Last night’s lineup wasn’t a great one as our main stack of the Nationals were simply dominated by Vance Worley of all pitchers. The pitching picks were spot on as JC Ramirez tossed eight scoreless innings while striking out three and Luke Weaver provided serious value with his 6.1 innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts. The Mets performed admirably but the Nationals simply stunk out the joint and doomed the lineup. Let’s get back to where we began the week on tonight’s 10-game slate!
P – Corey Kluber (CLE) – $11,000 vs. NYY
Kluber is racking up strikeouts like a mad man over the last couple of months. After striking out 12 White Sox in his most recent outing, Kluber now has reached double-digit strikeouts in 10 of his last 13 starts and eight of his last nine. He has also allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his last eight starts and takes on a Yankees team that has struggled as of late, especially after being shutout at home by Jordan Zimmermann in yesterday’s contest. Let’s stick with the elite strikeout upside with our first pitcher tonight.
P – Trevor Cahill (KC) – $6,200 vs. SEA
I feel we are getting a bargain here with Cahill despite the fact he was shelled in his first appearance with the Royals by the Red Sox on Saturday. Cahill will make his first home start as a Royal tonight in the spacious and pitching-friendly confines of Kaufman Stadium. Cahill still sports a 26.2% strikeout clip on the season and his 3.81 FIP is a solid one while his 3.50 xFIP suggest even further positive regression on his 4.15 ERA this season. He projects as a solid second starter on tonight’s slate.
C – Welington Castillo (BAL) – $4,300 vs. DET
We are rolling two four-man stacks tonight beginning here with an Orioles stack and catcher Welington Castillo. Castillo and the Orioles will take their cuts against left-hander Matt Boyd tonight as Boyd enters play with a .363 wOBA and .859 OPS yielded to right-handed hitters this season. Castillo sports a nice .805 OPS and .347 wOBA against lefties as well as a very nice 39.6% hard hit rate against them, making him a very solid catching option in the hitter-friendly Camden Yards tonight.
1B – Hanley Ramirez (BOS) – $3,500 vs. CWS
The Red Sox are a cheap, high-upside stack tonight against White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez is the definition of mediocre as he allows a wOBA north of .330 to both sides of the plate, however he sports a 5.71 FIP and a .340 wOBA against to right-handed hitters on the road this season. Hanley owns a decent .173 ISO and .758 OPS on the season against righties, however those numbers increase to a .201 ISO and .819 OPS at home against righties while he has two career homers in ten at-bats against Gonzalez.
2B – Jonathan Schoop (BAL) – $5,200 vs. DET
Schoop has been the Orioles’ best bat all-around this season and has picked up his numbers significantly against left-handed pitching after spending the majority of his career as a reverse-splits hitter. Schoop owns a very powerful .296 ISO and .933 OPS against left-handed pitching this season while racking up 18 extra-base hits in just 108 at-bats against lefties on the season.
3B – Manny Machado (BAL) – $4,600 vs. DET
Machado will likely be the first batter to hit in this stack tonight as he projects to be in the two-hole, one spot ahead of Schoop in the Orioles’ batting order. Machado has hit left-handed pitching to a .219 ISO, .802 OPS and is 2 for 2 with a double against Matt Boyd. He is an essential part of any Orioles’ stack this evening.
SS – Xander Bogaerts (BOS) – $3,600 vs. CWS
Bogaerts is in the middle of a large power outage, however he has hits in four straight games including a double in his last game which gives hope of a potential breakout tonight against Gonzalez. His .139 ISO and .753 OPS aren’t huge numbers against righties, but as a cheap option at shortstop in this Red Sox stack he is certainly in play tonight.
OF – Andrew Benintendi (BOS) – $3,700 vs. CWS
Benintendi has almost been a forgotten man as of late in the DFS circle, however he certainly has the ability to hit right-handed pitching for power. He sports a .162 ISO and .782 OPS on the season against right-handed pitching with 12 home runs and seven steals as well. The power/speed upside is there as he should hit near the top of the lineup in this matchup tonight.
OF – Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS) – $3,700 vs. CWS
Last man up in the Red Sox stack is outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. who also sports some of that power/speed upside with nine homers and five steals against righties this year. He is also one of many Red Sox bats with an elevated hard hit rate against righties with his 38.7% clip. He will likely hit last in this stack so perhaps some RBI opportunities await the center fielder this evening.
OF – Trey Mancini (BAL) – $4,300 vs. DET
Completing the Orioles’ stack is Mancini who projects to hit in the cleanup spot right behind Machado and Schoop tonight. Mancini hasn’t hit left-handed pitching very well this season, but obliterated lefties in 2016, giving hope that he has power in this matchup. After all, he has a solid 33.7% hard hit clip against lefties this season, a clip that is beneficial in his home park where he sports an .882 OPS on the season.