At first glance there only appears to be two games with some sort of weather issue for the night as there is some precipitation in the forecast in Cincinnati as well as Atlanta. We have a full night of MLB Baseball tonight with lots of big tourneys around the industry. In our MLB DFS Strategy we will go through my favorite pitchers and stacks to target for your rosters.
|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|
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox (FD $11,000, DK $11,900) – Sale has double digit strikeouts in 6 of his last 7 outings and has gone for 12+ in 4 straight starts. He gets to take on a Rangers team that he went 7 shutout innings against 2 weeks ago and managed to strike out 13 batters while allowing just 3 hits. I am going to definitely have high exposure to Sale tonight as I think it is a mistake to not have him.
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets (FD $10,800, DK $10,700) – deGrom is one of the pitchers that seems like nobody is talking about so far this season. Over his last 6 starts, he is 4-0 while going 43.1 innings, allowing 6 earned runs and striking out 53. The Braves lineup is not very scary and they may be without their best player in Freddie Freeman who missed yesterday with a wrist injury.
Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics (FD $10,100, DK $10,100) – Who woulda guessed that Gray would be your MLB ERA leader up to this point in the season? He has been absolutely filthy and I think that continues tonight against the Angels. The Angels certainly have a potent offense, however Gray has the stuff to limit and even shut down their offense. On most nights Gray would be my top option, however he falls to the number 3 spot tonight with the match-ups for Sale and deGrom.
Joe Ross, Washington Nationals (FD $5000, DK $5000) – Ross showed us a glimpse of what has made him a top prospect the last time out against the Brewers as he went 8 innings and struck out 8 while allowing 2 runs. He has a tougher match-up tonight as he faces off with Burnett and the Pirates, however the Pirates offense is susceptible to being shut down and Ross gets to take them on in Washington. For his price, I think he makes a great SP2 option to pair with Sale or deGrom.
Lance McCullers, Houston Astros (FD $6700, DK $8000) – McCullers definitely finds his way onto the values spot because of his extremely low price on FD tonight. He takes on the Mariners, which is who he faced in his last start and managed to throw 5 shutout innings against them, while striking out 4. He had some control issues in that game and walked 4 guys which is what limited him to 5 innings. The Mariners may again be without Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager tonight after they were late scratches last night.
A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $9200, DK $8700) – Burnett is coming off of a 9 inning, 0 run outing his last time out and will look to build on his 1 run allowed over his last 16 innings. He travels to Washington tonight and takes on a somewhat perplexing Nationals lineup as they are getting production from guys you would not expect. The Nationals may be without Bryce Harper as he hurt his hamstring last night and if that is the case, I think Burnett rockets up the list and is probably just below Sonny Gray on my top 5.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians (FD $6900, DK $8800) – Carrasco has struggled his last 2 starts after having given up 2 runs in his 2 prior starts to the most recent 2. I love the match-up for Carrasco at home tonight as the Rays are a team that is much better against left handed pitching than they are against right handed. Carrasco just has not been the same pitcher, he was last year and to start this season, after taking the line drive to the face this season. I expect that to get further and further from his mind as he becomes more and more comfortable again.
Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon (FD $3900, DK $4300), Troy Tulowitzki (FD $4600, DK $5600), Carlos Gonzalez (FD $4000, DK $4500), Nolan Arenado (FD $4300, DK $5300) – The Rockies find themselves first on my list because of the Coors field effect. They are taking on a rookie pitcher who has looked pretty solid for the Brewers in his first 2 career starts, but rookies tend to struggle greatly in Coors as their pitches start to flatten out and they get in trouble. I would not be afraid to stack this lineup a couple of different ways.
Chicago Cubs: Dexter Fowler (FD $3300, DK $3900), Kris Bryant (FD $4100, DK $4600), Anthony Rizzo (FD $4300, DK $4800), Miguel Montero (FD $2800, DK $3500) – I am a big time Twins fan and I had to debate this one a little bit, however Phil Hughes is in for a long night against this Cubs offense. He gives up home runs and the Cubs certainly hit a lot of home runs. I would include guys like Castro, Coghlan and Schwarber (if he’s available where you play).
Houston Astros: George Springer (FD $4300, DK $4700), Carlos Correa (FD $4100, DK $3900), Evan Gattis (FD $3600, DK $3600) – You will always find me listing the Astros when they face off with a left handed pitcher and tonight is no different as they get to take on Elias and the Mariners. Just 5 days ago the Astros got to Elias for 8 runs in 3.1 innings while doing so without hitting a home run.
St Louis Cardinals: Kolton Wong (FD $2900, DK $3400), Matt Carpenter (FD $3400, DK $3700), Jhonny Peralta (FD $3500, DK $3800) – The Cardinals are my under the radar sneaky stack of the night as they just never jump off the page as a must stack however they take on Aumont, who is making his first career major league start even though he has thrown some in a relief role. He has never fared very well at the Major League level and I expect tonight to be a long night for him as the Cardinals are patient and get guys on base at a high rate.
One of the most intriguing match-ups of the night has the Orioles taking on the Blue Jays in what should be an interesting battle as there is some bad blood between these two teams as well as the fact both teams are coming in extremely hot on the offensive side of things. I am intrigued by the Braves possibly running out Matt Wisler for his major league debut as he was one of the pieces they received from San Diego in all of their off season dealings. I was very tempted to recommend Jorge De La Rosa in Coors as he has thrown pretty well of late and think his strikeout numbers off-set the Coors field issue. One other stack that I find interesting is the New York Yankees going up against Justin Verlander. I wonder if he is completely back and healthy or not and this Yankees team can certainly make him pay, especially at Yankee Stadium.