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DraftKings MLB Picks – April 20th

Tough lineup yesterday as the Yankees scored nine runs with very little production from the Bird/Ellsbury stack, the Red Sox were shut out, and both starting pitchers pitched quality starts but failed to register wins. We didn’t get the daily fantasy baseball gods on our side yesterday but today is a new day, albeit with a shorter slate. Let’s get to it!

P – James Paxton (SEA) – $9,600 vs. OAK

Paxton brings very similar strikeout upside to the top two pitchers on the slate in Noah Syndergaard and Stephen Strasburg and he has also been even more dominant than those two with a 0.00 ERA entering play tonight. Paxton has a 9.43 K/9 figure on the season and a tiny 1.71 BB/9 rate, showing his ability to rack up the strikeouts while displaying excellent control. He is turning into one of the league’s very best pitchers with perhaps the best four-seam fastball in the game among left-handers. He is a solid fade to the top two pitchers on tonight’s slate.

P – Carlos Martinez (STL) – $9,000 vs. MIL

Martinez has also demonstrated excellent strikeout stuff this season despite being primarily a ground-ball pitcher. He has a 12.23 K/9 mark for the season, however he has been hurt by a poor 4.58 BB/9 clip and unfortunate with a .341 BABIP against on the season. Regardless, he matches up with a primarily right-handed hitting Brewers lineup tonight as he held righties to just a .204 batting average and .269 slugging percentage last season. He is a solid fade to the top two hurlers on the slate tonight as well.

C – Mike Zunino (SEA) – $3,000 vs. OAK

There will be a lot of GPP players stacking the Mariners tonight, but I am on some other stacks but I do want some power upside from Seattle and this is what we get with Zunino at a cheap price. He produced a .205 ISO in 2014 and a whopping .262 figure in 2016 after a down 2015 campaign, displaying some of the power this guy brings to the table. He is likely never going to hit for average but he is always a home run threat and that is what we are after here with a low-owned player at the catcher position.

1B – Wil Myers (SD) – $4,700 vs. ARI

Myers is developing into one of the MLB’s top first basemen with the bat and today he gets a favorable matchup against left-hander Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks. Myers crafted a .204 ISO and .814 OPS against lefties last season and is off to a red-hot start this season with a .357 average and 1.014 OPS entering play tonight. He also boasts the league’s lone cycle of the early season and I am confident in locking him in while his bat remains hot.

2B – Yangervis Solarte (SD) – $3,700 vs. ARI

Like Myers, Solarte has a nice matchup tonight against the lefty in the three hole today for the Padres. He posted career-high numbers across the board last season with 15 homers and 71 RBIs to compliment his .286 batting average, cementing himself as an everyday big league player in the process. He should have RBI opportunities tonight hitting directly behind Myers and I am confident in some production from this mini stack tonight.

3B – Mike Moustakas (KC) – $3,700 vs. TEX

The powerful bat of Mike Moustakas is in an excellent position tonight for some success in Texas against Rangers’ right-hander Andrew Cashner. Cashner is still shaking off the rust after a late start to the season and surrendered three runs in 5.1 innings while walking three and surrendering five hits as well. He will likely pitch in plenty of traffic again tonight which means Moustakas should some run-producing opportunities. He also gets the very hitting-friendly confines of Globe Life Park in Texas as his venue this evening.

SS – Chris Owings (ARI) – $3,500 vs. SD

The Arizona stack begins here with Owings who is projected to hit the two hole tonight against Padres’ southpaw Clayton Richard. Owings had a strong .826 OPS against left-handed pitching last season while also producing a strong .177 ISO as well. So far this season he has bumped that OPS up to .842 against lefties and will hits in an optimal spot in between lefty crushers A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt tonight.

OF – Yasmany Tomas (ARI) – $3,900

Tomas simply crushed left-handed pitching last season. His .326 ISO and 1.112 OPS against southpaws in 2016 are absolute gargantuan numbers and as he lines up as a one of the best plays in the outfield on the slate tonight in my opinion. He has a strong .286 batting average with two homers, eight RBIs and a solid .845 OPS to begin the season and it would not surprise me in the least to see each of those figures improve this evening.

OF – A.J. Pollock (ARI) – $4,100

Pollock will lead off for the D-Backs tonight and that will turn out to be an excellent spot against the lefty this evening. Pollock has a career .210 ISO and .830 OPS against left-handers in his career to go along with 13 stolen bases in 18 tries. He will act as the primary speed threat in this lineup, however the power numbers are certainly there in this matchup making him a dual threat this evening.

OF – Stephen Piscotty (STL) – $4,500

Piscotty is a perfect one-off for this lineup tonight. He faces right-hander Zach Davies of the Brewers who has an 8.79 ERA through three starts on the season. He is also walking 5.02 batters per nine innings which should leave Piscotty with some run-producing opportunities as the Cardinals’ cleanup hitter. Piscotty cemented himself as a star in this league last season with a 22-homer, 85-RBI campaign to go along with seven steals, making him a nice power/RBI threat tonight with a little bite of stolen base upside mixed in.

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