Update (5:42 PM) - Hi Everyone. I'm going with big OAK & LAD stacks in their solid match-ups today while keeping deGrom! Image is updated. Good Luck!
We had an average night last night with our FanDuel “Main” lineup as although our 123.3-point performance couldn’t get us to cash in our GPP’s, we were able to win money on the night with our 50/50 lineups.
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for tonight’s 10-game MLB FanDuel “Main” slate that starts at 7:05pm.
We’re paying up for Jacob deGrom who 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 as he 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 and as deGrom has 70+ point potential whenever he steps on the mound, I think he is worth the high salary tonight.
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 Stephen Piscotty in the OF and getting some value with Josh Phegley at our C/1B position.
Piscotty was 0-5 last night, however, he gets to face an LHP tonight and Piscotty has crushed LHP’s this season to the tune of a .368 batting average & 1.218 OPS. Piscotty hit .417 at Camden Yards last year so he likes the ball park and I think he gets back on track tonight with a big game.
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 the Orioles, we’re going with the super value of Chris Davis and paying up for the red-hot bat of Trey Mancini.
If you haven’t been paying attention, Chris Davis is in an all-time slump as dating back to last season he is 0-49, however, I still don’t think it’s warranted that he price tag dropped to just $500….haha. We’ll have to make sure he gets the start as he going against a LHP, however, he did hit the ball hard last night and as this makes it easier to pay up for deGrom, I’m go with Davis at the all-time low price tag.
Unlike Davis, Trey 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.
We’re going to be doing a small stack of Los Angeles 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, we’re going to be going with Corey Seager and paying up for Cody Bellinger.
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 at just a $3,100.
Cody Bellinger has arguably been the best offensive player in the baseball to start the 2019 season as the 2-year veteran comes into this game with a .435 average with 7 HR’s & 19 RBI’s. Bellinger has an unreal 1.629 OPS vs. RHP and I think he’ll be able to deposit one into the cheap seats tonight against Hudson.
Rounding out the team, we’re going with a value mini stack of Diamondbacks with Wilmer Flores & Eduardo Escobar in their match-up against the LHP Mike Minor of the Rangers. Minor pitched great against Houston in his last start, however, this is the same pitcher that get lit up by the Cubs in his season opener and certainly has the ability to give up HR’s as he posted a 1.43 HR/9 ratio last season.
Flores has had a very unimpressive stat line so far this season, however, we know he has enough pop in his bat to get us a HR and I like the fact that he has been hitting out of the 3-hole when he has been getting starts.
Escobar has had a slow start to his season, however, did go 4 for 11 with a double, 2 BB, and an RBI’s in his recent series against the Red Sox and posted a better batting average last season (.280) vs. LHP.
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).