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If you are like me in setting your lineup, you grab your ace and another good starting pitcher, but by the time you get to the outfield, the remaining money is just too tight to stretch. My typical compromise is to dial back on my second pitcher.
Such a fallback option on Monday is Jon Niese, who draws the toothless Braves at home. The Pirates lefty took a full week off due to rainouts after his best start in his last four at Great American Ballpark last Monday. In terms of price, Niese is 11th of the 18 starting pitchers tonight at $5900.
A couple of players who started 2016 off slowly face one another in Los Angeles tonight as Corey Seager and the Dodgers welcome the cross-town Angels, with Matt Shoemaker taking the ball for the Halos.
Their current trajectories are very different, however, with Seager ($5000) having raised his batting average 50 points in the last 10 days. During that time, the shortstop logged six multi-hit games. That includes five hits in his last eight at-bats, with three home runs and four RBI on Saturday and Sunday.
On the other hand, Shoemaker ($5900, same as Niese), is NOT recommended. The right-hander is lugging a 9.12 ERA through six starts, with 13 earned runs allowed in his last two outings, totaling just 5 1/3 innings. Shoemaker can only be holding onto his rotation spot due to the Angels’ decimated starting pitching.
In fact, it would not be a bad night to look at a Dodgers stack.
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