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DraftKings MLB DFS Picks – May 15th


Last night’s DraftKings MLB DFS Picks left a lot to be desired. In what was a pretty chalky stack, the Cleveland Indians didn’t live up to their potential, aside from a first-inning Jose Ramirez solo shot. Our pitching also left plenty to be desired, but the slate’s pitching in general was woeful at the top. Carlos Carrasco yielded three earned runs with just four strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work before Joey Lucchesi yielded three earned runs himself with just two strikeouts in only five frames of work. Our mini-stack also didn’t pan out, so we will go ahead and throw that lineup in the trash as we move onto tonight’s large 14-game slate!

P – Noah Syndergaard (NYM) – $10,800 vs. TOR

On a slate with some solid pitching at the top, I’m going to roll with Syndergaard as my top arm on the slate. The Mets host the Blue Jays tonight and with Thor on the mound it could be a long night for Toronto. He brings a real nice 3.09 ERA into action, while his 2.78 FIP is also a night sight to see. He continues to rack up the strikeouts with a 27.6% strikeouts clip on the year, nearly identical to his 27.4% mark from last season. Keep an eye on the weather situation tonight in New York, but for now I am rolling with the hulking right-hander.

P – Jose Berrios (MIN) – $7,600 vs. STL

He hasn’t been all that good in 2018 with a 4.50 ERA entering play tonight, however I like Berrios’ upside tonight at a real attractive price. The Cardinals were supposed to be a real good offense, however they sit 23rd with a .701 team OPS against right-handed pitching. They have two players in Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler hitting under .150 while Kolton Wong sits at a cool .186 mark. Berrios is also much better at home, posting a 3.74 ERA at Target Field against a 5.18 ERA on the road. He posted a very similar 5.17 ERA on the road in 2017, but a sparkling 2.41 ERA in the pitcher-friendly confines in Minnesota.

C – Mike Zunino (SEA) – $3,500 vs. TEX

We are going to roll with a pair of four-man stacks in this lineup, and the Mariners group gets started here with the power-hitting Zunino. This guy simply destroys left-handed pitching with a .297 ISO and .883 OPS against them in the 2017 season, although most of his damage this year has come against righties. Nonetheless, he’s swinging a powerful bat this year with three homers over his last eight games and six on the season.

1B – Ryon Healy (SEA) – $4,000 vs. TEX

Another powerful bat against southpaw pitching is Healy who matches up well against Rangers’ lefty Mike Minor tonight in Seattle. Healy is mashing lefties in the early going with a massive .348 ISO and 1.012 OPS against them after posting a .212 ISO and .873 OPS against them in the 2017 campaign. He is 8 for his last 20 with two homers and three doubles, so let’s roster the slugging first baseman tonight.

2B – Kike Hernandez (LAD) – $3,500 vs. MIA

The Dodgers are slumping and their division is running away from them, but for tonight I like their upside against Wei-Yin Chen and the Miami Marlins. Chen has been rocked in his three starts since beginning the year on the DL as he sports an unsightly 10.22 ERA on the year. Enter the lefty-mashing Hernandez who owns a career .238 ISO and .862 OPS against southpaws after posting a huge .309 ISO and .946 OPS against them in 2017.

3B – Justin Turner (LAD) – $3,700 vs. MIA

Turner is expected to be activated from the DL ahead of tonight’s contest against the Marlins, and that’s a good thing for the Dodgers and fantasy owners alike. Turner absolutely clobbered lefties in 2017 to the tune of a .380 average, .324 ISO and 1.181 OPS with 11 homers and 13 doubles in only 142 at-bats against them. With a struggling lefty on the mound and a healthy Turner at the plate, there could be some serious damage done tonight.

SS – Chris Taylor (LAD) – $4,000 vs. MIA

Leading things off for the Dodgers tonight will be Taylor who is off to a fairly slow start at the plate with just a .232 average entering play tonight. While he still sports a powerful .213 ISO against lefties this season, Taylor was an excellent cross-category contributor all-around last season with 21 homers, 85 runs scored, 72 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. He also posted a healthy .837 OPS against lefties in 2017, making him a valuable asset at the top of the lineup.

OF – Matt Kemp (LAD) – $3,900 vs. MIA

Completing our Dodgers stack is Kemp who is swinging a real nice bat this season with a .317 average and five homers and seven doubles already. He’s also destroying left-handed pitching to the tune of a .366 average, .195 ISO and .996 OPS across 41 at-bats. With the exception of 2017, Kemp has mashed lefties throughout his big league career, and with a struggling Chen on the mound I very much like Kemp hitting in the five-hole tonight.

OF – Nelson Cruz (SEA) – $4,200 vs. TEX

Back to our Mariners stack with Nelson Cruz. Cruz is still hitting for plenty of power at the dish, clobbering seven homers and six doubles on the young season. He is also getting it done with authority against left-handed pitching with a real nice .229 ISO and .814 OPS against them this season. He actually hit righties for more power in 2017, but posted a mammoth .351 ISO and 1.021 OPS against southpaws in 2016 campaign. Make no mistake, this guy crushes left-handed pitching.

OF – Mitch Haniger (SEA) – $4,000 vs. TEX

Our Mariners stack is complete here with Haniger who has been the best bat in the Mariners’ lineup this season. Haniger has already popped 10 homers on the season to go along with eight doubles and a triple too. He’s been off the charts good against lefties this year, posting a .239 ISO and 1.010 OPS against them this season. He also has swiped three bases too, giving us the icing on the cake in a fantastic matchup this evening.
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