Another day and a another dollar to be made, god willing. If you do play daily fantasy sports (whether if it is online or in an actual sports book) we know there is no tomorrow when it comes to betting. For those who have read my advice on pitchers before I’m hoping you might want to consider taking a look at some more options of mine, there could be a few things you might like that I see also. Here are my picks for Tuesday the 1st of July, Shall we…
The Fastball: Josh Beckett (LAD)- I have to say I have stuck by my buddy Josh through all the nasty motivation thrown at him before the season. Beckett is proving once again how great he is when healthy, and how this dominate southpaw can be so disliked and keep winning with a smile after. Josh is one of a kind in my book. I have watched hundreds of outings from him and his approach has not changed much. Beckett is classic for conceding one earned in the first inning or getting in a jam at least. Sometimes I think he does it on purpose to get himself in a mental state of mind that makes other teams upset, just like he is pitching on the mound. He can be ruthless and that is when Beckett is unstoppable. He has not been the nicest face to put on the jumbo screen at games. Some might ask why? It is because Josh is winning, and that is how Beckett is and always has been.
The Los Angeles Dodgers starter has had five shutouts in his last 10 starts, and has been putting up stellar outings. Beckett is coming off dominating back-to-back shutouts heading into Tuesday. He has been unreal on the mound, and a top 15 pitcher at this point in my book. Not a bad pick for a later spot in any teams rotation. He is 5-4 with a 2.11 ERA a 1.00 WHIP and has a 88/28 K/BB ratio on the season. Beckett is holding opposing hitters to .199 BAA this year in 93.2 IP on the year. Those are “CY Young” award-winning numbers other than the wins and loss column. I will blame his supporting role because there is no one else to really hide from the truth of the situation. He is a must start without a second blink. With enough said Beckett and the Dodgers will be hosting the Indians in Los Angeles on Tuesday. We never dislike the bad performing athletes. Yankees fans might want to be unbiased on this one.
The Change-up: Mike Leake (CIN)- Mr. Leake has been huge for the Reds in winning a game sometimes this season. In Mike’s last two starts he has limited both the Giants and the Blue Jays to just one earned run in eight innings of work. Leake will be looking for his fourth straight win on Tuesday. Leake is one of those pitchers that does not “look” good, he just “is” good. He always has been. Leake this season has already thrown 108.1 innings in 16 starts. In Mike’s defense do not let the Reds give him a bad name, especially after seeing the numbers and noticing that he is only 6-6 on the season. It is kind of sad.
Leake is rocking a 3.41 ERA a 1.14 ERA along with 84 strikeouts and only 23 walks. He is actually on pace for more strikeouts than in his previous seasons, but what really impresses me is that he has on given up only 11 home runs so far. That is quite a bit of time on the mound for a disabling stat for opponents to face when Leake is on the rubber. I think the Cincinnati Reds will bring the goods on Tuesday when Leake will take the mound against the Padres. I do not see a poor pitching performance in this match, nor a poor offensive performance from the Reds either. That is the leak on Leake. There is nothing stopping me from starting him. The Reds offense actually seems to be showing up and in reality Leake should regulate for another victory for his squad and himself.
The Curveball- Jeff Locke (PIT)- With the Pirates looking to turn up the heat in their division they have a pitcher on Tuesday that is more than capable of adding fuel to their fire. Locke has been great in his five games he has started for the Pirates this year. He is coming off his first win of the season in a game against the Rays where he pitched 7.1 innings allowing just three earned runs. Locke has unfortunately had three no decisions in his first five starts. In those starts he has not surrendered more than three earned runs in any game, and took a 0-1 loss against the Brewers allowing three hits in seven innings. So you see he is receiving the short end of the stick for how well he is pitching. Jeff was one of my choices on his last start and got the win for Pittsburgh and my heart, so I think it is safe to start him on Tuesday.
Locke has a 3.74 ERA a punishing 0.98 WHIP along with 23 strikeouts and allowing just four walks in 33.2 IP this year. Jeff is limiting opposing batters to a .236 BAA. Locke looks like the dominating left-handed pitcher he was last season, it is like clock work. He can pitch when he is not winning in a game, and pitch when his team is winning a game. Jeff is very mentally disciplined on “his” game when he takes the mound. Some Pirates runs on the board and Locke leading the way I suspect we could see back-to-back wins for the lefty. He is a start in my book of sports when he is set to touch the rubber on Tuesday facing the Diamondbacks at home.
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