Not a great lineup last night. The Royals’ stack did not pan out as planned, partially because Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez faced just one batter and left with a leg injury and a usually poor Tigers’ bullpen pitched 9 innings of one-run ball the rest of the way. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story did damage and Lorenzo Cain played long ball while our pitchers both had strong nights, but it likely wasn’t enough to get into the cash with zeros from Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez. Let’s make a better lineup for tonight’s 12-game slate!
P – Carlos Carrasco (CLE) – $12,600 vs. CWS
Carrasco is in a very nice spot tonight as he takes the mound against a poor White Sox offense against right-handed pitching. Chicago’s projected lineup has just a .303 wOBA over the last month against right-handed pitching to go along with a whopping 28.7% strikeout rate in that same span. That figures to be a very targetable lineup for Carrasco as he enters play sporting a very nice 27.7% strikeout clip on the season and figures to see around 6 right-handed hitters who he has struck out at a 29.2% clip this season. Lock this guy into your lineups tonight.
P – Dinelson Lamet (SD) – $8,500 vs. STL
This youngster has been one of my favorite arms in DFS this season. After registering a 29.9% strikeout rate at the Triple-A level this season, Lamet has not slowed down one bit in the big leagues as he enters play tonight sporting a 29.5% strikeout clip at the MLB level this season. After a couple of rough starts earlier in the season, Lamet has pitched extremely well since and has not allowed more than three earned runs in eight straight starts and has yielded two earned runs or less in seven of his last eight. He takes on an injury-plagued Cardinals lineup tonight in the spacious Petco Park in San Diego.
C – Salvador Perez (KC) – $3,400 vs. DET
Perez didn’t work out well last night, but the catching position is very thin tonight so let’s utilize Perez in this spot. Besides, he owns a .215 ISO against left-handed pitching and will take on Tigers’ lefty Matt Boyd who sports a 1.96 HR/9 clip against right-handed hitters at Comerica Park this season. Look for the big catcher to get back on track in this matchup tonight.
1B – Joey Gallo (TEX) – $4,300 vs. ATL
There is some weather looming for this game, but in case it plays I would like to utilize a Texas stack against right-hander Julio Teheran. Teheran has pitched to a 7.31 FIP at home against left-handed hitters this season while also allowing 2.48 HR/9 to lefties at home. Gallo has massive power and owns a .363 ISO and a .369 wOBA against righties this season and also carries some stolen base upside with seven steals against righties this season.
2B – Rougned Odor (TEX) – $3,500 vs. ATL
Same reasoning applies here with Odor. Odor has posted a .238 ISO against right-handed pitching this season and has cranked 25 homers and swiped 14 bases against righties as well. Considering Teheran’s elevated home run numbers to lefties at home this season and the fact he has already yielded 23 steals this season Odor boasts some of the best power/stolen base upside on the slate.
3B – Jeimer Candelario (DET) – $3,000 vs. KC
Candelario is a value play at the third base position tonight, but he does have some upside against right-hander Jason Hammel. He has hits in all four games since his call up from Triple-A and has gone 6 for 17 (.353) in that span with a couple of doubles including one to score two runs in last night’s contest. The youngster hit righties to an .827 OPS at Triple-A this season so hopefully he brings more of that to the table tonight.
SS – Elvis Andrus (TEX) – $4,800 vs. ATL
While Teheran has been worse to lefties this season, his overall 1.68 HR/9 clip to righties is actually higher than his 1.64 mark to lefties. Andrus leads all Rangers with a .304 batting average against righties and also sports a very nice .352 wOBA against them as well. That said, his biggest attribute tonight could be his legs as he has swiped 23 bases this season and could very well get a couple tonight should he get on base consistently.
OF – Nomar Mazara (TEX) – $4,400 vs. ATL
Last man up in the Rangers stack is Mazara who has touched up right-handed pitching to a .196 ISO, .810 OPS and a .341 wOBA this season. He only has two steals against righties this season, but he does have the power upside and should hit in the favorable three hole against the righty Teheran this evening.
OF – Jorge Bonifacio (KC) – $3,400 vs. DET
Bonifacio should form a nice mini-stack with Perez tonight against Matt Boyd. He has posted a very nice .200 ISO against left-handed pitching this season to go along with a nice 36.6% hard contact clip as well. He is projected to hit two spots behind Perez so let’s capitalize on what should be some low ownership in this matchup tonight.
OF – Nick Williams (PHI) – $2,100 vs. NYM
This game also has some weather issues, but should they play let’s take advantage of Williams has is criminally low priced on DraftKings. Considering he sports a .197 ISO, .804 OPS and a .341 wOBA on the season we simply have to take advantage of this low price as we wait and see who the Mets are going to start tonight, quite possibly the struggling Matt Harvey or the also struggling Tommy Milone.