By: Dave “Loughy” Loughran
Below is a list of daily plays who make the cut because of their favorable matchups, BvP (batter vs. pitcher), hot streaks or all of the above. Note that just because a player is recommended doesn’t assure that he will play tonight. Always be sure to check the daily starting lineups before first pitch in order to avoid losing points to a DNP.
Play of the Day:
Ryan Braun (OF) vs. Wandy Rodriquez (PIT):
Bruan is batting .381 (16-42) career off of Wandy, with 6 doubles, 4 homers & 8RBIs. You’ll be hard pressed to find him at an affordable price on any site, but he may be worth the money tonight. In the past 3 years (172ABs), he has tallied a ridiculous 42RBIs while going 57-142 (.331AVG) at the plate with 9 doubles & 13 homers. Simply put, Braun enjoys playing the Pirates, and you should enjoy playing Braun tonight.
Joey Votto (1B) vs. Alez Sanabia (MIA):
Votto is batting .395 (17-43) in May with 6 multi-hit games in 11 played. Despite his impressive average, Joe has gone 17 straight games without a homer, and has knocked in only 7RBIs in that span. That being said, he has hit Sanabia well in limited ABs, going 3-4 with a homerun. Votto is too talented to maintain these low power numbers, and the table is set for him to return to form tonight in Miami.
Aramis Ramirez (3B) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (PIT):
Much like Ryan Braun, Ramirez wouldn’t argue Pittsburgh being on the schedule for 162 games every season. He is batting .392 (20-51) lifetime vs. Rodriquez with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 homeruns & 6RBIs. Since entering the lineup 2 weeks ago for the first time this season, Aramis is hitting .375 off RHP with 3 doubles and a bomb in 24ABs.
Adrian Beltre (3B) vs. Dan Straily (OAK): *EARLY GAME*
Beltre falls into this category because his price on most sites has yet to catch up to his recent elevated play. His bat has gotten real hot in recent days, as he has tallied 9 hits in his last 4 games, with 3 doubles, 3 homers & 6RBIs, while mixing in a 4 hit game and a 3 hit game in that span. In the past 3 seasons, Beltre has totaled 15 homers and 39RBIs in 179ABs vs. Oakland.
Josh Hamilton (OF) vs. Wade Davis (KC):
Josh Hamilton is far from a solid/safe play at this point in the season, but it’s very hard to ignore him tonight. In limited ABs vs. Wade Davis, Hamilton is a perfect 4-4 with 2 doubles, a homer & 3 RBIs. Due to his putrid play a quarter way through the season, he can be had for a discounted price on a number of sites, and is well worth the risk tonight if that happens to be the case. Hamilton has looked better as of late, with 3HRs & 3 doubles in his last 7 games.
J.B. Shuck (OF) vs. Wade Davis (KC):
Shuck has relatively zero upside, but has started all but one game in May and is facing a pitcher in Wade Davis who owns a 5.86ERA on the season. If you’re looking for a cheap outfielder to save cap space, Shuck is your guy tonight.
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Los Angeles Angels vs. Wade Davis (KC):
Los Angeles has not been an ideal team to load up on thus far into the season, but tonight’s matchup with Wade Davis is just too favorable to overlook. Davis has allowed 7+ERs in 2 of his last 3 starts and has an ERA resting just south of 6. The Angels have totaled 21 hits in their last 2 games, and boast a .280 team batting average at home this year, which is good for 3rd best in baseball. There is enough power at the top of this Angels lineup to really reward you if they can start firing on all cylinders.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Wandy Rodriguez (PIT):
Wandy faced Milwaukee on April 29th, lasting only 3.2 innings with 6H/7ER/3HR/4BB/2K, and 5 Brewers had multiple hits in that game. Rodriguez’s numbers are significantly better at home, which is a bit concerning, but Milwaukee should still have no trouble putting runs on the board.