Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for June 15th.
Today we have 15 games on the MLB schedule starting at 7:05 p.m. Be sure to check the weather forecasts before game times as always as there might be issues in the White Sox/Pirates, Phillies/Orioles, Reds/Tigers, Braves/Red Sox, Blue Jays/Mets, Indians/Cubs, Dodgers/Rangers and Twins/Cardinals games. Yeesh! Hopefully most of those don’t experience delays.
Make sure to check your lineups before game times for late scratches!
I remember the 1997 season when Interleague play was first introduced. My hometown of Montreal still had a baseball team and one of my all-time favorite players, Pedro Martinez was having his first dominant season. I went to Olympic Stadium with my brother Ricky and we watched Pedro absolutely stymy the Detroit Tigers in the first interleague game we ever saw live. Pedro’s line that day – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 HA, 2 BB, 14 Ks.
18 years later, Ricky and I will be going to Cooperstown to see Pedro’s Hall of Fame induction. And interleague play has lost much of its luster. White Sox/Pirates, Braves/Red Sox and Phillies/Orioles just don’t seem all that exciting. Despite that, baseball is baseball, and it should be another fun day of DFS. Let’s jump into this interleague version of the picks of the day.
1. Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates ($10,000)
Liriano is a very nice pitcher. He ranks 7th in the National League in WHIP and 3rd in K/9 on the season. But I am choosing him today more because of his opponent than because of him. The White Sox are far and away the worst team in the majors against left-handed pitching with an embarrassing .542 OPS against them. And that OPS is when they get to use a DH. With no DH, against an elite lefty on the road, the White Sox output likely won’t improve. Liriano is worth his heavy price today.
2. Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros ($9,600)
I love me some Keuchel! While the Rockies are not nearly as bad as the White Sox against lefties, they still sit only in 22nd in the majors with a .677 OPS. Moreover, their OPS on the road is also fairly low at .675 which is 21st in MLB. Unlike Liriano, this pick is more about the pitcher than his opponent though. Keuchel is an other-worldly 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 0.980 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 at home. Opponents are hitting a meager .191/.250/.219 against him at Minute Maid Park. I like a 25 point game from Keuchel today.
3. Jason Castro, C, Houston Astros ($3,500)
Keuchel is not the only guy who likes the friendly confines of Minute Maid Park. His batterymate, Castro, loves his home cooking as well. Castro’s slugging percentage at home sits at .507 for the season. Castro has gotten hot recently as well with a .300/.417/.700 line in the last week. I usually pick my catcher last, but I am feeling good about Castro today.
4. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox ($3,800)
The Red Sox have been one of the most disappointing teams in the majors this season. But one of the only guys on the squad who has not played below his talent level is young Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts has gotten hot recently and is hitting .345/.370/.448 over the last month. He has also been really good at Fenway with a .330/.371/.450 line. Bogaerts has moved up in the Sox line-up and his numbers should only improve. I love him at $3,800.
5. Michael Cuddyer, OF, New York Mets ($3,700)
Cuddyer has essentially played 20% of a season in his career against Blue Jays’ hurler Mark Buehrle. The two have faced of 111 times in their careers with Cuddyer owning a .327/.360/.514 line. Cuddyer hasn’t been all that great this year, but he has been solid at home with a .293/.369/.448 line. There will be no surprises here, and I like Cuddyer to continue his success against Buehrle.
6. Nick Markakis, OF, Atlanta Braves ($3,700)
NIck Markakis has been solid all year long, especially against right-handed pitching against whom he has an on-base percentage of .419 this year. He has always played well against the Red Sox starter, Rick Porcello who he has hit at a .375/.429/.542 clip. Markakis probably won’t score you 25 points, but he always seems to be good for 6-14 points, which is excellent for this price.
7. Jace Peterson, 2B, Atlanta Braves ($3,500)
I am just about to finish in 9th place out of 4,019 in the Hot Corner contest and a big reason why is Jace Peterson who had 3 hits, a homer, 3 RBI and a steal which was good for a surprising 35 points. How can I not be loyal to Jace after he netted me a couple of hundred dollars yesterday? Let’s see a little more of that Jace magic!
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