By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
Patriots’ Day baseball is even too early for most DFSers, as the Red Sox play host to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday morning, as world class marathon racing and the national pastime meet near Kenmore Square.
If you must roster your favorite player from this game, one major site offered the inclusion of the annual holiday game on the slate, so you may want to get a piece of a few of the Boston players who have had very good success against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen, including David Ortiz (pictured) (8-for-21) and Dustin Pedroia (14-for-27).
For the rest of us, an 8-game evening slate is on tap with three NL and five AL contests to choose from.
The FanDuel feature is the $25 buy-in $175,000 Grand Slam. For you medium rollers, the $200 buy-in $100,000 Monster is your nightly tournament game.
The expected highest offensive production is supposed to come from the Colorado Rockies, who are at home against San Diego, and the Kansas City Royals, who host the Minnesota Twins. We have Colorado tabbed to score 5.1 runs, while we grade the Royals out at 5.
Also, John Danks, the White Sox lefty, has allowed the current Indians a .293 career average over 188 at-bats.
On the mound, the least expected production should come against pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma, of Seattle, Kyle Gibson, of Minnesota, and A.J. Burnett, of Pittsburgh. Their opponents are likely to score just over three runs on Monday.
It should be cautioned, however, that Burnett has allowed the current group of Cubs’ hitters a .403 batting average over 72 career at-bats.
New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnuad fractured his right hand on Sunday and is sidelined indefinitely, likely around a month. He will be replaced by the team’s top position prospect, Kevin Plawecki, a 24-year-old who played in the Futures Game last season. He is ranked the 63rd best prospect by Baseball America.
San Diego’s Justin Upton is questionable for Monday with a hamstring injury, but the Padres’ OF looks to play more than rest this year, unlike previous seasons, as this is a contract final year. Kansas City SS Alcides Escobar continues to be questionable into tonight with a knee injury. Should he play, he could be considered tonight with a 5-for-11 career mark against Gibson.
Carlos Beltran could return to the Yankees’ lineup tonight following his two-game absence with an illness.
Also, it was reported late Sunday that elite prospect Carlos Rodon was called up to the Chicago White Sox. He is likely to begin out of the bullpen, but given the status of the rotation, Rodon could move in quickly to starting.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Neil Walker – Walker usually makes the resourceful list for many analysts because of his offensive production from 2B, but not this time, as he is just 1-for-12 against the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta.
Salvador Perez – The Kansas City backstop has been a top play at the position multiple times this season, but his matchup against Gibson has to cool him a bit in this one, as he returns on Monday from his first off day of the season. Gibson has held Sal to just one hit in 12 trips, including four strikeouts.
Lorenzo Cain – Cain continues to torch opponents after the first two weeks, but it should be noted that Gibson has held him in the past to just one hit in 10 trips, with three strikeouts. He had a game-tying RBI double late in the game against the A’s, as he continues to hit over .400 so far. Hard to fade this consistent cash producer.
Brandon Phillips – The Brewers’ Peralta has held the Reds’ 2B to a 3-for-16 lifetime mark. Cincinnati is expected to score just over 3 1/2 runs tonight.
Todd Frazier – The Reds’ 3B is just 1-for-11, with three strikeouts, against the Brewers’ Wily Peralta.
Michael Brantley – He has been back from injury for three games now, but here on the road against Danks and the White Sox, we should consider that he has hit just .200 in 25 lifetime at-bats against him.
Jay Bruce – The Reds’ OF is just 3-for-16 career-wise against Milwaukee’s Peralta. Bruce went 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday against the Cards and Wainright.
Ian Kinsler – This hasn’t been the best of matchups for the Detroit second baseman, as he is just 4-for-23 against Sabathia. He snapped a three-game hitless streak with a 2-for-4 on Sunday against the ChiSox.