A great-looking MLB slate awaits us on Wednesday night. Let’s dive into the top FanDuel picks at each position.
Carlos Carrasco, CLE, $10,200 - Although I would list Stephen Strasburg as the overall number one pitcher tonight, for the sake of being slightly different in tournaments yet maintaining big upside, I think Carlos Carrasco is a very close second. He’s an absolute flamethrower that struck out over 10 batters per nine innings last year. This matchup against Tampa Bay takes place at a very pitcher friendly ballpark, and outside of two hitters in the middle of that order (Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria), this team doesn’t scare me at all.
Yordano Ventura, KC, $8,200 - Ventura is another pitcher that has serious upside. His price tag is significantly cheaper than both Strasburg and Carrasco, and this matchup against Houston can be extremely scary because of their power, but also very tantalizing because of their tendency to strike out a lot. Ventura was solid last year, striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings, but got himself into trouble at times with walks. Basically, we’re just looking for a little bit of progression this year, and if that happens he could be a top-of-the-line ace.
Buster Posey, SF, $4,900 - Buster Posey sat out last night in the first game of the series at Colorado. He’s already stated today that he plans on playing. The matchup tonight is in, hand down, the best hitter’s park in the majors, and it’s against a very underwhelming right-hander in Jordan Lyles. As far as catching options go, Posey is clearly the best player at this position tonight and very worthy of this inflated price tag.
Miguel Cabrera, DET, $4,300 - Cabrera travels to Pittsburgh tonight to face off against Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong has struggled in his career with giving up the home run. He actually goes through streaks where he’s absolutely terrible at serving up the long ball. So, I feel comfortable jumping on a couple of Detroit hitters tonight because I think they have good home run potential. The first guy I’m looking at is Cabrera in this lineup.
Brian Dozier, MIN, $3,000 - Dozier matches up tonight with Carlos Rodon, a very tough lefty. Although Rodon is difficult to face at times, Dozier has now established a reputation as being a left-handed killer. He loves this split matchup. Although Rodon has excellent stuff, he hasn’t learned the art of pitching yet and gets himself into trouble early on in games.
Maikel Franco, PHI, $3,300 - As far as pure hitter’s parks, Philadelphia ranks third on the list for me tonight. However, as good as it is to hit in Philadelphia, this game will fly under the radar for offensive purposes because the two teams involved are extremely anemic. But, as I look at the two starting pitchers squaring off in this game, I find it hard to believe that there won’t be some sort of run production put up. For Philadelphia, it stands to reason that if they score a few runs, some of that offense will be generated by their best hitter in the lineup, Maikel Franco.
Brandon Crawford, SF, $3,700 - I’m going to go back to Colorado for my shortstop. I think you need some sort of exposure to this game, because odds are there’s going to be plenty of runs to go around. Crawford had a breakout year last year and I don’t project any sort of regression this year. He’s a very talented shortstop who had over a .340 wOBA against right-handers last year. That also came with a very hefty .222 isolated power. Basically, he’s one of a few power hitting shortstops and tonight gets the privilege of taking on a below average right-hander in the best hitter’s park in Major League Baseball.
Starling Marte, PIT, $3,600 - Andrew McCutchen is the most feared hitter in this Pittsburgh lineup. However, it has been Marte that has been their best hitter this year. I actually don’t think you can go wrong by choosing any of these outfielders tonight for Pittsburgh. They take on Shane Greene of Detroit. Greene got off to a solid start last year but it was all smoke and mirrors. Eventually he was exposed as a terrible pitcher and was lit up repeatedly. With two shaky pitchers squaring off in this matchup, I like this contest as a sneaky stack in large field tournaments, because people tend to ignore games that are in pitcher friendly ballparks when there are other games in Colorado and Toronto going on.
Mark Trumbo, BAL, $3,200 - Trumbo has made a very nice transition to his new team. He had another monster game last night and has started off the season on fire. Trumbo is seeing the ball well right now and tonight takes on a very hittable right-hander in Boston. There will come a time in the very near future when Trumbo cools off and is virtually unplayable. However, I do not believe that time is tonight. I want to ride this hot streak a few more games.
Lorenzo Cain, KC, $3,800 - Another guy who is started off the year on fire is Lorenzo Cain of Kansas City. Houston is a ballpark that right-handed hitters can take advantage of from a power standpoint. Cain did that last night with another home run, and tonight he takes on Scott Feldman. Yes he has seven hits in 13 at-bats against Feldman in his career, and that looks nice, but in those 13 at-bats he has managed three stolen bases also. That stands out more to me because now I’m not just relying on extra-base hits to score points out of this position. He can rack up a nice total tonight just by drawing a couple walks and stealing bases.