Update (5:58 PM) - Hi Everyone! I'm going with more of a BAL & OAK stack as I'm expecting a high-scoring game in Baltimore tonight. Image is updated! Good Luck!
We didn’t have the greatest weekend with our FanDuel picks, however, we’re still riding high after a solid first full week and we’ll be looking to get back on track with tonight’s MLB “Main” FanDuel lineup.
We have an 8-game slate that starts at 7:05pm and although there is a little bit of weather in the OAK/BAL & SD/SF match-ups, it doesn’t look like we have much to worry about as of right now.
On the mound tonight, we’re paying up Justin Verlander as although he is the top-priced pitcher on the slate, his value is worth it as I really don’t love a lot of the 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.
On the offensive side of the ball, we’re going to be stacking the Oakland A’s against Baltimore’s Andrew Cashner. Cashner had a good outing versus Toronto in his recent start, but I wouldn’t read into it much as I think you could throw any RHP against the Blue Jays and they would pitch well. I think we’re going to see more of the Andrew Cashner who got rocked for 6 ER’s on 6 hits in just 4.0 IP against the Yankees.
For Oakland, we’re stacking Kendrys Morales, Jurickson Profar, Matt Chapman, & Khris Davis.
Morales is off to a slow start to the season as he is still searching for his first extra base-hit on the season, however, the 12-year veteran still has some solid pop in his bat and is 6 for 10 with 3 HR’s against Cashner in his career.
Jurickson Profar hasn’t got to a dream start in Oakland, however, the switch-hitter started to show some promise during the 2nd half of last season as he posted a .834 OPS after the all-star break. Profar has much more power hitting from the left-side of the plate as 16 of his 20 HR’s came from that side and I just think he has a lot of upside for the $2,300 price tag.
Matt Chapman comes into this game hitting just .261 on the season, however, does have 3 HR’s and had some solid success at Camden Yards last season, hitting .308 with 2 doubles & 4 RBI’s. Chapman has fared much better against RHP early on this season as he has posted a .333 average & .979 OPS.
Khris Davis has already blasted 5 HR’s on the season and similar to Chapman, seems to like hitting at Camden Yards as he posted a .364 batting average their last season. Davis has had solid success against Cashner in his career as he is 6 for 17 (.353 average/.941 OPS) against him with a HR and 6 RBI’s.
At SS, we’re going with some value in the Dodgers 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.
We’re going back to the OAK/BAL game and getting some value in Cedric Mullins who should be hitting leadoff against the RHP Marco Estrada. Mullins is off to a slow start, however, he was a very productive player for the Orioles late last season and certainly can cause some trouble on the basepaths if he can get on.
We’re paying up for Charlie Blackmon tonight who despite who troubles defensively last night, had a very solid night at the plate going 2 for 2 with 2 BB’s, 1 2B, 1 3B, and an RBI. Blackmon has a tough match-up against Julio Teheran, however, Teheran has struggled against LHB’s this season, allowing them to hit .389 against him.
Rounding out the team, with be the Giants Evan Longoria who will be up against the LHP Eric Lauer of the Padres. Longoria has always hit LHP well as he comes into this game with a career .858 OPS vs. LHP and has had some solid success against Lauer as he is 4 for 8 against him 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).