I’m happy to move on from last night as between another uninspiring start from Miles Mikolas and a shocking Houston Astros offensive power outage against Matt Minor, we didn’t come close in cashing in either or 50/50’s or GPP’s last night.
The good thing about baseball and DFS, we can get right back on the horse the following day.
Let’s check out tonight’s DraftKings “Main” contest that starts at 6:10pm.
Unlike FanDuel, we have a 4-game slate tonight as DraftKings is including the TOR/CLE game which is good as Trevor Bauer is really the only sure-fire pitcher that we have going tonight.
We’re spending up for Bauer who is coming off a career season last year and looks like he is going to get right back at it against after going 7 innings, while giving up just 1 ER, 1 H, & 1 BB against the Twins. Bauer had an incredible 11.34 K/9 ratio last season and we know he loves going deep into games.
For our SP2, we’re going to with Atlanta’s Max Fried. Fried was solid last year in his limited opportunities as he posted a 2.94 ERA while holding opponents to just a .224 batting average in 33.2 IP. Fried showed that he does have some strikeout upside as he posted an impressive 11.76 K/9 ratio last season. The Cubs have hit for a decent average this season, however, they’ve had trouble putting runs up on the board and as we saw the Cubs strikeout 13 times in their 6-4 loss last night, I think Fried has just too much value at this low price to pass up on.
We’re going to have to find more value bats, unlike our FanDuel lineup, due spending $11,300 on Bauer, however, I do think we have some great value in the TEX/LAA game.
Texas will be going with Edinson Volquez on the mound who didn’t look that impressive in his first outing of the season against the Cubs as he lasted just 4.0 innings while giving up 4 ER’s on 6 hits & 4 BB’s. For the Angles, we’re going with Kole Calhoun & Jason Bour. Calhoun is an up-and-down player, however, with him up against an RHP tonight, he should be hitting lead-off and certain has the power/speed to get us a HR and/or SB. Bour has gotten off to a slow start, but this is a guy who had 18 HR’s vs. RHP last season and can easily get one out of the ball park tonight with the wind blowing out.
Los Angeles will be going with Matt Harvey who was decent in his first outing (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB), however, I’m not too intimated by what Harvey brings to the mound nowadays. For Rangers, we’re going with Asdrubal Cabrera & Shin-Soo Choo. Cabrera has gotten off to a nice start with the Rangers as he already has 3 HR’s & 7 RBI’s on the season and I like when he is hitting from the left-side of the plate as he shows much more power from that side (19 of 23 HR’s last season was as an LHB). Choo is still looking for his first HR of the season, however, I like the fact that he is still hitting leadoff and that Harvey had a 1.57 HR/9 ratio last season.
We’re going to hope Ozzie Albies & Dansby Swanson can repeat the success that we saw them had last night against Jon Lester and the Cubs as both went yard. The Braves will be up against Yu Darvish who didn’t make it past the 3rd inning in his first start of the season and walked an incredible 7 batters against the Rangers. Albies has been on fire as of late, picking up 3 hits in each of his last two games and Swanson is looking like he poised from a breakout season.
We’re going with some value at the Catcher’s position with Cincinnati’s Tucker Barnhart. Barnhart will be up against Jordan Lyles who comes into this game with a career ERA of 5.28 and although he doesn’t have much power, Barnhart has shown most of his power as an LHB.
Rounding out the team with by Leonys Martin who despite having a slow start, should be hitting leadoff against the RHP Aaron Sanchez. Martin had a .799 OPS vs. RHP last season and is 1-4 with a HR and BB against Sanchez in his career.
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).