Yesterday’s lineup was looking promising early as Jose Reyes hit a leadoff homer and the offense put together a solid start, but then Detroit’s Martinez’s outperformed Miguel Cabrera and Rajai Davis and Hisashi Iwakuma imploded against a weak Boston lineup. Overall, we scored 50.92 points and finished 826th-of-1,650 — literally right in the middle. We won some double-ups but it was a minor loss on the day.
We also unveiled a second lineup yesterday with many of the same selections as the first; it scored 44.58 points.
Our lineup (left) compared to the contest champ (right) — Click to enlarge
Thursday gives us an already shortened slate of games with a few early games taken out of the mix. As a result it’s a relatively shallow day of offerings, but there are some elite pitchers, some good gambles, and plenty of stackable offensive combinations. There also appears to be clear weather on the horizon.
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Thursday’s Official DraftStreet Lineup
Note: Lineup subject to change due to weather and released MLB lineups. Check back before contest lineups lock for our final lineup.
- C: Dioner Navarro (TOR) vs. S. Carroll (CHW) — $4,855
- 1B: Adam Lind (TOR) vs. S. Carroll (CHW) — $6,446
- 2B: Rickie Weeks (MIL) @ C. Friedrich (COL) — $4,968
- 3B: Aramis Ramirez (MIL) @ C. Friedrich (COL) — $6,580
- SS: Jose Reyes (TOR) vs. S. Carroll (CHW) — $7,611
- OF: Melky Cabrera (TOR) vs. S. Carroll (CHW) — $7,555
- OF: Khris Davis (MIL) @ C. Friedrich (CHW) — $6,486
- OF: Hidden
- UT: Hidden
- SP: Cole Hamels (PHI) vs. T. Koehler (MIA) — $21,720
- SP: Hidden
- P: Trevor Rosenthal (STL) @ J. Beckett (LAD) — $3,520
There isn’t a ton of thought that needs to be put into selecting Hamels against the Marlins. Tom Koehler has been disappointing this year despite his great stuff so this should be a fairly easy victory for the Phillies, and the Marlins have a .275 wOBA (27th) over the last two weeks with a 25.6 K%. I really enjoyed the results I saw yesterday from selecting Steve Cishek (7.00 points for under $4K) so I’ll employ the same strategy today. Rosenthal is backed by Adam Wainwright as the Cardinals travel to LA to take on Josh Beckett. This should be a pitcher’s duel, but I have more faith in Wainwright coming away with a 3-2 or 4-3 victory (or something similar).
Despite fewer games on the schedule today, there are a ton of opportunities to stack. By my estimation, Toronto vs. Scott Carroll, Milwaukee vs. Christian Friedrich, and Detroit at Nick Martinez are all great stacking options, and even Texas vs. Rick Porcello and ChiSox at J.A. Happ have some nice potential (among others).
I’ll go with the Blue Jays as Carroll doesn’t have anything frightening — his K% on the year is 9.7%! As I said yesterday when Reyes took on Hiroki Kuroda, whom he’d never struck out against, Reyes is dangerous when he puts the ball in play. He went 3-for-5 and scored 13.50 points. I’ll pick him again. As much as I wanted to take Edwin Encarnacion, he was well over $9K and I liked Lind’s value at the same position. It allowed me to toss in some extra sluggers elsewhere. Cabrera found his way into my OF despite being one of the priciest options because I can envision Lind having a big day behind him, and Navarro was cheap and has flashed some stick in recent games.
But wait, there’s more! I’m also featuring a bunch of Brewers as they’re at home against the left-handed Friedrich. Due to his handedness, it’s likely that Rickie Weeks starts over Scooter Gennett, but we won’t know until lineups are released. Weeks has been Milwaukee’s leadoff man against LHP. Ramirez and Braun got the day off yesterday just to rest (Ramirez hadn’t had a day off since being activated from the DL on June 4) so I expect both back in the lineup today. Ramirez homered twice in Milwaukee’s three-game trip to Coors last week, and Miller Park is almost as friendly. Ramirez is also batting .326 with 5 HR in 43 AB against LHP this season. He’s always flashed more power against southpaws. Davis has also had some impressive power in his short career against LHP, slugging 12 HR in just 116 AB against lefties over the last two seasons.
Safe Matchups for H2H and Double-Up Play
If you only need to finish in the top 50%, safer plays are the way to go.
- C: Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) vs. C. Friedrich (COL) — $7,154
- C: Devin Mesoraco (CIN) @ R. Vogelsong (SF) — $6,097
- 1B: Anthony Rizzo (CHC) vs. D. Fister (WAS) — $7,069
- 1B: Matt Adams (STL) @ J. Beckett (LAD) — $6,516
- 2B: Neil Walker (PIT) vs. D. Matsuzaka (NYM) — $6,643
- 2B: Daniel Murphy (NYM) @ V. Worley (PIT) — $6,222
- 3B: David Wright (NYM) @ V. Worley (PIT) — $6,585
- 3B: Adrian Beltre (TEX) vs. R. Porcello (DET) — $7254
- SS: Jean Segura (MIL) vs. C. Friedrich (COL) — $5,260
- SS: Alexei Ramirez (CHW) @ J. Happ (TOR) — $5,444
- OF: Dayan Viciedo (CHW) @ J. Happ (TOR) — $5,708
- OF: Carlos Gomez (MIL) vs. C. Friedrich (COL) — $7,786
- OF: Gregory Polanco (PIT) vs. D. Matsuzaka (NYM) — $6,364
- OF: Corey Dickerson (COL) @ W. Peralta (MIL) — $7,869
- OF: J.D. Martinez (DET) @ N. Martinez (TEX) — $5,842
- SP: Wily Peralta (MIL) vs. C. Friedrich (COL) — $14,222
- SP: Doug Fister (WAS) @ T. Wood (CHC) — $17,199
High-Risk, High-Upside Matchups for Multi-Player Play
You don’t win the big bucks without hitting on a few lottery ticket picks!
- C: Russell Martin (PIT) vs. D. Matsuzaka (NYM) — $4,958
- C: Adrian Nieto (CHW) @ J. Happ (TOR) — $2,500
- 1B: Lucas Duda (NYM) @ V. Worley (PIT) — $5,124
- 1B: Mark Reynolds (MIL) vs. C. Friedrich (COL) — $6,129
- 2B: Gordon Beckham (CHW) @ J. Happ (TOR) — $6,099
- 2B: Danny Espinosa (WAS) @ T. Wood (CHC) — $2,819
- 3B: Pedro Alvarez (PIT) vs. D. Matsuzaka (NYM) — $5,673
- 3B: Pablo Sandoval (SF) vs. M. Leake (CIN) — $6,129
- SS: Brandon Crawford (SF) vs. M. Leake (CIN) — $5,681
- SS: Jimmy Rollins (PHI) vs. T. Koehler (MIA) — $5,845
- OF: Josh Harrison (PIT) vs. D. Matsuzaka (NYM) — $6,030
- OF: Tyler Colvin (SF) vs. M. Leake (CIN) — $5,480
- OF: Curtis Granderson (NYM) @ V. Worley (PIT) — $6,157
- OF: Alex Rios (TEX) vs. R. Porcello (DET) — $5,380
- OF: Mike Morse (SF) vs. M. Leake (CIN) — $4,575
- SP: Nick Martinez (TEX) vs. R. Porcello (DET) — $7,778
- SP: Vance Worley (PIT) vs. D. Matsuzaka (NYM) — $12,804
- SP: Mike Leake (CIN) @ R. Vogelsong (SF) — $12,349