We have a few early games in the mix for Tuesday. Braves at Blue Jays at 4:07 ET and Rays at Indians at 6:10 ET. Here are some value picks for the night slate for FanDuel.
Jimmy Nelson (MIL): $7,800 @SDP
The San Diego Padres rank last in runs at home among all MLB teams, which should be incentive enough to take a chance on Jimmy Nelson in GPP plays. He had a great outing last time out against Boston allowing just one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He also struck out eight. The Padres also rank last in hits at home and 23rd overall in homers at Petco. For the price, it’s Jimmy for me.
James McCann (DET): $2,500 vs. BAL
James McCann is had a decent week last week, with five hits, three RBIs and a homer. He has some power against lefties with four bombs so far vs. southpaws. He will bat against Wade Miley in front of hometown fans in Detroit. He has two hits in three at-bats against Miley and of the 12 homers he hit last season, nine of them were off lefties. Why spend big bucks on a catcher anyhow, you’ll get more bang for your buck at other positions.
Yonder Alonzo (OAK): $3,400 @SEA
Looks like Yonder Alonzo made some adjustments to his swing and it’s been paying off. He is batting .310 in the month of May with eight homers and 15 RBIs. All that being said, he still isn’t finding love on FanDuel where he is the 14th ranked first baseman off the board. Alonzo is pair with Chase De Jong who is 0-3 with a 7.85 ERA. Alonzo is batting .315 with 28 hits, 22 RBIs and nine homers against right-handed pitching. He just might go long on De Jong.
Cesar Hernandez (PHI): $2,800 @ TEX
In your GPP only games, consider Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez is really having a breakout year, batting .311 on the season. And I know he is matched against Yu Darvish, but this is the first time he is facing the Phillies and the ball park in Arlington favors hitters. In fact, Globe Life Park ranks ninth in the most runs scored in the majors. Hernandez doesn’t hit too many long balls, but he is an impact player and has been killing right-handed pitching. He is batting .327 with 34 hits and 11 walks vs. righties. A good play for tournaments.
Eugenio Suarez (CIN): $3,100 @CHC
This match-up would possibly work out better in hitter-friendly Cincinnati, but I’ll chance it anyway. Eugenio Suarez has a .346 lifetime average against John Lackey. This includes nine hits, six RBIs and a homer. Suarez has 17 RBIs and six homers against right-handed pitchers this season so far.
Chris Owings (ARI): $3,300 vs. NYM
Chris Owings has been putting the attack on southpaws this season. He is hitting 364 against them with 16 hits including seven RBIs. He’ll be batting in the hitting-friendly environment he calls home at Chase Field and will face the Mets emergency fill-in, Tommy Milone. Over from the Brewers, Milone holds an ERA of 5.88 in four starts and right-handers are batting .341 against him. Sounds like a lock for cash games.
Brett Gardner (NYY):$3,600 @KAS
Brett Gardner has found new life at 33. He is batting .417 in the month of May with 10 RBIs and five homers. Jason Hammel has not looked good thus far. He is 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA. He gave up six earned runs his last time out and will face Gardner who is batting .309 against right-handed pitching. Gardner may not be the base stealer he once was, but he can drive the runs and most likely will cross the plate if he is on the base paths.
Franklin Gutierrez (LOS):$2,900 @SFG
Another GPP only play is Franklin Gutierrez against the lefty Ty Blach, who holds a 5.29 ERA and struck out only three in his last three starts. Gutierrez hit 12 homers off of left-handed pitching last season and is hitting a decent .286 in a shortened season this year so far. I know, AT&T park is not the best hitter’s park, and that’s why Gutierrez is best left for GPP only.
Jon Jay (CHC): $2,400 vs. CIN
Jon Jay left last Friday’s game with back spasms and I’m not sure if he will be ready to play against the Reds tonight or not. But, I just had to mention him as the Reds are going with Bronson Arroyo and Jay like to hit Arroyo like it’s a free for all at a golf driving range. Jay is 16-for-42 against the long time veteran right-hander. That’s a .316 average. Check your lineups before plugging Jay in though. There’s a chance he may not play.
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