Last night’s DraftKings MLB Lineup didn’t quite get the job done. Charlie Morton had just worst start of the young season as he yielded four earned runs in just four innings of work. Kenta Maeda had a real nice outing, throwing a season-high six innings of one-run ball to go along with seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, Maeda didn’t get much run support from our Dodgers stack, which was a double whammy for our lineup. We did get doubles from Matt Kemp and Austin Barnes, but it wasn’t close to good enough to get us near the cash. Outside of Adrian Beltre our Rangers stack didn’t pan out either. The highlight of the lineup was a grand slam from our one-off Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. Let’s get a rebound lineup going on tonight’s eight-game main slate!
P – Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – $14,000 vs. MIA
On a slate that is lacking some ace-type pitchers, Kershaw is an easy play. Kershaw is coming off of a poor outing against the Nationals, but has otherwise been lights no this season through five starts. He brings a 2.45 ERA and a 26.9% strikeout clip into tonight’s contest. He has allowed just two earned runs to go with 19 strikeouts in just 12 innings of work at home this season. It’s real tough not to roster this guy when he pitches at home regardless of the opponent, so we will spend up and grab the future Hall of Famer tonight.
P – Jacob Faria (TB) – $6,300 vs. BAL
Faria is on the road for this outing in Baltimore, but at this price I think he can bring real nice value upside. He doesn’t bring high-strikeout numbers to the table with a so-so 19% strikeout rate on the season, but Faria has been excellent over his last two starts, throwing 11.1 innings of two-run ball while striking out 13 in that stretch. He has allowed just one earned run in three of his four starts this season while his 5.82 ERA is almost entirely derived from a disastrous second start to the season in Boston. He takes on an Orioles team that ranks 28th with a .603 OPS against right-handed pitching this season while their 171 strikeouts against righties are the fourth most in the bigs.
C – Yasmani Grandal (LAD) – $3,800 vs. MIA
We have rostered the Dodgers in each of the last two lineups and have been disappointed. However, their opponent tonight is righty Trevor Richards who sports an ugly 6.16 ERA through four starts, so I am going back to the well here. Grandal is off to a phenomenal start with a .328 batting average and three homers to go along with 16 RBIs. He has four doubles and a homer over his last seven games and owns a .244 ISO and .959 OPS against right-handed pitching this season.
1B – Cody Bellinger (LAD) – $4,500 vs. MIA
Bellinger will hit in the cleanup spot which is one spot behind Grandal as per the Dodgers’ projected lineup. Some would say it’s been a slow start to his sophomore year after a massive rookie campaign, but this guy is going to be fine. He still has three homers and has at least one hit in 12 of his last 15 contests. All of Bellinger’s struggles have come against lefties, but he owns a .340 average and .908 Ops against righties this season, so no need to worry about the slugging first baseman in this matchup.
2B – Joey Wendle (TB) – $3,200 vs. BAL
Alex Cobb’s Orioles’ tenure has not started on a great note as he brings an unsightly 15.43 ERA into this game tonight, albeit in just two starts. That said, he’s clearly been rocked in those two starts, so we’re going to pick on him a bit with some value Rays tonight. It begins here with Wendle who has been a pleasant surprise for the Rays, sporting a .304 average with a homer, three doubles and two triples on the young season. He owns an .807 OPS against right-handed pitching so far and is red-hot entering play after going 5 for 8 with a triple and three runs scored over his last two games.
3B – Jedd Gyorko (STL) – $3,200 vs. NYM
Gyorko hasn’t seen a whole lot of playing time for the Cardinals this season, but he’s been fantastic when he does get to the plate. Gyorko is hitting .545 on the young season, albeit in just 17 plate appearances. That said, he clobbered lefties for a .327 average, .267 ISO and .975 OPS last season. He is a one-off in this lineup, but one that should see low ownership in a favorable home matchup against Mets’ southpaw Steven Matz tonight.
SS – Corey Seager (LAD) – $4,400 vs. MIA
Seager hasn’t brought a ton of power to the table yet this season, but it’s coming and he makes for a real nice play out of the two-hole tonight against Richards and the Marlins. Seager has a history of clobbering righties in the big leagues. He owns a career .310 average, .197 ISO and .892 OPS against right-handed pitching. He has excellent runs and RBI upside tonight on top of some power upside in a very favorable home matchup.
OF – Joc Pederson (LAD) – $3,600 vs. MIA
We will end our Dodgers exposure here with Pederson. He’s had a tough go of it in the early going, hitting just .190 with a homer and two doubles so far. That said, Pederson brings excellent power upside to the table as he too has a history of hitting righties for power. Pederson owns a very powerful .229 ISO against righties to go with a nice .819 OPS. That OPS number is hurt by his poor on-base abilities, but we’re interested in the extra-base power he brings and that ISO number is the best reflector of that.
OF – Denard Span (TB) – $3,500 vs. BAL
Let’s get back to our Rays. Span should lead things off tonight against Cobb, and he’s been extremely productive as of late. Over his last five games, Span has gone 8 for 22 (.364) with a homer, two doubles, nine RBIs, four runs scored, three walks and a stolen base. Span brings some real nice cross-category upside to the table tonight including the stolen base department as Cobb yielded 14 steals last season.
OF – Mallex Smith (TB) – $3,500 vs. BAL
Smith brings similar upside to the table as Span does. He’s likely to hit low in the lineup, possibly in the eight-hole where he forms a wrap-around stack with Span and a mini-stack with Wendle who is projected to hit sixth. He’s off and running this season with a .344 average, three doubles, two triples, nine runs scored and three stolen bases. He doesn’t bring a ton of home run power to the table, but Smith is a nightmare for the opposition on the basepaths while he can certainly hit for extra-base power to boot.
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