Update (5:57 PM) - Keeping with the original team! Good Luck!
We have a big 13-game FanDuel MLB “Main” slate tonight that starts at 7:05pm and let’s take a look at our initial lineup for tonight.
We don’t have many high-tier pitching options tonight and as of right now I’m looking at the ARI/PIT match-up and trying to decide to go with Luke Weaver of the Diamondbacks or Trevor Williams of the Pirates. Trevor Williams is safer pick, however, as he just doesn’t punch many people out (6.26 K/9 ratio), I’m initially leaning on going with Luke Weaver who has looked very solid in his last two starts. Weaver comes into this game with a solid 3.92 ERA & 1.21 WHIP and over his last two starts has allowed just 2 ER’s over 11.1 IP while striking out 17. Weaver didn’t have the greatest success against Pittsburgh in his days in St. Louis, however, Weaver has shown that the can put up big games and as he comes into this game with a 10.45 K/9 ratio and is holding opponents to just a .678 OPS, I think he has solid value tonight.
On the offensive side, we’re going to head out to the WSH/COL game and go with a 4-man stack of Nationals against the RHP Chad Bettis of the Rockies. Bettis comes into this game struggling as in his 5 outings this season (3 starts; 2 relief), the right-hander has posted just a 7.27 ERA and is allowing opponents to post a .319 average & .926 OPS against him.
For the Nationals, we’re stacking Brian Dozier, Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Ryan Zimmerman.
Dozier is starting the heat up for the Nationals as he has hit HR’s in 3 of his last 4 games which included a 1 for 2 performance last night with a HR, 3 RBI’s, and 2 BB’s. Dozier has posted a .904 OPS on the road this season as he has shown in the past that he can be a steaky hitter, I’m hoping to ride the hot hand while he is still very reasonable priced at just $3,400 for a player hitting in Coors.
Juan Soto is hitting just .240 on the season with 3 HR’s and 14 RBI’s, however, there is no doubting the talent that young 20-year old has. Soto has a respectable .852 OPS vs. RHP on the season and as he is 1 for 2 with a HR vs. Bettis in his career, I don’t mind paying up for him tonight.
With the emergence of Juan Soto last season, some have forgetting how talented Victor Robles is projected to be and although he hasn’t put up eye-popping numbers in his first full season in the bigs, Robles is still hitting a respectable .270 with 3 HR’s & 7 RBI’s. Robles has fared better against RHP on the season and as he has speed to do some damage on the base paths, I think he has some nice value at his current price point.
Rounding out our Nationals stack will be Ryan Zimmerman who is coming off back-to-back 2-hit performances and has posted a solid .286 average & .900 OPS on the road this season.
We have a 2-man stack of St. Louis Cardinals in Matt Carpenter & Jose Martinez in their home match-up against the RHP Zack Davies of the Milwaukee Brewers. Davis has looked solid in his 4 starts this season, as he has posted a 1.19 ERA, however, as he has allowed almost a hit per inning this season, I expect his numbers to regress a bit. Davies has also struggled against St. Louis over his career as over his 8 starts against the Cardinals over the last three years, he has posted a 4.72 ERA while allowing the Cardinals to hit .293 against him.
Matt Carpenter is off to another slow start to the season as he is hitting just .226, however, he does have 3 HR’s and has picked up hits in 4 of his last 4 games. Carpenter has owned Davies over his career, as he is 10 for 22 against him with 4 doubles & 3 HR’s and I just think he has way too much value to pass up at just $3,100.
Jose Martinez has been on fire since being inserted into the starting lineup about a week ago, as over the past week, he is hitting .458 with a HR & 5 RBI’s. Martinez’s price as finally jumped on FanDuel after being listed at basically $2,200-$2,400 over the past week, however, as he still sits below $3,000 and has been hitting 5th in the batting order, I still like him tonight.
At C/1B, we’re going to with Jose Abreu of the White Sox as he is still very underpriced at just $2,800 and has a nice match-up against Andrew Cashner of the Orioles. Abreu has been lights out over his last 3 games, including a 3 for 6 performance last night with a HR & 5 RBI’s, and as he is 6 for 9 against the right-handed Cashner in his career, I expect Abreu to be heavily owned tonight.
Rounding out he team will be Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros who although is hitting just .257 on the season, has homered in back-to-back games. Correa faces off against the RHP Michael Pineda who he has owned in his career as he is 7 for 13 (.538 average) against him with 2 doubles & 3 HR’s.
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