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Tonight’s MLB schedule presents a bit of a challenge in Draftstreet daily fantasy baseball leagues. It’s a light schedule as it is, and half of the games have early starts. So if you plan on joining a 7:05 league, the low-cost options are very sparse. So the three pitchers presented here today are the three least expensive options offered tonight.
Erik Bedard – $9,666
Bedard actually is cheapest pitcher tonight, but he is the best option among the bottom three salary options. In two May outings, he has two quality starts. He held the Yankees to one run through six innings, then followed that up with an even better effort, shutting out the Indians through six, and allowing just one hit. He also won both games, marking his first two victories of the year. While his matchup against the Angels might seem a bit tough, he could be catching them at the right time. They’ve scored just 10 runs in their last three games, and haven’t had more than eight hits as a team in any one of those.
Tyler Skaggs – $12,703
If it wasn’t for one start, Skaggs would actually have a much better stat line than he does now. On May 4, he was rocked by the Rangers for eight hits and six runs in 2.2 innings. They gave him his first, and still only, loss. Including that game, he has a 4.14 ERA. If that outing is taken out of the equation, that drops all the way down to 3.13 over six starts. That is a much more encouraging number. Even including his loss, his season WHIP still stands at 1.12. Tonight, he gets the Rays, who have struggled on the road this season, scoring just over three runs a game and hitting only .235 outside of Florida.
Roll the Dice
J.A. Happ – $13,202
It’s tough to know what to expect from Happ. He has made five appearances on the year, and only two of them have been starts. Those have come with mixed results. In his first start 10 days ago, he went five innings against the Phillies and limited them to just three hits and kept them off the scoreboard. However, he followed that up by getting pulled in the third inning against the Angels after giving up seven hits and four runs through 2.1 innings. But, like Skaggs, he is facing a team that doesn’t hit well away from home, and this game happens to be in Toronto. The Indians are hitting a dismal .223 as a team on the road this year, ahead of just the Astros in the American League.
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