MLB best bets of the day: August 24, 2012

Our MLB Best Bets of the Day continue with three match-ups that are sure to excite.

NY Yankees at Cleveland 7:05 PM Sabathia vs Kluber

The White Sox swept the Yankees and left them grasping for air earlier in the week. Well today, the Yankees get C.C. Sabathia back and will receive a helping hand from Corey Kluber. If the Yankees are going to get back on track today is going to be the day against Mr. Kluber.

In just four starts this year Kluber has a 1.77 WHIP and a 6.27 ERA…and a .329 BAA! The Yankees are going to win, and probably win big today, but that’s not where the money’s at. Take the over and hope for fireworks.

Pick: Over 9 (-110)

Kansas City at Boston 7:10 PM Chen vs Lester

The Red Sox have a few things going for them in tonight’s game; their offense has been picking it up lately, Jon Lester has a 2.93 ERA in August, and they get to face lefthander Bruce Chen. The Red Sox are the fourth best hitting team when facing lefties, have a .307 team BAA Chen and face the Royals pitcher at home (Chen has a 6.32 ERA on the road this season).

Get Cody Ross, Dustin Pedroia and a handful of other Boston players in your fantasy baseball lineups today as I suspect there will be an offensive explosion. Read more…

MLB best bets of the day: August 24, 2012

corey kluberOur MLB Best Bets of the Day continue with three match-ups that are sure to excite.

NY Yankees at Cleveland 7:05 PM Sabathia vs Kluber

The White Sox swept the Yankees and left them grasping for air earlier in the week. Well today, the Yankees get Sabathia back and will receive a helping hand from Corey Kluber. If the Yankees are going to get back on track today is going to be the day against Mr. Kluber.

In just four starts this year Kluber has a 1.77 WHIP and a 6.27 ERA…and a .329 BAA! The Yankees are going to win, and probably win big today, but that’s not where the money’s at. Take the over and hope for fireworks.

Pick: Over 9 (-110)

Kansas City at Boston 7:10 PM Chen vs Lester

The Red Sox have a few things going for them in tonight’s game; their offense has been picking it up lately, Jon Lester has a 2.93 ERA in August, and they get to face lefthander Bruce Chen. The Red Sox are the fourth best hitting team when facing lefties, have a .307 team BAA Chen and face the Royals pitcher at home (Chen has a 6.32 ERA on the road this season).

Get Cody Ross, Dustin Pedroia and a handful of other Boston players in your fantasy baseball lineups today as I suspect there will be an offensive explosion. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Tuesday August 14th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsTwo struggling offenses should click tonight behind two reliable hitters.

Value plays:

Asdrubal Cabrera – The Indians offense isn’t one to fear, but Zack Greinke has had no solution for the pesky 26-year-old shortstop in Cleveland. Cabrera is batting .484 against the righty with a 5:1 walk to strikeout ratio and nearly 27% of his hits going for extra bases. The Angels have an explosive offense, but have yet to win a game Greinke has started, making this a potential shootout. The Indians are batting .290 as a team against the newest Angel, making scoring and knocking in a runs a good bet for Cabrera tonight.

Ryan Howard – In what could be, pound for pound, the biggest matchup of the night, I like the power potential and limited downside of the Phillies sluggers tonight. He faces off against Josh Johnson, a pitcher whom he holds a .303 batting average and .636 slugging percentage against. Half of Howard’s hits have gone for extra bases, and with Juan Pierre and Jimmy Rollins each batting over .330 against Johnson, an extra base hit would likely lead to RBI. Sure, he is a potential strikeout victim (nearly one-third of his outs have come by way of K) but the upside (has 8 RBI on only 10 hits) outweighs the risk. Read more here…

Fantasy Baseball: Week 12 waiver wire pickups

This week we have listed four starters and one reliever for you to consider as the pitchers that have been headed for the DL continues to grow each week. Here’s just a short list of recent casualties:

SP: Josh Beckett-shoulder, Drew Smyly-finger, Bud Norris-knee, Brandon Beachy-elbow, Jaime Garcia-shoulder, Bartolo Colon-abdomen, and Roy Halladay-shoulder.

RP: Sandy Rosario-quads, Octavio Dotel-elbow, Henry Rodriquez-finger, and Alexi Ogando-groin.

Clayton Richard-SP-Padres- We’re recommending Richard only as a stop-gap or streaming tool especially while he’s on a pretty good streak of late; three quality starts out of four in June. In those three games he’s given up a total of 2 earned runs and went 2-1 with 1 ND. We like him in his next start vs the weak Mariners at home. He’s available in almost every league.

Justin Masterson-SP-Indians- The former 2nd round pick of the Boston Red Sox never lived up to the high expectations the Sox had for him. He was rocked earlier in the season but since has settled down by throwing 3 straight quality starts in June. His last one, a 9 strikeout performance vs the Pirates last Friday was one of his best this season. Over his last 14 innings, Masterson has 15 K’s and an ERA of 0.64. He’s worth a look in deeper and A.L.  only leagues. He’ll face the Reds at home on Wednesday and is owned in around 40% of leagues.

Wei-Yin Chen- SP-Orioles- This 26 year old Taiwanese rookie southpaw has won his last three starts and has, over the course of the season, pitched fairly well against some of the leagues better teams. Angels-1 ER, Yankees-2 ER (twice) and Red Sox-1 ER. He’s 7-2 on the season with a decent 3.36 ERA. He is certainly worth picking up in 12+ leagues. He’ll face the Nationals on Saturday and the Indians next week. Chen is owned only in 25% of leagues. Read more here…

 

The ultimate hypothetical baseball road trip : 2012 edition

Wrigley FieldAh, Wrigley!  Despite over a century of complete ineptitude for the Chicago Cubs, your fabled walls and ivy grass outfield are romanticized in a way almost unrivaled in all of sports.  Many fans have this on their “bucket list”, and with the amount of history and tradition associated with it, for good reason.  Just make sure that at some point you get a picture taken reaching your hand out with an obnoxious facial expression over the fabled Section 4, Row 8, Seat 113. In case you don’t remember, let’s take a little walk down memory lane in regard to its significance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6er1XE2j0pE (Poor Steve!)
Based on the order we are going in, it would seem that the next logical step would be to take over a parade or turn back the odometer on your rental car (if you didn’t understand that reference, you really should watch more movies).  For the rest of the evening and the next day, there is no shortage of things to do.  Among them are Wills (formerly Sears) Tower, Millenium Park (a must), getting a picture next to the Michael Jordan statue, a tour of Northwestern,  and lots of famous places associated with the likes of Al Capone, Obama, Oprah, and many more.
This will likely be the longest stretch of continuous driving on the trip, but it isn’t all barren. Keep in mind, an unbelievably large number of America’s most important inventors, presidents, and most influential people came from Cleveland.  In order to be succinct, there are 3 main stops that may be of interest.  Of course, a visit to Notre Dame’s campus and stadium (home of “Touchdown Jesus”) is a pilgrimage for many sports fans and isn’t far from the highway.  Moving on, there are two more stops in western Ohio that may take up the rest of your “Sunday Funday”.  The first is the Lake Erie Islands, especially Put-in-Bay, which  draw comparison to places off the coast of New England for how nice they are, but not how expensive.  For those thrill-seeking roller coaster fanatics, this is your “mecca”.  Cedar Point is unquestionably the king of thrills at amusement parks around the world. From the Millenium Force which takes you down an initial hill of 300 feet and goes about 90 mph for a majority of the ride, to the Top Thrill Dragster, which lives up to the name, shooting you at 120 mph 420 feet in the air in less than five seconds, this is definitely not for the faint of heart.
If you decide to stay nearby in Sandusky for the night, it should be a little over an hour drive to get into Cleveland.  Once there, your first impression will be how much the city doesn’t live up to its reputation as the “Mistake by the Lake”.  To start with, many people would head to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but that’s definitely not the only option.  The art museum is one of best in the world, and is also completely free of charge, as is the house from the classic movie “A Christmas Story”.  For lunch, Cleveland is very well-known for two places in particular. One is Melt, which is famous for making overstuffed grilled cheese sandwiches on the west side, and the east side, to counter this, has a place called Slyman’s, known for its fantastic corned beef sandwiches. Cleveland also has many different restaurants, shops, and a new aquarium within close range of the stadium. Read more here…