Update (6:00 PM) - Hi Everyone! Made some adjustments as I wanted to get some action to Baltimore & Oakland. Image is updated below. Good Luck!
Our DraftKings MLB lineups ended the weekend well as our 142.2-point performance had us cashing in both our GPP’s & 50/50’s yesterday.
Let’s keep that winning going as we take a look at tonight’s lineup for the MLB DraftKings “Main” slate that starts at 7:05 PM.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to paying up for Justin Verlander and going with a solid mid-tier option in Eric Lauer.
Verlander is the top-priced pitcher on the slate, however, his value is worth it as I really don’t love a lot of the other mid-tier options tonight. Verlander had a rough start in his recent outing against Texas, however, I expect to see more of the guy we saw against Tampa Bay after he went 7 innings, giving up just 1 ER on 3 hits while striking out 9. Verlander posted an incredible 12.2 K/9 ratio and although the Yankees bats can do damage as we saw yesterday, they do rank just 18th in team strikeout rate at 9.11 K/game. Verlander seems to get pumped up when he is going against the best and he showed that last year against the Yankees as in his two starts, he posted just a 0.61 ERA while striking 19 over just 14.2 IP.
Eric Lauer is a solid mid-tier option tonight as although this is not a guy that is going to light-up the board with a bunch of strikeouts, he is a very solid pitcher that has a great match-up against the San Francisco Giants who have the look of a team that is going to struggle to put up runs all season. Lauer looked great against the Giants in his season-opener as he went 6.0 IP, while giving up no runs on just 4 hits while striking out 3.
Unlike our FanDuel lineup, which we stacked Oakland against Andrew Cashner, I didn’t like the value we were getting from Oakland when looking into their DraftKings salaries and decided to go in a different direction.
On the offensively end, we’re stacking the Washington Nationals against the RHP Vince Velasquez of the Phillies. Velasquez has always been a mix bag of results, however, Velasquez didn’t look great in Spring Training this season and has never fared that well against the Nationals as in his 7 starts over the past 3 years, he posted just a 4.91 ERA. For the Nationals, I’m stacking Howie Kendrick, Juan Soto, and Anthony Rendon.
I’m going to target the SEA/KC match-up tonight as I’m not overly worried about either Felix Hernandez or Homer Bailey and I think the offensive players on both teams are undervalued.
For the Mariners, we’re going to be going with Omar Narvaez & Jay Bruce. Narvaez & Bruce have combined for 7 HR’s so far this season and they could be in line to add to that total going against Homer Bailey who had a 1.95 HR/9 ratio last season.
For the Royals, we’re going with Ryan O’Hearn & Alex Gordon. Both of these players will be hitting in the heart of the Royals lineup and as they do have HR-upside, I’m surprised that their salaries are both sitting below $4,000 in this match-up.
Rounding out the team with be Corey Seager in his matchup against Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals. Mikolas has gotten off to a rough start to this season as he comes into this game with a 7.20 ERA & 1.50 WHIP and has really struggled against LHB’s, allowing them to post a .412 average/1.441 OPS. Seager is priced way too low for his talent level, especially coming off his series against Colorado in which he went 5 for 13 (.384 average) with two 2B’s & 2 BB’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).