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Yes, Jimmy Paredes played well Friday, and he has consistently since his activation from the disabled list April 18. Through his first 30 at-bats, Paredes has eight runs, three home runs, six RBI and a .400/.419/.800 slash line.
While a minor back injury cost him an opening day roster spot and 10 games to start the season, Paredes has become a staple in the heart of the Orioles lineup. He opened the season in the five hole, and then spent four games batting second.
Friday, Paredes hit third.
Last season, Buck Showalter leaned on a relatively unknown Steve Pearce, and Pearce rewarded fantasy owners with 21 home runs and a plus-average from May 1 on.
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Paredes could be in line to have a similar impact.
He posted a .286 batting average through 168 at-bats as a 21-year-old in 2011, and he has taken annual hacks at the major league level in each year since. There is nothing left to prove in the minors, either. Paredes is a career .300 hitter over 1235 at-bats at Class AAA.
During spring training, the 26-year-old went 20-for-55 with 12 RBI and a 1.004 OPS, too.
The usual disclaimers preside. It is a small sample size and you’ll want to keep your expectations in check, especially in the power department.
However, the biggest endorsement fantasy owners need is from Showalter.
He views Paredes as a difference maker in his lineup, and so far, the results suggest Showalter is right. Even if the window of opportunity is only marginally open, batting in front of Adam Jones has huge perks in the fake game.
Take advantage while you can.
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Daily fantasy notes
Afternoon baseball rules Sunday. The BaseballHQ Freeroll, MastersBall 50/50 GPP and Home Run GPP all begin at 1:08 p.m., so have your lineups ready early.
Don’t be afraid to pinch a few pennies on the mound Sunday. Instead, make sure to load up on top-tier hitters in facing favorable pitching matchups.
Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
$5,500 salary | 11.0% of cap
Take away the Brewers’ 10-run outburst Tuesday, and they’ve averaged just 1.66 runs per game over their last nine outings. Lynn has been a force through his first three starts, too, with 20 strikeouts and just three earned runs and 19 base runners allowed through 17 1/3 innings.
Drew Pomeranz, Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros
$4,000 salary | 8.0% of cap
He took care of business in his home debut (six punchouts and no earned runs through seven innings), and stands to return to form back in cozy O.co Coliseum. Plus, the Astros lead the league in strikeouts and sport a .223 batting average against left-handed pitchers.
Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
$5,100 salary | 10.2% of cap
While winless through his first three starts, Liriano has an 11.5 K/9, and strikeouts pad the fantasy point total in a hurry. He hasn’t pitched poorly (3.00 ERA, .083 WHIP through 18 innings), either. Look for Liriano to nail down his first win Sunday.
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C Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (Asher Wojciechowski)
$2,500 salary | 5.0% of cap
Vogt has gone 19-for-51 (.373 batting average) with a 1.251 OPS and .515 wOBA against right-handed pitchers this season, and Wojciechowski is allowing lefties to hit .382 off him this season.
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (Mike Fiers)
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap
Opposing righty Mike Fiers has allowed six extra-base hits — two round trippers — in 31 at-bats against left-handed batters for a .645 slugging percentage this season. Votto has gone hitless over his last two games and stands to have a slump-busting day at the dish in the favorable matchup.
OF Justin Maxwell, San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (Tyler Matzek)
$1,600 salary | 3.2% of cap
Carrying a minimum price and with jacks in back-to-back games, Maxwell needs to be on your radar Sunday. He has the handedness split against Matzek, who has allowed a .836 OPS and .368 wOBA to righties during his short career. Maxwell is locked into an 8-for-21 groove with five runs, three home runs and seven RBI, too. And there is the Coors Field factor.