Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for May 11

Let’s welcome Mother’s Day Weekend with a bevvy of big-time starting pitchers at  FantasyDraft several of whom we simply have to exploit due to  preferential match-ups.

Topping the premiere pitchers is Max Scherzer (facing Arizona), along with Justin Verlander (facing Texas) and Chris Sale (facing Toronto) are all promising starting points for roster construction, although that means scrounging for some bargains either on the back side of our rotation, among hitters, or both.

Still with the likes of Aaron Sanchez (60 base-runners over 41.3 innings) facing the swaggering Red Sox, and Dan Straily (6.75 ERA) trying to hold down the potent Braves bats, there are a lot of opportunities for points all around.

Though rain did haunt the Boston/Yankees game of last night, clear skies over the Bronx are predicted for tonight, although showers threaten earlier in the day in Chicago and Milwaukee, then Detroit and Cleveland so make sure to  check your rosters not just for the weather but late scratches.

Pitchers

Chris Sale 23,800):

Three days ago the Jays, who are batting just .221 against left-handed hitters, were no-hit by Seattle Southpaw James Paxton at home at the Sky Dome. Unfortunately, things don’t get much better tonight, with Toronto travelling to Fenway, facing the dominant lefty in what might be some kind of “Yard Sale” for the Jays,. Sale has 63 strikeouts over 43.6 frames overall, but at home is a deadly 1-0, 1.50 with 22 punch-outs over 18 innings, so, as noted, things just don’t get much better for the Jays.

Eric Lauer ($9.900):

In looking for a bargain with whom to pair Sale, Lauer makes a nice gamble. The first-round pick of the Pads in 2016 has improved with each of his three successive starts, holding the Dodgers to seven hits, a walk, no runs, and five strikeouts last Sunday. For Friday, the Southpaw is battling the Cardinals who are hitting a limp .214 with just eight homers when facing lefties. Within the comfort of Petco, Lauer should be able to hold his own.

Hitters

Starling Marte ($7600):

The Pirates flychaser comes into tonight’s game having hit a smoking .364-2-6 over the past week, and Marte and his Buccaneer mates get to see what they can do against rookie lefty Andrew Suarez. The reality is Suarez has comported himself well since being forced into the Giants rotation with a 3.06 ERA to go with 18 strikeouts over 17.6 innings. However, the Giants bats have not only been anemic–setting a bit of a tone–while the Pirates are batting .264 with ten homers facing lefties, with just 47 whiffs, and that suggests some busy Bucco bats.

Carlos Santana ($7500):

Over his last ten games, Santana has hit .262-4-15, raising his season average almost 40 points, and even with the sub-Mendoza line average, the switch-hitting Phil still logs a .302 OBP.  While The Mets Steven Matz is holding right-handed batters to just a .217 average, all six homers the lefty has allowed have been to righties. And, while the Phils are hitting an average .231 against Southpaws, the team has ten homers and a very good 43 walks to 76 strikeouts meaning Matz is going to have to throw a lot of pitches to earn his outs in Philly, while trying to improve an 0-1 road mark with a 1.440 WHIP, and that points to a hitting advantage.

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