Straight Cash Homie w/ @PatioJoeRef – 8.21.17



What’s up Wise Take?  Patio Joe here to bring you your cash game article.

I am not going to boggle you down with statistic after statistic on why a play is good.  I may give a sentence but that’s it.  I’ll break down each position with the best cash game play.  Each position will have a description of my general rule on how I select each player at that position.   What is a good cash game play?  Well, to me, it is the safest to hit his value, the most optimal play at each position with price being considered.  Next will be a value section.  These will be players that I will be playing depending on where they are hitting in the line-up.  I then will give you my MVP play of the day.

Finally, even the cash game guy gets that GPP itch. So I will bring you a small section named “ At Bat W/Audie.” Here I will break down just a few of my favorite team stacks. Nothing big.

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PITCHERS: I generally pay up for the top pitcher on the slate, biggest favorite, etc.

Alex Wood- Safest pitcher on the board tonight.

Chris Stratton- Coming off of a 60 point performance, He is at home against a team that K’s the most in baseball. Best pitching environment in baseball.  His price makes him playable in both cash and GPP tonight.

Cole Hamels- Don’t love his upside but he has been hot and pitches good in Anaheim.

Tyler Skaggs- Another GPP option mostly but has some upside.


CATCHER: I generally pay 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.

Kurt Suzuki– Mashes Lefties

Yasmani Grandal– Cole is generous to lefties

Robinson Chirinos


FIRST BASE: I generally pay 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.

Yonder Alonso– Amazing matchup tonight against Folty

Paul Goldschmidt– Gsellman is worse to righties.

Chris Davis– Almost every Oriole is in Play tonight.

Cody Bellinger– Check to see if he is playing.


SECOND BASE: I generally pay down for a player that is batting at the top of the order that is $2600 or below.  These are the top plays. Look down for value below.

Jonathan Schoop- His price is amazing tonight on FD.

Jed Lowrie– Gets a good matchup tonight in Miley

Robinson Cano– Power hitting lefty in Freeman field

Brian Dozier– Facing a spot starter and once he is out bullpen is terrible second game of double header.


THIRD BASE: I generally pay up for a top play at third base. Along with first base. The most production comes from third base.

Rafael Devers- Clevinger has been getting torn up by lefties lately.

Manny Machado– Hot Hot Hot

Jake Lamb– Heating up himself

Travis Shaw

Adrian Beltre


SHORT STOP: I generally pay down at SS.  $2800 or below is my mark. Line-up dependent.  Will pay up at times.

Tim Beckham-

Elvis Andrus

Corey Seager

Marcus Semien


OUTFIELD- I generally will pay down at least 1 OF position $2500 or below, perhaps even two depending on the pitcher.  I try and pay up for one elite OF.

The following are all great players, salaries not listed. Order of who I like best.

  1. Andrew Benintendi
  2. Jackie Bradley Jr
  3. Andrew Jones
  4. Trey Mancini
  5. Mark Trumbo
  6. Andrew McCucthen
  7. Rajai Davis
  8. Mike Trout
  9. Khris Davis
  10. Austin Jackson
  11. J. Pollock
  12. D. Martinez
  13. Max Kepler
  14. Eddie Rosario



VALUE SECTION:  The following players are the value plays of the day, which are players where price meets, where they are batting in the line-up.  Players that can hit value easily because  Their salary is so low.  It is essential to have value players in your cash game line-up in order to be successful.


C-    Mitch Garver, Mike Zunino

1B-  Ryon Healy, Mitch M

2B- Daniel Descalso

3B-  Asdrubal Cabrera

SS –   Eduardo Escobar  

OF- Matt Kemp, Nick Delmonico, Brando Nimmo, Brandon Guyer,

Remember if a player who normally doesn’t bat high in the order does for some reason and his at a very low price.  I will be considering him, So value may open up as the day moves on.



  1. Orioles
  2. Twins- second game of a double header.
  3. Red Sox- Lefty Bats
  4. Dodger- Lefty Bats
  5. Pirates- pure contrarian stack against most popular pitcher.
  6. A’S