Fanball MLB Triple Play – April 8, 2019
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Let’s look at the MLB Triple Play for Monday, April 8…
Leading Off (mid-range play): Paul Goldschmidt (STL/1B vs Hyun-Jin Ryu – $8,900 )
He has had a rough go of it since his multi-HR game earlier this season. However, he CRUSHES Hyun-Jin Ryu to the tune of .423 AVG with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs. His OPS v. Ryu is 1.367 and this is with a good sample size of 29 plate appearances. Over the course of the last three seasons, Goldy has hit for a .315 AVG v. LHP. This is the type of matchup that can get a stud hitter like Goldy out of a slump. You could be one of the first that use him as many will fade due to recent performance. He is a guy many might overlook due to the fact Ryu is pitching well on the young season.
Batting Cleanup (stud lock): Justin Verlander (HOU/RHP vs NYY- $13K)
Normally recommending Verlander is a “yeah, no kidding” kind of a pick, but today he’s going up against the Yankees and that could (should?) give people some pause. New York has found their bats after hitting 7 HR on Saturday night. This only makes me want to use Verlander even more. Against the current Yankees roster he .190 BAA and 32% K-rate in 62 AB. Moreover, Minute Maid Park has the reputation of a hitter’s park but in actuality it’s a great pitching park. It’s hard to afford him but no pitcher on this slate comes close to his upside.
Pinch Hitter (sleeper): Hunter Renfroe (SD/OF at Madison Bumgarner – $12,100 )
Madison Bumgarner has looked outstanding in his first two starts this year. Hunter Renfroe is not impressed. In 13 AB against him, Renfroe has a .385 BA with 4 XBH. He’s very well priced today and makes for a good GPP one-off; I would not play him in cash though. This is the kind of low-owned play that often shows up on teams that pop a multi-entry tournament.
Riding the Pine (Fade of the Day): Miles Mikolas (STL/RHP vs LAD – $11,200)
Miles Mikolas was really good last year. That may have been a fluke because he’s been awful this year. In two starts he’s given up 8 ER in only 10 IP with just 5 strikeouts. The Dodgers have a .317 BA with 28 XBH in under 200 AB against RHP this year. I’d rather not take my chances against this powerful offense when I can use someone like Kyle Freeland for a similar price, or spend all the way down and take a chance that someone like Homer Bailey continues to play well (8 K in his first start; SEA has a 26% K-rate against RHP). Either way, I’m not going anywhere near Mikolas today.
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