Rounding the Bases: April 25

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, April 25th, 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.

Corey Dickerson started things off with a home run last night, but once again, our long ball didn’t come through. Both Werth and Dozier had acceptable games, so not all was lost. Home Runs for the Long Ball this season: 3/9 With that said, here are my favorites today.

 

Justin Bour – MIA – $6,300

SINGLE: To start, there are some weather concerns here, but it doesn’t sound as bad as the games in New York. Vincent Velasquez could very well end up being the top pitcher on this slate not names Clayton Kershaw. His strikeout upside rivals Kershaw.

His floor, however, is nowhere near Kershaw. His weakness is left-handed bats, of which the Marlins don’t have a ton of intimidating options. Bour isn’t exactly intimidating, but he is a guy that can drive the ball deep. If I am looking for a punt option with low ownership, I definitely don’t mind going this route.

Maikel Franco – PHI – $8,000

DOUBLE: Flipping to the other side of the game, we have Wei-Yin Chen on the mound. There are two outcomes for Wei-Yin Chen: a low strikeout game where he goes 8 innings and gives up 2 hits and no runs or a 5 inning games where he gives up 5 runs on 2 home runs. I’m betting for the latter tonight.

Franco is a guy with a ton of power, and I think if Chen leaves one floating over the plate tonight, then we could end up seeing Franco go long. His price is fair, and I don’t think he’ll see much ownership at all because people still don’t want to play the Phillies. He’s going to have some monster games this year, and this lines up as one that could fit that mold tonight.

 

Robinson Cano – SEA – $8,100

TRIPLE: This game in Detroit tonight between the Tigers and the Mariners is basically a duel between two pitchers who used to be amazing who are on the down turn of their career. Unfortunately for the Tigers, their representative has gone from tolerable to awful in the blink of an eye. The Mariners can frustrate at times, but they can also be one of the more potent offenses on the slate.

Jordan Zimmerman has been giving up ridiculous hard contact especially to lefties this year, making a guy like Robinson Cano a perfect target for our lineups tonight. His price is reasonable, and I think he’s in a good position to have low ownership with games at Coors, Chase and Miller on this slate.

 

Eugenio Suarez – CIN – $7,200

LONG BALL: I was tempted to go with another bat from Coors tonight, and I’m sure there will be plenty of guys that either go long or come close to it to choose form.

I would prefer to head to Milwaukee today and take Eugienio Suarez from the Reds who will be going up against Zach Davies. To start the year, Davies just hasn’t looked good this year, giving up around 4.5 runs per game, as well as a few home runs. Suarez has been off to a very hot start to the year, and I think this Reds team could be a great place to go for a pivot to Coors tonight.

We’ve seen Suarez go deep quite a bit already, and I think he’s in prime position to do it again tonight.

 

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Nicholas Volinchak

Nicholas Volinchak

Nick has been playing fantasy sports for almost two decades. Starting off on sites like Sandbox in the mid to late 1990's, his love for all things fantasy became even greater when he found daily fantasy in 2012. Since then, he has expanded into multiple sports and has found a great deal of success in his endeavors. He is always willing to talk fantasy sports, so feel free to reach out to him on Twitter at @researchandwin.

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