Now that the first month of the season is over, it is time to start casting your votes for the All-Star team. I always thought the MLB allows the voting to start way too early, but it’s their way to drum up attention for the game. Also, the fact that this game determines who gets home field advantage in the World Series is just dumb. This year’s All-Star game should be the entire league vs the Washington Nationals.
The All-Star game is still a while away and we have a full slate of games so let’s get to it!
Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox – Chris Sale pitches for the Red Sox who has been a freak this year. He leads the league in strikeouts so far this season, 52 of them in 5 starts. The Red Sox offense continues to be stagnant, and can’t produce anything. Sale will get late into this game and hold the Orioles down, but the bullpen and lack of run support could make Sale lose another game he deserves to win.
Targets: Sale, Betts
Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins – Santana takes the bump for the Twins, and he leads the league in ERA. His ERA is 0.77 which is flat out ridiculous. Oakland is one of the worst teams in scoring runs, which will make it even harder for them against Santana. A complete game shutout isn’t out of the question in this game.
Targets: Santana, Sano
Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros – Battle of the Lone Star State! These are two great offenses. Texas hasn’t shown it that much this season but they are a strong team – best in the AL last year. Napoli hit a home run last night and when he gets hot he is a freight train full speed ahead. We’ll see if this home run gets him back on track but I think it will.
Targets: Odor, Napoli
Ervin Santana – MIN – SP – He was targeted above but Santana would be a steal. He is 4-0 on the season with a 0.77 ERA. He doesn’t strike out a lot of batters but he averages 26.4 Fantasy Points per Game. Only $8600 he will lethal if paired up with Sale in a line up.
Jose Bautista – TOR – OF – Bautista has been terrible so far this season. However he hit a home run last night. Just like Napoli for Texas, Bautista is a slugger and last night’s home run could ignite something for him. In Yankee Stadium where home runs are easy to hit, look for Bautista to give Toronto some hope.