Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for June 29th .
Today we have 9 games on the MLB schedule starting at 7:05 p.m. Be sure to check the weather forecasts before game times as always – what a wet spring it has been!
Make sure to check your lineups before game times for late scratches!
This is a tough day for me to make my picks. Usually I rely on picking 1 or 2 top-notch starters and then utilizing research and pronounced splits to find a couple of low-priced but potentially high producing hitters.
Today, there are no real aces pitching, so I have to take a couple of middling pitchers and rely on the big thumpers. I am feeling pretty good about the line-up that I have put together, but it definitely is a bit different from my usual lineups. Alright, let’s get started:
1. Lance McCullers, SP, Houston Astros ($7,700)
I have written about him before, but Lance McCullers has quickly become one of my favorite pitchers in the majors. He is dynamic and has been able to harness his stuff to produce some nice results. Today he faces the Royals at home, where he has been untouchable this season. In 4 starts at Minute Maid Park, McCullers is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA, a 0.913 WHIP and 10.6 K/9. The Royals are a really tough team to strike out, but I think McCullers can fan at least 5 and produce a nice winning start, especially against Joe Blanton. Usually a guy like McCullers would be my SP2, but I am fine with him as my SP1 tonight.
2. Nate Karns, SP, Tampa Bay Rays ($7,100)
Karns has been a pleasant surprise for the Rays this year. While not elite, he has still been able to rack up 77 strikeouts in 85 innings and ranks 9th in the American League in hits allowed per 9 innings at 7.412. In his last two starts he has been even better with a 0.79 ERA and a 1.147 WHIP. Today, he faces off against the Indians who got shut out in both ends of a double-header yesterday. I like Karns for 15-20 points today.
3. Russell Martin, C, Toronto Blue Jays ($4,400)
I don’t usually pay for the high-priced catchers, but with the low-priced pitching options today, I have the luxury of taking Martin. The Blue Jays backstop loves facing Clay Buchholz with a .316/.316/.947 line in 19 plate appearances including 4 homers. Martin also loves playing at Rogers Center with a .313/.397/.580 line north of the border. Could be a big night for Russ.
4. Adam Lind, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers ($4,300)
There are some pretty delicious first base options tonight including David Ortiz who hits R.A. Dickey well, Joey Votto who has 3 homers in 15 plate appearances against Mike Pelfrey and Chris Carter who has 3 homers in 8 plate appearances against Joe Blanton. I wrestled with my decision, but I am going to go with Adam Lind. I just could not ignore Sean O’Sullivan’s numbers against left-handed pitching with lefties butchering him to the tune of .350/.409/.750. Adam Lind is far and away the best lefty the Brewers have and has hit right-handed pitching at a .296/.371/.500 clip. Could be multiple hits and a bomb for Lind today. But if you don’t like Lind – don’t hesitate to take any of the other guys I mentioned.
5. Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles ($5,100)
Did you all know that according to Baseball-Reference, Manny Machado’s nickname is “Hakuna Machado”? Gotta love the BR nicknames. In any event, Machado is at home today against lefty Wandy Rodriguez which points to a nice game for him. He is hitting .307/.378/.564 at home and .323/.368/.516 line against lefties. I think Machado’s breakout season continues tonight.
6. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels ($4,900)
I actually feel as if this is a pretty low price for Trout today. The best player in the game is not even the most expensive outfielder as Jose Bautista and Jay Bruce (??) cost more on the DraftKings board. Trout has nice career numbers against Yankees’ lefty CC Sabathia with a .364/.462/.818 line in 13 plate appearances. This is as good bang for your buck as you’ll get for Trout – don’t hesitate to put him in your lineups.
7. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Texas Rangers ($3,500)
Choo is the cheapest guy in my line-up today. While his season line is looking quite weak, a lot of that is owed to the fact that he has hit an embarrassing .139/.223/.208 against left-handed pitching this year. Against righties, Choo has hit a fairly impressive .280/.364/.478. Today, he faces off against righty Bud Norris who has struggled against lefties this year, as they have hit him with a slash of .325/.400/.558. Additionally, Choo enjoys hitting at Camden Yards with a .343/.439/.514 career line. I Choo-Choo-Choose Choo today.
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