Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. In this article, I will list my four top plays of the day, regardless of pricing. I know that typically content is given in tiered formats to give you options at different levels, and I will try my best, but I’m not going to force myself into that model.
To keep with the theme of baseball, I’ll list four players, from first to home, in increasing order of interest for me tonight. These guys may or may not be usable in all formats. I have become more of a tournament player over the last year, so that is where my mentality is normally at.
For the first time this year, the picks really just didn’t pan out yesterday. Altuve was a pretty solid play, but Stanton didn’t come close to coming through. On to the next one, I guess. Home Runs for the Long Ball: 3/5. With that said, here are my favorites today.
Mitch Haniger – SEA – $6,800
Single: We have a giant slate of baseball tonight to say the least. There are a ton of good pitching options and a ton of good hitting options. Seattle stands out to me as a situation I don’t mind looking into tonight.
The Marlins are trotting Wei-Yin Chen to the mound. I don’t know why I often see so much favorable conversation on Chen. Sure, if he’s facing the Mets or Dodgers who have a tough time with lefties, I get it, but Seattle isn’t going to struggle here.
We could go with notorious lefty killer Nelson Cruz, but I’ll save some salary and go to his teammate Mitch Haniger tonight. Haniger is off to a monster start to the year, but his price really hasn’t caught up to the production. Chen got rocked by right-handed bats in his last outing as well as last year, so I think it makes sense to save some cash here and buy into the upside.
Adam Jones – BAL – $8,800
Double: The Orioles find themselves in a great position tonight, heading to Cincinnati to take on Bronson Arroyo in the Great American Smallpark. All of those things should have you very excited about using the Orioles tonight.
Arroyo is still trying to convince people that he is a Major League pitcher, but the results haven’t been there. This Orioles offense is potent when they are on, and tonight could be one of those occasions. Even if Arroyo doesn’t get completely shelled and last 5 innings, the Orioles will get the laughing stock of a bullpen the Reds trot out.
Jones has a great opportunity tonight where he could even end up going yard, and makes an excellent play this evening.
Mike Moustakas – KC – $6,400
Triple: Remember the show Everyone Hates Chris? Well, everyone hates Mike Moustakas. Well, everyone who prices Mike Moustakas anyway.
I get it. He’s injured all the time, so we never get to see what he’s fully capable of. What he’s been capable of this year is not reflective of the salary either, though. He’s been hitting home runs at a nice clip, and he gets a gas can in Matt Cain visiting Kansas City tonight.
He’s a worthwhile look in tournaments tonight and truthfully, I don’t mind him in cash games. Playing Moustakas and Severino in the same lineup basically gives you carte blanche to put whoever else you want in your lineup. I like the play so much he almost made it as our long ball tonight.
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI – $9,600
Long Ball: What does one really say about Paul Goldschmidt? The dude is a great hitter and can help your lineups in so many different ways.
The Diamondbacks continue their tour of California, stopping off in San Diego tonight. Petco Park is a pitcher’s park… except for the fact that the Padres don’t have any actual pitchers. Jarred Cosart will be put on the mound tonight, and thus far this year, he’s been hit hard and often by right-handed hitting.
With Goldy being one of the best in the game, it’s only natural that we’d be looking in his direction. I can understand why this might be questionable to put a hitter in a pitcher’s park as our long ball, but these guys are big time hitters, so it isn’t an issue to if they can.
I like the upside for Goldschmidt and while there could be more chalk options to toss as our long ball of the night, I’m sticking with Goldschmidt.
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