Against All Odds; German vs Verlander in Series Opener

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Let’s face it. Yankees starter Domingo German has to do his best to match zeros with Justin Verlander and hope it turns into a bullpen affair, like it did last time.
The only current Yankees to take Verlander deep are Gardy, Didi and Stanton. Gardner has by far the most experience against the Houston ace, with 7 hits, 8 strikeouts and 3 walks in 29 ABs for a .241 clip. The rest of this squad has numbers to small to read anything into.
Sage advice for this matchup: draft Verlander ($12,600) and stay way from even a mini-stack of Yankees. Gleyber Torres ($3,900) (just because) would be worth a shot, and Brett Gardner ($3,600) has indeed heated up over the past few weeks, so both could produce some points.
 

MLB Fantasy Roundup for Memorial Day

 

Pitching

Jacob deGrom ($11,100). The Mets are a slight favorite with deGrom and his 1.54 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the bump. The right-hander is coming off two solid home starts, albeit against MIA and ARI, but he shut them down as he was expected to do. Option: Justin Verlander ($12,600)
 
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Value Pick: Adam Plutoko ($7,200). While Cleveland’s bullpen may be shot, there is a bright spot or two in their rotation reinforcements and Plutko is one of them. He was called up from Triple-A on for a May 23rd start against the Chicago Cubs and acquitted himself nicely, holding his own against Jon Lester. He may be well worth a flyer on facing a currently floundering White Sox squad.
 

Catcher

Evan Gattis ($3,700). The burly Houston backstop has been seeing the ball real well lately, and is oddly more reliable on the road. The short porch in Yankee Stadium will be beckoning today, and don’t be surprised if Domingo German hangs one to Gattis. It’s a sin for this writer NOT to draft The Kracken here, but I’ve been going with him strong lately and he’s yet to break out. Here’s hoping a reverse jinx will make that happen today!
 

First Base

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Matt Adams ($4,300). The Nationals power-hitting first baseman loves swinging against the righties, and Alex Cobb should be made to order for a long ball or two this afternoon.
 

Second Base

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Cleyber Torres ($3,900). This will be the young man’s first time in the box against Justin Verlander, but if we’ve learned anything from watching Torres on a daily basis it’s that he is absolutely fearless. Equally important, he can make adjustments within an at-bat where he’ll look bad on a one pitch, then plant the next offering 425 ft. in the left-centerfield bleachers. Torres sat out yesterday’s series finale with the Halos (knee), but should be good to go today.
 

Shortstop

Trea Turner ($4,800). It’s tempting to draft Didi Gregorius here, but I’m not sold he’s about to snap out of his month-of-May funk. He’s been squaring up on a few more more balls of late, but can’t see him getting right against Verlander. Turner has been a reliable point producer over the past week or so, and when the Nats smash, he speedster will pad his totals with SBs and runs scored.
 

Third Base

Mark Reynolds ($3,800) Also available at 1B. Reynolds has been a pleasant surprise for the Nats and anyone drafting him. They say the power is the last thing to go and the veteran is displaying plenty of it. While Reynolds is 0-9 against BAL starter Alex Cobb, we feel something is going the change with that today.
 

Outfield

Brett Gardner ($3,600). Gardy has been finding his stride at the plate after a prolonged slump, so look for him working counts, getting on base, swiping a base or two, and maybe planting one in the right field seats.
 
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Austin Meadows ($3,800). We’re riding this young standout until we can’t ride him no more. Over the past week, Meadows is hitting at a .500 clip with 3 HRs, 6 RBI and 2 stolen bases. At this rate, he’ll be $5,000 soon so get it while the gettin’ is good!
 
Mike Trout ($5,800). Pricey, yes, but Trout will more often than not at least break even on the salary investment. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd has not faced faced the Halo superstar yet, but Trout has been crushing everything in sight of late.
 
Remember this is for speculation only, not meant to be taken as gospel. We exist under the manta that “You can’t predict baseball” but it’s fun trying. Good luck with your lineup and let’s go Yankees!
 

Memory Lane

On this date in 1946 the first night game was played at Yankee Stadium, with the Bombers dropping a 2-1 decision to the Washington Senators. Of course the loss went to Cuddles Marshall, but you knew that.

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