The injury bug bit Tuesday in Major League Baseball.
Then bit again. And stung. And bit and stung.
It was a rough day for some big-time fantasy producers.
You can expect to be without the following players for Wednesday and some even longer:
– Mets 3B David Wright left with a hamstring injury. This could be a while.
– Mets OF Michael Cuddyer has a bruised hand. There’s a decent chance he’s out Wednesday.
– Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco took a line drive to the face and has a bruised jaw.
– Royals OF Alex Rios landed on the DL with a fractured hand.
– Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval was hit by a Stephen Strasburg pitch in the foot and left the game.
To be safe, stay away from all of those guys Wednesday and be sure to check their statuses before putting them back in your lineup.
**The lineup below is for a night game only contest on DraftKings. No players who have afternoon games are included.**
DraftKings uses the following parameters: You get a $50,000 cap to spend on 10 players – 2 pitchers, 1 catcher, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 1 shortstop, 1 third baseman and 3 outfielders.
Single = +3 points
Double = +5 points
Triple = +8 points
Home Run = +10 points
Run Batted In = +2 points
Run = +2 points
Base on Balls = +2 points
Hit By Pitch = +2 points
Stolen Base = +5 points
Caught Stealing = -2 points
Inning Pitched = +2.25 points
Strike Out = +2 points
Win = +4 points
Earned Run Allowed = -2 points
Hit Against = -0.6 points
Base on Balls Against = -0.6 points
Hit Batsman = -0.6 points
Complete Game = +2.5 points
Complete Game Shut Out = +2.5 points
No Hitter = +5 points
*NOTE: Hitting statistics for Pitchers will not be counted, and Pitching statistics for Hitters will not be counted.
Here are the best lineup picks for April 15:
Brandon Morrow, Padres, $6,700, vs. Diamondbacks
Morrow was phenomenal in his first start, blanking the Giants over 7 innings. He’s not a guy who want to run out there every time, but that price is right and he does pitch again at Petco Park, which is extra attractive.
Drew Pomeranz, A’s, $6,100, at Astros
Like Morrow, Pomeranz (1-0, 0.00 ERA) cruised through his first start, blanking the Mariners for 7 innings. Things are looking bright again for the lefty as the Astros score a hair over 2 runs per game and are still batting under .200 as a team. He is a steal at this price. And I’m sure there are plenty of good seats still available at Minute Maid Park.
Salavador Perez, Royals, $4,200, vs. Twins
There isn’t a catcher – maybe position player, for that matter – hotter than Perez right now. .443 with 3 homers and 9 RBIs with hits in every game. He’s got steep price, but I saved lots of dough by getting bargains at pitcher.
Todd Frazier, Reds, $4,800, at Cubs
Frazier is a legitimate power hitter, swatting 67 HRs the past 3 seasons and with 3 in 2015. He’s also hit some longballs vs. Travis Wood, the Cubs starter. Frazier has 2 bombs among his 8 hits in 26 at-bats against the lefty. By the way, Frazier has yet to play a game at 1B, but he has that position eligibility on FanDuel. Bonus.
Robinson Cano, Mariners, $4,900, at Dodgers
Cano is heating up as evidenced the by the 3 hits in the past 2 games. He had 3 in his first 6 games. This is a sign of big things to come. Get on board.
It’s early, but Segura is already showing to be a more patient hitter than a year ago. And he isn’t intimidated at all by Cardinals starter Lance Lynn’s mammoth frame; Segura is 8 for 18 vs. the 6-5, 250-pounder. And Segura’s price is certainly in my budget.
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, $5,000, at Pirates
Cabrera is batting .471 and already has two 4-hit games. He has a favorable matchup vs. the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano; Miggy is hitting .281 with 2 homers against the lefty. But reall, when Cabrera is locked in as he currently is, it doesn’t matter who’s on the mound.
Adam Jones, Orioles, $4,900, vs. Yankees
Once again Jones is feasting on Yankees pitching with homers in 2 straight. He’s got 4 bombs total in his past 5 games. Jones is a streaky hitter and it is safe to say he’s streaking in the good way.
Matt Holliday, Cardinals, $4,300, vs. Brewers
Holliday has hit in all 6 games this season, compiling a .333 average. If his numbers vs. Wily Peralta are any indication – 9 for 21 (.429) with 2 homers – it will be 7. Yes, it will be 7.
Lorenzo Cain, Royals, $4,400, at Twins
I’m totally crushing on Cain and why I shouldn’t I be? That price is absurdly low for a guy producing so well. Cain is hitting, taking walks and not striking out. I’m using him until he fizzles. You should, too.
Total Lineup Salary: $49,000 of the allotted $50,000
I left a whole grand out there for Wednesday’s lineup, but I feel good about the squad. The pitchers were so cheap that I had so much cap space available.
Each day, we’ll give you the rundown of who to pick for a winning lineup, so stay with us the entire season.
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