Tim Heaney is in the lead. Steve Gardner and Ray Murphy, Derek Carty, Derek VanRiper and Todd Zola are all within shot of a first or second place finish to earn a golden ticket to the September 1st finals, when this year’s Tout Daily champion will be crowned.
Derek Carty has a ticket to the finals already. Todd Zola has two, and those two are also the top two point scorers for the season on the whole, with Ray Murphy in third. The Top Scorer for the season will also win a ticket to the finals.
Tonight’s contest is Week 3 of Period 5 in this year’s season. The Tout are picking:
My top hitter for tonight’s #ToutDaily contest is: Giancarlo Stanton (MIA – OF) at NYM $5,700. Giancarlo Stanton had his 6-game home run streak snapped yesterday, so it’s time to start a new one beginning tonight. He faces Mets pitcher Chris Flexen and his 7.02 ERA and 2.10 WHIP. Stanton is hitting .286 with 34 home runs and 69 RBI against right-handed pitching this season. Over the past week, Stanton has an OPS of 1.659.
My top pitcher for tonight’s #ToutDaily contest is: Max Scherzer (SP – WAS) at San Diego $14,100. He’s expensive, but good for 10 strikeouts, 0-2 earned runs, and hopefully a win. If we take a closer look at his last 10 starts, Max Scherzer is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA. He is on the road tonight at San Diego where he owns a 1.79 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in away games this season.
Corey Kluber and Yoenis Cespedes. Kluber’s recent record speaks for itself; Cespedes is heating up and facing a lefty.
Max Scherzer ($14,100), WAS at SD: I’ll keep this one close to the vest.
Jonathan Schoop ($4,400), LAA at BAL: Stack against my fourth cousin seven times removed, Andrew Heaney, who’s making his first start coming off Tommy John rehab.
PITCHER No-brainer for me, Max Scherzer ($14,100)
is the clear-cut choice for my SP1. I’m most interested in protecting my 34 point lead for the overall points title so there’s no reason to take chances. The match-up and weather both favor Scherzer over Kluber. That said, I’m still flummoxed over my SP2. It may come down to lineups and late weather scenarios.
HITTER Because I don’t know where I’m going with SP2, my hitting roster is in flux. A couple names I’m strongly considering include Neil Walker ($4,500) facing German Marquez in Coors and Shin-Soo Choo ($4,300) squaring off with James Shields in Arlington. Both should be hitting second in great hitting environments, in contests with no weather concerns.