By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
Max Scherzer – The Nationals’ opening day starter is one of our fades on Kershaw and King Felix. He is just $700 less than Kershaw, but is the same price as that pair on the betting line at around -185.
Ryan Braun – Good matchup for Braun, as the MIL lineup as a whole does well against Kendrick and this is expected to be the highest-scoring game in the National League on Opening Day. Braun is 9-for-19 career off Kendrick with two HR and seven RBI.
Miguel Cabrera – Miguel is 16-for-31 career off of Hughes, so we will opt not to fade the Tigers’ slugger. With five HR and 12 RBI off of the Twins’ starter, we can’t take the chance and get left behind if Cabrera opens the season with a bang.
Mike Trout – Trout has a mastery of King Felix with an 18-for-49 career BvP with two HR, three doubles, two triples and 11 RBI. Felix should take his chances with Pujols, who is just 8-for-37 against him. Trout is 5.1k at FanDuel.
Devin Mesoraco – Prefer him over Posey, as Meso has great numbers off of Liriano with a 5-for-11 career mark. He hit .291 against LHP last season. Last April, he started hot, batting .468 for the month (22-for-47).
Buster Posey – Only if we can afford Posey can we roster him, as he is 11-for-18 with 3 HR and 8 RBI off Collmenter. With the Giants favored at Arizona and a total of 7.5, we are counting on Posey to provide some of the offense which is likely to put up at least four runs, provided we can fit him in an optimal lineup.