Less than a week into the season, we’ve identified a couple things: 1) the Tigers are killing the ball offensively, and 2) nobody can score runs at the Padres’ Petco Park.
OK, first the Tigers. Put it this way, Miguel Cabrera is hitting .313 and that’s 7th-best out of the 9 regulars. This isn’t going to last, obviously, but ride it while you can. If you can catch a Tiger at the right price, get him in your lineup.
Now for Petco. The Giants and Padres have played 2 games there and a total of 2 runs have been scored in 22 innings (one was a 13-inning game). Tim Lincecum and Brandon Morrow were nearly flawless Friday night. Yes, Tim Lincecum and Brandon Morrow. (We told you to start Lincecum, by the way).
We’ve also known San Diego’s homefield to be a pitcher’s haven, but this is out of control. But this tells you to feel comfortable about starting really almost anyone there. If there’s a borderline starter with a good, inexpensive price tag pitching at Petco, pull the trigger and build a better hitting lineup.
FanDuel uses the following parameters: You get a $35,000 cap to spend on 9 players – 1 pitcher, 1 catcher, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 1 shortstop, 1 third baseman and 3 outfielders.
Single = +1 points
Double = +2 points
Triple = +3 points
Home Run = +4 points
Run Batted In = +1 points
Run = +1 points
Base on Balls = +1 points
Hit By Pitch = +1 points
Stolen Base = +2 points
Out = -.25 points
Inning Pitched = +1 points (fractional scoring per out)
Strike Out = +1 points
Win = +4 points
Earned Run Allowed = -1 points
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Here are the best FanDuel lineup picks for April 11:
James Shields, Padres, $9,200, vs. Giants
The Padres and Giants have combined to score 2 runs in 22 innings in the first 2 games of the series – a pair of 1-0 offensive struggles. It’d be foolish not to start Shields or his counterpart Madison Bumgarner. Shields is $1,300 cheaper.
Russell Martin, Blue Jays, $3,000, at Orioles
Martin is just 1 for 11 to start the season, so he’ll be happy to see Ubaldo Jimenez on the hill for Baltimore. Most hitters usually feel the same vs. Baldy these days. Martin is a .290 hitter against Jimenez and will be in the lineup after sitting out Friday.
Joey Votto, Reds, $3,800, vs. Cardinals
Votto has started the season a cool .412 with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs – and his 1B price for Saturday is head-scratchingly low. Hey, I don’t make the prices, I’m a bargain shopper, though. Votto is one. And he’s 4 for 9 vs. Cards starter Michael Wacha. If you can’t afford Votto, then Adam LaRoche at $3,100 is worth it vs. the Twins’ Mike Pelfrey, despite his early-season struggles.
DJ LeMahieu, Rockies, $3,100, vs. Cubs
LeMahieu’s hot start got better Friday night at Coors Field with 3 hits. He’s now hitting .471 with another game in the thin Denver air on Saturday. Sign me up.
Jose Iglesias, Tigers, $2,800, at Indians
I know this won’t continue, but Iglesias is hitting .600. And he bats 9th. The Tigers have the top offense in the league. All good things come to an end, but until they do, milk it dry. At $2,800, Iglesias is a steal Saturday.
Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays, $3,800, at Orioles
Donaldson is waking up, racking up 4 hits, 3 RBIs and 3 runs in the past 2 games. And, as I mentioned, Ubaldo Jimenez is the opposing pitcher, sooooo … this one makes too much sense.
Lorenzo Cain, Royals, $3,500, at Angels
I’m looking past the fact Cain is 0 for 4 with 4 Ks lifetime vs. Jered Weaver. Things have changed. Weaver is not as dominant as he used to be and Cain as evolved into a very good hitter. And right now Cain is mashing everything and everyone. Cheap, too.
Anthony Gose, Tigers, $3,100, at Indians
Gose has found a nice home atop the Tigers’ batting order. And right now, as mentioned above, the entire Detroit lineup is crushing, especially Gose, who is 8 for 17 the past 3 games. Ride that hot hand at that bargain price.
Jon Jay, Cardinals, $2,600, at Reds
Jay found himself on the bench Friday night, but don’t expect that to be the case Saturday vs. Johnny Cueto. Jay absolutely destroys Cueto to the tune of .480 (12 for 25) with 3 homers. No-brainer at that price.
Total Lineup Salary: $34,900 of an allotted $35,000
Each day, we’ll give you the rundown of who to pick for a winning lineup, so stay with us the entire season.