Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: Studs, Duds and Sleepers

The WagerTalk Daily Fantasy examines the post-Memorial Day events on this Tuesday night Major League Baseball schedule with a brief analysis and a short break down of who is in line to be the Studs, Duds and Sleepers..  While breaking down specific matchups are an important variable in daily fantasy baseball — there are other factors — such as form, injuries, weather and of course the contest salaries that add to the intrigue and challenge of the event.|

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Tuesday Night’s WagerTalk Daily Fantasy Cheat Sheet offers up tonight’s Studs, Duds and Sleepers.

TUESDAY, MAY 31ST

PITCHERS
STUDS:
Mike Leake SP St Louis Cardinals
Leake may not be a household name or even fit what most consider a “Stud” in big league pitching circles but he aims to close a terrific month of May when he takes the hill  at Miller Park for a league test against the Brewers. Leake has posted a 2.18 ERA in five May starts, four of which the Cardinals have turned into wins. He’s allowed four runs over his last 28 innings and while the Cardinals right-hander is just 2-4 with a 4.72 ERA in 11 starts against the Brew Crew his FIP in those 11 starts is just under 3.50.

Aaron Nola SP Phillies
Nola (4-3, 2.86) starting for the Phillies, against one of the league’s best teams in the Nationals, a “Stud?”.

Yes

Nola gets the ball in Game 2 against Washington tonight, a Nationals lineup that will be without power hitting Bryce Harper (knee).  Nola allowed 14 runs in 33 May innings, but only eight of those were earned and his 2.40 xFIP this season is as strong as his surface ERA.

DUDS:
J.A. Happ SP Toronto Blue Jays
Happ will take the mound when the Blue Jays host the Yankees. Happ has recorded a quality start in all but one of his 10 outings this year. In his previous start, he faced the Yankees and allowed one run over seven strong frames. However, his underlying peripherals don’t support nearly 50 percent of his quality starts and the matchup between his teammates and New York starter C.C. Sabathia don’t offer Happ the necessary run support to earn a win in the affair.  The Blue Jays lefty was destroyed by the Tampa Bay Rays two weeks ago allowing eight runs in two innings of work on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Granted, the Rays strength, offensively, is facing lefties, but this was a loss that told the tale of what you will get from Happ when de is facing a team that has right-handed power hitters and has to fight through a small strike zone from the scheduled home plate umpire.  Scheduled home plate umpire tonight, C.B. Bucknor is hitter friendly and hinders Happ more so than Sabathia.  Happ’s strikeouts are way down this year, to 5.72/9 from last years’ 7.90 mark and his swing and miss rate of 8.1% is a number that is inevitable to suffer regression from his large percentage of quality starts.

Jake Peavy SP San Francisco
Peavy takes a turn on the hill in what has been money for him and his San Francisco teammate.  The Giants have not lost back-to-back road games since April 29-30 and while the troupe has held serve on the road for a month regression to the mean will hit hard tonight when the team takes on the lowly Braves, a game that this confident group, will take for granted. Peavy will observe his 35th birthday by starting for the Giants and not only has his skill-set taking a southerly turn the last three years he has never won at Turner Field in his career.

SLEEPERS:
Drew Smyly SP Tampa Bay Rays
Smyly (2-6, 3.92) is a solid matchup against the current Kansas City makeshift lineup. The Rays southpaw makes his 11th start of the season and he is more than familiar with the Royals from his days pitching for the Detroit Tigers,. The Royals have lost three All-Stars to injury and are not as productive against left-handed pitching as they are against righties. Smyly is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Royals

HITTERS
STUDS:
Paul Goldsmith 1B Arizona Diamondbacks
The D-backs’ bats have come alive, especially at Chase Field in the desert, and a big reason for the mega-runs that the D’Backs are scoring as of late can be attributed to Goldsmith. The lefty has a stellar matchup today against Lance McCullers. Goldschmidt homered for the second time in three games and has rediscovered his stroke over the past 13 games by going 16-for-43 with three homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.

George Springer OF Houston Astros
Springer is on a red hot role from the leadoff spot and his three-hit game on Monday makes him 13-for-31 over the last seven games.

DUDS:
Alex Rodriguez 3B New York Yankees
ARod’s return from the DL can best be described as a story for the disaster list.  The Yankee’s third baseman is 1-16 since returning from his rehab assignment on the farm.

SLEEPERS:
Ian Desmond SS Texas Rangers
Desmond extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-5 with his seventh home run and 13th double, scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs on Monday versus Cleveland He’s now a fixture at the top of the Rangers lineup and has, or is about ready to, qualify as a multi-positional player after taking several turns in center field for the Rangers. Desmond has chopped a huge 8.6 percent off his career strikeout rate this season and while Indians starter Corey Kluber isn’t chopped liver on the mound Desmond has a strong history against the Cleveland right-hander. Desmond is 16-for-37 with five RBI in the last eight games.

CAUTION:
Giancarlo Stanton OF Miami Marlins
Not only has been the victim of a recent hitting slump he hasn’t seen the batter box in over a week due to a torso injury. The power hitter is doubtful tonight vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates

Bryce Harper OF Washington Nationals
Harper exited Monday night’s game between the Nationals and Phillies with an apparent right leg injury after getting hit by an 88 mile per hour fastball in the area of his knee in the top of the seventh inning.  He was 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Monday night before he left the game and is listed as doubtful tonight in Philadelphia.

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