Fanball MLB Triple Play – April 2, 2019
Fanball MLB Triple Play
By Bankster DFS
Did you know that on even a ten game MLB slate, there are approximately 250 TRILLION lineup combinations you can make? To be able to hit on the 1 lineup out of those combinations is harder than winning the lottery. A reduced player pool, though, can give you a significant advantage by reducing the possible lineup combinations you can make. If we limit our choices to only 5 players per position (a few extra for OF), you now have far fewer possible lineup combinations you can make (pricing helps reduce this number even lower). Sure, it’s still a lot of lineup choices (in the millions) but it’s only .000008% of the total possible lineup combinations everyone else is working with. That is a SIGNIFICANT advantage for you if you’re choosing from a strong reduced player pool. That’s where we come in to help.
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Let’s look at the MLB Triple Play for Tuesday, April 2…
Leading Off (mid-range play): Kike Hernandez (LAD/2B vs Madison Bumgarner – $)
Until further notice, we are stacking against Madison Bumgarner when he pitches on the road. He did not look sharp on Opening Day and now he gets to head into Los Angeles, where the Dodgers kill him. He was decent in LA last year with a 3.46 ERA, but with only 7 strikeouts to go along with 6 BB. There are a number of lefty killers on LAD that have major success against Bumgarner. The guy with the most success is Kike Hernandez. He has a .487 BA with 9 XBH in 39 AB against MadBum. He crushes lefties in general with a SLG over 100 points higher against LHP than RHP (.492 SLG vs a .385 SLG against RHP) and more XBH against LHP than RHP (72 vs 57) despite having 80 fewer AB.
Batting Cleanup (stud lock): Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD/LHP vs SF – $)
“Is ‘pitcher x’ facing the Giants?” If you answer in the affirmative then you have to strongly consider that pitcher. Ryu gets the call tonight, at home, against an awful Giants offense. I am writing this prior to their game on Monday night, but heading into that game they had a .161 BA, 32% K-rate, and only 1 HR against LHP this season in only 56 AB. I get that this is a small sample size, and that those games took place at Petco Park, but Chavez Ravine is just as strong of a pitcher’s park and Ryu is actually better than any of the lefties that SF faced in that Padres series. Last season Ryu hsas a 1.53 ERA and about a K per inning against SF and they are far worse this year. On a night with Sale, Scherzer, and Verlander on the slate I think we will see Ryu slide by with a very low ownership is a total smash spot.
Pinch Hitter (sleeper): Zack Cozart (LAA/SS at Marco Gonzales – )
Zack Cozart is a Small Sample Size All Star with 2 XBH in 4 AB against Marco Gonzales. He has started the year slowly but is a low-priced power option at a position where power is at a premium. In his career Cozart has hit lefties far better than righties; 15 points higher on his BA, 60 points on his OPS, and a XBH percentage far higher (10.1% of AB go for extra bases against LHP vs 8.6% against RHP). If he hits higher up in the order, and it’s possible against a lefty, he could be a huge value tonight.
Riding the Pine (Fade of the Day): Chris Sale (BOS/LHP at Oakland A’s – $)
I’m not going fully double whammy on this pick, but Sale concerns me just a little bit at the moment. His velocity was down in his first start this year and he got roughed up. Today he’s up against an A’s team that uses their platoons very well. On top of that, Khris Davis is a monster and I don’t want to use any pitcher facing him right now. There are a number of other studs on the slate (I prefer Scherzer), as well as some value plays that will help you spend up on bats. While I don’t hate Sale, I also don’t think there’s a need to use him tonight given all the potential roadblocks that stand in his way; not at his price.
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