Update (5:43 PM) - Hi Everyone. Going with the OAK, LAD, & MIL bats while still paying up for deGrom! Image is updated below. Good Luck!
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for tonight’s 10-game MLB DraftKings “Main” slate that starts at 7:05pm.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be targeting the MIN/NYM game as we’re going with Jacob deGrom & Kyle Gibson.
deGrom is the obvious choice on the mount tonight as he has picked up where he left off last season as the RHP has been absolutely dominant over his first two starts of the season against Washington & Miami. Over those two starts, deGrom has gone a combined 13.0 IP, giving up 0 ER’s while striking out 24 opposing hitters. deGrom has a high price tag and the match-up isn’t the greatest as the Twins have done a decent job avoiding strikeouts, however, the Twins have very little experience against the hard-throwing RHP.
I don’t love going with both pitchers in the same match-up, however, as I want to be able to pay up for some bats, I think Gibson has some of the best value as a SP2. Gibson got off to a rocky start against the Royals, however, he did look decent before a rough 5th inning. Gibson was impressive last season as he posted a 3.74 ERA and had a respectable 8.19 K/9 ratio. The Mets have been decent against RHP however, they do strikeout a bunch as they rank dead last in MLB in team strikeout rate at 11.0 K/game. Gibson obviously has some risk, but I think the value is their tonight as he has potential for a 6-8 K’s.
We’re going to start off offensively with a stack of LA Dodgers in their match-up against the RHP Dakota Hudson of the St. Louis Cardinals. Hudson struggled in his only start of the season against Milwaukee and I think the Dodgers bats will be looking forward to the match-up as Hudson gave up 3 HR’s in just 4.1 IP in that start against the Brewers.
For the Dodgers, were’ going with Max Muncy, Kiki Hernandez, Corey Seager, and Alex Verdugo.
Muncy exploded on the scene last season, hitting 35 HR’s, and it looks like he has lost the power stroke as he has already 3 HR’s & 10 RBI’s on the season. Muncy has a 4-game hitting streak and is hitting .375 over the past week.
We generally target Hernandez when he is going up against LHP, however, for his price tag, I have no problem playing Hernandez tonight as he comes into this game hitting .364 with 3 HR’s & 8 RBI’s. Hernandez isn’t as great against RHP, however, he hasn’t been bad against them this season to date as he comes into this match-up with an impressive 1.139 OPS vs. RHP.
As we mentioned yesterday, I think Seager is just too cheap for as good as a hitter he is. Over his last 4 games, Seager is 7 for 17 and as he has posted a .333 average & .971 OPS vs. RHP on the season, I’ll gladly take him again tonight.
We’ll have to make sure that Verdugo gets the start tonight, however, he has started his last two games vs. RHP and is solid value as he comes into this game hitting .350 on the season with 2 HR’s.
We stacked a lot of players from the OAK/BAL game last night and with tonight’s pitching match-up of Brett Anderson vs. John Means, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t go right back to this game, especially as they’ll be at the very hitters friendly Camden Yards.
For Oakland, we’re going with Josh Phegley. Phegley might be hitting at the end of the lineup, but the 6-year veteran has gotten off to a great start this season and over the past week is hitting .462. Phegley has hit HR’s in back-to-back games and although it’s a small sample, is 3 for 7 vs. LHP on the season.
For Baltimore, we’re going with Trey Mancini. Mancini is off to an outstanding start to his season as he comes into this game hitting .385 with 5 HR’s & 11 RBI’s. Mancini has a 1.274 OPS at Camden Yards this season and a 1.203 OPS vs. LHP and I still think is underpriced in this match-up.
At 3B tonight, we’re going with Travis Shaw of the Milwaukee Brewers in his match-up against Matt Harvey of the LA Angels. It’s been a struggle for Harvey so far this season as the RHP is coming off a game against the Rangers I which he allowed 8 ER’s on 10 hits in just 4.0 IP. Shaw has had a slow start to his season, however, I like his value tonight as he is 6 for 14 (.429 average) against Harvey in his career and obviously has plenty of HR upside.
Rounding out the team, is another value pick in the Angels Kole Calhoun. Calhoun is off to another slow start this season, but he has had hit 2 HR’s and although he is in a tough match-up against Freddy Peralta, I can’t complain of rostering a play with some HR-upside that will be hitting at the top of the lineup for just $3,400.
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).