We have a split slate of MLB action today with 4 games going off for the early slate and 11 games for the late slate. I will offer up some pitchers and stacks for both but focus mainly on the later slate of games. It was a tough night back from the All Star game, lets try to get back on track today in our MLB DFS Strategy.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (FD $12,800, DK $14,000) – Kershaw is pretty good at throwing the baseball and I would expect him to be pretty upset with his All-Star game performance. The Nationals lineup is far from intimidating with all of their stars being on the DL minus Harper. Kershaw has the best shot at neutralizing Harper and he should be able to put up an impressive performance.
David Price, Detroit Tigers (FD $11,300, DK $11,200) – David Price has been stellar all season and gets to take on an Orioles team that generally is very strong against left handed pitching. The Orioles were shut down by Anibal Sanchez yesterday and I think there’ll be a slight hangover from that game and Price should be in a solid spot to rack up the strikeouts.
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (FD $11,000, DK $11,500) – I think Kluber is in a great spot tonight as he gets to take on the Reds, in Cincinnati (the pitcher gets to hit). I love Kluber’s K upside tonight to go along with his teammates offensive situation as left handed hitters can certainly get to Desclafani.
Manny Banuelos, Atlanta Braves (FD $5600, DK $4700) – Banuelos is just too cheap to ignore with his K upside against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs strike out more than anybody not named the Houston Astros but they certainly are very dangerous as well. I think Banuelos is a great SP2 option to pair with Kershaw.
John Lackey, St Louis Cardinals (FD $8800, DK $8600) – Lackey is in an excellent spot as he gets to take on the weak New York Mets lineup tonight and should be a huge favorite in doing so. You will see Lackey’s price and immediately think that is not a value play, but I beg to differ as a pitcher with his track record and ability gets to take on an offense that is as weak as the Mets, while pitching at home, he should be closer to 10K than he is.
Chad Bettis, Colorado Rockies (FD $5400, DK $6300) – I am recommending a Rockies pitcher? What has gone wrong with me? Bettis offers a nice K upside and gets to pitch in spacious Petco Park tonight. The Rockies will want a solid start out of him after De La Rosa failed to impress last night. The Padres are generally pretty weak against right hand pitching.
Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $10,000, DK $10,200) – Liriano is normally a stud in my articles however I am a bit worried as the Brewers have been one of the hottest teams in baseball and they normally destroy left handed pitching. Liriano has been extremely tough against right handed hitting so far in 2015, so this makes an interesting match-up and I think in GPPs you can take either side of the equation.
Los Angeles Angels: Kole Calhoun (FD $3800, DK $4000), Mike Trout (FD $5400, DK $5600), Albert Pujols (FD $4100, DK $4400), David Freese (FD $2400, DK $3200) – The Angels are coming off a walk off home run by Mike Trout and that should leave them pumped up tonight as they should be able to smack around Rick Porcello. I like basically the entire lineup tonight and would not be afraid to add in other pieces.
Detroit Tigers: Ian Kinsler (FD $3300, DK $3900), Yoenis Cespedes (FD $3500, DK $4200), Victor Martinez (FD $3600, DK $4100), J.D. Martinez (FD $4400, DK $5200) – The Tigers knocked around Jimenez last night and they get to take their hacks against Tillman tonight. I love the top half of their lineup and would not be afraid to sprinkle in some of their bottom half.
New York Yankees: Jacoby Elsbury (FD $4200, DK $4400), Brett Gardner (FD $4300, DK $4700), Alex Rodriguez (FD $3700, DK $4200), Mark Teixeira (FD $3500, DK $4300) – Iwakuma has really struggled in limited starts in 2015 and I expect the Yankees to give him fits today as they are one of my favorite stacks any time they are on the slate as the top of the order does a little bit of everything and the middle provies tremendous thunder.
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier (FD $3900, DK $4600), Tori Hunter (FD $3100, DK $3700), Miguel Sano (FD $2600, DK $3700), Trevor Plouffe (FD $2900, DK $3800) – My Twins are playing extremely well and tonight get to take on a left handed pitcher in Scott Kazmir. The Twins are extremely potent against left handed pitching and two of their big pieces, Dozier and Plouffe, are coming off of home runs last night off of Sonny Gray. Stack with confidence.
Pay attention to the weather and possible power outages (kidding about the power part). I think today is a day you can get creative with your stacking and pitching combos as there are some intriguing options. There is not an offense that screams MUST STACK, which should make for some interesting lineup choices. I think I am leaning towards a 2-3-3 type of stack so that I can spread my exposure and get some of some games that interest me. Hopefully everybody enjoyed the return of baseball last night and is ready to win some cash this weekend!