Go ahead and roster Carrasco tonight in the pitcher spot and feel really confident about it. Carrasco is against a very underwhelming team tonight in the Angels, who don’t really seem to hit well aside from Trout. However, even Trout racks up the K’s which should mean well for a strikeout pitcher in Carrasco. As a huge favorite to win, expect Carrasco to have 40+ point upside tonight at home.
Contreras was my original pick at catcher but he is not starting. Catcher is slim tonight but I like Martinez’ spot the most tonight against Ian Kennady.
I have no issue spending up for Rizzo tonight at first base. He’s my chalk cash play tonight for the same reason as I mentioned above. Anytime James Shields is pitching, I’m going to target him heavily, especially when it’s against an offensive team like the Cubs.
I’m going with Odor of the Texas Rangers at second tonight. Texas is going to be extremely warm and humid tonight, which is always a good thing on the offensive side of things. Odor packs a punch with his bat (pun intended) and should grab himself an extra base hit or two, while sporting a reasonable price.
Again, I’m targeting James Shields tonight and the middle of that Cubs lineup. Expect tons of production from Bryant. Don’t question it, just plug him in at third.
I’m going with Elvis Andrus at short tonight. For the same reasons as Odor, I like Andrus hitting in a humid ballpark tonight and in the front of that Rangers lineup. Andrus has had a very productive year for the Rangers and has found himself reaching base very often. Aside from the Cubs, the Rangers are my next favorite team to target tonight.
I’m a huge fan of Bradley Zimmer. Zimmer is having a great rookie year and has been a pleasant surprise for this Indians club. Normally, I’m on the Zimmer train since he has been batting lead-off, but mistakenly didn’t go with him last night, which ended up being the difference in winning and losing. Zimmer is coming off of his first career grand slam and couldn’t have anymore confidence. Expect Zimmer to put up another solid night against Nolasco of the Angels.
Zimmer is the only guy that I’m going with outside of the Cubs and Rangers. These two teams are just too chalky to fade in cash games. Schwarber should be batting in the middle of the lineup again (5th or 6th) and should find himself batting with guys on base.
Mazara was one of my out field picks, but taking out Contreras at catcher left me a little bit of salary. I like Bonifacio for his price tonight against Sanchez. Sanchez gives up boat loads of hits and Bonifacio has been on a tear as of late. Expect him to put in work batting second tonight.
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