We have a solid 12-game slate for this Tuesday with a number of choice value plays to consider. There are two day games, but we will focus on the night schedule. Make sure you check lineups and weather before you lock your players into DFS contests. Here are some of my value picks to consider.
Jameson Taillon (PIT): $8,000 vs. CIN
The big story in Boston last Wednesday (4/5) was supposed to be the Red Sox debut of newly acquired ace Chris Sale…and it was. But Pittsburgh’s young starter Jameson Taillon lurked close enough in the shadows of Sale that his story caught the eyes of many fantasy players as well. The 25-year-old, who battled his way back from two surgeries, was very impressive against the Red Sox, striking out six over seven innings pitched and leaving Boston with a giant goose egg on the scoreboard. For his second start, Taillon will take the hill at home in pitcher-friendly PNC park against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds finished last in the Central Division in 2016 and are in a rebuilding phase leading them to part ways with Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. If Taillon can go another seven strong, with six to seven Ks, and possibly a win…he can be a good option in GPP match-ups and allow you to load up on some big bats.
Welington Castillo (BAL): $2,800 @BOS
Drew Pomeranz is scheduled to make his season debut against the Orioles Tuesday after returning from the DL. Welington Castillo batted .278 vs. lefties with seven homers last year and he has greeted Pomeranz with a four-bagger in the past. Sure, Castillo would have to clear the Green Monster, and that’s a factor, but even a bounce off the wall is double and maybe a run for Castillo. If the price isn’t right for you, take a look at Tony Wolters in the Coors Field game, especially with Jered Weaver on the mound. Yikes!
Marwin Gonzalez (HOU): $2,700 @SEA
We haven’t seen much of Seattle’s Ariel Miranda. The southpaw did face the Astros in his last appearance posting a 3.62 ERA and giving up two earned over five innings pitched. But, one of those earned runs came from Marwin Gonzalez with a home run. Gonzalez ended last week batting .364 with two home runs and four RBIs. He has had some success against left-handed pitching batting .279 with 11 homers over the last three seasons. Let’s see how this rematch lines up.
Dustin Pedroia (BOS): $3,000 vs. BAL
Fantasy owners were scrambling to get Dylan Bundy on their rosters after he posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out eight Blue Jays over seven innings last Wednesday. How soon we forget that he had an ERA over 4.00 last season. Boston’s rock, Dustin Pedroia is 5-for-11 with a .455 average vs. Bundy. Last week, Pedroia batted .313 with five hits. Last season he batted .320 with 12 homers against right-handed pitching. He also batted .334 in front of hometown fans in Fenway. Bundy will show his true colors in Boston and Pedey will be there.
Yunel Escobar (LAA): $3,000 vs. TEX
By the weekend, Yunel Escobar was batting .417 with 10 hits. (I’ll give you some time to get the magnifier out to make sure you are reading this right…) OK, so we’ve done our fact checking and noticed that Escobar is a lifetime .212 hitter vs. Cole Hamels. Let’s take a closer look at that. In 33 at bats against the lefty Hamels, Escobar struck out only four times and walked 11 times. He also batted .314 in general against left-handed pitching last season. Hamels only struck out four and gave up four runs in 6.0 innings last time on the mound. Send me an Angel!
Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM): $2,900 at PHI
Asdrubal Cabrera has never been a flashy name in fantasy baseball, but Clay Buchholz certainly remembers him. Cabrera is 6-for-14 lifetime off on Buchholz, batting .429 with two home runs. He has only struck out once against the righty. In 2016, Cabrera hit 20 homers, all from the left side of the plate and all off of right-handed pitching. Lefties batted .280 against Buchholz last season. Citizens Bank Park has been favorable to hitters like Cabrera who has a lifetime average on .302 with two home runs in Philly.
Geraldo Parra (COL): $3,400 @COL
It’s hard to resist a Coors Field game and tonight Jered Weaver takes the mound for the Padres. Not sure what happened to the onetime Angel ace, but Weaver has been pretty awful lately. He posted a 5.06 ERA last season and gave up four earned runs in his first outing of this season. One under-the-radar guy to consider against Weaver is Gerlado Parra. I think people expected more from Parra last season, especially after knocking 14 home runs prior to the Rockies in 2015. But, we know he has pop. At the end of last week, Parra was batting .400 with one homer. Add in the Weaver and Coors factor here and you might have a winner in Parra.
Manuel Margot (SDP): $3,500 @COL
Padres’ centerfielder Manuel Margot is off to a great start this season batting .357 with two homer vs. right-handed pitching. He also has three triple and a steal. He will be at Coors Field tonight against Antonio Senzatela who pitched well his last time out giving up zero earned. But, pitching in Colorado changes the playing field and my chips are all in on Margot.
Howie Kendrick (PHI): $2,800 vs. NYM
Maybe moving to the East Coast was a good move for Howie Kendrick. He is hot right now batting .462 against righties. He will face Matt Harvey, but only time will tell which version of Harvey we will see; the 2015 ace version, or the 10-game loser from 2016. At this point, I think Kendrick can handle both.