Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for June 19th.
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 Marlins/Reds and Mets/Braves games. I am ready for a weather free day.
Make sure to check your lineups before game times for late scratches!
I know you all read my column from Wednesday, and I am following a similar strategy today in going with some high-priced pitching and finding value elsewhere in my line-up. Luckily for me (and you) I have found some players that I really like with very low price points on DraftKings.
A lot of the players that I like for today are members of the St. Louis Corporate Esiponage… errrrrr…. Cardinals. They face off against my countryman Philippe Aumont, who has been brutal in his career against left-handed hitters. Want to know more? Read on!
1. Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox ($11,900)
Don’t get cute here. Chris “The Condor” Sale (all nicknames courtesy of Baseball Reference) has faced current members of the Rangers 101 times and they have a collective .158/.236/.250 line with a whopping 43 strikeouts in those 101 plate appearances. Additionally (and as I mentioned on Wednesday), the Rangers strike out the 2nd most in the majors against left-handed pitching. Sale is almost a lock for double-digit strikeouts and can score upwards of 30 points today.
2. Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland Athletics ($10,100)
Did you know that Gray leads the American League in ERA, WHIP and ERA+ and is 4th in FIP? On top of that, he has faced the Angels on several occasions and current Angels hitters have only managed to amass a .191/.243/.255 against Gray with almost 1 strikeout per 3 plate appearances. Gray is the 4th most expensive pitcher of the day, but I like him along with Sale to be a great anchor for my team.
3. Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals ($3,400)
I am able to use the high-priced pitchers today in part because DraftKings is being very generous in their pricing of Cardinals hitters. The Cards face off against Philippe Aumont who has allowed lefties to hit him in his career at an almost unbelievable rate of .418/.508/.636. Wong is very solid against right-handed pitching, let alone righties who are like a grease fire when they face lefties, hitting .302/.358/.494 against them. He is one of the lower priced two-sackers today and I am jumping at him at this price.
4. Matt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals ($3,700)
Speaking of underpriced, left-handed hitting Cardinals hitters, have you met Matt Carpenter? Carpenter is hitting .329/.424/.543 against righties this year and gets to face off against the aforementioned Aumont, who, you may have heard, can’t get lefties out. I had to scroll through dozens of third basemen to even find Carpenter on DraftKings as he is (inexplicably) only the 23rd highest priced 3B today. I love him at $3,700.
5. Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers ($4,900)
This is my only splurge on hitting today, as I could not resist the batter versus pitcher stats in this case. In 17 career plate appearances against Jorge De La Rosa, Braun has a line of .714/.765/1.643 against the Rockies’ lefty. Among those 17 career plate appearances, he has 7 extra-base hits when facing De La Rosa. Did I mention that this game is also in Coors Field? I am feeling the Hebrew Hammer today.
6. Domingo Santana, OF, Houston Astros ($2,800)
I sort of have 2 7-UP wild card plays of the day – the first of which is rookie Domingo Santana of the Astros. He is most likely going to play today against Roenis Elias, as Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is ailing. If Santana is indeed in the lineup, he was hitting an impressive .284/.407/.537 in AAA against left-handed pitching. Santana hit a pinch-hit 3-run homer yesterday, is a big power hitter and has a good chance to show off his power against lefty Elias.
7. Kyle Schwarber, C, Chicago Cubs ($3,400)
If I didn’t blow my budget on pitching, I would probably have a couple of other power hitting Cubbies in my line-up today against home run inducing machine Phil Hughes, including Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. I’ll settle for another young Cub in Schwarber who will likely be DHing today. Hulk had on OPS over 1.000 in the minors this year including 13 homers. Schwarber hit his first career homer last night against a far more imposing pitcher in Danny Salazar – I think he takes Hughes deep for career homer #2 tonight.
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