Rounding the Bases: May 30

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, May 30th  , 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 Tuesday didn’t feature any home runs, but at least Josh Reddick and Paul Goldschmidt had solid games. It was a bummer than Avisail Garcia didn’t play, though. Home Runs called this season: 8/18. With that said, here are my favorites today.


Martin Maldonado – LAA – $4,000

SINGLE: It never hurts to start your lineup building out with a cheap option on FantasyDraft. It isn’t the sexiest of options, but it will do.

The Angels are definitely not an exciting team right now, especially with Mike Trout headed to the DL for the first time in his career. Bartolo Colon is on the downswing of his career, moving to more of a game manager than a type of pitcher that is really out to do some damage.

Maldonado has been a solid player throughout the year, and does possess a great deal of power upside. On a night with a ton of high priced pitching and a game in Coors, it doesn’t hurt to punt the position, stack up elsewhere and hope for the long ball.


Miguel Sano – MIN – $8,700

DOUBLE: Miguel Sano has cooled down considerably since the red-hot start to the season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look his way tonight.

The opposing pitcher, Mike Fiers, has been an absolute disaster this year against right-handed hitting. Seriously, here’s how bad it is: .497 wOBA, 51.6% fly ball rate and a 42.2% hard contact rate against right-handed bats this year. Fiers has pitched 10 games. That’s a pretty fair sample size, and those numbers should not be anywhere near what they are.

Someone on the Twins is going deep tonight, and my bet is that Sano is going to be the guy. Don’t hesitate to roll him out in your lineups tonight.


Giancarlo Stanton – MIA – $8,800

TRIPLE: Vincent Velasquez will be on the mound for the Phillies tonight as they take on the Miami Marlins. On the whole, Velasquez isn’t a horrible pitcher, and there will be games this year where he is going to do very well. I just don’t see it happening tonight. His 40.3% fly ball rate and 41.2% hard contact can get him in trouble tonight against certain right-handers who are known to mash the ball.

That right-hander: Giancarlo Stanton. There’s always a risk that Stanton’s stat line for the night is 0-4 with three strikeouts, but we are playing him for the massive upside. I will have a lot of Stanton tonight.


Nelson Cruz – SEA – $9,900

LONG BALL: I really do my best to stay away from Coors field because it is always such a chalky option. Nelson Cruz against a mid to lower tier lefty is also a chalky option. When you put those two together, you are very likely to see extremely high ownership which becomes a make or break situation in tournaments.

Tyler Anderson hasn’t really been awful this year, even at Coors. Sure, he’s given up some runs, but he hasn’t been hammered to the point where success against him is going to be a lock.

I do prefer going the route of picking a few hitters from this game as opposed to stacking, and Cruz sticks out the most to me.  I think he has a pretty good shot of going deep tonight, which puts him at the top of my choices 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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