DraftKings MLB Picks – May 15th

Welcome to a fresh week of DraftKings MLB picks! We had an up and down week last week so let’s aim for more consistency this time around! We have a bit of a tough slate this evening so let’s bare down and find some winning picks!

P  – Jesse Chavez (LAA) – $7,800 vs. CWS

The pitching on today’s slate is extremely thin and there are some high ERAs on that draft board, so I will be rolling the dice on strikeout upside this evening. Chavez, compared to most others on the slate, boasts some solid strikeout upside this evening with a 7.50 K/9 on the season after posting an 8.46 figure in 2016. He will face a weak White Sox offense this evening as Chicago’s 146 runs scored this season ranks 13th in the AL while their .676 OPS also ranks in the 13th spot. If Chavez can rack of up some strikeouts and keep the runs to a minimum he will be a solid play this evening.

P – Luis Perdomo (SD) – $6,600 vs. MIL

While the Brewers have scored the second-most runs in the majors this season, they have also struck out the third-most, which makes Perdomo a viable target in GPP formats tonight. He has a solid 7.94 K/9 mark on the season while his 4.13 ERA is deemed unlucky according to his impressive 2.97 FIP and elevated .346 BABIP against on the season. Amazingly, Perdomo hasn’t yet received a decision in five starts this season, but he could very well get in the win column tonight should he rack up some strikeouts and continue to pitch like he has for the most of the season, especially in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park in San Diego.

C – Yasmani Grandal (LAD) – $3,500 vs. SF

Grandal has frequented this list a lot lately, and it’s a good thing considering he is riding an eight-game hit streak including tallying three hits in three of his last five games. He has hit a double in three of his last four games and his recent hot stretch has his OPS sitting at an impressive .850 mark entering play tonight. He will take on right-hander Matt Cain who has yielded a .877 OPS to left-handed hitters this season and thus the Dodgers’ stack begins here with the powerful Grandal.

1B – Freddie Freeman (ATL) – $4,900 vs. TOR

Freeman is almost on a land of his own on this Braves team as he seems to be the only one who can produce consistently in that lineup. That said, we will begin a Braves’ mini-stack here with Freeman and his giant 1.197 OPS on the season. Freeman and the Braves will visiting the hitting-friendly confines of the Rogers Centre while veteran Mike Bolsinger makes another start for the Blue Jays. Bolsinger has given up a career .834 OPS to left-handed hitters and Freeman is one of, if not the best left-handed bat in the game right now, making him a solid play across the board.

2B – Jose Altuve (HOU) – $5,000 vs. MIA

With a lot of money to spend on this lineup I have no problem paying up for the most expensive player at this position today. Altuve boasts that excellent power/speed combination that we covet so much and he will face right-hander Dan Straily who has displayed some reverse splits so far this season. He has a 4.87 FIP against righties compared just a 3.71 FIP against lefties, and his .163 BABIP against righties is due for some serious regression, hopefully beginning tonight against the Astros’ best all-around player.

3B – Justin Turner (LAD) – $4,100 vs. SF

While I mentioned that Matt Cain is worse against lefties, we have a reverse hitter’s splits situation here with Turner crushing right-handed pitching. In 2016, Turner posted a .258 ISO and a .919 OPS against right-handed pitchers compared to a lowly .128 ISO and .640 OPS against lefties last season. Those are some serious revere splits for a hitter and it’s not common to see that. He is off to a .935 OPS against right-handed pitching this season so let’s get ahead of the field and realize his potential today in a righty on righty matchup.

SS – Corey Seager (LAD) – $3,600 vs. SF

Seager makes for an excellent play in this lineup considering his phenomenal figures against right-handed pitching. So far in his big league career Seager has a .226 ISO and a .959 OPS against righties. After taking home the AL Rookie of the Year crown in 2016, Seager hasn’t missed a beat this season, especially against righties, with a .967 OPS against them this season. He is a very good hitter at a premium position so let’s lock Seager into our lineups tonight.

OF – Joc Pederson (LAD) – $4,000 vs. SF

Technically the first man up in this Dodgers’ stack as he is projected to his leadoff tonight, Pederson looks like a solid play tonight against a right-handed pitcher. Pederson hit righties to a .278 ISO and .918 OPS in 2016, showing an advanced ability against righties despite being a young player. Matt Cain has been known to give up plenty of home runs in recent years and Pederson might just be the man to continue that trend considering the aforementioned power numbers.

OF – Ender Inciarte (ATL) – $3,600 vs. TOR

Inciarte completes the Braves’ mini-stack along with Freeman tonight against the Blue Jays and Mike Bolsinger. He will hit the leadoff spot tonight for the Braves and like Altuve, Inciarte boasts that power/speed combination that I love to use, especially out of the leadoff spot. He has five homers and seven steals on the season and a .375 OBP over his last ten games. It would be very productive to see Inciarte get on base, possibly steal one, and have Freeman do the damage with the bat two spots behind him.

OF – Mike Trout (LAA) – $5,300 vs. CWS

With plenty of cash to play with in this lineup why not roster the best bat in baseball, and a hot bat as well. Trout has homered in three straight games and now has a 1.160 OPS on the season. He will face right-hander Mike Pelfrey of the White Sox this evening, and considering Pelfrey enters play with a 5.21 ERA on the season there should be no reason why Trout doesn’t have a productive night again tonight. Lock him into your lineups with confidence this evening.

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