DraftKings MLB Picks – September 8th

Tonight’s 15-game slate features a bevy of pitching options while providing some appetizing stacking options as well. Tonight’s lineup will take aim at both of the above while leaning towards GPPs thanks to a fade of a top arm tonight. Let’s go!

P – Patrick Corbin (ARI) – $9,500 vs. SD

Of course with Corbin being the first pitcher on this list it means that Max Scherzer isn’t. Not that I don’t believe Scherzer is in an excellent spot tonight against the Phillies, but I think maybe, just maybe Corbin comes very close to matching his production, hence the GPP note above.  Corbin has been lights out as of late, having surrendered only TWO earned runs over his last five starts and 35.2 innings to go along with 33 strikeouts in that span. Unbelievable. It gets even better tonight as he takes on a Padres team that has just a .294 wOBA over the last month versus lefties as per their projected lineup. Corbin is the top pivot to Scherzer for this slate, period.

P – Mike Clevinger (CLE) – $7,800 vs. BAL

While Clevinger has only been utilized in these lineups a couple times this season, he has rewarded me with solid outings and I look for more of the same tonight against the Orioles. Clevinger has upped his strikeout game as he punched out 31.1% of hitters in August and struck out six in as many innings in his first start of September against the Tigers. The Orioles boast some power, but they also strike out a lot and have 5 players in their projected lineup with strikeout clips in excess of 20% over the last month against righties. Clevinger could be a lower owned play with big time K upside tonight.

C – Mike Zunino (SEA) – $3,300 vs. LAA

I will be rolling out two four-man stacks tonight beginning here with the Mariners and catcher Mike Zunino. Seattle will face Angels’ righty Ricky Nolasco who has been putrid to righties on the road this season with a 3.19 HR/9 clip, a 6.52 FIP and a .425 wOBA allowed. Enter Zunino who boasts phenomenal power as evidenced by his .251 ISO against righties and his 37% hard contact rate. He is a great play at a very cheap price tonight, especially considering he is 5 for 14 with a homer and a double in his career off of Nolasco.

1B – Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) – $5,300 vs. SD

Corbin should receive a lot of run support tonight thanks to the powerful D-Backs’ offense against righty Jordan Lyles. Lyles has surrendered a .436 wOBA to righties on the road this season and things should not get easier in the hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field against Goldy and the D-Backs. Goldy is questionable to play due to an elbow issue, but he sports a .288 ISO, 1.014 OPS and a .421 wOBA against righties while going 9 for 19 with a homer and a double in his career against Lyles with two stolen bases. Should he play, lock him in.

2B – Robinson Cano (SEA) – $4,600 vs. LAA

While I mentioned Nolasco has been brutal to righties, especially on the road, it’s not like he has been great to lefties either. He owns a 5.61 FIP and a 1.73 HR/9 rate to lefties on the road this season and Cano has hit righties to a .215 ISO, .893 OPS and a .372 wOBA this season. He is also 8 for 24 with three homers and two doubles in his career against Nolasco.

3B – Jake Lamb (ARI) – $4,600 vs. SD

Lamb enters tonight’s matchup against Jordan Lyles with the utmost of upside. He sports a .272 ISO, .953 OPS and a .391 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season. Jordan Lyles sports a 6.63 FIP, 2.45 HR/9 rate and a .424 wOBA allowed to lefties this season. Lamb is yet another member of the excellent BvP club in this lineup with a career .556 average (5 for 9) with two doubles against Lyles.

SS – Ketel Marte (ARI) – $3,100 vs. SD

The switch-hitting Marte is a fantastic play tonight, especially if he remains in the two hole where he is projected to hit tonight against Lyles. I mentioned Lyles’ horrific numbers against lefties this season, and Marte enters play tonight sporting a solid .153 ISO, .776 OPS and a .333 wOBA against righties this season. This is solid production for a cheap shortstop that is possibly going to hit right in the middle of this very high-upside D-Backs stack tonight.

OF – David Peralta (ARI) – $3,800 vs. SD

The last man in this D-Backs stack is going to actually be the first man to hit tonight against Lyles as Peralta should handle leadoff duties for Arizona tonight. He owns an .831 OPS and a .355 wOBA against righties on the campaign along with 11 homers, six steals and a .308 average which is second best on the team only to Goldschmidt’s .309 mark.

OF – Nelson Cruz (SEA) – $4,000 vs. LAA

Nelson Cruz is a fantastic play tonight considering his lower price, his production against righties and his history against Nolasco. Cruz has touched righties up to the tune of a .268 ISO, .909 OPS and a .378 wOBA this season to go along with a 37.9% hard hit rate. He has simply obliterated Nolasco in his career to the tune of a .440 average (11 for 25) with four homers and three doubles for a whopping 1.502 OPS and a .617 wOBA against the veteran righty.

OF – Mitch Haniger (SEA) – $3,800 vs. LAA

Completing this lineup and the Mariners stack is the right-handed hitting Haniger. Haniger boasts some reverse batting splits this season with a .197 ISO, .839 OPS and a .362 wOBA versus righties compared to just a .134 ISO, .636 OPS and a .276 wOBA versus lefties. He could move up into the two hole tonight against Nolasco which would be excellent, but he could also hit around the six hole which could provide plenty of RBI opportunities in this favorable matchup. He is also the last man in the excellent BvP club for this lineup as he has went 2 for 6 with a homer against Nolasco in his young career.

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