Rounding the Bases: May 9

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, May 9th  , 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.

Most of our picks had solid games on Friday, it just didn’t pan out with home runs. I’ll still take production over nothing. Home Runs called this season: 4/13 With that said, here are my favorites today.

Cesar Hernandez – PHI – $6,800

SINGLE: Ariel Miranda is on the mound tonight for the Mariners, and that means we will likely see a home run. Cesar Hernandez is in position to benefit from that, and he comes in at a nice price. It’s amazing that he has shown the power stroke that he has this year, but it isn’t something I’m going to complain about.

With 14 games on the slate, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Hernandez, and other Phillies for that matter, go under-owned, and as a result, I’ll want to have some exposure to them in my tournament lineups.


Brandon Belt – SF – $6,900

DOUBLE: I toyed around with putting Belt out there as my long ball, but there are so many strong options on the slate, I opted for the double. The Giants are in New York to take on the Mets, and they will be sending Zack Wheeler to the mound tonight. On the year, Wheeler hasn’t exactly looked impressive, giving up 40% fly ball rates and 45% hard contact rates to left-handed bats.

While Belt isn’t a powerhouse so to speak, he can still do enough with the bat to go deep in this game. He’s another one of those players who is likely to carry low ownership this evening, as there are worse options on the mound to attack. Because of that, I like him as one of my core plays in tournaments.


Carlos Correa – HOU – $9,200

TRIPLE: Correa was our triple last Friday. He had a strong showing with two singles, a run and an RBI, but I was expecting a little more. I think we’ll get that little more tonight.

Bartolo Colon is an aging pitcher with a declining skill set. On the year to righties, he’s allowed a .384 wOBA, 33.3% fly ball rate and 40.8% hard contact. That opens the door for someone like Correa to bust through tonight.

I think the Astros as a whole are in a fantastic position, and Correa is at the top of my list of options to use tonight. He’s going to cost you a pretty penny, but he can make a great pivot from a highly owned situation in Coors.


Miguel Sano – MIN – $8,400

 LONG BALL: There is no way Miguel Sano should be $8,400 on FantasyDraft. He’s been far too good to be there. Tonight, he’ll be seeing Mike Pelfrey. While on the year, Pelfrey hasn’t looked horrible, he still isn’t very good. Stats lie sometimes, and this is one of the worst ones still going.

I expect the Twins to rout Pelfrey, and if they do, there is a good chance that Sano will be one of the core parties responsible for it. He’s a huge home run threat and there is no reason for us to discount using him tonight. Again, this price is too low, and he’s someone you need to have in your lineups tonight.


I hope you enjoyed today’s Rounding the Bases. You can find more MLB content over at ReserchFantasy.

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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