By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
The shortest schedule of the MLB DFS season so far is on tap for Thursday, including a couple of day game that could extend the card to six games, however, most will probably opt for the short four-game night contest, which includes one west coast game.
The most offense is likely expected to come from the Toronto Blue Jays (night) and Kansas City Royals (day), but the effective output of several teams are relatively close for most of the favorites. Also, several of today’s starters have a substantial salary increases since their first start, except for the top pitcher on the slate.
Madison Bumgarner (pictured) is the top salaried pitcher on Thursday, with a 10.5k salary on FanDuel. MadBum is a -185 favorite over rising young right-hander Archie Bradley. Bradley won his first career start on Saturday against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, striking out six over six scoreless inning with four walks. Bradley is already getting big tournament consideration by public touts after he has taken down one ace already this week.
The Phillies’ Cole Hamels is 9.9k, while the Nationals’ Doug Fister is 9k. Fister is the considerable favorite at -140 overnight in what is expected to be a rather low-scoring game at a notch or two above six runs. Still, Hamels has struck out 11 hitters in 12 innings so far, including five against Washington in his last start. Fister also pitched well against the Phillies, allowing six hits and one walk, while striking out just one. The Phillies are averaging just over 2 1/2 runs per game.
Minnesota’s Tommy Milone could be another tournament punt, as he racked up 19 fantasy points with a win and seven Ks in his first start against the White Sox. He comes in as a home underdog tonight against red-hot Kansas City.
Kendrys Morales, the Royals’ switch-hitter finally slowed down a tad last night with an 0-for-3. He is just 1-for-12 lifetime against LH Milone, while Mike Moustakas is 0-for-9 in his career in a LvL matchup with Milone, but he continued his hot start last night with a 2-for-4.
On the injury front, the Mets’ David Wright hit the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a bad hammy, while Milwaukee CF Carlos Gomez walked off on Wednesday night with an injured hamstring, as well. He is expected to miss this afternoon’s series finale with the Cards.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota third baseball Plouffe is just 4-for-25 against KC’s Vargas. He had a hit and a run scored last night.
Yadier Molina – The Cards’ backstop busted out with a 3-to-4 game with an RBI last night against the Brewers, but he has just a 2-for-14 career mark against Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers.
Matt Holliday – Holliday has an 0-for-9 career mark against the Brewers’ Fiers, but has drawn four walks against him. He drove in two last night, with a single and a walk.
Matt Carpenter – Carpenter has struggled against Fiers with a 1-for-11 career mark with a pair of strikeouts. He had another two hits last night, keeping his average above .400.
Aramis Ramirez – The Brewers’ third baseman is 1-for-8 against the Cards’ Lackey, but went 2-for-4 with an RBI last night in the 4-2 loss at St. Louis.
Dan Uggla – Uggla is 9-for-62 (.145) lifetime against Philadelphia LH Cole Hamels, striking out 22 times. Uggla is also off to a weak start, but had a hit in five trips last night with a run and an RBI.
Jayson Werth – The Nationals’ OF is a dismal 5-for-34 with two homers against the Phils’ Hamels. He has struck out 10 times against him, while walking just twice. Werth had a hit and a walk on Wednesday in the afternoon win at Boston.
Yunel Escobar – Hamels has had his way with Escobar, who is just 3-for-22 against the Phillies’ LH. Escobar has worked six walks off of him, however. Escobar is off to a very slow start, but walked twice yesterday, scoring a run.
Jose Bautista – The Blue Jays’ bomber is just 2-for-21 with one home run against the Rays’ Chris Archer.
Paul Goldschmidt – The D’backs slugger is just 5-for-28 against Bumgarner for his career, with just one homer and seven Ks, along with five BB.