LetsRUMBL MLB Picks: 3 players to star on the diamond
The Major League Baseball season is in full swing and LetsRUMBL is ready for another weekend of Big League action. Daily fantasy sports players looking for an edge can find it with LetsRUMBL and our three fantasy MLB picks.
Friday May 18
Mark Reynolds, Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
LetsRUMBL average: 29 points
Mark Reynolds isn't the Washington Nationals everyday first baseman, but the corner infielder will get to start this weekend with Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list.
Reynolds got his first start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 13 and crushed two home runs for the Nationals. Reynolds brings plenty of power to the lineup in Zimmerman's absence. Daily fantasy MLB players can expect some sting in the ball when Reynolds makes contact. Although the player was in the lineup for Washington's May 15 game against the New York Yankees, the game was suspended and his stats are not official as yet. So, Reynolds will go into the game with just a few days of MLB play under his belt.
The Nationals will play the Dodgers in a weekend series. Los Angeles is nine games below .500 and struggling mightily. As of this writing, the Dodgers have lost five straight games and there is no sign of the team getting it together.
Washington has improved following an early season disappointment. The team's April saw them finish below .500. Statistically, only one team has won the World Series in the last 17 years after finishing April below .500. The team to accomplish the feat was the 2002 Los Angeles Angels. Fantasy players shouldn't expect the Nationals to win the World Series, but Reynolds should continue playing well this weekend.
He has played just once this season, but with two home runs and three RBIs, he could get more playing time at first once Zimmerman returns.
Saturday May 19
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays
LetsRUMBL average: 29 points
The Los Angeles Angels are just one game out of first place in the American League West. It looks like the Angels and Houston Astros will trade places this season in the division; and it could be the most exciting regular season race.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout is red hot this season. The outfielder has hit 12 home runs in 145 at bats. He is second in MLB in dingers. Trout has tallied 25 RBIs, 45 hits and 37 bases on balls. Add in 34 runs scored and Trout is a must for any daily fantasy MLB team.
Recently, Angels manager Mike Scioscia put Trout and teammate Shohei Ohtani back-to-back in the batting order. Having Ohtani behind him gives Trout added protection. The Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and coaching staff must decide which player to pitch to if Scioscia continues with the hitting order.
Tampa Bay's pitching is 22nd in MLB with a 4.58 ERA. The Rays' staff has given up 45 home runs and 191 runs. The Angels potent lineup can definitely get to the Rays pitching and Trout could have a field day on Saturday. The Angels are second in MLB in home runs with 58. Expect Trout to get some pitches to hit against the Rays.
Sunday May 20
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
LetsRUMBL average: 18 points
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is hitting .308 as of this writing. The middle infielder has scored 12 runs and tallied 12 RBIs. Bogaerts has been excellent at getting extra base hits. He has recorded 12 doubles this season for the Red Sox, who lead the league with 102.
Bogaerts isn't just solid as at the plate, but the shortstop can flash the leather. Bogaerts has 117 defensive chances and 72 assists.
Since returning from injury in late April, Bogaerts has posted a .731 OPS and nine RBIs. His DraftKings daily fantasy sports points total over those 16 games was 111.0. Meanwhile, his FanDuel daily fantasy sports points total during that same time was 143.50.
Bogaerts hasn't played the Orioles yet this season. In Boston's previous meeting with Baltimore, the Red Sox won all three games. The Red Sox outscored the Orioles 20-7. Boston and Bogaerts should have their way with Baltimore this weekend.