MLB Value Picks – April 18th 2016

MLB Value Picks

It’s transition day with new series lined up for tonight’s MLB action. Among them will be a divisional matchup between the Cubs and Cards at Busch Stadium. Chicago’s John Lackey will attempt to join teammate Jake Arrieta with a third win third season. The task won’t be without it’s difficulties, as he faces a team that has scored 85 run up until now and ranks first in the entire league. It will also be interesting to see if Nats slugger Bryce Harper can extend his career best streak of four games with a homer to five. He will be going up against Miami’s Jose Fernandez who has been struggling, holding a 5.06 ERA in two starts. There is 7 games on tap this evening, so things might not get optimal, but there is always some diamonds in the rough to select from. So lets see who are the likely candidates for MLB value picks.Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard’s two starts against the Phillies last year were highlighted by a 7 1/3-inning scoreless performance on May 27. Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard each homered off of him in 2015, but Odubel Herrera went 0-for-6 and Cesar Hernandez was a 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Syndergaard has begun 2016 by suppressing Kansas City and Miami to a combined one run in 13 innings with 21 strikeouts and two walked batters.

Catcher: Tony Wolters – Colorado Rockies

Tony Walters is an inexpensive option to start for tonight matchup against the Reds.

First Baseman: Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels

Angels slugger Albert Pujols, who hit home run number 562 this past Sunday, is one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place on the all-time list. Pujols’ 585 doubles is also one shy of sharing the 18th all-time rank with Rafael Palmeiro.

Second Baseman: Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals

Washington’s Daniel Murphy has made contact with 14 of the 30 at-bats he had during his nine-game hitting streak and holds 107 hits in 101 career games versus Miami.

Third Baseman: Brett Lawrie – Chicago White Sox

Chicago 2B Brett Lawrie is riding a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-28) after going 2-for-4 on Sunday.

Shortstop: Cristhian Adames – Colorado Rockies

The Dominican will start in place of Trevor Story. It’s his opportunity to take some shine from his teammate for low price.

Outfielder: David Peralta  – Arizona D-Backs

David Peralta should be well rested in the series opener against divisional rival San Francisco.

Outfielder: Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun blasted out in his 23rd career multi-homer game on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Outfielder: Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

The Marlins have to be careful with Harper, who has a .325 career batting average with 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .613 slugging percentage against them.

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