Last night’s DraftKings MLB DFS Picks were solid, but it was tough getting into the money on such a short slate.
Our top pitcher Zack Greinke, for the first time since June 13th, allowed more than two earned runs in a home start as he lasted only 5.1 innings while allowing four earned runs while striking out four.
Our second starter Shane Bieber fared better as he hurled 6.1 innings of three-run ball to go along with six strikeouts. Bieber earned his ninth win of the season with the strong effort.
Our top stack of the D-backs performed well, although Daniel Descalso did not get the start. Eduardo Escobar went 0 for 5 unfortunately, but Paul Goldschmidt homered as part of a three-hit night and scored three runs while David Peralta also enjoyed a three-hit night to go along with a run scored and an RBI.
Our three-man Indians stack also performed well as Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Greg Allen doubled, scored a run and knocked in a run while Yan Gomes singled and scored a run.
Lastly, our one-off outfielder Billy McKinney recorded just one single on the night.
Some of the picks were certainly solid, so perhaps you were able to use them to get yourself some cash last night.
Let’s go ahead and move onto tonight’s 14-game slate and enter the weekend on a high note!
*Tonight’s lineup is aimed at GP
CHC @ WAS
P – Aaron Nola (PHI) – $11,800 vs. NYM
Aaron Nola continues his Cy Young quest tonight as he gets himself a very favorable matchup on the road against the lowly Mets. Nola has crafted an elite 2.23 ERA on the season while his 2.76 FIP suggests he has indeed earned that ERA figure. Nola also brings a super-strong 26.5% strikeout rate with him into tonight’s contest. What makes this matchup such a favorable one for the right-hander is the fact that the Mets are the MLB’s worst offense at home as their .632 OPS at Citi Field ranks dead last in baseball. He’s coming off one of his rougher starts of the season against the Cubs, but a bounce back is certainly in the cards tonight against a very poor Mets offense.
P – Chris Bassitt (OAK) – $4,500 vs. TEX
There are plenty of arms on this slate to back up Nola, however I am going to roll the dice and pay down for Bassitt as he gets a solid home matchup tonight against the Rangers. Like Nola, the venue works in Bassitt’s favor tonight as the Rangers rank 25th in term of road OPS this season with a mark of just .675. While he is making just his second start since July 11th, Bassitt fared well in his most recent start as he hurled 4.1 innings of one-run ball with three strikeouts at Minnesota. He should be able to go deeper into tonight’s contest as he is stretched out more at this point. He owns a tidy 3.19 ERA on the season and the A’s are currently -167 favorites in this one, so I believe the right-hander owns sneaky upside at this price.
C – Francisco Cervelli (PIT) – $3,800 vs. MIA
The Pirates are likely to be a low-owned stack as they are cold at the moment, but I think they provide big-time upside as a GPP look against right-hander Dan Straily. Cervelli kicks off our three-man Pirates stack as he brings some reverse-splits into tonight’s action. Against lefties, the right-handed hitting Cervelli has posted a .130 ISO and .746 OPS, but against right-handers, the veteran has picked up the power to the tune of a .188 ISO and .855 OPS. Against a pitcher who owns a 5.55 FIP and 5.33 xFIP on the road, I think Cervelli can provide this lineup with plenty of value tonight.
1B – Matt Olson (OAK) – $4,100 vs. TEX
The A’s are projected to score 5.2 runs at the moment against right-hander Yovani Gallardo of the Rangers, and given the power they bring to the table, I am loving me some Athletics tonight at home. Olson has crushed right-handed pitching again this season as he’ll enter play sporting a very powerful .238 ISO against righties for the season while his .796 OPS is dragged down due to a poor .235 average. Still, he broke out of a slump with an RBI double in his most recent game, so I am looking for some power from the big first baseman tonight.
2B – Jed Lowrie (OAK) – $4,200 vs. TEX
The switch-hitting Lowrie has hit for more power this season against right-handers than he has southpaws, so he’s an easy add into this stack tonight. On the season, he has pummelled right-handers to the tune of a .226 ISO and .882 OPS while he’s coming off a big month of August where he produced a .202 ISO and .875 OPS for the month. He is set to once again hit in the three-hole tonight, an excellent cross-category spot in the lineup, so I’m not hesitating to throw him into this group tonight.
3B – Matt Chapman (OAK) – $4,500 vs. TEX
A star has been born this season in the form of A’s third baseman Matt Chapman, and like Cervelli above, Chapman also brings some reverse-splits in the power department with him into this contest. Entering play tonight’s Chapman has crushed right-handed pitching to the tune of a huge .276 ISO and .915 OPS while he’s coming off a month of August where he produced a massive .363 ISO and 1.047 OPS. Chapman also doubled in his most recent game, his second over his last three contests, and is riding a modest four-game hit streak into play tonight. Regardless, his huge numbers against righties make him a very attractive play tonight.
SS – Willy Adames (TB) – $3,700 vs. BAL
The final spot on this roster to fill was shortstop and I think Adames can provide this lineup some pop and value at low ownership against right-hander Dylan Bundy. So far this season, Adames has also produced some reverse splits as he owns a .139 ISO and .728 OPS against righties compared to a .119 ISO and .681 OPS against lefties. Adames has also picked things up big-time in the second half of the season after scuffling when first brought up to the big leagues as his rock-solid .789 OPS in the second half greatly outweighs his .604 OPS from the first half. Some pop from the youngster would give this lineup a big shot in the arm.
OF – Khris Davis (OAK) – $4,500 vs. TEX
Baseball’s home run leader is coming to us at a very attractive price tonight, especially considering how he has fared against Gallardo in their history against one another. Davis also continues a common theme in this lineup as he has crushed right-handers for a massive for a massive .317 ISO and .905 OPS on the season compared to his still-powerful .239 ISO and .775 OPS against lefties. In his career against Gallardo, Davis is 3 for 10, but all three of those hits have gone for home runs. Lastly, he owns a .380 ISO and 1.004 OPS against right-handers at home, so I am digging his huge ceiling tonight against the veteran Gallardo.
OF – Gregory Polanco (PIT) – $4,900 vs. MIA
We are going to finish up this lineup with a couple of Pirates outfielders beginning here with Polanco. The young outfielder has clobbered right-handed pitching for a big-time .266 ISO and .869 OPS on the season while he has improved those figures to a monumental .302 ISO and .953 OPS at home against right-handed pitching. He’s white-hot at the plate right now as he has gone 8 for 19 with two homers, a double, four runs scored, six RBI and two stolen bases over his last five games. Finally, Polanco brings real nice stolen base upside to the table as well with 12 steals on the season to go along with his 23 home runs, so his power/speed upside is more than attractive in this matchup tonight.
OF – Corey Dickerson (PIT) – $3,700 vs. MIA
I think Dickerson offers solid power/speed upside himself as he enters tonight’s contest with 11 homers and eight steals on the season. The power upside is increased tonight against a right-hander as all 11 of those home runs and 23 of Dickerson’s 27 doubles this season have come against right-handed pitching. He owns a rock-solid .186 ISO and .794 OPS against righties on the season while all eight of his steals have come off of righties. I am thinking this could be a real profitable three-man Pirates stack at fairly low ownership so go ahead and roster them in GPPs.