Welcome back from the All Star Break. Hopefully you enjoyed the days off and are looking forward to getting back into MLB DFS. It was a nice reset, so let’s start the second half of the season out on a positive note. I really like the hitting options on this slate, so if we can nail a couple of pitchers, I think it could be a great night.
Pitchers to Target
Jacob deGrom – deGrom is my top option on this slate. He gets to face the Rockies away from Coors, who are 17th in the league against right-handed pitching. Keep in mind that’s with half of their games coming in Coors. deGrom has 66 strikeouts in 52 innings at home, where this game will be played. I think we see deGrom end up in the 30’s on DraftKings in this matchup.
Carlos Carrasco – If you can afford it, I don’t mind rostering both deGrom and Carrasco. Carrasco should find his way to double-digit strikeouts in this matchup with the Oakland A’s. The A’s strike out the second most in the league to right-handed pitching, so if Carrasco can keep Oakland’s power at bay, then he should rival deGrom for the top scoring pitcher on this slate.
Johnny Cueto – This one’s easy. If you want to save some money from Carrasco and want a safe, solid play, go with Cueto. I don’t usually roster him because of his limited upside, but against the San Diego Padres, he’s in consideration. He always throws a ton of pitches, so he should have plenty of opportunities to find strikeouts against the team who strikes out over 26% of the time to right-handers, which is most in the league.
Kevin Gausman – This is my tournament play. If you are a regular here you know I called Gausman a gas can earlier this season, but boy has he turned it around. He had seemed to figure some things out before his last start against Minnesota, where he gave up five earned runs over four innings. However, I’m willing to let that game go. Gausman had an absurd .643 BABIP in that game. In other words, he was really unlucky. The Cubs just don’t scare me, so I’m willing to roll the dice on Gausman in this spot at very low ownership.
Batters to Target
Steven Souza Jr. – Souza has a very good chance to hit a home run in this game. He has hit 17 homers against right-handed pitching this season. Ricky Nolasco is the gift that keeps giving, especially against right-handed batters with a 2.66 HR/9. This is a gut play for me.
Freddie Freeman – I don’t think many people will play Freeman at $4,900 on DraftKings, and that’s a mistake. This guy hasn’t missed a beat since returning from injury. He’s had four multi-hit and 10+ DraftKings points games in his first six games back, with two home runs. The new ballpark in Atlanta has been generous to power lefties. He’s eligible for 1B/3B, but I will lock him in at first base because there’s a must play at third.
Stacks to Target
The majority of my bats on this slate will probably come from these two stacks.
Seattle Mariners – The Seattle lefties are in a great spot here, and you can easily throw Nelson Cruz in too. James Shields has allowed a .430 wOBA to left-handed hitters this season with a 3.94 HR/9. I will have as many lefties from this lineup as I can possibly fit in. Kyle Seager is only $3,300 and is a must play at third base.
Detroit Tigers – Aaron Sanchez just didn’t look right in his first game back from injury, and I would not be surprised if he gets shelled here again. I’ll be stacking up the Tigers in all different ways. My favorite three are Justin Upton, JD Martinez, and Alex Avila, in no particular order. All three could realistically hit a home run here. Oh yeah, and Miguel Cabrera only costs $3,300.
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