A not so pretty 7 game slate tonight in MLB baseball and I think tonight is going to come down to those that really do their homework. We have some weather concerns in Chicago for the Cubs vs Dodgers so keep an eye on the reports until gametime. Lets take a look at the game lines and get into the 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|
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (FD $12,100, DK $12,700) – Kershaw has struck out double digit hitters in 3 straight starts and I am going to go out on a limb and say that, as long as this game goes uninterrupted, he will turn that streak into 4 straight. The Cubs are definitely a very potent offense, however they can be mowed down with the best of them as they have one of the highest strike out rates in all of baseball.
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (FD $11,600, DK $10,900) – The big question is which King Felix are we going to get tonight as he has alternated stellar starts with blow-ups recently and following that he would be inline to get knocked around hard by the Royals tonight. King Felix does get to pitch at home tonight, however he faces off with a team that has one of the lowest strikeout rates in all of baseball.
Michael Pineda, New York Yankees (FD $10,100, DK $9300) – Pineda gets to face off with the very weak Philadelphia Phillies tonight and is probably the safest option for the Win. He is coming off of a 6.2 inning, 1 hit, 9 K performance his last time out and will look to continue that tonight. Pineda has struck out 8+ in 3 of his last 4 starts and should flirt with the 10 K mark tonight.
Tommy Milone, Minnesota Twins (FD $6500, DK $6000) – Milone has looked really solid over his last two starts as he has gone 14 innings and given up just 3 runs while allowing just 8 hits and striking out 13. He gets to take on the White Sox tonight and he managed to throw 7.2 shutout innings while striking out 7 and allowing just 2 hits against them back in April.
Brett Oberholtzer, Houston Astros (FD $5200, DK $6500) – You know it is a tough pitching night when you see me recommend Milone and Oberholtzer. Oberholtzer has been solid of late and has given up just 3 runs in his last two starts, one of which was in Coors. I think he could be an under the radar SP2 tonight against an Angels team that is generally more dangerous against left handed pitching but are capable of being shut down by anybody as long as the pitcher can get around Trout and Pujols.
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians (FD $8700, DK $7500) – Bauer is one of my favorite GPP plays any time he takes the hill as we just never know what we are going to get out of him. His last time out against the dangerous Cubs lineup, he went 7 shutout innings while striking out 7 en route to the Win. The Tigers are definitely a tough match-up tonight, however Bauer seems to step up against the good teams and look somewhat uninterested against the weaker ones.
Drew Hutchison, Toronto Blue Jays (FD $8200, DK $7900) – Another guy that really does not have any consistency is Hutchison. He has not won on the road since his first start of the season and is in a spot tonight against the Rays that he could end that streak. He is coming off of 5.2 shutout innings his last time out and right now seems to be alternating good and bad starts, which would mean bad things for tonight. I just do not trust the Rays offense against a right handed pitcher right now, so I will be rolling with Hutchison on a fair number of lineups.
Houston Astros: George Springer (FD $4200, DK $4600), Carlos Correa (FD $3800, DK $3900), Evan Gattis (FD $3600, DK $4100), Chris Carter (FD $3600, DK $4100) – You will see my two stud stacks tonight are facing off against left handed starters and both happen to be teams that I absolutely love to take in those instances. I think you could include Altuve should he be in the lineup as well as Santana if he is in the outfield. On DK you have to choose between Gattis and Carter, which sucks but initially my thought was Gattis but I think that will be the case for most so I lean towards Carter.
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier (FD $3900, DK $5000), Torii Hunter (FD $2600, DK $3800), Trevor Plouffe (FD $2800, DK $4000), Eduardo Nunez (FD $2400, DK $3200) – Love my Twins vs a left handed starter and tonight they get to face off with one of the worst in John Danks. I think I would include Mauer has a sneaky, under the radar option to add to a stack as he has pretty solid career numbers against Danks.
New York Yankees: Brett Gardner (FD $4200, DK $5200), Alex Rodriguez (FD $3900, DK $4700), Mark Teixeira (FD $3500, DK $4700), Brian McCann (FD $3500, DK $4200) – The Yankees get to take their hacks against the Phillies starter, Correia tonight at home. I think this bodes well for their power possibilities and would not be afraid to include Headley and Beltran in a stack, depending on how the lineup pans out.
Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson (FD $4400, DK $4500), Jose Bautista (FD $5000, DK $4900), Edwin Encarnacion (FD $3900, DK $4700) – The Blue Jays will be the most popular stack and that is why they are under my other stacks tonight with the two teams in the Stud stacks being up against left handed pitching. The Blue Jays offense has been rolling in June and should be able to continue their hot hitting tonight against Matt Andriese.
Make sure to pay attention to the weather in Chicago as the Cubs-Dodgers game is not a guarantee at this point in the day and that sucks because of Kershaw being the top overall pitching option of the night. I do hope that the game goes off because one of the more intriguing BvP match-ups is Fowler vs Kershaw as Fowler has 16 hits in 38 at bats against the left hander in his career. I know I listed 4 stacks above and I feel strongly about them, however I think tonight’s big money is won by the guys willing to do mini stacks of 2 or 3 guys at most. I am not enamored with this slate, however there is plenty of money to be won tonight and you will definitely see my teams entered in big contests around the industry.