Rounding the Bases: May 23

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, May 23rd, 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.

Friday was a bit of a wash. Everybody did something, but no one went deep or had a very big game. Sometimes, it’s just on to the next one. Home Runs called this season: 8/17. With that said, here are my favorites today.

 

Josh Reddick – HOU – $7,200

 SINGLE: Josh Reddick is having himself a pretty solid season thus far. Tonight, he and his teammates get a crack at Jordan Zimmerman. For those living under a rock this year who might not know, Zimmerman has been all kinds of bad. A .396 wOBA, 44.9% fly ball rate and 44.9% hard contact rate tell the story behind the demise of Zimmerman.

Reddick is usually finding himself in a pretty solid lineup position, with Springer ahead of him and Altuve and Correa behind him. That means not only should he have plenty of chances to knock someone in, but also to be brought in. The price is very nice, and he makes an excellent play in any format tonight.

 

Avasail Garcia – CWS – $9,300

DOUBLE: I was a bit taken with Garcia’s price at first, but really, it makes sense. He’s been hitting very well this year, and doing so with power.

It makes sense with the White Sox moving into a better hitting environment that not only would his price jump up a bit, but our expectations of him would as well.

Patrick Corbin isn’t an awful pitcher, but at the same time, he isn’t someone we are going to go out of our way to avoid. He does have struggled with righty bats, and this stadium isn’t meant for a pitcher who struggles with any hitters.

I think we’ll see a big game come out of Garcia tonight, and the price might scare some players into giving you Garcia at lower ownership.

 

Cody Bellinger – LOS – $8,400

TRIPLE:  Bellinger has been awesome this year. He’s got legit power and he’s making hard contact like crazy.

Lance Lynn, on the other hand, hasn’t been that great when it comes to dealing with bats of a left-handed nature. The stats on him read a .408 wOBA, 45.2% fly ball rate and a 36.5% hard contact rate.

I would expect someone from the Dodgers to take him deep tonight, and with the way that Bellinger has been raking, I feel pretty good about it being him. The price is also really nice on FantasyDraft considering the upside.

 

Paul Goldschmidt – ARI – $10,500

LONG BALL: You had me at hello. Well, let me more broadly define hello: I saw that Goldschmidt was going up against Dylan Covey.

The one thing about Covey is that he is bad. I know that sounds really generic, but honestly, it’s the best way I can put it.

While anything can happen in baseball, the one thing I don’t see happening is Goldschmidt not having a good game. If he doesn’t go deep, he is very likely to end up with either some RBI’s, or some extra base hits, or some runs or stolen bases.

Literally, there is nothing this guy cannot do. The only downside is that I would expect he and his teammates will be very highly owned. If that is the case, I certainly think you want to be with them and not against them. Just trust in Paul 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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