Last night’s lineup was a good one as both pitchers delivered stellar outings while our value play Ben Gamel had a massive night as a low-owned player. The rest of the lineup fared quite well too and hopefully you were able to use yesterday’s picks to get into the cash on DraftKings. Let’s follow up a strong result yesterday with another profitable lineup tonight!
P – Yu Darvish (TEX) – $10.700 vs. SD
Our first pitcher of the day will come from Texas where Yu Darvish gets the luxury of facing one of the league’s worst offenses as well as one of the most strikeout prone offenses in the league. Darvish enters play tonight with a nice 2.76 ERA and an excellent 9.07 K/9 on the season, however he is walking 4.14 batters per nine innings and his FIP of 3.80 suggests he had been lucky thus far. That said, the Padres have scored 122 runs on the season, good for 26th in the bigs, while also striking out 305 times, the fifth most in the MLB this season. Darvish’s strikeout upside is massive this evening.
P – Lance Lynn (STL) – $8,400 vs. MIA
While Lynn likely isn’t in the same category as the three elite strikeout arms at the top of the draft board, however he has pitched extremely well lately and does have strikeout upside as well. Lynn has struck out a solid 7.90 batter per nine innings this season and has given up just two earned runs over his last four starts, spanning 25 innings. While his FIP and xFIP suggest luck and regression, Lynn fits the criteria tonight and is at a reasonable price to allow this lineup to produce offensively as well.
C – Yasmany Grandal (LAD) – $3,700 vs. PIT
After bursting out of the gates with two home runs in his first game of the season, Grandal hasn’t done much, that is until the last couple of games. In his last two games, Grandal is 5 for 10 with a double, a homer, four RBIs and two runs scored. He will look to stay hot tonight against Pirates’ right-hander Chad Kuhl, and considering Kuhl is yielding a 1.205 OPS to left-handed hitters this season we have a good chance of further damage from Grandal this evening.
1B – Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) – $4,700 vs. DET
As usual there is a log jam of premium talent at the first base position, however we will go with Paul Goldschmidt this evening against Tigers’ lefty Matt Boyd. The reasons to like Goldschmidt are plentiful tonight as he posted a .224 ISO and 1.072 OPS against left-handed pitching last season. Boyd has had serious issues with the home run ball in his MLB tenure as he has yielded 1.75 Hr/9 to right-handed bats while creating a lot of fly-ball contact (47.9%) to righties, and that is not a good thing at Chase Field in Arizona. Goldschmidt should certainly be doing some damage this evening.
2B – Jonathan Villar (MIL) – $4,100 vs. BOS
Another good matchup on tonight’s slate is the Brewers taking on Red Sox right-hander Kyle Kendrick tonight. Kendrick was lit up in his first big league start since the 2015 season last week against the Orioles, and I don’t expect much better results here in this spot tonight. Villar is a very solid power/speed option after leading all of baseball with 62 steals in 2016, and Miller Park in Milwaukee can help with the power aspect tonight. Milwaukee will be scoring runs tonight and why not grab the speedy leadoff hitter to rack up cross-category points.
3B – Travis Shaw (MIL) – $3,500 vs. BOS
Another Brewer that is recommended tonight is third baseman Travis Shaw. Shaw has seven homers, 25 RBIs and a very impressive .848 OPS entering play this evening. He also has a .277 ISO against right-handers on the season and considering Kendrick gave up four hits, a walk and three runs scored to lefties in one inning in his first start of the season we appear to have another very solid matchup on our hands at a very reasonable price.
SS – Chris Owings (ARI) – $3,700 vs. DET
Owings is enjoying a breakout 2017 campaign with five homers, 21 RBIs, a .307 batting average and an .838 OPS so far on the young season. It gets even better against left-handed pitching as Owings has crafted a .216 ISO and a .952 OPS against lefties on the season while hitting out of the two spot for a potent D-Backs lineup. He also boasts some stolen base upside as he has already swiped eight bases on the season including three off of left-handed pitching.
OF – Yasmany Tomas (ARI) – $3,700 vs. DET
The D-Backs stack against lefty Matt Boyd continues here with Tomas, who destroyed left-handed pitching last season. In 2016, Tomas produced an outrageous .326 ISO and 1.112 OPS against southpaw pitching. Tomas has been in a bit of a rut at the plate lately, and is striking out 40% of the time against lefties, but last year’s numbers will show through in due time and tonight’s matchup appears to be an appetizing one for the slugging outfielder.
OF – A.J. Pollock (ARI) – $3,900 vs. DET
The last but not the least of the D-Backs stack tonight is outfielder A.J. Pollock. Pollock should hit in the leadoff spot tonight against Boyd which is a very optimal place to be. Like Owings who hits one spot after him, Pollock boasts an intriguing amount of power/speed upside in this matchup. He has a .255 ISO against left-handed pitching this season and has stolen 11 bases overall including four against left-handed pitching. He should provide some cross-category production for the D-Backs and this lineup tonight.
OF – Joc Pederson (LAD) – $3,600 vs. PIT
Pederson is another Dodgers’ left-handed bat that has an excellent matchup against Pirates’ right-hander Chad Kuhl. It’s been well documented in these lineups that Pederson clobbers right-handed pitching, and it was mentioned earlier just how bad Kuhl has been to lefties on the season. These two factors could come to a head in the form of a Pederson home run or two tonight, and considering that Dodgers Stadium favors left-handed hitters in the home run department we have another great matchup to look forward to tonight.