The Boston Red Sox may be sitting out of the World Series this year but it still hasn’t ruined the spirit of David Ortiz. Ortiz surprised some military families with tickets to tonight’s Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City. The veterans will be honored during the seventh inning of tonight’s game.
What’s up, SideLeaguers! Happy Monday & welcome to Monday’s edition of our MLB fantasy plays. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, I’m not gonna blab too much, here’s a look at who I really like tonight.
Hyun-Jin Ryu – I think Ryu is worth a look because the Pirates are near the bottom in stats against LHPs this year and PNC Park is friendly to pitchers. There shouldn’t be a ton of runs scored between him & Volquez. It’s definitely worth a look over.
Chris Sale – The White Sox ace is the best pitcher throwing tonight and IMO it’s not even close. The Royals bats will be very quiet tonight.
Justin Verlander – Arizona’s offense is stuck in neutral against RHP. Justin Verlander hasn’t been anything close to what he normally is. Because of that, he’ll definitely be overlooked and you can definitely get a sneaky good night performance wise from Kate Upton’s boyfriend.
Brian McCann – Under the radar play at home where his ballpark favors lefty bats.
David Ortiz – Ortiz faces Drew Hutchinson who has an ERA of 6.75 at home. That’s awful. Ortiz will show people tonight why that’s awful.
Brian Dozier – Dozier’s average isn’t all that but I think he can get it going tonight against T.J. House.
Ryan Zimmerman – The Nats are visiting Coors Field where the baseball flies like a lot, because of the thin air and stuff.
Stephen Drew – Under the radar play because Drew’s okay at the plate and I like him because of that ugly 6.75 ERA by Hutchinson.
Charlie Blackmon – Coors Field man, baseballs be flyin’
Brett Gardner – Yankee Stadium, where lefties prosper.
Michael Wacha – Solid. Solid as a rock. That describe’s Michael Wacha’s 2014. I like this match up against Arizona tonight. This is my top play for tonight’s games
Jered Weaver – A solid match up against the Astros who strike out at a league-worst 24.5%.
Phil Hughes – Before you hit refresh on your computer, yes. I did indeed pick Phil Hughes to highlight today. As an under the radar play I think he’s great today. He gets to pitch in Petco Park and the Padres swing and miss a lot. Yes it’s a gamble, but a gamble I like.
Buster Posey – Okay, I picked Buster yesterday and he didn’t play. Before you look at me all “here he goes…” he should definitely play today. Colorado throws out a better pitcher than yesterday, but anytime you get a good hitter in Coors Field, you’ve gotta go with it.
David Ortiz – Just a hunch. It’s David Ortiz, you never know when he’s gonna give you a big night.
Neil Walker – Chris Tillman lines up to be a good match up for Real Deal Neil.
Pablo Sandoval – Kung-Fu Panda should be under the radar and should have a shot at a good night at Coors Field.
Troy Tulowitzki – The leading NL MVP candidate at home in Coors Field.
Mike Trout – Trout hasn’t been very Trout-like as of late, but against the Astros I think he can show off his skills.
Charlie Blackmon – Another beneficiary of Coors Field. He’s still swinging the bat well and should have a decent night tonight.
It’s that time of the week folks! We here at SideLeague take a look at the best home runs from the past week of MLB action. (click screenshot to view the majestic home run of your choice.)
#5: Michael Morse, April 23rd – The man with the highest batting average in Coors Field among active players (.442 avg) would hit 2 home runs on this day. When doing this, Morse would become the 3rd player since 2006 to hit multiple 450+ foot homers in the same game. This was the 1st.
#4: Josmil Pinto, April 20th – This was the longest home run by a member of the Twins (459 feet!) since Jim Thome knocked one 464 feet in 2011. The young Twins prospect has been quite the bright spot for the Twins in this young season.
#3: Chris Davis, April 23rd – Davis only has 2 home runs this year. Both against the Blue Jays. Maybe he should petition MLB to play all of his games against Toronto.
#2: Ian Desmond, April 21st – This home run by Desmond was measured at 462 feet. That would make it the 2nd longest home run hit in Nationals Park history.
#1: David Ortiz, April 22nd – The man who has played more games at DH than anyone else in history hit the longest homer by any member of the Red Sox in the last 9 seasons. Ortiz also made Masahiro Tanaka the 299th different pitcher to give up a home run against him.