Update (6:37 PM) - Hi Everyone! Decided to really load up on my Red Sox stack and take a chance with Jhoulys Chacin on the mound as the Nationals offense will be without Adams, Rendon, Soto, Turner, and Zimmerman who are all on the IL. Image is updated below. Good Luck!
Hope you are all having a solid start to your weeks.
Let’s take a look at our “initial” lineup for tonight’s MLB FanDuel 9-game slate that starts at 7:05pm.
We have a lot of great arms on the mound tonight, however, as of right now, I’m going with some value in Chicago’s Cole Hamels. Hamels has been outstanding this season as he comes into his solid match-up against the Miami Marlins with a 3.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and a 9.08 K/9 ratio. Miami comes into this game ranked dead last in MLB in team batting average (.221 average) and Hamels had his best start of the season against the Marlins (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 8 K) in a 55-point performance in mid-April.
On the offensive end, we’re going to start off with a 3-man stack of Boston Red Sox in Steve Pearce, Xander Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts in their match-up against the LHP John Means of the Orioles. Means has been solid this season as he comes into this game with a 2.81 ERA, however, he is coming off his worst outing of the season agianst the White Sox in which he gave up 4 ER’s (2 HR’s) over just 5.0 IP.
Steve Pearce is still looking to get his bat going this season as he comes into this game with just a .118 average, however, you still have to like his chances agianst an LHP as over his last three seasons, he has posted a .537 slugging percentage & .906 OPS.
Xander Bogaerts is coming off back-to-back games with a HR and has crushed LHP this season to the tune of a .375 average, .833 slugging %, and 1.262 OPS.
Mookie Betts has always had great success at Camden Yards as over his last three seasons, he has posted a .348 average & 1.170 OPS and as Mookie is hitting .417 over the past week, he is well worth the high price tag tonight.
We have a 2-man stack of Toronto Blue Jays in Randal Grichuk and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in their match-up agianst the LHP Martin Perez of the Minnesota Twins. Perez has been solid this season, posting just a 3.41 ERA, however, he certainly has allowed plenty of people on base as he currently has a 1.40 WHIP. Perez has historically struggled agianst RHB’s as over his last three seasons, he has allowed RHB’s to post a .309 average & .844 OPS.
Randal Grichuk has solid HR upside at his price and has fared well agianst LHP on the season, posting a .324 average & .834 OPS. Grichuk has had success agianst Perez in his career as he is 3 for 4 with a double agianst the left-hander in his career.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hasn’t had the start to his MLB career as everyone was hoping to see, however, this guy is one of the most talented rookies in MLB and it’s only a matter of time until he starts parking balls over the fence. I have no problem going with Guerrero Jr. at just $2,700.
Houston has one of the better match-ups of the night against Jacob Junis of the Kansas City Royals and although I don’t have a stack of Astros, I did make room to pay up for Jose Altuve.
Matt Carpenter is off to another slow start to his season, however, he is coming off a solid weekend in which he went 5 for 10 with a double and 2 RBI’s in his two games against the Cubs. Carpenter will be up against Vince Velasquez who has been solid this season, however, certainly has the tendency to allow HR’s. Altuve has slowed down a bit after a hot start to his season, however, I’m fan of him tonight in this matchup as Junis is allowing opponents to hit .286 against him on the season.
Rounding out our team with be a value pick in the Cubs Kyle Schwarber in his match-up agianst the RHP Sandy Alcantara. Schwarber is hitting just .226 on the season, however, does have 4 HR’s on the season. Alcantara has allowed at least 4 ER’s in three of his last 4 starts and over his last two games, has allowed 3 HR’s.
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).