams are in play. Here are some names to consider as you do your Friday shopping. Make sure you check out the weather and lineups before you make final commitments. 

    Tim Cooney, SP, vs. ATL (Williams), $25: You’re hoping for six innings from Cooney, an ordinary lefty, but also take note he’s the second-biggest favorite on the Friday card. Those win points sure come in handy. Atlanta’s offense isn’t much without Freddie Freeman; the Braves are the NL’s lowest-scoring team for the second half. 

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    Ian Desmond, SS, at PIT (Locke), $14: Is his nightmare summer finally turning around? Desmond has seven hits and two homers over his last four games, and now he draws the platoon advantage against a soft-tossing lefty. Sounds good to me. 

  • Closing Time: Zack Greinke, guaranteed no-hitters, and outliers

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    Back in the middle of 1990, the wacky Seattle Mariners came up with a fresh promotional idea: Guaranteed No-Hitter Night. If the June 16 game between the Rangers and the Mariners didn’t produce a no-hitter, all fans in attendance received a free ticket to a future game. 

    The timing seemed right. Nolan Ryan, fresh off his sixth career no-no, was pitching for the Rangers. Seattle had the second-worst offense in the American League that year. Alas, no one threw a no-hitter that evening, and Mariners lefty Matt Young wound up stealing the show with a three-hit gem. (Guaranteed Shutout Night doesn't generate the same buzz.) 

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  • All-Hitter Shuffle Up: Where does Joc Pederson go from here?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    Normally we shuffle the hitters by segments - outfielders, corners, middles, that sort of thing. But with a break in the action, it's a good time to take a look at the entire landscape. Enjoy. 

    The usual rules apply. We're trying to figure how the players will perform from here on out. What's happened to this point is an audition, nothing past that. 

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    When I do these lists, they're composed completely from scratch. I don't look back at old ranks. 

    You're going to have some disagreements, and that's good. That's why we have a game and why it's fun. 

    The injury ranks are for courtesy. I will not debate them. If you're a better doctor than I am, that's fine. I'm generally very cautious with hurt players and it's served me well over the years, but you are welcome to play differently. If you know when Stanton and Cabrera will come back and what they'll do, good for you. 

    I didn't rank players in the minors. I never do. They're worth whatever you want. 

  • Daily Dime: C.J. Cron, Delino DeShields, Bay Area Panik

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    Anyone can point you to the stars, the Trouts and Goldschmidts and Sales. You know how to play the Coors Field angle. Our job in this space is to look a level or two past that, fill in the value cracks to help you assemble a Yahoo daily roster you feel good about. Let’s get to it.

    Be sure to check through the weather and lineups before you commit to anything. 

    C.J. Cron, 1B, at SEA (Iwakuma), $12: I’ve always been a Hisashi Iwakuma fan, but he didn’t look particularly sharp in his return to action, giving up four homers to the Tigers earlier in the week. Cron’s swinging a hot stick since his recall, on a 12-for-26 binge with three home runs. He went deep twice in Friday’s win, and the ball has been flying out of Safeco Field of late. Cron also makes sense as a seasonal pickup; he’s just five percent owned in Yahoo leagues. 

  • Closing Time: The Melkman Finally Cometh

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    I can’t promise you category juice with Melky Cabrera. I can’t promise you a pretty final set of statistics. I certainly can’t promise you quality defense - man, that’s out the window.  

    But line drives? Sure, we can do that. Cabrera’s back to his professional hitter ways, and maybe you can still get in on it. 

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    The White Sox have been a major 2015 disappointment, and Cabrera’s season deserves a chunk of the blame. Back in early June, he was sitting on a .521 OPS, one of the worst full-time players in the majors. I don’t blame any fantasy owner who cut the cord on Cabrera then, wondering if the season was lost. 

    For whatever reason, Cabrera’s found his stroke since then. He’s gone on a snappy .343/.391/.529 tear the last month, and he’s homered in three of the last ten games. The White Sox never completely buried Cabrera in the lineup, but of late he’s become the dedicated No. 3 man. Perhaps it will be a fun summer on the South Side after all. 

  • Closing Time: With Huston Street in limbo, check on Joe Smith

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    Eleven years into a big league career, we have a pretty good idea who Huston Street is. He records a lot of saves, and he needs regular maintenance. One minute he’s Fascination Street, the next minute it’s Shakedown Street. 

    Street’s Wednesday appearance covered all the bases. He set the Rockies down in the ninth, working around a double and intentional walk, en route to save No. 24. He’s sitting on 299 for his career. He’s having another strong season (2.27 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). 

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    Alas, Street tweaked his right groin during the final pitch at Coors, putting his weekend status at Seattle in doubt. Street’s had plenty of groin issues during his career, and he hasn’t made it past 60 innings since 2009. It’s a nifty model, but it often needs time in the shop. 

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  • Closing Time: Nick Castellanos turns it around

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    About three weeks ago, it was fair to wonder why the Tigers were playing Nick Castellanos. But in recent games, he’s reminding everyone why he was such a hot commodity in the first place. 

    If you’re into prospect ratings, you knew all about Castellanos at the front of the decade. He was a first-round pick out of high school in 2010, and spent the next four years getting touted by the various scouting services. MLB.com considered Castellanos the No. 15 prospect in baseball entering the 2014 season. 

    Castellanos had a respectable but unremarkable rookie year last season, breaking in as a 22-year-old (.259/.306/.394, 11 homers). You certainly want more production from a corner-infield spot, but you need to give young players time to develop. 

    Amaro was asked, point-blank, if he considered Utley the Phillies' primary second baseman upon his return from the DL.

    "Not for me, he's not," Amaro said. "Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman."

    So . . . what happens when Utley returns?

  • Daily Dime: L.A. lefties, Seattle righties

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 20 days ago

    I’m not going to sell you on Max Scherzer or Coors Field (weather permitting), I suspect you can get there on your own. Let’s look for some names under the surface. As always, consider the lineups and the forecasts before you make your final DFS decisions.  

    Brett Anderson, SP, vs. PHI (Billingsley), $7900 on Fan Duel: Although Anderson is the highest Tuesday favorite by a mile, he’s merely the No. 11 pitcher by price. The Phillies do better against lefties than they do against righties, but it still washes out as the No. 28 offense in scoring. If you like the pitcher, you run to this matchup. Anderson is in fine form, with a 1.61 ERA over his last four starts (three of them victories). 

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  • Closing Time: Welcome to Juan Uribe Week

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 20 days ago

    You could add Juan Uribe for the clubhouse chemistry, or for the hot bat he’s swinging. The tie breaker should be the schedule. 

    When we last talked about Uribe, he was the 36-year-old third baseman creating a multi-car pileup in Los Angeles. The Dodgers traded Uribe to Atlanta in late May, essentially to open up time for Justin Turner (and not Alex Guerrero, as I suspected). Uribe had a .596 OPS at the time, so no one thought too much about it.

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    Uribe’s first 35 games in Atlanta have been fun: .305/.364/.500, six homers. He knocked three out of the park last week and had a couple of hits in Monday’s victory over Milwaukee. He’s the No. 10 third baseman in Yahoo leagues over the last two weeks. 

    The payoff to the story should be later this week, when Atlanta heads to Coors Field for a four-game junket. Thin air, the cure to all that ails us. The Rockies have a 5.42 ERA at home, the gasoline alley of the majors. No other pitching staff is close.