By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
On the second day of the season, when Opening Day games are protected in occasionally weather-plagued cities with an off-day, how about a piece of the action in the FanDuel $25 buy-in Tuesday $250k Grand Slam?
All of the openers came off without a hitch, so that leaves us with an eight-game evening card competing for a $20k first prize in the Slam. All the home teams are favored to win, as some games are expected to be closer than others, but the opening totals tell us the place to look again for offense is targeted to be in Milwaukee.
The Brewers didn’t get the memo on Opening Day, as Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick – a target for many to stack against with the expected power of the hosts – shutout Milwaukee over seven innings, striking out six and walking one. Instead it was the Rockies who had their power on display, as six players had at least two hits with Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson hitting home runs.
Still with Milwaukee as a considerable -155 favorite overnight, and a total at slightly over 8 1/2, you still are going to want to take a look at Milwaukee hitters tonight. Interestingly, the line actually has inched just slightly higher than the opener despite OF Ryan Braun (pictured) leaving the game after just two ABs with a strained rib cage. He is listed as questionable overnight, but it seemed likely that he could miss tonight’s game.
Oakland would be next according to oddsmakers, as the A’s were 160 overnight, with the total listed at slightly under 7 1/2. The A’s bats seemed in full force in the opener last night behind Sam Fuld, Ben Zobrist and Stephen Vogt.
Don’t expect Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermeyer to play on Tuesday against LHP W.Y. Chen, while Dustin Ackley, Brad Miller and Seth Smith are likely to sit in Seattle for the trio of Willie Bloomquist, Rickie Weeks and Justin Ruggiano.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Kyle Seager – The Mariners’ Seager is 3-for-33 career against the Angels C.J. Wilson with 15 Ks.
Austin Jackson – Austin is just 4-for-21 off of Wilson with four Ks.
Dustin Ackley – Ackley is 5-for-29 against Wilson.
Troy Tulowitzki – Against Brewers SP Matt Garza, Tulo is just 2-for-13 lifetime.
Jonathan Lucroy – Lucroy 0-for-9 against the Rockies’ Jordan Lyles.
Matt Carpenter – The Cards’ Carpenter is 0-for-11 against Jake Arrieta with three Ks.
Giancarlo Stanton – Giancarlo is just 2-for-16 vs. Braves’ LHP Alex Wood with four Ks.
Adeiny Hechevarria – Adeiny is just 3-for-17 with six Ks lifetime against Wood.
Chance of Showers