Final 4 Teams Open Their Season

After 12 games yesterday the final 4 teams that haven’t played yet will finally get their seasons started. The Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays will finally get their seasons going today. There is one game today that I am definitely doing a Double Down on because of who is starting and I hope I do come through since I didn’t do good the first day with Beltre but I hit my double down with Starlin and Ethier yesterday so my streak is now at 2. Let’s do it.

Recap Of April 1st

Robinson Cano- 1 for 4- He did get a hit off of Lester in his 3rd at bat.

Buster Posey- 0 for 2- Posey did nothing and I had a feeling he wouldn’t against Kershaw.

Andre Ethier- 1 for 4- Ethier’s only hit was an infield hit but he was my sleeper and he came through against Cain.

Paul Konerko- 0 for 4- Was my pick to avoid and for good reason. He was facing James Shields and he didn’t do anything at all.

Starlin Castro- 2 for 4- Hits in his first two at bats of the year and was half of my Double Down.

Recommended Picks By MLB For April 2ndAdrian Beltre is a pick that I know everybody will be picking and will be looking at for tonight. He failed me on opening night in Houston but he could very well have a great game tonight and reward all that pick him. Beltre has 1684 hits for a .278 average against righties in his career. Beltre didn’t do anything against Houston on opening night on Sunday but he could have a great game tonight. Beltre has 1198 hits for a .289 average on the road in his career. Beltre has 318 hits for a .277 average in March/April in his career. Beltre has 50 hits for a .248 average against Houston in his career. Beltre has 24 hits for a .276 average in Minute Maid Park in his career but he went 0 for 4 on Sunday in Minute Maid Park but I think he will turn it around tonight. Beltre had 10 hits for a .333 average against Houston last season and 0 hits for a .000 average against Houston so far this season. Beltre had 4 hits for a .333 average in Minute Maid Park last season and I think he will do well against Lucas Harrell tonight. Beltre has 5 hits for a .714 average against Harrell in his career. Beltre had 4 hits for a .667 average against Harrell last season and I think he will do well against him tonight as well. Lucas Harrell hasn’t been a great pitcher but an average pitcher so far in his career and he is facing a team that he gets hit hard against and he could suffer the same fate tonight. Harrell has given up 133 hits for a .260 BAA righties so far in his career. Harrell has given up 28 hits for a .259 BAA in March/April in his career so far. Harrell has given up 12 hits for a .261 BAA Texas so far in his career. Harrell gave up 12 hits for a .261 BAA Texas last season. Harrell has only faced Texas twice in his career and each time he pitched okay but he got hit by Beltre and I think the same will happen tonight as well.

Ryan Braun is another strong pick for BTS year after year as he always seems to come through no matter what unless he is in a slump. Braun is a great choice tonight against Jorge De La Rosa and I think he will do well tonight. Braun has 283 hits for a .344 average against lefties in his career so Braun rakes against lefties. Braun has 151 hits for a .320 average in March/April in his career so far and I think he will continue to hit at the beginning of the season. Braun has 52 hits for a .317 average against Colorado in his career and I think he will do well against the Rockies tonight. Braun had 4 hits for a .182 average against Colorado last season so he struggled against them last season but I don’t think that will continue tonight. Braun had 1 hit for a .200 average against Colorado yesterday but he almost went hitless. Braun has 7 hits for a .778 average against De La Rosa in his career and I think that will continue tonight. Braun had 1 hit for a .500 average when he last faced De La Rosa in 2010 and I think he will do well against him tonight and get at least one hit off of him tonight rewarding all that pick him. He will be picked a lot tonight and he could have a great game. Jorge De La Rosa is making his first start of the season tonight and he could pitch great or he could get rocked by Milwaukee tonight. De La Rosa has given up 636 hits for a .273 BAA righties in his career. De La Rosa has given up 375 hits for a .260 BAA on the road in his career. De La Rosa has given up 110 hits for a .227 BAA in March/April in his career so he pitches well at the beginning of the year and he could shut down Milwaukee tonight. De La Rosa has given up 29 hits for a .315 BAA Milwaukee in his career so far and I think he will get rocked by Milwaukee again tonight. De La Rosa gave up 6 hits for a .273 BAA Milwaukee when he last faced them in 2010 and I think he will give up a lot of hits tonight. De La Rosa has given up 76 hits for a .298 BAA in Miller Park in his career. De La Rosa gave up 4 hits for a .190 BAA in Miller Park in 2009. That was the last time he pitched in Miller Park and he pitched well but I don’t think he will pitch well tonight and I think Braun will get at least one hit tonight off of De La Rosa.

Sleeper Pick For April 2ndMelky Cabrera is a great pick I think for today. He is a great hitter and he was well on his way to the NL batting title last season until he got suspended for 50 games for PEDs. I think he would of been batting champ if not for his suspension as he was raking and hitting everybody. He has a great matchup tonight against Justin Masterson  and I think that he will do well today and he is definitely somebody I would look at for today. Cabrera joined the Blue Jays and he is a switch hitter so he should have a great game tonight. Melky has 292 hits for a .279 average against righties in his career so far. Melky has 133 hits for a .267 average in March/April in his career so far. Melky starts off the year slow but he gets red hot but I think he will do well against Masterson tonight. Melky has 47 hits for a .272 average against Cleveland in his career but I think he will do well tonight. Melky had 23 hits for a .315 average when he faced Cleveland in 2011 and I think he will rake against them again tonight. Melky has 11 hits for a .524 average against Masterson in his career so he is raking against him and I believe that will continue tonight. Melky had 7 hits for a .467 average when he last faced Masterson in 2011 and I believe he will have a great game tonight and he will reward all that pick him. Melky has 75 hits for a .283 average on artificial turf in his career so he hits well on turf. Melky has 31 hits for a .272 average in Rogers Centre in his career so he hits well in Toronto and I think he improves on that tonight against Masterson. Melky is my sleeper as he is facing a pitcher who didn’t do much last season at all and I love this matchup. Justin Masterson had a horrible season last year and he was getting hit all over the ballpark by everybody he faced last season and I think he starts off the year giving up a lot of hits to Toronto. Masterson has given up 502 hits for a .292 BAA lefties so far in his career and I think he will get raked against tonight. Masterson has given up 421 hits for a .283 BAA on the road in his career so far and I think he gives up a lot of hits in Toronto tonight. Masterson has given up 98 hits for a .248 BAA in March/April in his career so he pitches well at the beginning of the season but I think he will get hit tonight. Masterson has given up 35 hits for a .233 BAA Toronto in his career so he pitches well against Toronto in his career. Masterson gave up 7 hits for a .140 BAA Toronto last season so he shut them down last season but I don’t think that will happen tonight. Masterson has given up 67 hits for a .322 BAA on artificial turf in his career and I think that continues tonight. Masterson has given up 23 hits for a .291 BAA in Rogers Centre in his career and I think he will give up at least one hit to Melky tonight. Masterson hasn’t been a good pitcher at all the last few years but he pitches well against Toronto but I don’t think he will pitch well against them tonight.

Current Record: 2-0- Ethier did get a hit and he helped me hit my Double Down.

Pick To Avoid For April 2ndAndre Ethier is somebody who I would definitely avoid today against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Ethier was my sleeper for yesterday but I would stay away from him tonight against Bumgarner. Ethier has 240 hits for a .237 average against lefties in his career. Ethier struggles against lefties and I think that will continue tonight. Ethier has 163 hits for a .313 average in March/April in his career so Ethier hits well at the beginning of the season but he can’t hit Bumgarner. Ethier has 111 hits for a .291 average against San Francisco in his career. Ethier had 1 hit for a .250 average against San Francisco yesterday. Ethier had 17 hits for a .262 average against San Francisco last season. Ethier has 1 hit for a .077 average against Bumgarner in his career so he doesn’t do anything at all against Bumgarner. Ethier had 0 hits in 3 at bats against Bumgarner last season and I think he will struggle against him again tonight. Madison Bumgarner is making his 2013 debut tonight against the Dodgers and I think he will pitch well against them tonight. Bumgarner has given up 100 hits for a .226 BAA lefties in his career so far and I think that will improve tonight. Bumgarner has given up 269 hits for a .254 BAA on the road so far in his career. Bumgarner has given up 57 hits for a .271 BAA in March/April in his career so far so he gets hit at the beginning of the season and I believe he will give up hits tonight but none to Ethier. Bumgarner has given up 40 hits for a .241 BAA the Dodgers so far in his career and I think he will pitch well against them again tonight. Bumgarner has given up 25 hits for a .245 BAA in Dodger Stadium in his career but I think he will pitch a good game tonight. Bumgarner gave up 6 hits for a .176 BAA the Dodgers last season and I think he will pitch well against them again this season. Bumgarner gave up 4 hits for a .148 BAA in Dodger Stadium last season and I think he shuts them down and Ethier as well tonight. Ethier is somebody I would avoid tonight and I don’t think he will do anything at all against Bumgarner.

Current Record: 1-1- Konerko didn’t do anything against James Shields like I had a feeling he wouldn’t.

My Picks For April 2ndMelky Cabrera is my first choice for tonight as I am doing the double down. For all reasons why see my Sleeper Pick above.

Jose Bautista is going to be my second choice for tonight and I hope I can get this Double Down. Bautista has 580 hits for a .249 average against righties so far in his career. Bautista has 123 hits for a .256 average in March/April in his career so far and I believe that he will have a good game tonight against Justin Masterson. Bautista has 32 hits for a .299 average against Cleveland in his career so far and I think he will hit Masterson tonight. Bautista had 7 hits for a .304 average against Cleveland last season and I think he will continue to hit Cleveland well tonight. Bautista has 5 hits for a .385 average against Masterson in his career so he rakes against him and I expect him to get at least one hit off of him tonight as well. Bautista had 1 hit for a .200 average when he faced Masterson last season so he didn’t hit him well last season but I think he will get at least one hit off of him tonight. For Masterson’s stats see Sleeper pick above but I will add that Masterson has given up 314 hits for a .224 BAA righties in his career so far so he doesn’t get hit by righties but Bautista does hit him. Masterson gave up 12 hits for a .286 BAA on artificial turf last season and I think that will continue tonight. Masterson gave up 5 hits for a .208 BAA in Rogers Centre last season and I think he will get hit by both Melky and Bautista tonight. I’m hoping I can have a nice streak going after tonight.

Current Record: 1-1- Got my BTS streak started finally.

Double Down Record: 1-0- Castro and Ethier got my Double Down helping me get started in BTS.

5 Comments

Melky and Reyes for me today.

My picks exactly

Melky and Longoria. I originally had Braun but he might not get much good to hit.

Going with Braun – Miller Park is a hitters paradise. Dome should be up as it will be cold in Milwaukee tonight.
Tough time getting on BTS last night and could not get on. Everyone is chasing 57 and the site is probably overwhelmed.
Streaks may linger longer this year with the ability to skip days. The season is about 180 days. You could have begun on 4/1 and finish with 57 in late Sept.
New stategy for sure

Skipping days may save a small pct who play part time. But the serious players knew to pick the DL to skip a day. So, overall, I don’t think the no-reset for missed pick will be a game changer

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