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 FanDuel “Main” contest that starts at 7:05pm.
I’m not going to lie to you……it’s an ugly 3-game slate tonight. You know its trouble when the top priced pitcher is Yu Darvish on the road against a good Atlanta Braves team…ha-ha.
We’re going to save as much money as we can on the mound tonight and go with Atlanta’s Max Fried who will be making his first start of the season.
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.
As of right now, I think one of the best offensive match-ups to target tonight will 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 some power bats in Mike Trout & Jason Bour. We obviously don’t have to make any argument considering Trout as basically, if you can get Trout in your lineup against a less-than average pitcher you do so. 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 & Joey Gallo. 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). Gallo is the ultimate “boom or bust” hitter but I like him tonight against Harvey who 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.
I don’t mind paying up Yasiel Puig who had although has had a slow start to his career in Cincinnati, has had a bunch of success against Pittsburgh’s Jordan Lyles as he is 5 for 13 against him in his career with a HR and 5 RBI’s. Puig will be hitting 3rd tonight and it will be just a matter of time until the Reds bats get going.
Rounding out the team with Starling Marte who will be up against Tyler Mahle of the Reds. Mahle has the talent to be a solid pitcher, however, Marte has had his number so far in his young career as he is 6 for 12 against with him with 2 doubles.
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).