Update (6:46 PM). I still love Caleb Smith tonight, but decided to go with more value in Jose Quintana so I could pay up more on our offense. Image is updated. Good Luck!
We got off to a nice start to the week as our 190.60-point performance last night, led by a big Grand Slam by Tim Beckham late, had us cashing in both our GPP’s & 50/50’s for our 2nd consecutive “Main” slate lineup.
Let’s keep this momentum going as we take a look at our initial lineup for tonight’s MLB FanDuel “Main” slate that features 14 games and starts at 7:05pm.
We have some solid high-tier and value pitching options tonight on the mound, however, I think I’m going to be spending up a bit tonight and rostering Caleb Smith of the Miami Marlins in his solid match-up against the Detroit Tigers. Smith has been lights out this season and has been putting up Cy Young numbers as he comes into this game with a 2.25 ERA & 0.92 WHIP while holding opponents to just a .180 batting average. Smith is also striking out hitters at a career rate as he currently is posting a 12.0 K/9 ratio and has recorded at least 8 K’s in each of his last five games. The match-up couldn’t be much better as the Tigers rank dead last in batting average over the past week (.165 average) and rank 26th in team strikeout rate (9.70 K/game).
I expect that NYY & HOU will be popular plays tonight given their match-ups and although we did spend up on pitcher, we have solid exposure to both teams.
For the Yankees, we have a 3-man stack of Gary Sanchez, DJ LeMahieu, and Gleyber Torres in their matchup against the RHP David Hess of the Baltimore Orioles at the hitter friendly Camden Yards. Hess comes into this game with a 5.58 ERA while allowing RHB’s to post a .649 slugging percentage & .954 OPS. Hess has trouble with the HR ball as he has allowed 6 HR’s over his last two starts and currently has a 3.12 HR/9 ratio.
Sanchez played the hero last night with a 9th inning HR and comes into this game hitting .333 (7 for 21) over the past week. Sanchez has posted a 1.012 OPS vs. RHP on the season and is 3 for 7 lifetime against Hess with 2 HR’s & 5 RBI’s.
LeMahieu has had a solid season for the Yankees as he comes in hitting .315 with 3 HR’s & 23 RBI’s. LeMahieu has fared well on the road, hitting .333 in away games and has been solid in the month of May, hitting .323 for the month.
Torres has been crushing the Orioles this season as in his 9 games against Baltimore this season, Torres is hitting .486 (17 for 35) with 8 HR’s! Torres has a 1.091 OPS on the road this season and similar to Sanchez, has had great success against Hess as he is 3 for 7 against the right-hander with all 3 hits being home runs.
For the Astros, we have a 2-man stack of Josh Reddick & Tyler White in their match-up against Dylan Covey of the Chicago White Sox. Covey hasn’t been anything special this season as he has posted a 4.41 ERA & 1.47 WHIP while posting a 1.65 HR/9 ratio. Covey has especially struggled against LHB’s, allowing them to post a .292 average & .943 OPS.
Reddick hit leadoff last night with George Springer out and even if Springer is back, Reddick should be in a decent spot in the order tonight. Reddick is having a great season as he has posted a .331 average with 4 HR’s and has been especially hot as of late, hitting .429 (9 for 21) with 4 doubles & 1 HR over the past week.
I had Tyler White in my “initial” lineup yesterday, however, switched him out late as he had burned me too many times this season and on cue, he hit his first HR last. Either way, White has shown that he has HR-upside and although Covey has actually been tough on RHB’s, I think White is a solid value play tonight.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. showed everyone last week why he is the top-prospect in baseball as the slugging 3B hit .333 with 4 HR’s. Guerrero Jr. doesn’t have the easiest match-up against Eduardo Rodriguez tonight, however, Guerrero Jr. has way too much upside to pass on while his price still sits in the mid-$2000 range.
Jay Bruce might be hitting just .187 on the season, however, he is still going to get his AB’s as the 11-year veteran has hit 12 HR’s so far this season. Bruce gets the luxury of hitting at Globe Life Park in Arlington tonight and you have to like his match-up against Lance Lynn as Bruce is 15 for 39 (.385 average) with 2 triples & 3 HR’s against the right-hander in his career.
Rounding out our team tonight, we’re going to go back to Kyle Schwarber who had a decent night for us last night with a 12.2-point performance. Schwarber will be up against the RHP Zach Eflin tonight and between the fact he should be hitting leadoff against and is 2 for 5 with a double & triple against Eflin in his career, I like the value Schwarber has at just $2,700.
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).