Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for August 5th.
Today we have a full 15 games on the MLB schedule kicking off at 2:10 p.m. Be sure to check the weather forecasts before game times as always as there may be issues in the forecast.
Make sure to check your lineups before game times for late scratches!
Wednesdays are always fun as there is a split slate in major league action. Depending on how much I want to spend, I either play contests in both the afternoon and evening or sometimes I will limit my action to all-day 50/50 or heads-up affairs. Today, I have opted for the latter and (at the time of this writing) have entered only all-day contests. Here are my picks of the day.
1. Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets ($11,000)
Harvey is always one of my favorite people to slot in my lineup as I flat-out love watching him pitch. Of course, that is not a good enough reason to play him in DFS, so let’s get to the good stuff. The Dark Knight has held the Marlins current line-up to a collective .210/.234/.258 line, which bodes well for today. Moreover, in his last start against Miami he had a season high 11 strikeouts over 8 innings pitched. Given Harvey’s inconsistency this year, this is a bit of a risk at this price, but both my gut and the numbers tell me that this is a good play.
2. Carlos Martinez, SP, St. Louis Cardinals ($8,700)
Martinez is a real bargain at this price. First off, he has been a stud all season ranking 7th in the National League in ERA and 9th in WAR for pitchers. But even more importantly, he has had great success against the Reds, especially at Great American Ballpark. To wit, he current Reds roster has only hit .177/.272/.286 against C-Mart and he has a career 2.03 ERA and 10.5 K/9 in Cincinnati. I am loving him as my SP2.
3. Billy Butler, 1B, Oakland A’s ($3,200)
Billy Butler has been Billy Brutal over the last couple of years, but he will likely be excited to see Wei-Yin Chen on the opposing bump. Butler has torched Chen to the tune of .444/.474/1.000 in 19 plate appearances over his career. I am spending quite a bit on pitching and a couple of big bats today, so I’m relying on some good BvPs to fill in the rest of my roster. Butler will do just fine.
4. Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins ($4,700)
Dozier loves to hit at the Rogers Center. His .615 career slugging percentage in the Blue Jays’ home stadium is his highest in any park where he has over 20 career plate appearances. Moreover, he gets to hit against Drew Hutchinson, who he has tagged for extra bases 3 times in 6 career at-bats. Let’s see if Dozier can keep rolling in Toronto.
5. Nelson Cruz, OF, Seattle Mariners ($6,200)
Yes – this price is absolutely insane. But, I could not help but put Cruz in my lineup today. First off, he has been otherworldly in August, smoking 3 homers already in this short month with a .538 batting average. On top of that, he faces lefty Chris Rusin, and Cruz has been baseball’s best hitter against lefties this year with an unbelievable .393/.465/.742 line on the season with a crazy wOBA of .501 and a wRC+ of 233. It doesn’t get much better than that boys and girls. Or does it? Because the cherry on top of the sundae is that Cruz is also hitting at Coors Field today. He could go 4/4 with 4 homers and 10 RBI today and it wouldn’t shock me.
6. Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers ($3,400)
Puig enjoys hitting at Citizens Bank Bark with a career line of .375/.423/.542. And he especially enjoys hitting at Citizens Bank Park against Aaron Harang who he has handled with 5 hits in 6 career at-bats including 2 extra-base knocks. Puig is very cheap today and is a nice, safe play.
7. Jonny Gomes, OF, Atlanta Braves ($2,000)
Gomes has not hit all that well this season, but he is hitting nicely against left-handed pitching at home. At Turner Field against southpaws he has a line of .333/.478/.500. And while Madison Bumgarner is not usually the recipe for turning around a season long slump, Gomes’ numbers against the Giants’ ace are hard to argue with. In 11 career plate appearances he has a .700/.727/1.300 mark off of Mad-Bum. As I always say, I can’t guarantee that Gomes’ career success against Bumgarner will continue, but for $2,000 it is worth finding out.
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