Hopefully you followed last night’s DraftKings MLB Picks as our lineup absolutely went off. Gerrit Cole took a tough luck loss despite throwing seven innings of two-run ball, but he also struck out eight. Masahiro Tanaka hurled 6.2 innings of one-run ball to go along with five punchouts, and as expected in yesterday’s article, received more than enough run support to earn the win. The Yankees stack went ballistic last night as three of our four Yankees (Andujar, Gregorius, Austin) hit home runs while Andujar and Austin doubled as well. Our fourth Yankee Aaron Hicks went 1 for 4 with a walk, but also an RBI and two runs scored. Despite the Dodgers scoring just two runs, our Dodgers stack had a real nice night too. Kike Hernandez hit a home run while Austin Barnes and Chris Taylor each doubled and walked. It was one heck of a night with our lineup and we will look to keep it going on tonight’s 11-game main slate!
P – Charlie Morton (HOU) – $11,200 vs. LAA
With the way Morton has begun his 2018 season, it is real difficult to leave him out of any lineup as he gets set to take on the Angels at home. Through four starts, Morton is 3-0 to go along with a sparkling 0.72 ERA and a whopping 33.3% strikeout rate. While that ERA figure isn’t going to stick, Morton’s 2.54 ERA backs up the fact he’s been dominant in the early going. Morton’s career resurrection has been mind-blowing as he posted a 3.62 ERA and a strong 26.4% strikeout rate in 2017. Look for another gem from the right-hander tonight.
P – Kenta Maeda (LAD) – $9,300 vs. MIA
I really wish Maeda would go deeper into ball games, but as a second starter against a weak Marlins’ lineup I don’t mind rolling with the right-hander tonight at home. Maeda has made three starts this season, but 5.2 innings is the deepest he has gone so far. That said, he’s been real good, pitching to a solid 3.77 ERA, but his FIP sits at 1.08, meaning he’s actually been really unlucky and has pitched much better than his ERA figure shows. The Marlins rank dead last in the majors with a .583 team OPS against righties, so let’s look for a nice performance from Maeda tonight.
C – Austin Barnes (LAD) – $3,000 vs. MIA
The Dodgers get another lefty tonight so I will once again stack some lefty-mashing Dodger bats against Marlins’ southpaw Dillon Peters tonight. Peters has been touched up for a 6.98 ERA across four starts, so we should feel good about the Dodgers’ upside tonight. As mentioned, Barnes doubled in last night’s win, and I’m hoping it gets him going as it was just the second extra-base hit of the season for the catcher/second baseman. He hit lefties for a very powerful .257 ISO in 2017, so he should get his bat going again tonight.
1B – Joey Gallo (TEX) – $3,900 vs. OAK
The Rangers get A’s righty Andrew Triggs tonight in the hitting-friendly Globe Life Park in Arlington, so I don’t mind a Rangers stack either as their expected run total sits at five. Gallo is carrying over his 41-homer season from 2017 into 2018 as he’s already clobbered seven home runs to go along with four doubles, 17 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Gallo isn’t afraid to run either with seven steals last season and one this year. He’s an excellent source of power, especially at home.
2B – Kike Hernandez (LAD) – $3,400 vs. MIA
Hernandez had yet to get his bat going against lefties this season, until last night. Hernandez clubbed his first homer of the year against a lefty and third overall in last night’s 2-1 win. He actually had three hits in the game and is now 4 for his last 6 with two homers in that time. Hernandez posted a monster .309 ISO and .946 OPS against southpaws in 2017, and he will continue to hit in the favorable three-hole or cleanup spot when the Dodgers face a lefty.
3B – Adrian Beltre (TEX) – $3,400 vs. OAK
Considering the start Beltre is off to I love him at this price in a three-man Rangers stack. Beltre is hitting .298 to start the season, but has a homer and eight doubles to his name as well. He’s hot right now after going 3 for 7 with three doubles, a walk, an RBI and four runs scored over his last two contests. Triggs has fairly even lefty/righty splits in his young career, so I’m not worried about handedness in this matchup.
SS – Trevor Story (COL) – $4,300 vs. SD
Story is a one off in this lineup, but I expect him to bring some power to the group tonight. Story has already clubbed five homers this season, including one in last night’s contest. He is producing across the board this season with those five homers, four doubles, 14 RBIs, 10 runs scored and five steals already on the season, including one last night. He crushers left-handed pitching so let’s look for some of that cross-category contribution again tonight at Coors Field.
OF – Chris Taylor (LAD) – $3,700 vs. MIA
Back to the Dodgers here as we will go with Taylor who I believe still has real nice value upside at this price. He should hit in the leadoff spot again tonight, a spot that’s helped him score 14 runs already this season. After posting a powerful .208 ISO in 2017, Taylor sports a .198 mark this season thanks to three homers, five doubles and a pair of triples on the young season. He should be a great table setter for this stack tonight.
OF – Matt Kemp (LAD) – $3,600 vs. MIA
Kemp fits real nicely in this stack thanks to his success against left-handed pitching over his career. Kemp owns a lifetime .321 average against lefties to along with a very powerful .223 ISO and .925 OPS. All he has done against lefties so far this season is post a .450 average with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs in just 20 at bats. I expect Kemp to bring some of that power against southpaws to the plate tonight.
OF – Nomar Mazara (TEX) – $3,500 vs. OAK
We have completed our three-man Rangers stack with the addition of Mazara. He’s off to a nice start this season with a .294 average a trio of home runs so far. He’s a solid bat against right-handed pitching as he has a career .184 ISO and .781 OPS against them. Mazara will hit in the three-hole tonight for the Rangers which means he will hopefully set the table for Beltre and Gallo hitting behind him, and I have high hopes for this three-man group against Triggs and his 5.82 ERA on the young season.
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