Unfortunately only two of our five FanDuel MLB DFS Picks from last night’s wildly entertaining Game 6 showed up, meaning we were left out of the money.
However, we have one final kick at the can here in tonight’s winner take all Game 7 of the World Series.
Of course, it’s going to be the fina slate of the MLB season and I once again want to extend my gratitude for following along throughout the season as it’s been a pleasure delivering these picks, for better or worse, throughout the MLB season.
With that said, let’s make some cake on the final slate of the season!
MVP – Kurt Suzuki (WAS) – $5,000 vs. HOU
Right away, we know this is a GPP slate as Suzuki is set to make his return to the lineup tonight after missing the last three games of this series with a hip issue. Suzuki’s bat hasn’t been very good in these playoffs to his point, however he did come up big for us in Game 2 of this World Series with a home run out of the MVP spot against a homer-prone Justin Verlander, however he also takes on a pitcher in Zack Greinke who has had some issues with the long ball here in the 2019 playoffs as well. While he hasn’t given up a homer over his last two starts spanning just nine innings, he also gave up five home runs across his first two starts of these playoffs and owns a 2.47 HR/9 in these playoffs as a result. The Astros traded for Greinke in the hope that he would be another ace in the three-hole in a playoff series, but he owns a 5.30 ERA in the playoffs and has labored significantly with 4.2 innings pitched or fewer in three of his four postseason starts. Suzuki fared better against lefties, but also brought some notable power to the table against righties with a .216 ISO against them in the regular season. He’s also a solid 7 for 26 (.269) with a homer and a double in his career against Greinke, good for a quality .768 OPS. I’ll look for some big-time value with low ownership to boot with this play tonight.
All-Star – Anthony Rendon (WAS) – $8,000 vs. HOU
After the controversial call on Trea Turner in last night’s Game 6, all Anthony Rendon did was step to the plate and club a two-run homer into the left field seats at Minute Maid Park to essentially put the game out of reach and send this thing to a Game 7. Rendon also tacked on a single and a double last night while driving in five of the Nationals seven runs on the night. He’s now hitting .339 with a cool 1.000 OPS in these playoffs with two homers and seven doubles to his credit. He’s also registered a pair of multi-hit games over his last three. The free agent to be led all of baseball with 126 RBI this season and also swatted 34 homers and 44 doubles in the regular season, good for a .279 ISO. The numbers are also better against left-handed pitching, but I’m not about to scoff at his .320 average, .271 ISO, .996 OPS, .411 wOBA and 153 wRC+ on the season against right-handed pitching. Of course, I’d like to see him have more success against Greinke as he’s just 2 for 15 against him (.133), however both of those hits have gone for extra-bases in the form of a double and a homer. Therefore, he owns a .267 ISO against the right-hander for his career and I’ll look for more power from the 29-year-old in this one tonight.
UTIL – Juan Soto (WAS) – $8,000 vs. HOU
Right now the MVP award could very well go to Stephen Strasburg after his outing last night, Rendon thanks to his big game last night as well or Soto who also delivered a clutch home run, this one a monster shot to the second deck in right field. The recently-turned 21-year-old’s work at the plate in this postseason has been absolutely phenomenal. Yes, he has posted a .915 OPS with five homers and three doubles, but he’s also been extremely patient at the plate with eight walks and a .357 OBP and swinging at the right pitches in the right situations. In other words, like his teammate Rendon, he has been giving DFS owners quality at-bats every time he steps to the plate with ice in his veins while he continues to thrive under the pressure rather than succumb to it. I mean, Soto absolutely demolished right-handed pitching in the regular season to the tune of a .303 ISO, 1.000 OPS, .414 wOBA and a 155 wRC+. He splits at home and on the road have been quite similar against righties this season, although three of his five homers this season indeed have come on the road. He’s also homered in back-to-back games, so I’ll look for the bat to stay hot in this pressure cooker tonight.
UTIL – Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS) – $5,500 vs. HOU
Completing our four-man Nationals stack is Cabrera who will once again get into the Nationals’ lineup tonight with the DH available in Houston. I mentioned in yesterday’s piece that Cabrera had the most experience against Verlander of all the Nationals players given their history in the American League Central as rivals from a few years back, and while he’s recorded the second-most plate appearances against Greinke among Nationals players, the sample size is still substantial, and favorable for the veteran infielder. Entering this one tonight, Cabrera has logged 47 plate appearances and 40 at-bats against Greinke. In that time, he’s gone 18 for 40 (.450) with a triple and four doubles against him, good for an eye-popping 1.122 OPS against him. Yes, much of these numbers come from his time spend with the Cleveland Indians when Greinke was piching for the rival Kansas City Royals, but the fact remains he’s hit a possible future Hall of Famer extremely well to this point. His bat has left plenty to be desired with a .222 average and .501 OPS on the postseason, but the switch-hitter also hit righties for a powerful .194 ISO and .788 OPS in the regular season, so let’s look for him to get his postseason turned around when it matters most this evening.
UTIL – Jose Altuve (HOU) – $8,500 vs. WAS
If the Astros indeed win this one tonight on their home turf, I have a tough time believing Altuve won’t be involved. He had a massive 28-game on-base streak snapped in a forgettable Game 6 performance last night, but it’s hard to imagine the Nationals being able to make it two straight against a player who has absolutely raked in these playoffs. I mean, the guy is hitting .338 with a 1.010 OPS to go along with five homers and six doubles in these playoffs. He’s largely been very production in the postseason, hitting .292 with an .883 OPS across 221 postseason plate appearances. The Astros are certainly going to be in tough tonight against Max Scherzer, however they will also likely see a good chunk of this Nationals bullpen that ranked 29th in the big leagues in the regular season with a 5.68 ERA. As has been well documented, Scherzer is dealing with a trapezius and neck issue that held him out of his Game 5 start, and while he’s supposedly good to go for this one tonight, I’m not convinced he’s going deep into this ball game. What I am convinced of is a bounce-back effort from Altuve in this one after being held at bay in a rare occasion in last night’s Game 6 loss.