Bomani Jones on NBA Playoffs, plus NL East K rates and Pineda talk
FNTSY Sports Network’s Gabriel Morency kicks things off with ESPN’s Bomani Jones, taking a look at the continuing NBA playoff picture, specifically the Thunder/Grizzlies and Pacers/Hawks series. Then Bomani weighs in on the upcoming NFL Draft. Gabe is then joined in studio for another explosive segment with Pat Mayo as they delve into the Braves/Marlins incredible pitching performances, Johnny Manziel and Michael Pineda‘s ejection. Finally, Gabe gives you his Plays of the Day.
Fantasy Baseball: SP Streaming Power Rankings Friday, April 25
FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo & Garion Thorne run through the full slate of available starting pitchers on Friday, April 25 and tell you which ones you should be streaming through your Fantasy Baseball lineup…
Garion’s Friday Stream Power Rankings
- Henderson Alvarez (4%) @NYM
- Erik Johnson (2%) vs. TB
- Rick Porcello (38%) @MIN
- Colby Lewis (3%) @SEA
- Roenis Elias (4%) vs. TEX
- Ubaldo Jimenez (45%) vs. KC
- Jordan Lyles (4%) @LAD
- Josh Beckett (7%) vs. COL
- Robbie Erlin (9%) @WSH
- Josh Collmenter (2%) vs. PHI
Erik Johnson (2%) vs. TB – There’s a lot to like about Erik Johnson – control is not one of those things. Johnson has amassed 11 walks in 22 innings this season, five coming in his last start against the Rangers. However, Johnson hasn’t exactly had much go his way through four outings either. A 63.6% strand rate and .333 opponent’s BABIP are to blame for an inflated 5.32 ERA, far less telling than his 3.90 FIP. There’s strikeout upside to be had as well. Johnson sits at a respectable 6.95 K/9 so far in 2014, but generally was around a batter per inning throughout his stops in the minors. Still, control will be the deciding factor against a Rays team that may rank 21st in runs, but are a Top 5 team with 72 walks. If Johnson can find the strike zone, and any luck at all, you’ll want him in your lineup on Friday.
Ubaldo Jimenez (45%) vs. KC – Let’s bring this full circle. Unlike Buehrle, Hudson, and Harang, Jimenez has seen his ownership percentage plummet since the beginning of the year, generating more hatred than even the Scottish would know what to do with. He’s been bad – no question, but there’s too much talent to just ignore. He’s now an elite source of strikeouts if nothing else. Even with his velocity loss the past few seasons, Jimenez has managed to hover around his career mark of 8.26 whiffs per nine. Really, it’s all about keeping the ball in the yard. Giving up the long ball has been the veteran’s main source of problems in 2014, surrendering five in just over 20 innings, but to say the Royals lack in the power department would be an understatement. Kansas City is last in the majors with six home runs, four back of the surprisingly deficient Baltimore Orioles. There’s always the risk that Jimenez’s control issues will anchor your WHIP, but I think this match-up sets up well. If you’re looking for counting stat relief, Jimenez is your guy.
Fantasy Baseball: St. Louis Hitting Coach John Mabry on Cards’ Approach
RotoExperts’ Scott Engel chats with St. Louis Cardinals Hitting Coach John Mabry on the development of Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras, the steadiness of Matt Carpenter and the leadership of Matt Holliday.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for April 24th
Mike Cardano (@MikeCardano) gives you some of his Daily Fantasy Baseball plays for April 24th…
Fantasy Baseball: The King Chats with Cardinals SP Michael Wacha
Scott Engel chats with St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha about his fast accent into the Cards starting rotation and getting a milkshake named after him.
Buying Hunter Pence, Bryce Harper’s Value & Selling Masahiro Tanaka
FNTSY Sports Network’s Laura Diakun, Pat Mayo and Garion Thorne start things off by taking a look at Adam Wainwright’s injury, the closer by committee in Oakland and the current turnaround statistics of Hunter Pence. Laura is then joined in studio by Nando Di Fino to discuss Albert Pujols’ historic 500th HR and his hot start, whether or not Masahiro Tanaka is the real deal and Bryce Harper’s value. Finally, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com joins Laura on the phone to analyze this weekend’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Fantasy Baseball: SP Streaming Power Rankings for April 24
FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo & Garion Thorne run through the full slate of available starting pitchers on Thursday, April 24 and tell you which ones you should be streaming through your Fantasy Baseball lineup…
Garion’s Thursday Stream Power Rankings
- Drew Hutchison (14%) vs. BAL
- Ricky Nolasco (27%) @TB
- Jose Quintana (43%) @DET
- Brett Oberholtzer (4%) vs. OAK
- Bruce Chen (4%) @CLE
- Eric Stults (2%) @WSH
- Bartolo Colon (38%) vs. STL
- Mike Bolsinger (0%) @CHC
- Felix Doubront (4%) vs. NYY
- Erik Bedard (1%) vs. MIN
Ricky Nolasco (27%) @TB - I know what you’re thinking – Nolasco sucks. But he’s good and you’re wrong… I went to college! Okay, “good” might be an exaggeration, but Icky Ricky isn’t nearly as bad as he’s pitched through four starts. Now, Nolasco has been plagued throughout his career by low strand rates, in fact his current mark of 69.8% is a full point higher than his lifetime average. However a .345 BABIP will normalize and you’d expect his 13.8% HR/FB ratio to drop with it, especially considering his home park of Target Field. The low strikeout totals should also be discounted as an aberration with Nolasco’s swinging strike rate a whole 4% lower at 6.5% than it was in 2013. This is due in large part to batters wasting good pitches. Hitters are making contact on a whopping 78.5% of the former Marlin’s pitches outside the strike zone – 15% higher than his career average. On top of all this, Nolasco sits in the Top 10 with a line drive rate just under 14%. He should pose a serious threat to a Tampa team that has been held under three runs scored in 10 of their past 13 contests.
Brett Oberholtzer (4%) vs. OAK – Hello, my name is Garion Thorne and I’m addicted to streaming Brett Oberholtzer. It just feels so good to say it out loud. Is Oberholtzer the best pitcher in the league? Not even close. Is he the best pitcher on the Astros? Easily – not that that’s really too big an accomplishment. Oberholtzer pitched well enough to win in his last outing against these same Athletics, going 5.2 innings and striking out three – the same amount of runs Chad Qualls would eventually surrender in the 9th. The lefty has now gone eight starts without recording a win, allowing more than three earned runs just once in that span. Oakland, for all its success, has struggled so far in 2014 against southpaw pitching, posting a dismal .222 average. Granted, they were able to generate eight hits off Oberholtzer on Saturday, but with a career walk rate of 4.9%, like most nights, he was able to minimize the damage. He won’t rack up the strikeouts, but look to Oberholtzer as a WHIP and ERA stabilizer.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for April 23rd
Mike Cardano (@MikeCardano) gives you some of his Daily Fantasy Baseball plays for April 23rd…
Sale, Cuddyer Replacements. Morneau’s Hot Start
With Corey Erdman off, Garion Thorne fills in on the double panel with Laura Diakun and Pat Mayo. First, they take a look a players who have had a resurgence to their careers this season in Justin Morneau and Albert Pujols. Then they turn their attention to some key players who were placed on the DL, The guys spotlight Michael Cuddyer, Chris Sale and who is available to pick up as replacements. Finally, Laura is joined on the phone by Fantasy expert Jake Ciely to discuss the A’s rotation and the surprising starts of Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson.
Arguing the Unwritten Rules of Baseball & NBA Game 2 Bets
Gabriel Morency is joined by covers expert Teddy Sevransky of Covers.com to analyze the odds ahead of game 2 for the Raps/Nets, Wiz/Bulls and Hawks/Pacers and Teddy weighs in on the ‘Zig-Zag’ Theory. Then it’s another entertaining segment with Pat Mayo on the “Unwritten Code” that seems to survive in modern baseball. Finally, Gabe gives you his Plays of the Day.