Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks To Click: May 15, 2013


A full 15 game slate is scheduled to go on the diamond for Hump Day. Match-ups include the Braves/D’backs, Brewers/Pirates, Rangers/A’s, Red Sox/Rays, Nats/Dodgers, and Indians/Phillies. Here’s a list of players I’ll be looking to add when drafting my daily fantasy roster.

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1B Joey Votto ($81,536) While the Reds one-bagger hasn’t produced the eye-popping stats of Davis, Goldschmidt or Fielder this season, he still checks in as the 5th best first baseman going. His bats also been relatively quiet of late, but he got a good look at Sanabia earlier this season and hit safely in three of his four ABs (1 HR).

Avoid: Paul Goldschmidt ($93,392) 0-for-6 with 2 Ks


2B Marco Scutaro ($76,128) The Giants offense has fed off Scutaro’s hot start to the month of May. He’s in the midst of a 14-game hit streak heading into this one, and I love his chances of extending it versus Ortiz who is by no means stretched out enough to get the best of a Giants offense that was humbled until late in the series opener.

Avoid: Kelly Johnson ($67,600) 0-for-8 with 3 Ks


SS Jhonny Peralta ($77,168) Also running hot right now is Peralta who has tallied multiple hits five of the L/7 times Leyland installed him into the starting line-up. He got Tuesday night off, but you can bet your bottom dollar he’ll be manning the SS position on Wednesday afternoon as hot as he is paired with the fact that he’s batting 1.000 in two career ABs versus Astros’ BP arm Keuchel.

Avoid: Elvis Andrus ($63,232) 0-for-4 with 2 Ks


3B Aramis Ramirez ($75,296) A-Ram has only gone yard once over the last week, but I give him an excellent shot of launching one into the cheap seats on Wednesday with him taking offerings from Rodriguez. He’s hit Wandy for a .392 AVG through 51 career ABs with 5 extra base hits (2 HR) and 6 RBI. Aramis has hit the second most HRs of his career at PNC from his days of manning third base for the Buccos. I like him to score a nice tally this evening.

Avoid: Pedro Alvarez ($50,336) 0-for-15 with 8 Ks


OF Josh Hamilton ($56,992) Though he’s been battling a respiratory infection the last couple weeks, Hamilton’s production has been on the rise since the calendar year turned to May. Though his counting stats still aren’t there, he’s hit safely in four of his L/6 games and I foresee a nice night at the plate for him tonight versus Davis, as Wade is yet to retire him in four career ABs. Three of Josh’s four hits have been for extra bases and one left the yard. This could be his coming out night at the dish!

Avoid: Carlos Gomez ($81,328) 4-for-29 with 14 Ks


C Joe Mauer ($88,816) Joe is once again swinging the lumber like he once did when he was a shoe in to represent the Twinkies in the All-Star game every passing season. In his L/31 ABs, Joe has hit safely 16 times with seven of those hits going for extra bases; he’s also knocked in 4 runs and walked seven times. To put it mildly, he’s seeing the ball real well right now. Though he has just three career ABs versus Axelrod, he’s gotten on base in all three and has 1 RBI. While Dylan has been a bit better versus lefties to date, three of the five HRs he’s given up have come from that side of the plate.

Avoid: Jonathon Lucroy ($45,760) 3-for-14 with 2 Ks


SP Yovani Gallardo ($90,240) Quality starts have been few and far between for the supposed staff ace of the Brewers in 2013, and it’s been publicized that upper management has grown weary of his overall drop in velocity. I’m not buying the hype whatsoever. Gallardo has always been a slow starter, and mid-May is when he normally starts turning it around. If he struggles in this spot against a Pirates squad he’s dominated throughout his career, than the worries might be warranted. He’s 10-2 with a 2.49 ERA lifetime versus Pittsburgh and has only been hit to a .218 BAA through six PNC starts. I’m riding the righty in this one!

Avoid: Cole Hamels ($97,760) 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA 1.60 WHIP and .400 BAA



Mike Rose

Mike Rose

Mike is a die hard of everything Chicago and one that bleeds the crimson and blue of his beloved Jayhawks. He was a successful handicapper for years before establishing a sports content distribution company that covers all the major sports from an investing point of view for many highly acclaimed sports media outlets. He's in the learning phase of tackling the daily grind of fantasy sports, but has caught on quickly and expects his sports betting background to lead him and his readers to greener pastures. You can find him on Twitter @MikeRose77
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