DraftKings MLB Picks – August 17th

Last night’s lineup was a disappointing one on many fronts. The Cleveland game was PPD so perhaps you were able to replace the Indians stack with a Rangers or Rockies one, but the pitching was simply not good enough to win. Yu Darvish somehow managed just two strikeouts against the White Sox while Jaime Garcia struck out just three over only 5.1 innings. With such a disappointing night last night I will be quick to put it behind me en route to tonight’s five-game slate!

P – Jeff Samardzija (SF) – $9,300 vs. PHI

It’s a very thin slate tonight but there a few strong pitching options, one of which is Giants’ right-hander Jeff Samardzija. The man known as The Shark enters play tonight sporting a strong 24.8% strikeout clip on the season while also sporting an excellent 3.14 FIP at home in the pitching-friendly confines of AT&T Park in San Francisco. He takes on a Phillies club that ranks 27th with a team .714 OPS against right-handed pitching this season while sporting a 26% strikeout rate against righties on the season. A very nice matchup for the veteran right-hander.

P – Jhoulys Chacin (SD) – $6,000 vs. WAS

On the surface that may seem like a silly pick, and admittedly it does carry risk, but Chacin is a much better pitcher at home and fares very well against right-handed hitters at home too. He owns a 3.68 FIP at home compared to a 5.29 FIP on the road and he has dominated righties to the tune of a 2.90 FIP and a 23% strikeout rate at Petco Park. Without Bryce Harper and Brian Goodwin in the lineup, Chacin looks to be facing 5 for 6 righties tonight in what amounts to a watered down lineup for the Nats this evening.

C – Gary Sanchez (NYY) – $5,400 vs. NYM

Sanchez’s ownership is likely to be through the roof tonight, but it’s best we roll with tonight’s top catcher in case he hits a homer at high ownership. Besides, Sanchez sports a .271 ISO and .860 OPS against left-handed pitching this season while Mets’ southpaw Steven Matz sports a 5.68 FIP and a 2.93 HR/9 mark at home against righties this season, spelling a good matchup for the young slugger.

1B – Wil Myers (SD) – $3,700 vs. WAS

While a lot of people could be on the Nationals against Chacin, I will go the other route and pick on Nationals’ righty Edwin Jackson. Jackson has been poor to both sides of the plate this season, yielding a HR/9 rate north of 2.20 to both sides of the plate and a FIP north of 5.70 to both sides of the plate. Thus we will begin the Padres stack here with Myers who has a strong .217 ISO against righties this season to go along with 12 steals and 37.3% hard hit rate. Nice matchup at decent ownership tonight.

2B – Rougned Odor (TEX) – $4,200 vs. CWS

The Rangers are again a good option tonight against White Sox rookie starter Reynaldo Lopez, so let’s roll with a few players off of the team with the highest projected run total tonight. Odor sports a powerful .237 ISO and a 39% hard hit rate against righties this season while all six of Lopez’s homers given up in his brief MLB career have been to left-handed hitters.

3B – Cory Spangenberg (SD) – $4,600 vs. WAS

Spangenberg could be one of the hottest hitters on the slate as he enters play with a .593 ISO, 1.520 OPS and a .610 wOBA over the last seven days to go along with two stolen bases as well. He is putting together a career year as the former first round pick began the season in the minors but has become of the Padres top hitters and a bright spot for the club for the future.

SS – Elvis Andrus (TEX) – $5,200 vs. CWS

While Lopez has been worse to lefties in his brief big league career, Andrus has mashed right-handed pitching all season long and had a monumental night last night against a righty with three hits including a homer to go along with three runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base. Andrus now sports an .839 OPS and a .357 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season and figures to be right in the middle of the action should the Rangers go off again tonight.

OF – Nomar Mazara (TEX) – $4,600 vs. CWS

Mazara also had himself a night in last night’s drubbing of the Tigers as he collected three hits including a homer to go along with three RBIs. That brings his stat line against right-handed pitching up to a .202 ISO, .822 OPS and a .347 wOBA. Mazara is 7 for his last 13 at the plate so get this guy into our lineup tonight while he is hot.

OF – Manuel Margot (SD) – $4,000 vs. WAS

Margot is a future stud who is enjoying a nice season in the power/speed department for the Padres. Margot has ten homers and nine steals against right-handed pitching this season and best of all he will likely hit atop the batting order tonight, thus acting as the table setter for this stack. He also does most of his damage at home as he sports a .207 ISO and an .891 OPS at home compared to a .125 ISO and .598 OPS on the road this season.

OF – Jose Pirela (SD) – $3,000 vs. WAS

Pirela fits perfectly into this lineup and stack with very high value upside. In fact, Pirela actually leads all Padres hitters with a .303 average, .888 OPS and a .373 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season. He brings a bit of stolen base upside as well with his three steals off of righties this season and should hit right in the middle of the order in a fantastic run-producing and run-scoring spot this evening.

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