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DraftKings MLB Picks – May 9th

Last night’s Dodgers stack went off without a hitch, however the Angels stack did not follow suit and Blake Snell had a tough outing which capped most of the upside of that lineup.Tonight is a fresh night so let’s get into some more picks! Tonight is a fresh night so let’s get into some more picks!

P – Carlos Carrasco (CLE) – $10,600 vs. TOR

After going down with an injury to end last season, Carrasco has rebounded this season with authority. He has pitched to a 2.18 ERA on the season, while his strikeout rate sits at a very solid 8.49 K/9. His 3.34 FIP and 3.05 xFIP is encouraging as they indicate he is still pitching very well, albeit with an indication towards some luck on right-hander’s side tonight. Carrasco will take on a Blue Jays team tonight that has struggled all season at the plate and will be in tough against one of the better pitchers in the AL this season.

After going down with an injury to end last season, Carrasco has rebounded this season with authority. He has pitched to a 2.18 ERA on the season, while his strikeout rate sits at a very solid 8.49 K/9. His 3.34 FIP and 3.05 xFIP is encouraging as they indicate he is still pitching very well, albeit with an indication towards some luck on right-hander’s side tonight. Carrasco will take on a Blue Jays team tonight that has struggled all season at the plate and will be in tough against one of the better pitchers in the AL this season.

P – Zack Wheeler (NYM) – $7,700 vs. SF

Wheeler has displayed a little bit of everything this season, as we have seen him throw as many as seven innings in a start and as little as four while mixing in a solid amount of strikeouts, accumulating to a very good 8.54 K/9 on the season. The Mets will take on a Giants offense that has also endured significant struggles this season, ranking 29th in both runs scored and OPS. Wheeler should be able to keep the runs to a minimum while displaying some high strikeout upside as well this evening.

C – Cameron Rupp (PHI) – $3,200 vs. SEA

Rupp is a very nice, inexpensive option tonight at the catcher position. He will face Mariners’ lefty Ariel Miranda at home tonight and having glanced at Rupp’s stats against lefties from a season ago, this matchup is in his favor. He clobbered left-handed pitching to a .309 ISO and a .993 OPS in 2016 which are simply monster numbers no matter how you slice it. Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia ranks well above league average in the home run department so look for Rupp to find the seats tonight.

1B – Miguel Cabrera (DET) – $4,600 vs. ARI

Due to injuries and an overall slow start to his season, Cabrera is likely to fly under the radar tonight with the plethora of premium options at this position. However, Cabrera has hits in six straight games, will face a pitcher with a high hard hit rate, and will take his swings in a very hitting-friendly environment tonight. Chase Field in Arizona is a one of the best ballpark for hitters and Robbie Ray has surrendered a whopping 50.6% hard hit rate on the season. Cabrera should get some good swings in against the southpaw tonight.

2B – Daniel Murphy (WAS) – $5,000 vs. BAL

Although he is the priciest second baseman on the slate and likely to be high-owned, Murphy has a very intriguing matchup tonight in Baltimore against right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez is having severe issues with the home run ball this season while his 6.58 ERA and 6.69 FIP agree that he has been simply terrible this season. Jimenez had allowed 3.00 HR/9 against left-handed bats this season, making Murphy a very attractive play in a hitting-friendly atmosphere.

3B – Nick Castellanos (DET) – $3,800 vs. ARI

A star in the making, Castellanos has been hitting the ball very hard this season despite some discouraging results. Castellanos has an impressive .286 ISO against lefties on the season, however his .211 BABIP has dragged his OPS down to just .741 against southpaws. That said, he has a 52.4% hard hit rate against lefties this season, and considering Robbie Ray’s hard hit rate against we have a win win situation here with the Tigers’ young third baseman.

SS – Corey Seager (LAD) – $4,300 vs. PIT

After a solid night in this lineup last night we will go right back to Seager in this spot again tonight. Seager will once again face a right-handed starting pitcher in the form of Pirates’ righty Ivan Nova. After last night Seager is up to an .870 OPS on the season, while he has a .929 OPS and a whopping .400 wOBA against righties in 2017. He is a solid play in this spot once again this evening.

OF – Jayson Werth (WAS) – $4,200 vs. BAL

Some more Nationals exposure is on tap here with Jayson Werth cracking this lineup, also for a second consecutive night. While Jimenez has surrendered more homers to left-handed hitters this season, he still has a 5.93 FIP and a measly 9.2% strikeout rate to go along with an elevated 13.9% BB rate to righties. He has a 1.69 WHIP on the season which almost ensures Werth will be hitting with traffic on the bases tonight which is a good thing considering he is 6 for his last 9 with two homers and two doubles in that span.

OF – Cody Bellinger (LAD) – $3,500 vs. PIT

The third repeat visitor in this lineup, Bellinger should be hitting right in the middle of the order for the Dodgers this evening. After hitting three homers over his previous two games, Bellinger went just 1 for 4 in last night’s blowout win, but lines up as a solid play against Nova tonight. The youngster has come out of the gates swinging in his first taste of big league action and with his pull field in right at Dodgers Stadium surrendering lots of home runs Bellinger could be a very attractive play tonight.

OF – Ben Gamel (SEA) – $3,000 vs. PHI

A standalone value play, Gamel is shaping up to be an excellent, low-owned option for tonight’s slate. He will take on Phillies’ right-hander Jerad Eickhoff tonight who has been much worse to lefties than righties in his young big league career. He has a 4.62 FIP on the season against lefties and a 1.53 FIP to righties. He also has surrendered 1.27 HR/9 to lefties and is yet to surrender a homer this season to a right-handed hitter. Gamel should also hit in the two-hole for a Mariners team that ranks fifth in the AL in runs scored this season.

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