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DraftKings MLB Picks – August 21st

Here we are again on another Monday evening of MLB DFS! Each week seems to be flying by as we are inching closer to the regular season’s final month. That said, plenty is left to be decided around the league as we take a look at tonight’s seven-game Monday slate. Let’s go!

P – Taijuan Walker (ARI) – $7,800 vs. NYM

Pitching is incredibly thin tonight and I don’t think there is a ton of upside in the top two pitchers (Wood and Hamels), so we will roll with two mid-priced options and get some solid bats in tonight’s lineup. Walker enters play tonight sporting a solid 20.5% strikeout clip this season, but he is also facing a Mets’ offense that has been decimated by trades and now looks rather thin. After dealing Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson, the Mets look like they have been sapped of power, which is a good sign considering Walker has lowered his HR/9 clip from 1.81 in 2016 to 1.10 in 2017, a notable improvement as he embarks on a nice matchup tonight.

P – Mike Foltynewicz (ATL) – $7,000 vs. SEA

Up until three of his last four starts, Foltynewicz was having a very solid season for the Braves. He has been rocked as of late, thus lowering is ownership, however in his lone good start over his last four we see what he is capable of. He tossed 6.1 innings of one-run ball against the Marlins to go along with 11 strikeouts on August 5th, the second time this season he has eclipsed double-digit strikeouts. He sports a solid 21.1% strikeout rate this season and has pitched well at home with a 3.80 FIP and a 0.87 HR/9 clip at SunTrust Park this season.

C – Kurt Suzuki (ATL) – $3,200 vs. SEA

Catcher is pretty much a black hole tonight, so let’s save some money and go down to Kurt Suzuki who is swinging a hot bat lately and mashes left-handed pitching. Suzuki has remarkably recorded at least one hit in every start except for one since July 2nd including a three-hit performance including a homer and a double Saturday against the Reds. He also owns a massive .514 ISO and 1.232 OPS on the season against lefties, plenty good enough to warrant a play at a very reasonable price at a thin position.

1B – Trey Mancini (BAL) – $3,900 vs. OAK

The Orioles are likely to see a lot of ownership tonight but they look like the safest bet to do some damage on tonight’s slate so let’s go with an Orioles stack for an optimal lineup. Mancini leads all Orioles with a .265 ISO, .912 OPS and a .381 against righties this season, so he was a fairly easy call at this spot at a nice price, especially considering the pricier Chris Davis has been demoted towards the bottom of the order.

2B – Jonathan Schoop (BAL) – $4,600 vs. OAK

Another fairly easy call here, especially in an O’s stack, as Schoop falls second to Mancini with a .864 OPS and .363 wOBA on the season against right-handed pitching. Schoop has traditionally been a reverse splits hitter, hitting righties better than lefties, and although that hasn’t been the case this year, his matchup calls for some power as Smith has given up 3.52 HR/9 while pitching to a 7.29 FIP against right-handed hitters this season.

3B – Manny Machado (BAL) – $5,600 vs. OAK

Machado certainly comes with a steep price tag tonight, but appears to be in an excellent spot against Smith. His overall numbers against righties are decent with a nice .214 ISO and a solid .790 OPS, but Machado has raked in the month of August, compiling a .373 ISO and a 1.088 OPS for the month. Ride the slugger while he is hot as a hot streak to finish the season certainly is not out of the question.

SS – Tim Beckham (BAL) – $4,800 vs. OAK

Beckham has proven to be a solid addition by the Orioles prior to the trade deadline as he sports a .338 ISO and a 1.233 OPS in the month of August, which interestingly began with his first appearance as an Oriole on August 1st. Beckham is a shoe-in here with an Orioles stack thanks to his spot as the leadoff man with power against the right-hander Smith who yields plenty of homers to same-handed hitting.

OF – David Peralta (ARI) – $4,700 vs. NYM

While the Mets’ offense has been depleted, the Diamondbacks still sport one of the top offenses in all of baseball. With there is no doubt they perform better at home, Arizona is dangerous on any given occasion and will face righty Robert Gsellman tonight. This is just Gsellman’s second start since June 27th as he has yielded a 1.77 HR/9 and a .362 wOBA against lefties this year. Peralta should lead off for the D-Backs tonight as he enters play sporting a very nice .849 OPS and .361 wOBA against right-handers this year.

OF – A.J. Pollock (ARI) – $4,400 vs. NYM

Pollock owns just a .150 ISO and .758 OPS against right-handed pitchers this season, but when we see that Gsellman sports an ugly .412 wOBA to righties at home this year this play looks much better. Pollock also sports the highest stolen base upside on the Diamondbacks with 12 steals against righties this year. He should hit right behind Peralta in the two-hole for the D-Backs this evening.

OF – Denard Span (SF) – $3,800 vs. MIL

Span has been swinging a nice bat lately with 6 hits over his last 15 at-bats prior to an 0 for 5 effort yesterday, but that streak also included a homer, three runs scored and four RBIs and a stolen bases. He offers some dynamic tools still even at the age of 33 as he has hit for a solid .182 ISO, .800 OPS and .341 wOBA on the season against righties to go with seven stolen bases as well.

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