It’s Thursday and that generally means we have some afternoon baseball to enjoy!
Let’s take a look at who we’re going with in today’s 5-game DraftKings “Early Only” slate that starts at 12:35pm.
On the mound, we’re going to go with some value picks in Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray & Oakland’s Aaron Brooks.
Sonny Gray is liking his new team and is looking more like the RHP we saw in Oakland as he comes into this game with a 2.89 ERA & 1.29 WHIP over his first two starts with the Reds. Gray looked outstanding against Pittsburgh in his last outing (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 7 K) and you have to like his match-up against the Miami Marlins who come into this game ranked 26th in batting average vs. RHP (.192).
Aaron Brooks had a rough first start of the season against Houston, but bounced back in a big way against the Boston Red Sox in his last start as he went 6.0 IP, giving up 0 ER’s on just 2 hits while striking out 6. Baltimore has some bats you have to worry about, but for the most part if he can limit the damage done by Villar and Mancini, I can see him putting up a solid 30-40 point performance and easily hit value.
We’re going to day in the OAK/BAL contest and for the 4th straight day, stack the Oakland A’s offense. Oakland will be up against Dylan Bundy who has had a tough start to his season as he comes into this game with a 7.36 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, and has yet to get by the 4th inning in either of his starts. For the A’s, we’re stacking Jurickson Profar, Marcus Semien, and Khris Davis.
We’re also going to load up with the Mariners as they have a nice match-up against Jorge Lopez and the wind will be blowing out (15-20 MPH) to dead center field today in Kansas City. Lopez is at best an “average” pitcher that doesn’t strikeout many hitters and could be in for a long day against a Mariners offense that has posted a .296 average & .907 OPS vs. RHP on the season. For the Mariners, we’re stacking Tom Murphy, Edwin Encarnacion, & Mitch Haniger.
Rounding out the team, we’re going to go with the Dodgers Max Muncy & A.J. Pollock against the RHP Michael Wacha of the Cardinals. Wacha has looked good in his first two starts of the season, however, he has always struggled against the Dodgers and is allowing the current Dodgers roster to post a .368 average & .935 OPS against him.
Muncy had a HR last night and has showed that last year’s breakout season in which he hit 35 HR’s was not a fluke as he already had 4 HR’s & 11 RBI’s on the season.
Pollock is a 5-tool player when healthy and we love his history against Wacha as in his career he is 5 for 10 with 2 2B’s, 1 HR, & 4 RBI’s.
As always, I will make any necessary updates due to confirmed lineups, weather, etc. I will do my best to update the post but if it’s a last-second update, it’s easier for me to post that with an image on Twitter (@BrettCU05).