Not much went right with last night’s DraftKings MLB DFS Picks. David Price was absolutely clobbered by the Texas Rangers while Sean Manaea also endured a poor start which happened to be his worst of the season. The Oakland offense also couldn’t get anything going which sank our lineup even further. We will look for vast improvement on tonight’s max 15-game slate.
P – Ian Kennedy (KC) – $6,700 vs. DET
In what I believe is a risky move I am spending down on pitching and loading up on bats tonight, so be aware! It starts here with Ian Kennedy who has a real nice home date at the pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are without Miguel Cabrera and possibly Victor Martinez tonight, diluting an already-weak lineup. The Tigers rank 18th in team OPS against righties, and Kennedy brings a real solid 3.48 ERA and a solid 20.4% k-rate into action tonight.
P – Sal Romano (CIN) – $6,300 vs. MIA
While we are paying down on pitching, we are paying down against very weak offenses. In this case, Romano takes on the Marlins who are the league’s worst team against right-handed pitching as evidenced by their team .595 OPS against them. That mark is the worst in the bigs by .045 points too. Romano has yielded just five earned runs over his last three starts, albeit he sports a minuscule 12.4% strikeout rate on the year. Let’s look for that number to jump against a team with a 27.5% strikeout rate against right-handers.
C – Gary Sanchez (NYY) – $4,900 vs. CLE
The Yankees are projected to score more runs than any other team by far tonight against Indians righty Josh Tomlin, so let’s stack these guys up. Sanchez is simply mashing this season as he enters play with eight home runs already, however he also sports a massive .296 ISO entering play. The power he’s shown lately includes five homers and two doubles over his last 10 games and with the wind blowing out to left at 14 mph I could see those numbers increasing tonight.
1B – Freddie Freeman (ATL) – $5,200 vs. SF
The Braves are getting a nice matchup themselves at the hitter-friendly SunTrust Park in Atlanta tonight against right-hander Chris Stratton. Stratton hasn’t been poor with a 3.90 ERA entering play, but these Braves are mashing and their home park is a nice venue for left-handed hitting power like Freeman. He sports a .322 average with four homers, 12 doubles and one triple on the year, but also with a massive .925 OPS against right-handed pitching.
2B – Ozzie Albies (ATL) – $5,000 vs. SF
Leading off tonight will be Albies who blasted his 10th home run of the young season in last night’s contest. The switch-hitting second baseman his actually clobbering left-handed pitching more than he is righties this year, however as the leadoff hitter in this stack I will take his white-hot start to the season and run with it with home powerful hitters hitting behind him.
3B – Travis Shaw (MIL) – $4,200 vs. PIT
Shaw is going to be a one off in this lineup, but given his power against right-handed pitching I have no problem with that notion. Shaw enters tonight’s contest sporting a massive .312 ISO and .972 OPS against right-handed pitching. Furthering his upside is the fact he is at home tonight in Milwaukee where Miller Park is one of the league’s very best venues for left-handed hitting home runs.
SS – Didi Gregorius (NYY) – $5,000 vs. CLE
There isn’t much explanation needed here considering the start Gregorius is off to. Entering play tonight, Gregorius has clobbered 10 homers, scored 27 runs, knocked in 30 runs and stole two bases. Against right-handed pitching, he owns an unbelievable .436 ISO and 1.192 OPS on the season. Lock this guy in with confidence.
OF – Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) – $5,100 vs. CLE
With the wind blowing out hard at Yankee Stadium and with Stanton facing a very poor pitcher in Tomlin, he is an absolute lock and we could see a multi-homer game from the slugging outfielder tonight. Stanton has homered and doubled twice each over his last five games and, as we’ve seen, this guy can homer in bunches at an incredible rate.
OF – Aaron Hicks (NYY) – $3,700 vs. CLE
Hicks doesn’t have the massive stats like Sanchez, Gregorius and Stanton do on the season, but he has scored a run in three straight games and stole two bases in that span as well. He offers nice cross-category upside in this matchup and owns a big-time .222 ISO and .952 OPS against right-handed pitching, so there’s no reason to dislike him competing our very high-ceiling four-man stack tonight.
OF – Nick Markakis (ATL) – $3,900 vs. SF
Hitting at the end of our three-man Braves stack is Markakis who is off to a nice start. He hit his fifth homer of the young season in last night’s contest, after hitting just eight all of last season. He is six for his last eight with a homer, two doubles, four RBIs, four runs and a walk. Let’s ride the veteran while he is hot tonight.
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