We have another split slate of MLB DFS action today with a 3 game slate starting at 12:35 Est and then the normal 7:05 Est start time with 11 games. Way fewer pitching options then yesterday. Also I like the offenses going in the early slate more then the late slate. Lets take a closer look at some pitchers and stacks that you can use across both slates in our MLB DFS Strategy.
|Home||Away||Spread Home||Over/Under Goals|
|Detroit Tigers||Toronto Blue Jays||-1.5||8.5|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Cleveland Indians||-1.5||7.5|
|New York Yankees||Tampa Bay Rays||-1.5||7|
|Cincinnati Reds||Milwaukee Brewers||1.5||8|
|Boston Red Sox||Houston Astros||-1.5||9|
|Atlanta Braves||Philadelphia Phillies||-1.5||7.5|
|Texas Rangers||LAA Angels||1.5||9|
|Kansas City Royals||Minnesota Twins||-1.5||7.5|
|Chicago White Sox||Baltimore Orioles||1.5||8|
|St. Louis Cardinals||San Diego Padres||-1.5||7|
|Oakland Athletics||Seattle Mariners||-1.5||7|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Colorado Rockies||-1.5||9|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||New York Mets||-1.5||6|
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (FD $11,000, DK $10,700) – Harvey has been very up and down recently as he has allowed just 6 hits in each of his last 4 starts but has allowed 5 home runs in his last 3 starts while giving up 13 earned runs over 19 innings in those 3 starts. With that said, Harvey is my top option of the night as he should put up a pretty solid stat line against the Giants in this one. The fact he gets to face them at home makes me a little more confident in the Win however I think there might be a couple lesser known options with better win potential than Harvey on the night. I would expect Harvey to go 8 strong and strike out 8+ in this match up and hope that he can keep the ball in the yard.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs (FD $9900, DK $9800) – Arrieta seems to step up to the stage and pitch his best against the better opponents on the Cubs schedule and I am very intrigued by this match-up as the Tigers offense is definitely dangerous but has shown plenty of weaknesses over the last couple of weeks. I like the spot he is in because I think his offense backs him up against Shane Greene tonight.
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians (FD $8600, DK $8700) – I initially struggled to locate who I considered to be the third stud on this slate but after looking over his recent game logs, Bauer definitely stuck out and I really like the spot he is in pitching at home against a Mariners team that he struck out 10 against over 7 innings at the end of May and has not given up more than 2 runs over his last 5 games started. Bauer and the Indians are the second largest favorite on the board as they are sitting at -165 as of writing this.
Vincent Velasquez, Houston Astros (FD $8100, DK $4300) – Velasquez gets the call up to make his major league debut and show off what has made him one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Velasquez was moved to Double-A and made 5 starts and managed to go 3-0 with an ERA of just 1.37. The White Sox are a -135 favorite in this game so Velasquez and the Astros are an average underdog and the game does have an over/under of 8.5 which is one of the highest ones on the board, which is scary. I love the price on DK and will definitely make Velasquez an SP2 on a fair number of lineups. The FD price scares me a bit and makes me wonder what model they used to create his salary.
Erasmo Ramirez, Tampa Bay Rays (FD $5700, DK $5300) – I can not believe I am recommending Erasmo Ramirez tonight. I have been picking on him all season but I guess it is time to recognize how well he has been throwing the ball of late. He has won 4 of his last 5 starts and recently went into Baltimore and shut down their potent offense by giving up just 3 hits and striking out 7 over 7 innings. I think he makes an interesting SP2 option on DK and being able to pitch at home could make him a very under the radar cheap option on FD in order to stack some bats.
Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins (FD $6500, DK $6400) – I wish I knew how to predict Kyle Gibson as he has been extremely strong this year and even though he gave up 5 earned runs in his last start, he managed to strike out 9 Brewers and went for 20.2 DK points. Gibson and the Twins opened at a -107 home favorite in this one so it is basically a pick em game and that is why I have Gibson as a GPP play tonight.
Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (FD $9200, DK $9300) – I had to include Ross in the GPP plays because I just can not seem to get him right this season. He has double digit strike out upside but tends to get himself in pitch count trouble by walking a few batters and really has developed a fear of getting to go 7+ innings in a start. Ross and the Padres are -120 road favorites in this game against the Braves and the over/under is set at just 7.5 runs which is definitely good to see. Ross can certainly reward his owners for their faith, I am just sick of seeing him in positive match-ups and flaming out in the 5th or 6th inning.
St Louis Cardinals: Kolton Wong (FD $3600, DK $4800), Matt Carpenter (FD $4200, DK $5200), Jhonny Peralta (FD $4100, DK $5000), Jason Heyward (FD $3200, DK $5000) – The Cardinals are in the better spot of the 2 teams playing at Coors today and I think they can get to Bettis in this one as I think the Rockies have a chance to struggle against the electric stuff of Carlos Martinez. Holliday was put on the DL so I included Heyward as they are going to need him to step up and provide some pop and today could be that day. I would also look at Grichuk should he be in the lineup.
Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Reyes (FD $4000, DK $4900), Josh Donaldson (FD $4900, DK $4900), Jose Bautista (FD $5400, DK $5300), Edwin Encarnacion (FD $3800, DK $4600) – The Blue Jays get to take their hacks against Tom Koehler in a game with an over/under of 9 runs today and I think we will see some pretty nice stat lines from a few of the guys in this lineup. I would definitely include Martin, Colabello and Pillar should they be in the lineup. I would definitely suggest checking the lineup first as there is a chance guys like Reyes and Encarnacion could get the afternoon off.
Washington Nationals: Anthony Rendon (FD $3600, DK $4400), Bryce Harper (FD $5500, DK $5600), Ryan Zimmerman (FD $2400, DK $3800) – I love the Nationals going up against the straight fastball throwing Nathan Eovaldi today. I think you can include anybody in this lineup today as they all seem to hit the fastball very well and Eovaldi is known to get into trouble. I think this stack will be over looked and could definitely pay off and back up Gio on the mound.
Houston Astros: George Springer (FD $3500, DK $4400), Jose Altuve (FD $3600, DK $4300), Evan Gattis (FD $3700, DK $4000), Chris Carter (FD $3000, DK $4100) – The Astros get to take on a lefty in Jose Quintana in this one and they represent the most dangerous offense in the game right now as they are capable of hitting home runs in bunches as well as stealing multiple bases. I would also look to include Correa as there is a reason why he has been considered the top prospect in baseball this season.
What a difference a day makes as I am far from enamored with the pitching options in today/tonight’s games as there are only a few options that stand out and it seems like the most desirable offenses play in the early slate which could make non-stacking a viable option in the evening slate. I really like the spot the Cubs are in as well as I think they can get to Shane Greene and he has shown the propensity to give up the long ball in bunches. I also think the Diamondbacks make a good stacking option as they love to hit left handed pitchers.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks