Note from Bryan Curley: Because we only have two days of baseball left and because I can’t post on weekends, I figured what the hell — let’s allow a reader to weigh in! Below is Saturday’s Official Early Lineup courtesy of frequent reader/commenter Aaron Higa.
Saturday’s Official Lineup (Early Games)
Note: Lineup subject to change due to weather and released MLB lineups.
- C: Yan Gomes (CLE) vs. A. Colome (TB) — $4,100
- 1B: Carlos Santana (CLE) vs. A. Colome (TB) — $4,100
- 2B: Mike Aviles (CLE) vs. A. Colome (TB) — $3,100
- 3B: Hidden
- SS: Jose Ramirez (CLE) vs. A. Colome (TB) — $2,900
- OF: Michael Brantley (CLE) vs. A. Colome (TB) — $5,400
- OF: Jose Bautista (TOR) vs. W. Chen (BAL) — $5,700
- OF: Hidden
- SP: Carlos Carrasco (CLE) vs. A. Colome (TB) — $9,800
- SP: Hidden
With a shortage of big name options at many of the infield positions for the early games, it’s a great opportunity to spend on pitching. Carrasco has been on fire and is much cheaper than Masahiro Tanaka, and Carrasco should have a chance to redeem himself against the Rays and win the game going against Alex Colome. Note that Jake Peavy is a decent option and should be safe in 50/50s
Stephen Strasburg is also to be considered and he may or may not be in my early lineups.
For the hitters, Colome is pitching against the Indians. I’ll be sure to have some Indians in my lineups for this early afternoon, including Gomes, Santana, Aviles, Ramirez, and Brantley.
Safe Pitchers for H2H and Double-Up Play
If you only need to finish in the top 50%, safer plays are the way to go.
- SP: Stephen Strasburg (WAS)
- SP: Jake Peavy (SF)
Rather than list hitters, I’ll suggest where to look. The Pirates have been on fire as of late and if you just need points, you’ll get it with the Pirates facing Alfredo Simon. The non-prospects in the Nationals lineups can be targeted against Nathan Eovaldi.
High-Risk, High-Upside Pitchers for Multi-Player Play
You don’t win the big bucks without hitting on a few lottery ticket picks!
- SP: Masahiro Tanaka (NYY)
- SP: J.A. Happ (TOR)
It’s always a risk to pick Yankees but they’re facing Joe Kelly. Edwin Encarnacion and Bautista have HRs off Chen and are usable this afternoon.
Saturday Late Afternoon/Evening Games
For the late games, pitchers to keep in mind are C.J. Wilson, who has done well against the Mariners, and A.J. Burnett, going up against the Braves. As usual at this time of the year, watch out for teams resting players. You might want to start pitchers against these talent-lacking teams.
I would keep in mind a mix of Tigers, Phillies, and the lefty-mashers of Oakland. Also, targeting U.S. Cellular Field isn’t a bad idea.
Alex Wood and Cole Hamels are facing each other and that makes both risky. Johnny Cueto could be going against a resting squad of the Pirates, especially if the Cardinals have locked up the division title. Bartolo Colon pitches well at Citi Field. Again, target the teams who are resting players for the playoffs.
Right now Adam Wainwright and Madison Bumgarner are listed as starters. Both could be rested for the playoffs.
Ditto on the hitters, this could be ugly and you should avoid playing on Sunday.