Hey WiseTake Family this is CK013 covering “Straight Cash Home” for Patio Joe. Patio Joe will return but don’t worry we will make sure the cash game articles are covered. Patio Joe has a Cash Game template he goes by and I happen to like it. I will be writing up the top cash plays at each position based off of his cash game preferred template.
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12 GAME SLATE. I’m here to break it down your best cash options and make the decision making process a little easier.
WEATHER ALERT: Monitor the weather in Boston there is some rain and I have strong interest in that game. I am seeing the weather will be clear later at night but if we get word this game is too risky we may have to bail on the Sox.
PITCHERS: Patio Joe generally pays up for the top pitcher on the slate, biggest favorite, etc. On this slate there really isn’t a top stud you must have.
Gerrit Cole – Cole has a pretty good match-up here against the Padres at home. He’s expensive on DraftKings and there aren’t many cheap options I feel comfortable with in cash. Cole’s K rate has declined over the last few years but he has pitched better at home and the Padres have a 25.1% K rate over the last week. I expect Cole to be popular as he is coming off of a great game against the Padres in his last start.
Drew Pomeranz – He is a big favorite and the White Sox haven’t hit lefties well since losing Garcia (injury) and Todd Frazier (trade). Pomeranz has the K-upside and the White Sox are still 3rd in the league in strikeouts over the last seven days. Pomeranz has a tendency to give up a few runs but he has also had some of the tougher strikeout match-ups over his last four games.
Luis Castillo – Love the way this kid changes speeds. I don’t know that he will be a cash game favorite but I have confidence in this kid. He has shown a lot of poise and the ability to strike batters out, the Cardinals are 2nd in the league in strikeouts over the last week with a 30.6% k-rate.
CATCHER: Joe generally pays down at catcher. $2700 below is my mark. I will list the best play but please look at the value section for the catcher I like.
James McCann – Miley has a .384 xOBA to righties this season and McCann has a .443 xOBA against lefties. The park is solid in Baltimore, Miley gives up homers and on FanDuel McCann is super cheap.
Brian McCann – Estrada has not been striking anyone out and the Astros in general have been pretty hot. Estrada’s favorite pitch is his change-up but McCann has hit change-ups above average this year.
Chris Gimenez – If your looking to completely punt at catcher he is super cheap and Hamels hasn’t shown any K-upside this season. Gimenez is more of a price play but he does hit lefties pretty well. He’s batting 4th!
FIRST BASE: Joe generally pays up for a first base. These days there are always high priced options in good spots. Most offensive production comes from first base and third base.
Chris Davis – The Tigers are pitching Drew VerHagen who has given up three home runs in four innings out of the bullpen this year. In 19 starts this season in Triple-A Toledo he managed a 4.90 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP he also only had a 6.38 k/9. Don’t forget the bullpen behind him.
Miguel Cabrera – Miggy hasn’t had the year most are used to seeing but he still has a .424 xOBA to lefties this season. I’ve noted some of Miley’s stats at home with McCann and they also apply to Miggy.
Joey Votto – Lance Lynn is not someone I usually like to pick on but if your going to do it you want lefties. Votto aside from have great xOBA numbers against righties this year, Votto is 12-for-27 against Lynn, though oddly he doesn’t have any homers.
Freddie Freeman – He is home in the park built for his left-handed power against a pitcher he has had success against in the past. Freeman has monster power and is 2-for-5 with a home run against Straily.
SECOND BASE: Joe generally pays down for a player that is batting at the top of the order that is $2600 or below but this is an 8 game slate with limited options.
Eduardo Nunez – Red hot, speed upside and good BVP against Shields, 13-for-26 with three homers.
Jonathan Schoop – He is expensive but again its this Drew VerHagen guy. Schoop has been hitting the ball well this year and bats at the top of the order in a nice park for hitting.
Ian Kinsler – He has good numbers against lefties and on FanDuel he has as decent price. We know Miley’s numbers against righties are bad and again we have a favorable ball park here.
Brian Dozier – Huge game yesterday and Hamels hasn’t had the K’s this season. The Twins ball park has produced a ton of runs for some reason and Dozier should be leading off again.
THIRD BASE: Joe generally pays up for a top play at third base (along with first base). The most production comes from third base.NOTE: If we see someone cheaper batting at the top of the order, consider them for sure. We are willing to punt here if there are cheap guys at the top of the order.
Manny Machado – I’ve been waiting for him to wake up and last night he hit a bomb, maybe he can do it again either against VerHagen or the bullpen behind him.
Nick Castellanos – His price is crazy on FD when you consider the match-up against Miley. He has been hitting lefties very hard recently with an average EV of 87 over his last 14 days.
Rafael Devers – He’s been a beast since arriving in the majors and Shields has been terrible to lefties this season including an xFIP of 7.77.
Adrian Beltre – Beltre and the Rangers mostly busted against Colon but Kyle Gibson isn’t too much of a step up and Beltre still has great power.
SHORT STOP: Joe generally pays down at SS.
Tim Beckham – Talk about hot hitters, this dude has been mashing since going to Baltimore. He gets a solid match-up again today against a bad pitcher, this kid’s weakness is strikeouts but his pitcher doesn’t seem to get them too often.
Eduardo Escobar – Again Hamels hasn’t shown us any K-upside yet so until he does I don’t mind attacking him.
Elvis Andrus – If you want to pay up a little I don’t mind Andrus. He is having a great year and Kyle Gibson doesn’t scare me at all.
Brandon Crawford – He hasn’t shown big upside but he has done a good job of being productive without goose eggs. His price is interesting and the position is weak.
OUTFIELD- Joe will generally pay down at least 1 OF position $2500 or below, perhaps even two depending on the pitcher. He usually tries to pay up for one elite OF.
- Mookie Betts
- Christian Yelich
- Adam Jones
C – Gimenez
1B – Mike Napoli, Albert Pujols, Chase Headley
2B – Scooter Gennett
3B – Brock Holt, Nick Castellanos, Luis Valbuena
SS – Chad Pinder
OF – Derek Fisher, Jesse Winker, Brandon Guyer, Chris Young, Matt Adams,