We have a full slate of MLB action tonight with some great guaranteed tournaments at both FanDuel and DraftKings. Some interesting pitching matchups leave a lot of options for our GPP rosters. Lets take a quick look at the game lines and then get into 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|
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants (FD $10,900, DK $11,200) – Bumgarner is the second largest favorite on the slate tonight at -195 (Sabathia vs the Phillies is at an absurd -250). Bumgarner has a 2.53 ERA at home so far in 2015 and should be in a solid spot against the Padres weak lineup tonight. The only thing that scares me is the tendency of the Giants offense to disappear when he is on the mound.
David Price, Detroit Tigers (FD $10,700, DK $11,600) – Price and the Tigers are an underdog in Cleveland tonight as the Indians are sitting at -110 right now. I find that really hard to believe as Price should be able to mow down the Indians lineup with the way he has been pitching. So far in 2015 against the Indians, Price has thrown 14.2 innings and allowed 0 earned runs.
Carlos Martinez, St Louis Cardinals (FD $9500, DK $8300) – Love me some Carlos Martinez and he travels to Miami to take on Jose Urena and the Marlins tonight. Martinez and the Cardinals are sitting at -143 favorites as of right now and I think that number will continue to rise. Martinez has given up 6 earned runs over his last 7 starts and has racked up 50 strike outs over those 7 starts.
Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics (FD $8900, DK $6600) – Chavez is coming off of a 7 inning, 11 strikeout performance against the Padres in which he gave up 1 run on 3 hits. I think 11 strikeouts are a bit of an outlier, however he has been extremely solid all season long in the rotation and he is a quality start machine and I think that is all we need from our SP2 spot. Chavez and the A’s are sitting at a -132 road favorite in this one.
Chase Anderson, Arizona Diamondbacks (FD $6600, DK $5500) – I just think that Anderson is under priced even pitching in Coors tonight. He has been extremely solid of late and I think he has the type of stuff to limit the damage and pitch effectively in Coors. He has given up 2 runs or less in 8 of his last 10 starts while allowing just 2 home runs over his last 10 starts.
Mike Fiers, Milwaukee Brewers (FD $7600, DK $8200) – Fiers and the Brewers are sitting at -133 as of right now and I think that number climbs a little bit as the Mets offense just does not scare me and Fiers is capable of racking up the strikeouts. He has been up and down lately but has managed to alternate good and bad performances which would signal a good performance tonight.
C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels (FD $8100, DK $8600) – Wilson takes on the Astros in what will be an interesting game as the Astros strike out a ton and can allow pitchers to put up huge games, but they also are capable of launching a handful of 2 run home runs, which would ruin Wilson’s night. I think both Wilson and the Astros bats make intriguing GPP options tonight.
New York Yankees: Brett Gardner (FD $4000, DK $4600), Chase Headley (FD $2500, DK $3900), Brian McCann (FD $3600, DK $4800), Carlos Beltran (FD $2900, DK $3900) – Love the match-up for the Yankees in this one, especially the left handed hitters. O’Sullivan has given up 7 home runs in 22.2 innings on the road so far this season and he has been hit by lefties to the tune of .330 with an OPS of 1.030 and they have hit 7 home runs in 88 at bats against him. I think you can include guys like Drew and Jones should they be in the lineup.
Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock (FD $4400, DK $4900), Paul Goldschmidt (FD $6100, DK $6000), Yasmany Tomas (FD $3600, DK $4700), David Peralta (FD $2500, DK $4300) – The D’Backs offense gets to take their hacks in Coors against Kyle Kendrick tonight. The D’Backs got to Kendrick for 8 runs in 4.1 innings earlier this season and Kendrick has given up 18 home runs and 41 total extra base hits so far this season in 14 games started. Lamb is intriguing as well as he has been struggling but a coors game against Kendrick might be all he needs.
Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez (FD $4300, DK $4700), Jonathan Lucroy (FD $3100, DK $3600), Ryan Braun (FD $4700, DK $4400) – I would definitely include Aramis as an option to go along with Segura and even Shane Peterson with the way he has been hitting. Coming into this season, the Brewers going up against a left handed starter would have been at the top of everybody’s must stacks for that particular day. The Brewers just have not been consistent and I think that’s what drops them to the “other” stacks category.
Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado (FD $4400, DK $5500), Adam Jones (FD $3400, DK $4800), Chris Davis (FD $3400, DK $4700) – The Orioles get to take on Joe Kelly and his inconsistent performances of 2015. Kelly is actually a reverse splits pitcher so I prefer to take right handed hitters against him in this one. However, I can not conceivably run an O’s stack without Chris Davis’ pop being involved against a right handed pitcher. I would pay attention to the lineup the O’s put out there tonight.
There are some interesting match-ups that leave some pitchers on the “should I roster?” list. Chris Archer is normally an automatic list in the studs section this season, however he is taking on the red hot Blue Jays. I think pitchers like Jimenez, Salazar, Greinke, Strasburg and even Alex Wood make interesting pitcher options for GPPs. I know I put Chase Anderson in the value plays section but the Rockies offense in Coors could be a place to go for some bats. I am also a fan of the lefties of the Mariners, the Cardinals, the Giants and the Pirates.