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DraftKings MLB Picks – August 23rd

It was another good night last night as Chris Archer tossed six innings of one-run ball with ten strikeouts to anchor the lineup while Albert Pujols led a productive Angels’ five-man stack with a three run shot and an RBI double. Yadier Molina also netted us a one-off home run as we made it back-to-back solid lineups to start the week. Let’s make it three straight on tonight’s 13-game slate!

P – Luis Severino (NYY) – $12,300 vs. DET

While Corey Kluber is on this slate, he is coming off of one of his worst starts in recent memory despite giving up just one earned run as he went only 5.1 innings and struck out four. Tonight’s top arm will therefore be Luis Severino who has a tasty matchup with the Tigers this evening. He sports a 28.5% strikeout clip on the season while the Tigers’ projected lineup has just a .317 wOBA over the last month against right-handed pitching. This is a high strikeout team against righties as well so let’s lock in the Yankees’ righty into our lineups tonight.

P – Luke Weaver (STL) – $6,900 vs. SD

Weaver is making his way back into the Cardinals’ rotation tonight in the place of Adam Wainwright, and if he pitches like he did in his most recent start this is certainly not going to be a downgrade for the Cards. Last time out (he was also in one of these lineups) he tossed 6.1 innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts against the Brewers. Weaver will face a weak Padres offense that can be strikeout prone as well so lock him in as your second start tonight.

C – Alex Avila (CHC) – $3,700 vs. CIN

There are really only two catchers I would consider on this slate with the other being Gary Sanchez, but the cheaper Avila has a great matchup tonight against Reds’ righty Asher Wojciechowski. “Woj” as I will call him has yielded a .300 ISO and a .472 wOBA to lefties over the last month while Avila has posted a .273 ISO against righties over the past month. Woj also yielded ten hits and seven earned runs to the Cubs just over a week ago so let’s fire up a Cubs left-handed bats stack tonight.

1B – Anthony Rizzo (CHC) – $5,400 vs. CIN

Rizzo is of course an easy play when we decide to go with a Cubs stack but he has also been swinging a very hot bat lately. He sports a .229 ISO and a .421 wOBA against righties over the last month and gets to take his cuts against the struggling Wojciechowski in the very left-handed-hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati tonight.

2B – Tommy La Stella (CHC) – $3,100 vs. CIN

La Stella has already been confirmed as a starter and hitting sixth in tonight’s lineup against Wojciechowski and the Reds. He owns a very solid .833 OPS and .364 wOBA on the season against right-handed pitching. He also owns a career .954 OPS at Great American Ball Park and should have lots of RBI opportunities in front of him this evening hitting at the tail end of this stack.

3B – Maikel Franco (PHI) – $3,000 vs. MIA

Franco is a value play as a one off tonight against the left-handed offerings of the Marlins’ Justin Nicolino. Nicolino has been reverse splits this season, but history shows he has been worse to righties. Enter Franco who hasn’t lived up to his lofty numbers from 2016, but still owns a powerful .193 ISO and a 34.3% hard hit rate against lefties, so perhaps a low-owned homer is in the making here tonight.

SS – Didi Gregorius (NYY) – $4,100 vs. DET

Some Yankees exposure is in the cards tonight as they take on the volatile Jordan Zimmermann. After exploding for 13 runs in last night’s contest, the Yankees are primed for more tonight beginning with Gregorius who sports a powerful .228 ISO and .886 OPS on the season against righties while leading all Yankees with a .315 batting average against them. He should hit in the heart of the order tonight against the home run-prone Zimmermann.

OF – Aaron Judge (NYY) – $4,600 vs. DET

Now that his record-setting strikeout streak is behind him, perhaps we should brace ourselves for another power surge from the monstrous rookie. Judge went one for one with three walks in last night’s contest, but he obviously has the power upside with a huge .318 ISO and 1.027 OPS on the season against righties. He and Gregorius should also be aided by the wind blowing out tonight at Comerica Park.

OF – Kyle Schwarber (CHC) – $4,200 vs. CIN

This is the end of the Cubs stack, but Schwarber is slated to his second tonight so perhaps it’s just the beginning. Schwarber owns a .302 ISO and a .369 wOBA over the last month against right-handed pitching even though his overall numbers remain low thanks to a dreadful start. Regardless, he is in a prime spot near the top of the order for a Cubs team I expect to explode tonight.

OF – Brandon Nimmo (NYM) – $2,600 vs. ARI

While Zack Godley has been very good for the D-Backs this season, Nimmo is a nice value play slated to hit in the leadoff spot for the Mets tonight. He has hits in five straight appearances before an 0 for 2 in last night’s game, a game in which he didn’t start. He will most definitely be a low owned commodity tonight against Godley and could provide big value out of that leadoff spot should he rack up some hits tonight.

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