Welcome to a fresh week of DraftKings MLB Picks! We have ten games on tonight’s slate so with a loaded draft board let’s get into tonight’s picks!
P – Blake Snell (TB) – $7,400 vs. KC
For our first pitcher of the slate we will lock in Blake Snell who has some high upside tonight at a very affordable price. Snell will take on the Royals tonight who boast the league’s worst offense in just about every category. The Royals rank dead-last in the league in runs, OPS and doubles while ranking near the bottom in home runs and walks as well. While they don’t strike out a ton, Snell carries a solid 7.76 K/9 into tonight’s game and posted an impressive 9.91 K/9 in 2016, so the strikeout upside is certainly there against the worst offense in the American League.
P – Carlos Martinez (STL) – $9,800 vs. MIA
Next up is Cardinals’ right-hander Carlos Martinez who is looking to build off of back-to-back quality starts tonight against the Marlins. Martinez is coming off of an outing where he hurled 7.1 scoreless frames against the Brewers, racking up 25.5 DraftKings points in the process. Although he struck out just four in that outing, he carries a very nice 10.75 K/9 into tonight’s game while keeping the ball on the ground with a 50% ground-ball rate on the season. He should produce some more solid numbers tonight against the Marlins in a pitching-friendly environment.
C – Yasmany Grandal (LAD) – $3,400 vs. PIT
The Dodgers train will begin here with Grandal as he and his teammates will take on Pirates’ rookie Trevor Williams tonight. Williams will make his first start of the season tonight after starting one game in the 2016 season for Pittsburgh. Williams has been hit hard in his short big league tenure as he carries a 2.22 HR/9 rate into play tonight across 24.2 big league frames. Grandal is a much better power hitter from the left side of the plate where he will hit tonight against the young right-hander and will look to build on a modest two-game hit streak, likely with some power this evening.
1B – Albert Pujols (LAA) – $3,900 vs. OAK
Pujols and the Angels will take on A’s right-hander Kendall Graveman tonight who boasts some pretty obvious reverse splits throughout his young big league career. Graveman has surrendered 1.37 HR/9 to right-handers while limiting lefties to a 0.85 figure in his career. Pujols should be able to exploit these reverse splits as he enters play tonight with a team-high 26 RBIs on the season. Pujols has been swinging a hot bat lately as he saw his five-game hit streak snapped in yesterday’s contest but a new one could very well begin tonight for the sure-fire Hall of Famer.
2B – Danny Espinosa (LAA) – $2,900 vs. OAK
Second base was the final position I filled with this lineup and it just so happened that Espinosa fit the remaining salary while he also fits an Angels stack tonight. Although the switch-hitting Espinosa is mired in a deep slump and will hit from the left side against the right-hander Graveman, I see a couple of reasons why he is a solid play tonight. First, he crafted a solid .169 ISO for the second straight season last year but clubbed 24 homers which gives him power upside. Second, he will come at extremely low ownership given the slump so he could be huge for this lineup should he get it together tonight.
3B – Manny Machado (BAL) – $5,100 vs. WAS
A perfect standalone play in this lineup, Machado boasts huge power upside tonight against Nationals’ lefty Gio Gonzalez. Machado has been destroying left-handed pitching this season as evidenced by his massive .382 ISO and 1.042 OPS against opposite-handed pitching. He enters play with a red-hot bat with six hits over his last four games including two homers and four runs scored in that stretch. Roster him with confidence.
SS – Corey Seager (LAD) – $4,400 vs. PIT
The second player in the Dodgers’ stack, Seager has plenty of upside tonight against Trevor Williams. Seager has hit right-handed pitching to a .940 OPS in his career and will hit a prime spot tonight, likely in the two-hole for an offense that is expected to score plenty of runs this evening. Although he has just three hits in his last four games, Seager still boasts a .296 average and an .875 OPS on the season and should be right in the thick of the fun this evening.
OF – Joc Pederson (LAD) – $3,700 vs. PIT
The final stop on the Dodgers train is Pederson who could be a low-owned player tonight in a fantastic matchup. Pederson has mauled right-handed pitching in his career as displayed by his .233 ISO and .832 OPS against righties. While he has had a little bit of a slow start to his season, this is a fantastic matchup for the outfielder tonight given Williams’ home run woes and a venue that favors home runs to Pederson’s pull field in right.
OF – Mike Trout (LAA) – $5,300 vs. OAK
The final stop on the other Los Angeles stack is the best player in baseball in the form of Mike Trout. Trout is expected to play tonight after missing two games over the weekend with a sore hamstring. With the issue behind him he figures as an excellent play tonight against Graveman and his reverse splits. Of course you likely don’t need convincing to roster Trout, but he has eight homers and a 1.117 OPS on the season, beginning his bid for MVP agains this season right out of the gates.
OF – Jayson Werth (WAS) – $4,100 vs. BAL
Another pitcher on the slate tonight with reverse splits is Orioles’ righty Kevin Gausman, so let’s ride the red-hot bat of Jayson Werth. Werth has eight hits over his last three games and homered twice on yesterday’s loss to the Phillies. Werth is up to five homers and an .861 OPS on the season with the recent outburst and could take full advantage of Gausman’s extreme reverse splits this evening.