After a week long absence, the plays of the day return for the MLB. Now that we are charging for our lineups, we are going to do our best to provide more articles and insight so that we can still get a large about of free content out to you guys.
Tonight we have a 10-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET so while I should be studying for my exams this week, I will likely be glued to three different screens screaming at every baseball game I watch.
For our plays of the day today, we will include 5 players that we suggest inserting into your lineups and players that we will likely fit into ours. In addition, these plays give away the stacks that we think should be targeted tonight (Royals and Rockies). The Royals and Rockies batters both have faired extremely well against their opponents who they’ll be facing tonight.
Here are your MLB Plays of the Day for Monday, May 2nd:
P | Jimmy Nelson | Milwaukee Brewers | ($7,100)
Pitching is arguably the most important piece in your lineup. You have to nail it. We started Danny Salazar in the lineup we sent to our subs last night so that we would have more money for batters, which we wouldn’t have had with Kershaw. Salazar got us 39, a respectful night. Well, Kershaw dropped 81 and stopped us from cashing. Tonight we like Jimmy Nelson. On the season, Nelson has yet to put up less than 27 points in a start and he’s had outings of 51 against the Astros, 38 against the Twins, and 31 against the Cubs. Two of those are extremely potent offenses. Tonight he faces the Los Angeles Angels that are currently batting .231 on the season. While the Angels don’t strike out a ton (actually less than anyone in the MLB), Nelson has been impressive enough with a low salary to warrant a flier. The price tag of $7100 also allows us to spend up on home run potential which is a key in Fanduel this season.
1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | ($3,300)
The World Series hero has been on fire in the first month of the MLB season. He’s batting .333 with 4 HR, 9 RBIs and 11 runs and sits at a relatively reasonable price. While he faces Gio Gonzalez tonight who has been off to a nice start, in his limited history against him, Hosmer has faired rather well. Hosmer has gone 4-6 from the plate against Gio with 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 4 runs scored, 3 walks and 2 stolen bases. Obviously the sample size is extremely small, but with the success that Hosmer has been experiencing in the first month of the season combined with this short history of success, it’s extremely hard to see him not having a productive day.
3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | ($4,800)
If anyone from this list is guaranteed a spot in our lineup tonight, it’s Nolan Arenado. Not only is he arguably the hottest player in baseball, but he also has an extremely enticing matchup. On the season, Arenado is batting .305 on the season with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs, well on his way to joining the MVP discussion if he keeps up this production. He faces James Shields tonight who was once considered an ace, but has tapered off a whole lot. In 23 career at-bats, Arenado has completely owned Shields. He has gone 12-23 with 4 home runs, 6 RBIs, 4 runs, 1 double and a walk. He also owns an absurd .533/.542/1.087 slash line against Shields. While his salary might seem unreasonably high at $4,800, look at his recent production and his history against James Shields and you’ll see exactly why we have Arenado as a must have tonight.
OF | Michael Conforto | New York Mets | ($4,300)
More like Michael ConfortGOAT. This man has been absolutely killing it for the Mets. Since moving into the top 3 in the batting order, Conforto has arguably been one of the best players in baseball. He owns a .342 batting average (4th in the league) to go along with 4 home runs and 18 RBIs for the Mets. His salary has spiked dramatically but tonight he may be worth even more than his price tag. The Braves are throwing Mike Foltnoideahowtospellhisname on the mound who has historically struggled against lefties. In his career, Foltynewicz has allowed a career .323 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, and a .597 slugging percentage to left-handed hitters. If that doesn’t scream “the Mets are dropping another 12 run inning” then I don’t know what does. This should almost guarantee a productive day for Conforto regardless of where he bats, even though he will likely find himself in the 3 spot. Lock him in.
OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | ($2,400)
While most players on this list have been rather expensive, we figured we’d include a cheap value play in Alex Gordon. While Eric Hosmer has garnered most of the offensive attention, Gordon is beginning to pick his play up as well. While he is only batting .213 on the season with 2 HR and 5 RBIs, he is coming off of a 15.2 FD point performance and faces Gio Gonzalez, who he has historically been successful against. In his career, Gordon is batting .400 with 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 runs, 3 walks and 2 stolen bases against Gonzalez. This could be exactly what Gordon needs to turn his early-season woes around and for $2,400, it won’t be hard for Gordon to exceed value.
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