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FanDuel Friday: Are the cheaper pitching options better tonight?

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FanDuel Friday: Are the cheaper pitching options better tonight?

All year we've been yelling at you to not go cheap on pitching in your FanDuel lineup because of the importance of the starter in your lineup.

Well...this might be the week where it's okay to say no to the top flight guys.

The CSN Fantasy crew makes a case for a couple of cheaper starters who could help bring in bigger bats in your lineup in this week's FanDuel Friday.

As always, good luck tonight.

Tony Andracki

Iglesias has been one of the best pitchers in the game over the last month or so, and now the Cuban import gets to go up against a Milwaukee offense that strikes out a ton and doesn't have to contend with Great American [Sm]allpark, either. 
 
I can't believe Posey is only $3,000, so I scooped him up immediately. Cuddyer has a career .874 OPS vs. LHPs, Rendon has been on fire of late and Carpenter has been in a slump, but has still found a way to average over 4 FanDuel points per game over the last four. 
 
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It's hard to load up on Blue Jays hitters the way they're mashing taters lately, but I took advantage of Tulo and Bautista going up against former teammate Matt Boyd, a lefty with a 7.04 ERA in 30.2 innings this season. I went with Gose because I figure if he gets on base at all against Dickey's knuckleball, he can run all day on the slow, unpredictable pitch. Austin Jackson was the cheapest OF I could get that actually made sense to insert into my lineup, especially given that he's going up against lefty John Danks tonight.
 
John Paschall

The Pirates have won Liriano's last 10 starts. For whatever reason, they elevate their game for their southpaw so I'm hoping Liriano dominates a weak Rockies team at home.
 
The Moose is on the loose in KC and at his price tag he's a must have in your lineup tonight. Gutierrez has the pop in his bat that could cause problems for John Danks and the White Sox (See his homer off lefty Carlos Rodon last night?). 
 
Deshields and Betts are those scrappy hitters who find ways to get on base and swipe some bags. 
 
I splurged on Tulowitzki tonight not only because he's a stud, but also because he's got a matchup against Boyd that makes me salivate with excitement. Martin is another Blue Jay that got into my lineup tonight. 
 
Speaking of success against righties, Fielder is back in my lineup for just that reason. 

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 12th + 13th homers in 1998

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Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 12th + 13th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

An off-day did nothing to slow down the 1998 National League MVP as Sosa collected his second straight 2-homer game May 27 of that season.

He went deep in the eighth and ninth innings of a Cubs' 10-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field, driving in 3 runs. 

The first homer - off Darrin Winston - was an absolute blast, traveling an estimated 460 feet. The second shot was tame in comparison with only 400 feet as a recorded distance.

In a matter of two games, Sosa raised his season OPS from .930 to .988 and his slugging percentage from .521 to .577 thanks to a pair of 2-homer contests.

Fun fact: Doug Glanville - former Cubs outfielder and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst - was the Phillies leadoff hitter that day in 1998, collecting three hits and scoring a pair of runs.

Yu Darvish back on the DL for Cubs with triceps tendinitis

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Yu Darvish back on the DL for Cubs with triceps tendinitis

Yu Darvish now has more trips to the disabled list in a Cubs uniform than wins.

The Cubs place their 31-year-old right-handed pitcher on the DL Saturday evening with right triceps tendinitis. The move is retroactive to May 23, so he may only have to miss one turn through the rotation.

In a corresponding move, Randy Rosario was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to provide Joe Maddon with another arm in the bullpen. Tyler Chatwood will start Sunday in Darvish's place.

Thanks to two off-days on the schedule last week, the Cubs should be fine with their rotation for a little while. Jon Lester could go on regular rest Monday, but the Cubs would need to make a decision for Tuesday given Kyle Hendricks just threw Friday afternoon.

That decision could mean Mike Montgomery moving from the bullpen to the rotation for a spot start, or it could be the promotion of top prospect Adbert Alzolay from Triple-A Iowa.

Either way, this is more bad news for Darvish, who has had a rough go of it since he signed a six-year, $126 million deal with the Cubs in February.

Between issues with the weather, the concern of arm cramps in his debut in Miami, leg cramps in Atlanta, a trip to the disabled list for the flu, trouble making it out of the fifth inning and now triceps tendinitis, it's been a forgettable two months for Darvish.

He is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 40 innings with the Cubs.

Over the course of 139 career starts, Darvish is 57-45 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and has averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings.