By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
Hope you’ve got you favorite morning beverage because if you are reading this around lunchtime, you have already missed most of the MLB DFS card on Thursday.
With six early starts, expect the lightest volume of the young season so far. The full day slate is nine games, while the evening-only card is just three games with a late afternoon start on Opening Day in San Diego. The major sites are mostly broken up into the early and late cards, with FanDuel’s Grand Slam feature comprised of the late trio of contests.
If you missed the day games, stick around, there’s still hope.
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati were scheduled to comeback for an early day-game start to open things, but they played a rain-delayed start late into the night by the river on Wednesday night, running deep into the bullpens. Cincinnati won the 11-inning affair, 5-4 on a hit by Joey Votto. Votto is also 7-for-20 career-wise against today’s starter for the Pirates, A.J. Burnett.
Stephen Strasburg is the top-salaried starter at 10.5k, but hard to ignore the decidedly low total of just over 6 against the Mets’ Matt Harvey. The Nationals were a -125 or so favorite overnight in another day start.
Detroit looks like the place to find some offense, as the Tigers’ are the oddsmakers choice to score the most runs on Thursday. Detroit faces the Twins in another day game, with the game total at just over 8 1/2 overnight.
The next choice could be Kansas City, as the Royals game with the White Sox are expected to score just under 8 1/2 runs, however, the game is rated a little more closely with KC as slight -125 favorite. However, Chicago LHP John Danks has had overwhelming success against the entire Royals’ lineup except for Eric Hosmer.
Cleveland’s Michael Brantley left Thursday night’s game with a back problem and is questionable for today’s day game at Houston. That game also features an 8 1/2 betting total, but is rated as a toss-up by oddsmakers overnight.
The lowest total after the expected duel in Washington is in San Diego where Ian Kennedy faces San Francisco’s Tim Hudson. The Padres are favored at -125, while the game total was just under 7.
The other night games are Toronto and New York, along with, Boston at Philadelphia. There are no west coast late night games scheduled. There were weather issues at several venues on Wednesday and must be followed closely again on Thursday afternoon and evening.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Marlon Byrd – Byrd is just 3-for-17 career against A.J. Burnett
Jay Bruce – Cincinnati’s Bruce is a woeful 3-for-27 with 10 Ks against Burnett.
Bryce Harper – Harper is 0-for-7 so far his in his matchups with Harvey.
Jose Bautista – The Jays’ slugger is 3-for-26 career against C.C. Sabathia.
Josh Donaldson – Toronto’s Donaldson is 2-for-12 against Sabathia.