Yesterday’s lineup finished 145th out of 1,010 with 148 points. On the $3 MLB $6,000 moonshot this lineup rewarded $10. That is back to back lineups that scored in the top 85%.
Today’s lineup features my favorite pitcher in DraftKings, Noah Syndergaard.
Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard $12,100, Francisco Liriano $7,900
Catcher: Stephen Vogt $3,400
First Baseman: Chris Davis $3,900 (Davis looks to keep the red hot O’s offense going)
Second Baseman: Jurickson Profar $3,200
Third Baseman: Nolan Arenado $3,800
Shortstop: Trevor Story $3,800
Outfield: Jose Bautista $4,100, J.D. Martinez $3,900, Jason Heyward $3,800
$100 in excess cash
Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard $12,100, Danny Salazar $8,600
Catcher: Stephen Vogt $3,400
First Baseman: Edwin Encarnacion $3,700
Second Baseman: Jurickson Profar $3,200
Third Baseman: Matt Carpenter $3,600
Shortstop: Carlos Correa $3,900
Outfield: J.D. Martinez $3,900 Adam Jones $3,400, Jose Bautista $4,100
$100 excess cash
Yesterday’s lineup ended up with 138.15 points. This ranked as 247/2,700. Pitching was the key as Lester had 42 points and Scherzer had 36. While no home runs were hit by any hitters, they were able to manufacture enough points to turn the lineup into a winner. Normally I expect to get more points out of my hitters but investing in pitching can hide poor hitting. Here is the link to yesterday’s lineup Draft Kings MLB June 1st
Before looking at today’s lineup we will flashback to the top performers from June 1st.
Pitchers: John Lester 42.35, Max Scherzer 35.8, Michael Fulmer 34.85,
Michael Fulmer was the best pitcher because of his value. Fulmer only cost $7,500. Whena lineup has a pitcher this cheap score this highly then the owner should expect big winnings with an expensive lineup.
Catcher: Wilson Ramos 26, Curt Casali 21
First Baseman: Wil Myers 30, Brandon Belt 24, David Ortiz 19
Wil Myers exploded with a home run and a double in the night game. He will be a cheap option tomorrow that is seeing the ball well. Myers has a hit in 5 of his last 6 games.
Second Baseman: Adam Rosales 23, Robinson Cano 18, Yangervis Solarte 15
Shortstop: Alexi Ramirez 39, Carlos Correa 15
Alexi Ramirez crushed the ball twice Wednesday night. Ramirez only has 3 home runs and all 3 come in the last 3 days.
Third Baseman: Todd Frazier 18, Jake Lamb 16
Outfield: Chris Young 37, Mookie Betts 32, Billy Hamilton 29, George Springer 21
Lineup for June 2nd
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner $12,900, Kyle Hendricks $8,900
Catcher: Wellington Castillo $3,200
First Baseman: Chris Davis $3,900
Second Baseman: Brian Dozier $3,700
Third Baseman: Yangervis Solarte $3,100
Shortstop: Carlos Correa $3,400
Outfield: Adam Jones $3,400, Andrew McCutchen $4,300, Hyun Soo Kim $3,200
The Kim selection makes sense here because he is cheap and hitting 2nd while Adam Jones is hitting 1st.
ALTERNATIVE LINEUP: (for FEATURED OR MULTIPLIER LEAGUES)
P Bumgerner, P Keuchel, C Norris, 1B Davis, 2B Dozier, 3B Perez, SS Correa, OF Starling Marte, OF McCutchen, OF Springer
Kcyoungguns will now present a daily fantasy sports lineup of the day using Draft Kings.
Today’s lineup selection consisted of high quality pitchers followed but inexpensive hitters that are placed high in their batting lineup.
Pitcher: Max Sherzer $13,200
Pitcher: “King” Felix Hernandez $11,000
Alternatives: John Lester $9,900 or Jacob DeGrom $9,900. (great valued alternatives for today)
Catcher: Josh Phegley $2,500
First Baseman: Justin Smoak $2,800 (Switch Hitter)
(More expensive option is Anthony Rizzo $4,400, Chris Davis $4,600 or Edwin Encarnacion $3,900)
Second Baseman: Brian Dozier $3,500
Third Baseman: Hector Perez $2,700 (cheap and hitting second in lineup)
Short Stop: Carlos Correa $3,600
Outfield: Raja Davis $3,300, Franklin Gutierrez $3,000 and Andrew McCutchen $4,400
ALTERNATIVE LINEUP: DeGrom, Lester, Phegley, Rizzo, Dozier, Hector Perez, Correa, Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, George Springer.
Free-agent slugger Carlos Beltran is in Kansas City meeting with the Royals front office. The club is hoping for a big-bang reunion with Beltran, who began his career in Kansas City in 1998. He was traded to the Astros during the 2004 season. He batted .287 and compiled a .835 OPS for the Royals. Most impressively he produced four seasons of 100 runs and 100 RBI in a five-year span from 1999-2003. Beltran arrived in Kansas City on Monday and is staying through Tuesday to meet with club officials and listen to the Royals’ pitch to have a homecoming with the right fielder. The Royals most likely will need to be willing to go to three years to sign Beltran. The Mariners also have a big interest in adding a bat like Beltran’s and are expected to make a serious offer to Beltran to get him to be their designated hitter. ESPN reported Beltran has a three-year offer on the table for $48 million, though it did not specify which team made such an offer.
The leader in the Beltran sweepstakes is the Yankees because of their payroll and chances to make the playoffs. The main reason Beltran is still a major free agent at the ago of 36 is because he brings a clutch bat that can push these teams into the playoffs. The Royals have seen in first hand how important Beltran can be in a lineup. One thing they haven’t been able to see is what he can do with hitters around him such as Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. Signing Beltran will help Butler and Gordon’s RBI numbers because Beltran gives protection to the middle of the lineup. At some point fans and front office executives will have to worry about carrying two designated hitters on the same team in aging Beltran and Butler. The Royals may be able to play Beltran in right field for this season but in 2015 he will be most effective as a DH. I personally wanted the Royals to pull the trigger for Dexter Fowler for one of the relievers. This trade made sense because the Royals needed another outfielder and had a surplus of relievers. The Astros were able to jump on the low asking price the Rockies put out there on Fowler. The best-case scenario would be the Royals sign Beltran and in 2015 they decide to move Butler for a needed piece at that time. The only way this signing makes the Royals better is if both Butler and Beltran are in the lineup together for the first two years. In addition, if the Royals can’t make that work, the return for Butler should be high because of his consistency at the plate. While the Royals will lose their draft pick to the Cardinals for signing Beltran, they will gain a draft pick from who ever signs Ervin Santana. Lastly, The Royals lineup next year will look like this… LF Gordon, RF Beltran, 1B Hosmer, DH Butler, C Perez, CF Cain, 3B Moustakas, SS Escobar, 2B TBD. This lineup now puts fear in opposing pitching staffs. If the Royals are able to sign Carlos Beltran it will most likely be their biggest free agent signing since David Cone. The cheers at opening day when Beltran takes the field will be the loudest I will hear at the K in my short life so far.
Over the past three weeks or so, the Cardinals have kept up their great style of play. They have gone 13-7 in their last twenty games, with a big three game sweep of the Washington Nationals. In addition to picking up key wins against the Nationals, the Cards have played solid, fundamental baseball against their division rivals. In the last twelve NL Central games, the Cardinals are 8-4. As I begin this recap, they have just completed their four game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. They put up a ridiculous twenty-nine runs in those four games, while only giving up thirteen. As play concluded on Sunday, the Cards held a two and a half game lead over the Reds for the lead in the NL Central. St. Louis is on a six game winning streak, with good timing, too, because the Reds are on a three game streak of their own.
As the season is progressing, player statistics are becoming more realistic. Unsurprisingly, Yadier Molina is the offensive MVP of the team so far. Through thirty games played, Yadi is hitting an impressive .328, with two bombs and seventeen runs batted in. Allen Craig is also proving himself as an everyday, middle of the lineup hitter. Through twenty-nine games played, Craig is batting .291, with one home run and twenty-five RBI’s. Once Craig gets the long ball going, watch out.
On the defensive side, the starting rotation has been nothing short of phenomenal. Jake Westbrook is the only starter that doesn’t have at least four wins. Wainwright, Miller, and Garcia each have four, while Lance Lynn of all people leads the team with five. Lynn, also, has yet to lose a start. The story of the rotation (again) is Mr. Adam Wainwright. Since I last wrote about him, almost nothing has changed. Through almost fifty innings of work, Wainwright has only three walks. THREE! That’s unheard of! Things tend to go well when you avoid walks and record an average of at least one strikeout per inning pitched. That’s exactly what Wainwright does.
The Cards should have at least two more wins coming up in the next few days. They have a two game series coming up against the Cubs, which unfortunately for me being from Chicago, should mean two easy wins against the Cubbies. Other key upcoming series include the Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, and the surprisingly good Kansas City Royals.
Tomorrow night marks the beginning of the NBA’s “second season”. The NBA playoffs begin the flow of casual basketball fans starting to watch and pay attention again, because as they justify it, “These games actually matter.” The stakes are raised, the contenders rise to the occasion, superstars are born and pretenders are sent packing. While the Heat, Thunder and Spurs are the obvious favorites for the title, there always seems to be a dark horse that emerges in the postseason. With the regular season over, the storylines are set for the first round. Here’s a break down of each match-up.
(1) Miami Heat vs (8) Milwaukee Bucks
We’ll start with the easiest match-up to predict this postseason. Here are some of the facts. The Bucks finished with a sub-.500 record at 38-44 in a depleted Eastern Conference including a 24-28 conference record. Miami just completed one of the most impressive regular seasons in the history of the league. They also have the best player in the world right now, possibly ever, in LeBron James. If the Bucks look like anything less than a deer in the headlights throughout this series, Jennings deserves a max deal and Jim Boylan deserves an extension. This scenario is about as likely as Gary Busey winning an Oscar for Best Actor (I know, I know, he was nominated in 1978). Prediction: Heat in 4.
(2) New York Knicks vs (7) Boston Celtics
Live by the three, die like a fly. That was the philosophy taught by my father to all the teams he coached back during his stint as a grade school head basketball coach. This series features a team that has based its entire season on living or dying from beyond the arc. Mike Woodson is an excellent coach, but Knicks fan should be fearful of a series in which 2 or more of their 3-point specialists get cold for any extent of this series. The Celtics defend and rebound the ball incredibly well and could cause fits for the Knicks, especially if Jeff Green can maintain a steady motor throughout the series. Look for the Celtics to push this series to at least 6 games. Prediction: Knicks in 7.
(3) Indiana Pacers vs (6) Atlanta Hawks
Frank Vogel needs the Paul George from 2 months ago back if the Pacers want any hope of making a deep playoff run. In fact, Vogel will need a consistent Paul George if they want to advance past the Hawks, who are deceptively very good. George is averaging only 12.8 per contest during the month of April and the whole team has certainly felt the lack of production. With the core of Josh Smith, Al Horford and Jeff Teague, the Hawks are certainly capable of pulling off the upset. George Hill’s health will also be crucial to the Pacer’s returning to mid-season form. The teams split the series during the regular season. Look for this one to be a dogfight. Prediction: Pacers in 6.
(4) Brooklyn Nets vs (5) Chicago Bulls
The Nets have quietly been a very strong team down the stretch. At he beginning of the season almost no one would have predicted that the Nets would be one of the better defensive squads in the league, ranking 6th in points per game allowed. Deron Williams has also come on strong recently and has morphed back into the Deron Williams we had seen in the past, a top tier point guard. With both Rose and potentially Noah out for the series, I don’t see anyway the Bulls compete with the Nets in this series especially when it comes to matching up against Williams and All-Star Center Brook Lopez. The Nets are my dark horse selection for the 2013 postseason. Prediction: Nets in 5.
(1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (8) Houston Rockets
This is the match-up most NBA fans wanted to see. With Kevin Martin and James Harden squaring off in this opening round, it appears as if the exes have both been invited to the same party, and it makes for a awkward yet great story. Aside from Harden, the Thunder are better at nearly every single position including a deeper bench. While the Rockets are certainly a talented team, they’re still a year or two away from being a legitimate strength in the West. They may have enough in the tank to steal one, possibly two from the Thunder, but don’t expect an upset here. This is Durant and Westbrook’s conference to lose. It won’t happen in this round. Prediction: Thunder in 5.
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs (7) Los Angeles Lakers
Believe it or not, of all the series in the first round this one has the most upset potential. For starters, the Spurs have been shaky down the stretch this season, including a loss to Los Angeles post Kobe Bryan injury. With Parker and Duncan’s limits being limited all season due to health concerns, and Ginobili potentially our for the whole series, the Spurs rotation is greatly depleted. Look for the Lakers to try to pound the ball inside like they did in their recent win over the Spurs on Sunday. Expect the Lakers to take try to take advantage of spots in the series when Duncan is off the floor and Poppovich is managing his minutes. This series will go to the brink but look for the Spurs to come out on top. Prediction: Spurs in 7.
(3) Denver Nuggets vs (6) Golden State Warriors
NBA statisticians could be reaching for the record books during this series, because this one will be a shootout. Both the Warriors and the Nuggets have two of the most high-powered offenses in the game (7 and 1 in scoring respectively). Both have very young and incredibly talented point guards in Ty Lawson for the Nuggets and Stephen Curry for the Warriors, who are both arguably their teams best players. Curry, though has been playing at an unbelievably high level in the last half of the season. It’s often said that the team with the best player wins the series, and if Curry maintains his high level of play through the first round, they could find themselves in the quarterfinals. Prediction: Warriors in 6.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs (5) Memphis Grizzlies
There’s a lot of bad blood between these two teams, especially with this being a repeat of these teams’ first round series last year. It’s been made very clear Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph don’t take to kindly to one another and their physicality towards one another will certainly rub off on their teammates. While the Clippers appear to have the edge in overall talent, the Grizzles superior post play of Marc Gasol and Randolph could give the Clippers fits. They may not be able to play small ball as much as they did in the regular season, at least during this series. The Clippers, still, are a much deeper team than the Grizzlies and are 3-1 in the season series between the two. They will rely heavily on DeAndre Jordan and Griffin and their athleticism to limit Gasol and Randolph. Look for the Grizzlies to make yet another early postseason exit. Prediction: Clippers in 6.
Rookie of the Year: Damian Lillard, Trailblazers
Sixth Man of the Year: J.R. Smith, Knicks
Defensive Player of the Year: Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
Most Improved Player: Paul George, Pacers
Coach of the Year: Mike Woodson, Knicks
Most Valuable Player: LeBron James, Heat
As the Cardinals are now two weeks into the young 2013 season, I figured I would write a recap and discuss some of the highs and lows at this point in the season. After twelve games, the Cardinals have an overall record of 7-5 (4-2 home). They have done a good job against division rivals, taking two out of three from both the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers. They also took two of three from the defending champion San Francisco Giants, which had to feel good after the disappointing NLCS series last October. In the following article, I will list a couple pros and a couple cons of the season so far.
1. Adam Wainwright-Cardinals fans should be ecstatic about the start that Wainwright has had to this point. Although he got knocked around by the D’Backs in the season opener, he has been nothing short of sensational since. In three starts he has a 2-1 record with a 2.05 ERA. In 22 innings of work, he has 24 strikeouts which should not come as a huge surprise, but impressive nonetheless. Perhaps the two most important statistics are innings pitched and walks. Through three starts, Wainwright has 22 IP, which confirms the question of whether or not he is still able to go deep into games. Perhaps more importantly is his walk total…or lack thereof. Through three starts he has not issued a single free pass. You know what they say…walks will kill you. Maybe that’s why Wainwright has let up so few runs so far. With the injuries and contract situation out of the way, look for Wainwright to have a big year.
2. Matt Carpenter- Another pleasant surprise has been the offensive production of Matt Carpenter. He has played in all twelve games so far, and already has fifteen base hits. Though he only has one home run, he is still being very productive. He has fifteen hits, six RBI, and four walks, which shows that he also has patience at the plate. More importantly, six of his fifteen hits have been doubles, which has helped him to score thirteen runs in twelve games. He leads position players with a .319 batting average, and his on-base percentage is slightly higher.
1. Competition Level- What I mean by this is how the Cardinals play against teams with different talent levels. For example, they played extremely well in the two games that they beat the division rival Reds. That being said, they also came out slow against the weaker Arizona Diamondbacks, losing two of three to begin the season. Now that may have been just because it was the beginning of the season, so we’ll see how things play out going forward.
2. Road Play-Through six games on the road, the Cards are a mediocre 3-3. They dropped two of three in Arizona, one of which was a 10-9 loss to a decent-at-best Diamondbacks team. They did take two of three from the Giants, but the game that they lost was one where they could not get a run across throughout the entire game, losing 1-0. A better road record would have been 5-1 or 4-2 at the very least. I have no doubt that they will start to pick it up, but if they want to be a dangerous team, they will have to be significantly above .500 on the road this season.
The next few weeks will be a real test for the Cardinals. Through their next 16 games, they have six against the Pirates, four in Philly, three in DC, and three back at Busch against the Reds.