It's Tanaka Time in Charm City

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The Baltimore Riots of 1861

The Baltimore Riots of 1861
The Massachusetts Militia “passing through” Baltimore during the Baltimore Riot of 1861. This was not why the place got it’s nickname.

 
Things are going so bad around Baltimore these days, you can’t even get a straight answer on how the joint got it’s ‘Charm City’ nickname. In our humble opinion, ‘Crabtown’ or ‘Mobtown’ work better, but here’s the skinny on that.
 

Tanaka: Just Keep The Line Moving

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On the field, Masahiro Tanaka will be making his 10th career start today against Baltimore since joining the Yankees in 2014, and his second of the current season. Overall he is 2-3 (3.65 ERA) versus the Birds, and allowing just 1 home over 82 opponent plate appearances at Camden Yards — which is impressive considering it’s a hitter’s park and the O’s lineup can mash when they’re on. Tanaka has been publicly disappointed with his inconsistent performance over the team’s incredible start to 2018, and we’re expecting a vintage Tanaka outing today. At good lineup investment at $9,500.
 

Gausman: Pitch Around Judge, But Then Theres …

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Once again, the old joke about a hitter sending a limo to make sure a pitcher gets to the ballpark — and once again it’s Aaron Judge ordering it, and this time it’s Kevin Gausman getting the lift.
 
The last time the Yankees saw O’s starter Kevin Gausman was April 6th in The Bronx. For the most part, he held down the potent New York lineup over 5 innings, allowing 2 runs and scattering 5 hits, inlcluding RBI singles to Stanton and Judge. The game was decided in the 14th inning by a Pedro Alvarez grand slam off Jonathan Holder.
 
The loss dropped the Yankees to a 4-4 mark and fans were already getting restless at the time. Indeed a lot has changed since that day — the Bronx Bombers are 19 games over .500 and rewriting the franchise record books on almost a daily basis.
 
The Yankees have reeled off 10 series wins out of their last 11, and are 18-7 over their last 25 games.
 

Yankees & MLB Fantasy Roundup for Saturday, June 2, 2018

The following suggestions are for some of today’s contests at random, which include the Yankees-Orioles matchup.
 

Second Base

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Gleyber Torres ($4,800). It’s time for Torres to join the fun, as he will see Gausman for the first time today. The 21-year-old star second-baseman is hitting .325 overall with 9 home runs and 27 RBI, and is beating up on lefties and righties alike with little preference.
 

Third Base

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Nolan Arenado ($5,500). The All-Star third-baseman (who attended the same high school as our own Austin Romine!) has been consistently dangerous at the plate lately, and sees Dodger pitching pretty well (.311 BA with 12 HRs and 33 RBI against the current roster).
 

Outfield

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Aaron Judge ($5,500). All Rise. Judge is pounding Gausman at a clip of .500 (7-14) with 3 home runs, 6 RBI and 4 walks. At this amount of dineros, a bargain at twice the price!
 
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Brett Gardner ($4,500). Gardy is not only hot but smacking .333 (14-42) career off of Gausman with 1 home run, 3 doubles and 5 base on balls.
 
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Mike Trout ($6,000). While $6K for a position player is a whammy on any lineup budget, Trout has been on a tear and paying dividends lately. He’s only 4-20 (.200) career against lefty Cole Hammels, but is hitting .357 against Texas so far this season, and .379 over the last week.
 
 
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!
 
 

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