Next up in our 2020 MLB season previews are the Cincinnati Reds of the National League Central. There was a lot of buzz around this team last season after they traded for Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood in the off-season. It ultimately ended in disappointment.
With the MLB season winding down, we won’t have many more opportunities to take advantage and make some money playing DFS. We need to capitalize on the remaining opportunities. That brings us to tonight’s slate of 14 games, starting a little later than normal at 7:05 ET. On the docket, we have a game at Coors Field which we always have to prioritize one way or the other, as well as some pitchers in good spots. To save you time and research, I went ahead and put some work in for you. The daily grind keeps rolling and we aren’t slowing down for anything or anyone. It’s time to get right back to it. Here are some of my favorite DFS plays for tonight’s games. Continue reading →
Glad to get back on board with baseball this week as, even though my NFL cash lineup performed as expected, it failed to cash in for my entry in a double-up contest. My last two lineups for MLB have resulted much better, however, so let’s continue the trend tonight for this full 14 gamer. Giddy up, we’re going for a trip Around the Horn! Continue reading →
A nice and easy slate of games on hand for tonight. What makes DFS easy? Nothing. But we feel like it’s easier when there aren’t as many games being played. It helps us narrow down our research and eliminate overlooking good match-ups. With that said, you still never know what is going to happen. That is the beauty of sports. That is the beauty of baseball. Anything can and most likely will happen. But that shouldn’t stop us from trying to predict how the games will go. Here are some guys in good spots that I’ll be using as Core Plays tonight. Continue reading →
Ah, here we are, Monday. The terrific feeling of the weekend ending and work beginning again, said no one ever. But do you know something people actually say? They’d like to win some money playing daily fantasy. Who cares that it’s Monday? Some of the best and most profitable slates of the year have been Monday nights. Let’s hope that is the case tonight as I’ve done some research and dissected some players to consider using. Take a look at some pitching options, core value plays, and stacks for tonight. Continue reading →
The baseball season is a grind. It’s every single day. We will approach DFS the same way and be winners at the end of the season even if we have our hot streaks and slumps. Every day there are safe bets that flop and values that hit big, but we need to stick with our strategy in evaluating and playing. Let’s take a look at what we have today.
The Reds are a very temperamental team from year to year when we look at the league as a whole. Some years, the Reds at this point in the season are playing astonishingly well, and at other times, the Reds perform somewhere close to the bottom of the NL. The Reds attempted to right the ship this offseason however. The Reds gained significant amounts of ground by acquiring two outfielders, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, and two new starting pitchers, Alex Wood and Sonny Gray. Yet, these additions have failed to make a substantial impact. Matt Kemp has already been waived by the club and Wood has yet to throw a pitch. Sonny Gray has been the only valuable addition as Puig struggles through a slump that is detailed by fellow writer, Kody Clawson,here.
Unlike the beginning of the season, I’ve begun to keep a spreadsheet of my pitching matchup’s performances as of Monday. The previous three top options performed, shall we say, strangely at best, with Mike Soroka pitching masterfully and Sandy Alcantara and Felix Pena not so much, although Pena did sneak away with a win. To be honest, the entire pitching landscape has been strange so far this season, with rumors swirling of the ball being juiced again. It’s hard to say how we should take these findings, but hopefully, in the stretch of the full season, these starts will look better than they currently seem. Now, on to the weekend matchups!
When you do this type of streaming pitching exercise, sometimes you feel like when you’re right, you’re wrong, and when you’re wrong, it really, really hurts. Sonny Gray pitched beautifully but got no help from his offense (more on that later). The Rays pulled the rug out from under me, moving Chirinos’ start from Saturday to Sunday, with some reports saying he might be used as the bulk reliever. As of this writing, Chirinos has yet to pitch. Crossing my fingers for at least a quality start. Tanner Roark was my second option, and he continued to have a typical Roark “meh” day (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 K, ND). At some point, I plan to post an article with my results so far, probably toward the end of the month. But now, on to the upcoming matchups.
It’s been a rough week for the Stream Machine. Although Julio Urias didn’t end up with the win, he did everything he could to do so, going five innings with no runs and seven strikeouts. It was a solid first start, and you have to be encouraged if you’re thinking about owning him past this one. Kyle Gibson didn’t go Tuesday, getting pushed to Wednesday instead, and he looked good to start but had just about the worst inning anyone could have. Thinking he got Billy Hamilton on a 3-2 count with two outs at the end of the fifth inning, he walked him instead. Obviously frustrated, he proceeded to melt down, ending with 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Loaisiga, meanwhile, also went Wednesday, ending with 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. With the early season struggles, I’ve learned a few things. One, don’t trust pitchers coming off an injury or major illness. Two, don’t trust Rockies pitchers, PERIOD. Not an official article pick, sure, but I learned just the same.
At one point in the 2018 Major League Baseball Season, the New York Yankees were in contention for the division lead in the American League East. Now the Yankees sit ten and a half games back of the Red Sox, which is their biggest deficit of the season. I, being a Yankee fan, have thought extensively about what the problem with the Yankees is lately, as well as why the Red Sox so good.