If you haven’t jumped into a showdown contest yet, this one will test your mettle. It’s a two-team clash where you get to draft 6 players, a maximum of 5 from one team. Everyone on the 25-man rosters are included as options, bench guys, bullpen arms, closers, etc.
You still have the $50K budget limit, but expect some sticker shock on top player salaries. Check back for in-game notes and updates on strategies for DK’s Showdown style contest. And let’s go, Yankees!
Yankees Daily MLB Showdown Fantasy Cheatsheet
Thursday, April 5, 2018 vs Baltimore Orioles
Today’s lineup for the New York Yankees:
- Brett Gardner, CF
- Aaron Judge, RF
- Giancarlo Stanton, LF
- Didi Gregorius, SS
- Gary Sanchez, C
- Neil Walker, 1B
- Tyler Austin, DH
- Tyler Wade, 2B
- Miguel Andujar, 3B
- SP: Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
Key Stats At-A-Glance
First Pitch : 6:30pm EST
Spread : Birds +1.5, Yankees -1.5
Money Line : Birds +222, Yankees -242
Over/Under : 8.5
Line Moves : Late smackers coming in on NY
Park Factors : Yankee Stadium is considered a hitter’s park.
Weather : 42°, Partly Cloudy, Wind WNW 16MPH, 0% chance of rain.
- In their last 8 matchups, the Orioles are 1-7 straight up against the Yankees on the road.
- In their last 5 meetings, the Orioles and Yankees have gone OVER.
- O’s closer Zach Britton is on the 60-day DL.
Andrew Cashner ($6,900) vs The Yankees
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Baltimore inked the free-agent righty, previously of the Texas Rangers, to a two-year/$16M deal in February of this year. His arsenal features a strong sinker mixed in with a four-seam fastball, both hitting the gun in the low 90MPH range. Cashner also includes a rarely used cutter and a changeup, both in the mid-80s.
What may bode well for stacking the Yankees’ three-headed monster (Judge, Stanton and Sanchez) is that both of Cashner’s money-maker pitches result in higher than league average fly balls. Get your trigonometry calculator out. YankeeStadium + MonsterMashing + FlyballPitcher = YouKnowWhat. But — that belies Cashner’s 1.point.something ERA against the Yankees over a recent stretch. I’m leaning towards ‘that was then, this in now’. This is a different Yankee team. A different Yankee vibe.
Here’s who to consider drafting (or not) in the Yankees lineup against Andrew Cashner:
- Didi Gregorius ($9,600) : While *all* of the pitcher vs hitter sample sizes involving Cashner and the Yankees are miniscule, Didi is the only Yankee on the current roster to take Cashner deep (once), while going 4-16 (.250) with 2 doubles.
Masahiro Tanaka ($16,300) vs Baltimore Orioles
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There are four guys on the O’s current roster who have seen Tanaka a minimum of 20 ABs — Crush Davis, Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado. While Jones has the best numbers (7-21 / .333 / 1 HR), I’d be more worried about second baseman Schoop, who is crazy hot right now.
Here’s who to consider drafting (or not) in the Bird’s lineup against Masahiro Tanaka:
- Jonathan Schoop ($6,400) : See notes above. Schoop is a certified PIA to the New York Yankees, and why should tonight be any different?
THE FINE PRINT : The fantasy lineup suggestions are purely speculation and should not be taken as gospel. Anything can and will happen in a baseball game, but this content is designed to provide a starting point for your lineup research. Best of luck, and let’s go Yankees!