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Several other marginal pitchers have good match-ups today, but they are all heavily owned.
Pitcher (bum): I’m not going to recommend streaming the Twins offense very often, but Ervin Santana seems to have lost his major league eligibility. He’s opposed by Kevin Correia, who is usually good for giving up four runs.
I have a $10 bet against Roy Halladay that should tell you my opinion pretty clearly. I bet that he would not pitch six innings and would not hold the Mets’ tepid offense to two or fewer runs. We’ll see.
Hitter (power): On that note, try Lucas Duda with the knowledge that Doc is only half a season removed from toying with hitters of Duda’s caliber.
Chris Parmelee should get a chance at Santana, but Kaufman Stadium isn’t the most home run friendly.
It’s another Jonny Gomes day. Fun!
Hitter (speed): Jeremy Hellickson was rough around the edges in his first outing, so go ahead and try David Murphy (batting fifth most days and should be owned outright despite 33 percent ownership rate) and Leonys Martin.
Carlos Carrasco is interesting in the same way that craps is interesting. I don’t know what you’ll get tomorrow, but the Yankees offense is el terrible. (And I just LOVE being able to say that.)
Pitcher (bum): Roberto Hernandez squeaked through his inaugural outing, but I’m not sure he can repeat the performance against the Rangers.
I’m pretty convinced that Tim Lincecum is suckballs now, which is a technical term for the kind of guy who walks seven in five innings and doesn’t get away with it.
Brandon Maurer was less than stellar in his debut. He appeared to throw waaay too many pitches over the heart of the plate. Might have just been nerves, or he might get teed up by Houston’s few hitters with power.
Hitter (power): Chris Carter has been ice cold to start the year, but a grooved fastball could change that around.
I’m going to go ahead and give a quiet recommendation for Travis Hafner.
Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez is still heavily owned, but he’s available in every league in which I do not own him, so I suspect he’s available in some of yours too. He has a nice match-up against Travis Wood.
Try Murphy and Martin again. Murphy should be owned at least 10 percent more frequently than Gomez.
Kyuji Fujikawa appears to have ousted Carlos Marmol already. I just got done explaining in multiple places that the Cubs have a vested interest in using Marmol so they can dump some of his salary, but I guess they have given up on that plan.
The Yankees, Indians, Cubs, Brewers, Reds and Cardinals are all playing around some rain, but it doesn’t look like any of the games should be overly affected. St. Louis could see isolated thunderstorms, while the other two games have morning rain that probably won’t linger.