Rounding the Bases: May 12

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Friday, May 12th  , 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.

Our long ball, Miguel Sano, got suspended three hours after our article was posted, which was disappointing. Thankfully for us, Carlos Correa came through and sent one over the wall. Home Runs called this season: 5/14 With that said, here are my favorites today.

 

Yonder Alonso – OAK – $7,500

SINGLE: It’s hard to believe what we’ve seen out of Alonso to start the year. He’s on pace to shatter his home run production from years prior, with 11 already on the year. It is due to a name swing he worked on in the off-season that causes him to hit far more fly balls, which in turn, results in home runs. The first thing that needs to be said is that I wouldn’t expect him to pace as a 40-home run guy all year, but we don’t care about all year. We only care about tonight.

Andrew Cashner is someone that Alonso should be somewhat familiar with from their time together in San Diego. This is definitely someone I want exposure to in tournaments on a big slate like tonight.

 

Corey Dickerson – TB – $7,800

DOUBLE: Corey Dickerson has been on a roll as of late, and remains a bit under-priced in my opinion on FantasyDraft tonight.

Rick Porcello might be the reigning Cy Young Award winner, but that doesn’t mean anything to me in 2017. There is a definite possibility that we’ll see Porcello have a very strong game, because I’m not trying to say he is a bad pitcher.

What I am saying is that his 50% fly ball rate and over 40% hard contact is not a great stat to have for a pitcher. We know that Dickerson has the power upside that we like to go after, but he’s also got other tools in his bag to make sure he has a good outing.

 

Jay Bruce – NYM – $8,800

TRIPLE:  Bruce is definitely a bruiser, and he can do some serious damage to a baseball.

While it’s only a few starts for Matt Garza, things have not looked great against left-handed bats. He’sallowed a .442 wOBA, and while he isn’t giving up a ton of fly balls, he’s giving up a ton of hard contact.

This Mets lineup, though consistently dealing with injury, can do some damage, and Bruce is leading that pack there tonight. With Coors on the slate, I think some of these higher prices bat will see lower ownership as players try to fill their lineups with the Dodgers, and I’m sure some Rockies.

I like Bruce to break up the monotony of Coors slates, and could end up outscoring anyone playing there.

 

Mike Trout – LAA – $10,400

LONG BALL: If you’ve read this before, you’ll know that I don’t typically just slot in the highest priced, or close to it, option as our long ball. Tonight is going to be different.

Sure, Trout is coming off an injury, and played the DH role last night, but a matchup against a declining Jordan Zimmerman is too good for me to back off. At home against a lower tier right, which is exactly how I would slot Zimmerman right now, it’s almost automatic for me. I’m fine with him playing the DH role, and I think there is a very good chance we could see Trout leave the yard 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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