Saturday brings us a near-perfect slate of baseball. There is a nice six-game slate of day games followed by a nine-game evening slate.
The highlight of the afternoon slate is the Clayton Kershaw ($14,200) vs. Madison Bumgarner ($11,600). I am siding with Kershaw and looking at the high strikeout potential of Raisel Iglesias ($8,600). While the thought of Kershaw-Sale ($12,100) is tempting, my fear is that it will leave you scraping the bottom of the barrel for offense. Look at Tigers hitters against the Yankees and CC to fill your day-slate offense. They are expensive with Nick Castellanos at $3,600 and Miguel Cabrera at $4,700 with Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Victor Martinez in between.
Pitching on the night slate is a lot more volatile. As much as Ian Kennedy ($8,700) is not a personal favorite of mine, he might be the best pitcher heading into the lights. I like what I have seen of Vincent Velasquez ($6,800) but not sure I have the stomach for him in cash games. Carlos Martinez ($10,000) might be the only other viable option. Offense is easy and hard at the same time. We have the Astros at the Brewers and Padres at Rockies. The hard part is going to be picking the correct eight hitters from these two games. Start with Astros Carlos Correa ($5,100) and save a little money with Preston Tucker ($3,500). Scooter Gennett ($3,300) provides an inexpensive option at second base. Padres Matt Kemp ($5200) and Derrick Norris ($4,000) will be in play. At this point everyone will own Trevor Story ($3,900) but doesn’t he have to slow down some time.