My apologies for not getting a DraftKings MLB lineup out the last couple of days, but I am back to tackle tonight’s big 13-game Friday slate! Let’s go!
P – Gerrit Cole (HOU) – $12,100 vs. TEX
The Houston Astros, of course, are going to be a very tough team to beat at home this season and that should be the case again tonight with Cole on the mound against the Rangers. Texas just suffered another blow to their lineup as Elvis Andrus is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured elbow after Rougned Odor was placed on the DL earlier in the week. Enter Cole who has been absolutely lights out in two starts with his new team, going seven frames and striking out 11 in both of his starts so far this season while yielding one earned run in those 14 innings. He’s a lock tonight.
P – Tyson Ross (SD) – $5,600 vs. SF
It’s a calculated risk but I like Ross’s upside tonight at this price. First, he pitches in a very pitcher-friendly park tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Ross hasn’t been fantastic in his two starts this season, but he’s also faced two excellent offenses against the Rockies and Astros. He got back to his strikeout ways against a tough Houston lineup in his second start of the year, racking up seven strikeouts across six innings. He’s given up seven earned in 12 innings, but against a much weaker offense in a pitching-friendly environment, I think Ross is underpriced and I will look to take advantage.
C – James McCann (DET) – $3,200 vs. NYY
It’s not ideal picking a guy who has struggled immensely so far this season, but McCann is in a nice spot to break out. After facing four right-handers in Cleveland this week, the Tigers will see a lefty tonight in the form of Jordan Montgomery. Nothing against Montgomery here, but McCann punished lefties to the tune of a .260 ISO and a .928 OPS on the season. Those numbers are too good to pass up on at this price and projected low ownership.
1B – Mitch Moreland (BOS) – $3,300 vs. BAL
Here is another price too good to pass up on tonight as Moreland and the Red Sox take on right-hander Chris Tillman tonight at Fenway. Tillman has been rocked this season for nine runs on 15 hits across just 9.1 innings pitched. He also has just three strikeouts in that time. Enter Moreland who is projected to hit third tonight in the order. Moreland can certainly produce power against righties as evidenced by his .214 ISO against righties in 2017. He is also 4 for his last 10 with two doubles.
2B – Howie Kendrick (WAS) – $3,600 vs. COL
The Washington Nationals host the Colorado Rockies tonight, and will face a left-handed pitcher in the form of Kyle Freeland. Freeland hasn’t been great this year, yielding seven earned runs across two starts, spanning 11.1 innings. Enter Kendrick who likes to hit left-handed pitching as he posted a .190 ISO and a real nice .901 OPS against them in 2017. Kendrick is off to a great start, notching a hit in all of his 10 starts this season. He’s also 4 for his last 11 with two doubles.
3B – Rafael Devers (BOS) – $4,100 vs. BAL
Against Tillman I believe Devers has real nice upside, also as part of a Red Sox stack. Devers burst onto the scene last season and impressed out of the gates, although he slowed down at the end of the year. All said, he hit for a powerful .194 ISO against right-handed pitching. He should hit in a nice run-producing spot in the five-hole tonight for a Red Sox team projected to score six runs.
SS – Trea Turner (WAS) – $4,500 vs. COL
A mini-stack with Kendrick, Turner has nice upside out of the leadoff spot tonight. Ideally, I’d want to roster Turner in a situation that presents excellent stolen base upside, but against a lefty that isn’t the case. Nonetheless, snagging a hitter in the leadoff spot for an offense projected to score more than five runs is a nice idea. He is off to a slow start but that won’t be the case for long.
OF – Mookie Betts (BOS) – $5,100 vs. BAL
Betts has big-time upside tonight against Tillman and the Orioles. With his power and speed combination, it should be a big night for the outfielder. He hit 24 homers, scored 101 runs, knocked in 102 and also stole 26 bases. He has the upside to be the highest scoring players on the slate so in my opinion he is a must-have on a big slate.
OF – Andrew Benintendi (BOS) – $4,100 vs. BAL
Like Betts, Benintendi gives us real nice cross-category upside in this matchup. Against righties last season, he posted a .178 ISO and an .813 OPS, and also stole 16 bases against righties and 20 bases overall. He is projected to hit in the two-hole tonight, one spot behind Betts and one spot ahead of Moreland. This has the makings of a very high-scoring stack this evening.
OF – Nicholas Castellanos (DET) – $4,400 vs. NYY
In what should be a 4-6 mini-stack tonight with McCann, Castellanos should be able to produce. Like McCann, Castellanos crushed lefties in 2017, pulverizing them to the tune of a massive .307 ISO and a .934 OPS. He hits 11 homers in just 137 at bats against lefties to boot. He is the most dangerous bat for the Tigers right now, and although they are a weak offense as a whole, they were among the league’s best against lefties in 2017 so there is low owned upside to be had here.