Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Thursday, April 20th, 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.
Last night did not go right with picks from this article from the word go, with the Minnesota/Cleveland game getting rained out and everyone else on the list just not working out. Home Runs for the Long Ball this season: 3/7 With that said, here are my favorites today.
Salvador Perez – KC – $7,800
SINGLE: It isn’t often that I’m going to suggest a catcher on FantasyDraft. After all, they aren’t typically the best offensive players and since you don’t need to play one, why would you?
Tonight is a little bit different, because we’ll see the Royals head into Texas and their ball park. Add to that, they’ll get some of that early spring heat that will give the ball a little more push to the fences.
I want some exposure to the Royals, and Salvador Perez is the guy I am choosing to go with. He’s shown great power to start off the year, and I have little doubt that he could take one over the wall tonight. He’s a pretty safe bet for cash games or tournaments, and I’ll have some shares of him tonight.
Aledmys Diaz – STL – $8,800
DOUBLE: Next up, let’s head to Milwaukee and talk about Aledmys Diaz. This is a nice bump in park for the Cardinals, and Diaz specifically. He gets Zach Davies, who might not be the worst pitcher in the league, but he’s far from the best to be sure.
Diaz is a double-dong waiting to happen. It’s always tough to predict who is going to pick a home run, but I could see it happening tonight. Even if it doesn’t, I think Diaz and the Cardinals should be in a good enough position to put some runs on the board. The price might be a little bit high, but he does have some pretty big upside in this matchup.
Eugenio Suarez – CIN – $7,200
TRIPLE: I am a little bit torn with what to do tonight in this game. On one hand, I don’t think that, much like Zach Davies, that Wade Miley is the worst pitcher in baseball. He can have his moments on both sides of the spectrum, but all things considered, he’s not awful.
However, the Reds have really been raking against left-handed pitching to start the year out. That’s something we definitely want to see. Between Suarez, Adam Duvall and Zack Cozart, the damage is being done.
Suarez is the one that jumps out at me most specifically. I think he’s in a great position tonight, and his price on FantasyDraft really doesn’t reflect what he’s done or what he’s capable of doing tonight. I believe he makes for a great tournament option that can really help your lineups go to the next level of payout.
Chris Davis – BAL – $9,200
LONG BALL: It has been a frustrating few nights for the long ball. For starters, Jake Lamb, and the entire Arizona Diamondback offense, were completely incapable of getting anything at all going against the Padres and an all of a sudden productive Jhoulys Chacin.
I’m going to look passed that transgression and on to tonight instead. We’ve got a good situation with Scott Feldman on the mound against the Orioles. Two things here: Feldman hasn’t been as bad as we think, and the Orioles have not been as good as we think, especially in this series.
I cannot, and I repeat CANNOT put Manny Machado in my lineups right now because he is awful at the plate. It says a lot about your team, and I get it that it’s early in the season, that Chris Davis is the top hitter for AVERAGE in the Orioles lineup. Let’s let that sink in. 0-4, with 3 strikeouts, 40 times this year, and Chris Davis has the best batting average for the Orioles in terms of every day hitters.
If Feldman has and is struggling with anything, it will be left-handed bats. It looks like Seth Smith is going to miss some time, so that basically leaves Davis as the lone target on this team. I am fine with that, and I think he makes an excellent tournament option tonight. I have confidence he’ll get our hardball back on track.
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