Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for May 1

With the turn of the month, you might be thinking “May Day” to yourself, but today is hardly a day to bail from a plane (with a nod to International Worker’s Day as well). However, with sun shining around the Major Leagues, May is indeed arriving like a lamb, so enjoy the weather!

A cluster of primo starters get to take the pill to begin what promises to be a busy first week of the month here at FantasyDraft with ideally that warm weather ahead and postponed games in our collective rear view.

Max Scherzer and Chris Sale top the names of the premiere starting pitchers today, so it is easy to grab one or both and build out of pitching. And, that would be a great way to build a team. But, there are so many fourth tier starting pitchers going today that I am looking at exploiting some lower end pitching and then stacking with high-end hitters. So, a pairing of one of the aces with one of the bargains noted could be a great construct.

Because, if we look at the batting possibilities, the Angels hook up against Alex Cobb (13.11), the Cardinals see James Shields (6.14), while the Brewers square off against Homer Bailey (4.19) making for some choice hiting selections.

Pitchers

Sean Newcomb (14,600):

Newcomb and his young Atlanta mates host the Mets, who drag a .219-2-23 team line in when facing left-handers over 242 plate appearances this season. Newcomb, meanwhile is building upon his rookie numbers of last year lowering his ERA to 4.23, striking out 34 over 27.6 innings this year and coming off a strong start (seven whiffs, six innings) while holding a career 2.78 ERA with 27 whiffs over 22.6 innings against the New Yorkers.

Jarlin Garcia ($9.400):

25-year old Jarlin Garcia is almost an unknown, but he has quietly pitched very well this season, going 1-0, 1.00, over 27 innings of which three starts were made. Garcia has just 20 strikeouts, but carries a stingy WHIP  of 0.815. Conversely, the Phillies come in batting just .216 facing Southpaws and with Garcia’s position playing mates facing Zack Elfin, making his first start of the year, that confluence should keep things right for the Fish.

Hitters

Jose Altuve ($10,200):

Playing the low-end hurlers does give me a serious budget for hitters, and Altuve, who not only leads the Majors in hits, but also at knocking in runners in scoring position, makes a great play facing left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Altuve is batting .410 off the Southpaw starters he has faced, and while Montgomery holds right-handed hitters to a .278 average (.363 OBP), the reality is Altuve can hit anyone.

Travis Shaw ($8200):

The Brewers third sacker comes in facing the Homer Bailey, who has been pretty good holding lefties to a .258 average and .299 OBP this season. But, Shaw is banging righties to the tune of .292-5-13 with a .386 OBP. Then note that Shaw brings a career .281-4-7 line to the Great American Ballpark, with a .358/.688/1.082 slashmaking the selection of Shaw rhetorical.

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