We had another excellent night with our DraftKings MLB picks last night as our lineup combined to hit five home runs, including two from Jedd Gyorko, while our pitching was decent, however both Clayton Kershaw and Amir Garrett were unable to get wins. We will look to keep the good picks coming for this large Tuesday night slate!
P – Jose Quintana (CWS) – $9,100 vs. KC
Our first pitcher of the night will be Jose Quintana who gets the benefit of taking on the MLB’s worst offense tonight in the form of the Kansas City Royals. Quintana has had issues with home runs and walks this season, however he boasts a very strong 9.20 K/9 and could go overlooked tonight due to the poor early results. His FIP of 4.70 sits a half run under his ERA and points towards some bad luck being involved, but the fact that he will take on a Royals team that has a team OPS of .619 on the season, good for dead-last in the league, is a positive for the talented left-hander tonight.
P – Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) – $9,800 vs. TOR
While the Blue Jays were able to get their offense going last night against Luis Severino, they may get right back to scuffling tonight against Tanaka. Tanaka boasts a career 2.34 ERA in ten starts against the Blue Jays and has that strikeout upside that we like to covet in DFS. Although at just 6.60 this season, his career K/9 of 8.08 displays that upside while continues to deliver a solid amount of ground-balls at 55.4% this season. Like Kansas City, Toronto’s offense has scuffled this season to a .659 OPS (28th) while their 96 runs scored this season ranks 25th.
C – Alex Avila (DET) – $2,600 vs. CLE
With Miguel Cabrera back in the Detroit lineup tonight we will have to keep an eye on Avila and make sure he gets the start tonight at catcher as he was getting time at first base in Cabrera’s absence. Regardless, Avila has had a phenomenal season in his return to the Tigers as he has posted a whopping 1.260 OPS to go along with a .400 batting average and four homers on the campaign. Manager Brad Ausmus would be wise to keep the hot-hitting Avila in the lineup tonight.
1B – Mitch Moreland (BOS) – $3,800 vs. BAL
The Boston Red Sox will be tonight’s stack for this lineup and it begins here with first basemen Mitch Moreland. Moreland will get the inexperienced right-hander Alec Asher as his opponent tonight and Moreland has enjoyed hitting right-handed pitching on the season as evidenced by his .205 ISO and .827 OPS against righties on the season. Boston is expected to score some runs tonight and with Moreland projected to hit fifth in the Red Sox lineup he should have plenty of RBI opportunities this evening.
2B – Daniel Murphy (WAS) – $4,500 vs. ARI
Murphy comes into this lineup as a standalone play but he has immense upside tonight against Diamondbacks’ right-hander Taijuan Walker. Walker has had issues with the home run ball as a big league pitcher and we all know how Murphy feasted on right-handed pitching a season ago. Murphy posted a .261 ISO and 1.010 OPS against righties in 2016 and could very well give the young Walker fits this evening as well. He is a little pricey at the second base position but fits in well as a standalone option with plenty of power upside.
3B – Jake Lamb (ARI) – $3,900 vs. WAS
Like Murphy, Lamb enters this lineup as a standalone play with some nice power upside. Although Nationals’ right-hander Tanner Roark limits the home runs for the most part, I can’t ignore the fact that Lamb had a .281 ISO and .898 OPS against righties in 2016 while hitting 25 of his 29 home runs against righties. I would almost never play Lamb against a lefty, but he is a nice and somewhat under-the-radar selection at a powerful position against right-handers.
SS – Xander Bogaerts (BOS) – $4,600 vs. BAL
The second man in this Boston stack, who is technically the first given the fact he should hit leadoff tonight, is young shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts’ job in this lineup isn’t to hit the home runs (although that would be nice) but rather to get on base ahead of the other members of this stack. Bogaerts has been on base plenty against right-handed pitching this season with a .325 average, a .386 OBP and striking out just 12.9% of the time. If Bogaerts can keep his on-base skills up tonight it bodes very well for this stack.
OF – Andrew Benintendi (BOS) – $4,000 vs. BAL
The third and final member of this stack, Benintendi is a very nice play again tonight as the Red Sox take on a right-handed pitcher. Benintendi is up to an .891 OPS against right-handers on the season and is a very good fastball hitter, a pitch that Asher has thrown more than 40% of the time this season. Hitting right behind Bogaerts in the two spot, Benintendi should be hitting with someone on base quite often tonight and with the wind blowing out to right field tonight we could see a long ball or two from the frontrunner for AL Rookie of the Year this evening.
OF – Matt Holliday (NYY) – $4,000 vs. TOR
With Matt Latos on the bound for the Blue Jays the Yankees are another team expected to score some runs tonight and Holliday should be quite involved. Holliday has crafted a very solid .848 OPS in his first season with the Bronx Bombers and has had solid career success against Latos with a .379 batting average across 29 at-bats. Like Benintendi’s situation, Holliday also gets the wind blowing to his pull field tonight in the home run-happy Yankee Stadium so look for the veteran to do some more damage tonight.
OF – Justin Upton (DET) – 3,700 vs. CLE
Upton should be a low-owned outfielder tonight against former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, however he is in this lineup due to his career success against the right-hander. Upton is a career 5 for 12 (.417) off of Kluber with two doubles and three home runs. Considering all five of his hits against Kluber have gone for extra bases this is a pick that I have a lot of confidence in, especially considering price and ownership as well.