What No One Tells You About Becoming a Fan

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Detroit Lions fan Ward Elliot of Livonia yells out

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1. But, you’re a Lions Fan…

Do you suffer from too many emotions?  Is constant disappointment a side effect of you having too much HOPE?  Does your face hurt from smiling once in a while?  If you have been emotionally vacant since 2008 – then Become A Lions Fan.  Think of all you get to endure, all you will have to tolerate…

Last Night, you were one-yard away from not having to hear anymore about the 12th man.  One Yard away from not having to hear anymore about Russell Wilson – who’s no Colin Kaepernick.  Then, as per usual for you – defeat, snatched from the jaws of victory.  It’s enough to make you scream – “WHAT ARE THE LIONS DOING ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL?!”  So goes life as a Lions Fan.   1957 is not just the last title the team has – it is a garage code for you.  Typically all that’s left is the Thanksgiving Game, today hurts – maybe just watch some more highlights of Barry Sanders – Yeah, that’ll help, cuz he played for you!  Just try not to smile too much, after-all, you’re at the quarter-pole of 0-16.


2. Straight Ca$h Homie…

Another successful week for us and our members.  Case in point: Using our delicious info, a friend of the site won $20,000 and a free trip last week – that is prettay, prettaay, prettaaay good.  As the week goes on, DC*3PO gets smarter and smarter, he was 67% ATS – check it out – www.theDiRTCanon.com – sign up and let us Teach You How To #Win – here are the Perfect Lineups for week 4, at least for Detroit Fan, you had the best D:

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3. Mattingly, Shave those Side-Burns…

Sure it might be gimmicky, but it is meaningful baseball and tonight the gimmick begins.  The result is bigger than a Loyalty Quiz for Red Sox Fans for Playoff Tickets.  It is bigger than the Smugness of Being a Cardinals Fan.  It’s the chance to #win the World Series.  The newest gimmick, corrects the original gimmick of the Wild Card – all because the Giants also won 100 games, but the Braves won the division and it was viewed as a wrong that needed to be corrected.  Just as this one-game, play-in, corrects the original sin of the Wild Card team – meaning it should be more important and rewarding to win your division.  If you didn’t?  We’ll give you a title-shot, but you are now at a disadvantage, and just as importantly, it creates drama that seems to be missing far too often from the viewpoint of those, who do not love this game.

  • Pennants Pursued – Whether Beane’s view of his job is completely accurate or not, most analysts agree on his main point……(continue reading)

    “My sh*t doesn’t work in the playoffs,” Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane once said. “My job is to get us to the playoffs. What happens after that is f***ing luck.”


4. Addiction is a Cruel Bitch

AL Wild Card: ASTROS @ YANKEES – ESPN 8p EST

It seems weird to see the Yankees celebrate a Wild Card berth.  Sure, it is the postseason, but we view the Yankees as better than that.  Of course, it is a marvel that the Yankees were able to get to this point.  We thought back in Spring Training, that this season would be a whirlwind of circus proportions, dealing with A-Rod and an aging player-base, that also had suspect pitching.  Yet, here they are, and without CC Sabathia.

It’s a monumental under-taking for Sabathia to admit and admit himself to get help.  Today will not be the most difficult thing that CC will have to go thru – everyday will be the most difficult – and how crushing must it be to go thru this, with the feeling that you have let your team down, as much as you have let yourself and your family down.  Best of luck to you CC.

But, there is still a game to play and it looks as if we are watching two teams headed in different directions.  To me the best player on the field will be Carlos Correa, but the story will be Dallas Keuchel.  Dallas, a 20-game winner…pitching on short rest…for the first time…in the Bronx Zoo…For all the young Astros this will be an event like no other, and regardless of the outcome, will be a huge step in how they grow the next few years into possible champions.  The Astros may have ran out of gas at the end, but there is no doubt they belong and they might be playing October baseball more frequently in the future.

 

What You Need to Know for Tuesday Night #Baseball

Clemente

Today would have been Roberto Clemente’s 81st birthday – so let’s all toast a legend of the game while we watch StrikeZone!

Heavy Favorites – according to Vegas

Clayton Kershaw vs. Oakland A’s (-221) – Ànother fifth day, another start for Kershaw as the favorite on the night. It’s becoming  routine, so surely on Sunday, Kershaw will be here. Tonight, Kershaw gets the Oakland Athletics, a team that is really struggling to find their groove – ask Stella. Since the second half of the season, the A’s have the lowest wOBA out of ANY team in the league. Think about that for a moment, worse than Atlanta, Miami, crazy to think about, right? So other than the fact that the A’s can’t hit, they’re at least a tough team to strikeout. They maintained that in the second half, as their strikeout percentage stands at 18%, one of the best in both leagues. But truly, with Kershaw entering tonight with a K/9 of 11.3, what does that mean? Maybe he ends up with eight strikeouts on the night? Kershaw has just been that good. Since the All Star break, Kerhsaw owns a 0.92 ERA giving up only four runs in 39 innings and striking out 45. As usual though, he’s going to cost you a fortune to roster. Priced at $15,000, you better get damn creative building the rest of your roster – thankfully I can help with that.
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Francisco Liriano vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (-215)- We were arguing recently, if the Diamondbacks were getting the respect they deserve when it comes to being a good offensive club. They gave Gerrit Cole a run for his money last night. Tonight, Liriano is the second highest favored pitcher of the night. Like Cole, Liriano hasn’t exactly had a stellar month of August. He’s pitched nine innings giving up seven runs on 13 hits with a 9:6 K:BB ratio. Not exactly great numbers when you’re going to face a team that owns the ninth highest wOBA on the month at .331. Overall, Liriano comes into tonight with a 3.19 ERA with a 1.13WHIP and a K/9 of 9.9. Once again, we’re not sure we’re all giddy to throw Liriano on a roster tonight against this D-Backs team. Are they as good as we’re making them out to be? Maybe not, but I can’t feel great about putting pitcher in tonight that hasn’t exactly shown much as of late. At $10,300, it certainly is risky.

RA Dickey vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-190) – We’ll give credit when it’s due, Dickey has been solid as of late. Dickey has given up only four runs in his last three starts on 14 hits and a K:BB ratio of 13:6. For a knuckleballer, that’s pretty good. Tonight, he gets those Phillies that Vegas loves to hate on. After starting off the second half on fire, the Phillies have seen their wOBA slip to the middle of the league at .312, good for 16th. Dickey is of course, one of the toughest pitchers to predict because, quite frankly, even he doesn’t know what the knuckler will do on a particular day, Dickey has had his struggles on the road this season, with his wOBA against is over 60 points higher compared to at home. His price tonight just might make him a serious consideration, as he’s only going to run you for $7000.

Top Overall Game per O/U

Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 11 Over/Under- Vegas is expecting some fireworks in this one. Jordan Zimmermann takes on David Hale in this one. Zimmermann has looked like his old self lately in his past two starts, scoring 22.6 and 30 points against the Rockies and Dodgers. However, of course, pitching in Coors Field adds a whole different dynamic to the equation. As for Hale, he’s coming off the disabled list to return to the rotation, proving how bad their rotation really is. Hale owns a 5.69 ERA on the season with a 1.39 WHIPand a K/9 of 6.6. The Nationals have really been struggling at the plate, owning a .296 wOBA this month, good for 24th in the league. Nothing a little Coors Field can’t fix, right? As always, find a way to work a couple of these hitters into your lineup tonight.

Toughest Pitcher L/R matchup

  • Left handed batters
    • Felix Doubront OAK (LwOBA .218)
    • CC Sabathia NYY (LwOBA .222)
    • John Danks CWS (LwOBA .253)
  • Right handed batters
    • Jacob DeGrom NYM (RwOBA .197)
    • Clayton Kershaw LAD (RwOBA .238)
    • Jordan Zimmermann WAS (RwOBA .256)

Easiest L/R matchup

  • Left handed batters
    • Matt Wisler ATL (LwOBA .436)
    • Tyler Cravy MIL (LwOBA .424)
  • Right handed batters
    • CC Sabathia NYY (RwOBA .385)
    • Felix Dubront OAK (RwOBA .373)

All Pitcher Stats

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Hottest Hitters – last 7 days

  • Chase Utley PHI – DiRT Canon Value 106.66
  • Carl Crawford LADDiRT Canon Value – 101.06
  • Pedro Alvarez PITDiRT Canon Value – 98.37
  • Jackie Bradley Jr BOS  – DiRT Canon Value – 93.63
  • Alejandro De Aza BOSDiRT Canon Value – 90.90
  • Matt Kemp SDP – DiRT Canon Value – 88.86

Other notables:  Joey Votto is 11-for-23 with 2 HR’s, 7 RBI and 6 runs scored.  Miguel Sano is 10-for-24 with 3 HR’s, 9 RBI, a stolen base and 4 runs scored.

Best BvP matchup Tonight

Brian McCann vs. Mike Pelfrey – All is right in the world once again! McCann is 19-40 against Pelfrey with 10 extra base hits, two of them going for home runs, and a 1.368 OPS.

Adrian Beltre vs. Hisashi Iwakuma- If Iwakuma is thinking he’s going to pull out another no hitter, Beltre is here to stop him dead in his tracks. Beltre is 11-33 against Iwakuma with four extra base hits, three of those going for home runs and a 1.008 OPS.

Nick Markakis vs. James Shields- These two have seen a lot of each other back in their AL East days. Tonight, they matchup once again with Markakis 23-74 against Shields with seven extra base hits, two of them being home runs and a .859 OPS.


Weather

Looks like it might be a clear night of baseball!


Top 4 by Position – in no partciular order

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A Pitcher To Consider

Garrett Richards ($9,800) –Raise your hand if you made a weird face when you saw Richards here. I’ll admit, I did, and I’m the one writing this. I have a few reasons to go this route so hear me about before you close this article in disgust and un follow me on Twitter. First off, Kershaw is just too expensive. $15,000. Putting Kershaw on your roster leaves you with $35,000 to work with, or $3,888 on average for each remaining player. Even if you went with Adam Conley, who’s the cheapest pitcher on the night, that leaves you with an average of $3,862 per player. Doable, but tough for sure. Then we have deGrom. Do I like the matchup against Baltimore? I don’t love it. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t hate if you draft deGrom tonight. His WHIP is a ridiculous 0.83 and he doesn’t give up a lot of home runs, only 11 on the year, but at Camden Yards scares me a bit. I have no doubt that deGrom will most likely have a solid start, but at $11,600, I’d at least want to like the matchup a bit more. Baltimore does own the best wOBA against RHP this season. So, with all that being said, here we are with Richards.

After starting off the month hitting way more to the potential people thought the White Sox have, they’ve fallen all the way down to 15th in wOBA in the month of August. Their power is decent, as they’re 10th in ISO this month, but a matchup in LA makes me feel a lot better about dealing with that. The White Sox are also in the middle of the pack in terms of strikeout % sitting at 20.5 on the month, or 14th in the league. I’m ok with that since Richards has a K/9 of 7.1, which I feel as if that’s obtainable tonight or close to it. Overall, for his price tag of $9800, it gives you a good chunk of flexibility that you wouldn’t necessarily get with deGrom and certainly not with Kershaw. Richards certainly isn’t the same caliber pitcher as those two, but matchup wise, I’m feeling good about this one.

Worth Considering

Anthony Rizzo($4900) – Rizzo gets a matchup tonight with the home run happy Anibal Sanchez. The majority of the home runs Sanchez has let up as come from RHB, but Rizzo does such a good job against righties, I like this chances tonight. Rizzo owns a .392 wOBA against righties this season with an ISO of .262. Big numbers for sure against someone who struggles to keep the ball on the park. Sanchez is given up an astonishing 28 home runs on the season. If someone can take him deep, Rizzo is certainly fitting the mold tonight.

Save $$$…

Abraham Almonte ($2000) – Honestly, I’m riding the hot streak right now. Almonte doesn’t have impressive overall numbers, but he’s been hitting well since taking over the every day outfield role in Cleveland. In the month of August, Almonte is batting .286 with two home runs, and eight RBIs. Again, nothing overly impressive, but at just $2000, you have nothing to lose here. Tonight he faces Eduardo Rodriguez, who has an wOBA over .300 against both RHBand LHB. Almonte, being a switch hitter, can take advantage of either side. He’s not a great hitter and don’t expect a ton, but even a 5-7 point night exceeds what you could ask for from someone who’s an everyday starter costing you the minimum price possible.


The Rest by Position

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Randomly Generated Lineup Combinations – Ideas

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Can O’DiRT

I like to introduce myself at parties as a guy who, when I played Baseball, I won as many Gold Gloves as Mike Trout.  It’s true so I can say it.  But how is that possible?  I demand an investigation and a Federal probe.  If we can do that for Iran’s-outline-for-a-possible-maybe-nuclear-handshake-framework-embargo-lift-o-rama-deal and other Congressional Inquiries, then this should be ok…Until then, my career, and that of the Millville Meteor are parallel – at least in golden gloves.

We are down to the final 6 days of the regular season and for your daily NBA fantasy tournaments as such, we are extending our invite to a complete breakdown that will included – specials – analysis  – projections set for you to win fresh-lettuce tonight – go to the current RotoCanon page for the week or click DiRTyPlays. Tonight features only 2 games so slim pickings, therefore you will need to be precise in your selections.  Use our DiRTyPlays, it helps you win.  We have placed the same information we send to members on our RotoCanon page for you and you will notice that it might be a good idea to look at Aaron Brooks tonight as he tops our list of #Sleepers.

It’s crunch time as the NBA is coming to a close in the coming weeks and we want you to win.  Join our FreeRoll on DraftKings as well as our beginners double up on Fan Duel.  Just click any of the links or pictures and be sure to take our poll on information provided in our DiRTyPlays segment as we look for you to tell us what level of information you are looking for.

 MLB Update

 

As the MLB season has kicked off, we are still in the process of testing theories, stats and information as it pertains to pertinent information, analysis, projections and subsequently lineup creation.  Over the coming weeks, we will be providing a daily set of players we have identified as having top matchups and/or hot streaks.  We will also provide you with a lineup for both Fan Duel & DraftKings that you might consider playing each night.  Just go to our DiRTyPlays page for the week and each day there will be a section for MLB.  We want your feedback, so contact us and as we release special contests, designed for our subscriber base, you can simply click any of the banners for each site to be taken directly there to enter the lineups we have prepared for you.

Blue Jays @ Yankees

Vegas has the MoneyLine at Toronto -123 with the Run total at 7.

Daniel Norris

Career vs Current Yankees Roster
Batting Avg: 0.500 [1 / 2], BABIP: 0.000, FIP: 143.200, K%: 33.33, BB%: 33.00
1 Walk, 1 Strikeout, 1 Home Run

CC Sabathia

Career vs Current Blue Jays Roster
Batting Avg: 0.228 [26 / 114], BABIP: 0.264, FIP: 3.567, K%: 16.67, BB%: 7.00
23 Groundout, 21 Strikeout, 21 Flyout, 18 Single, 9 Walk, 8 Pop Out, 7 Forceout, 6 Double, 5 Lineout, 2 Home Run, 2 Grounded Into DP, 2 Sac Fly, 1 Field Error, 1 Sac Bunt

Red Sox @ Phillies

Vegas has the Moneyline at Boston -135 with the run total at 7.5

Justin Masterson

Career vs Current Phillies Roster
Batting Avg: 0.270 [24 / 89], BABIP: 0.320, FIP: 2.200, K%: 15.05, BB%: 2.00
30 Groundout, 20 Single, 14 Strikeout, 7 Flyout, 5 Pop Out, 4 Double, 4 Forceout, 2 Walk, 2 Fielders Choice Out, 2 Grounded Into DP, 1 Runner Out, 1 Hit By Pitch, 1 Lineout

David Buchanan

Career vs Current Red Sox Roster
Batting Avg: 0.000 [0 / 6], BABIP: 0.000, FIP: 1.200, K%: 33.33, BB%: 0.00
3 Groundout, 2 Strikeout, 1 Lineout

Giants @ Padres

Vegas has the Moneyline at San Diego -130 with the run total at 7.

Tim Hudson

Career vs Current Padres Roster
Batting Avg: 0.259 [29 / 112], BABIP: 0.303, FIP: 2.832, K%: 18.10, BB%: 2.00
35 Groundout, 22 Single, 21 Strikeout, 10 Flyout, 8 Lineout, 6 Pop Out, 5 Double, 2 Home Run, 2 Walk, 2 Field Error, 1 Runner Out, 1 Fielders Choice Out, 1 Sac Fly

Ian Kennedy

Career vs Current Giants Roster
Batting Avg: 0.233 [48 / 206], BABIP: 0.289, FIP: 2.959, K%: 19.48, BB%: 7.00
45 Strikeout, 40 Flyout, 38 Groundout, 35 Single, 17 Walk, 15 Pop Out, 10 Lineout, 9 Double, 3 Forceout, 3 Sac Bunt, 2 Grounded Into DP, 2 Triple, 2 Bunt Groundout, 2 Sac Fly, 2 Home Run, 2 Intent Walk, 1 Bunt Pop Out, 1 Field Error, 1 Hit By Pitch, 1 Double Play