Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for July 22nd.
Today we have 16 games on the MLB schedule – including one doubleheader – starting at 12:10 p.m. Be sure to check the weather forecasts before game times as always but it looks like it is going to be a good day weather-wise.
Make sure to check your lineups before game times for late scratches!
There are baseball games throughout the day today with the first pitch of the day at 12:10 Eastern Time while the last games kick off at 10:05 p.m. Often during days like this I will split my line-up and play one game early and one game late. Today, I have decided to play an all-day contest and try my luck that way. Let’s see how it goes.
1. Lance Lynn, SP, St. Louis Cardinals ($9,900)
Quietly, the White Sox have overtaken the Phillies as the Major League’s worst hitting team. They have scored an MLB worst 303 runs and have an MLB low OPS of .652. The Cards’ Lance Lynn has faced some of these White Sox hitters in the past and has had a good deal of success against them, holding the current Sox roster to a .184/.259/.195 line. Lynn is having a great season against non-White Sox competition, with a 2.78 FIP, good for 7th in the NL and 9.668 K/9 which is 5th in the league. I am feeling close to 30 points for Lynn today.
2. Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants ($7,900)
The lowest scoring team in the month of July has been the San Diego Padres who have scored only 38 runs since the calendar turned. Matt Cain, a/k/a “The Horse” on Baseball-Reference has always enjoyed playing at Petco Park and has to be licking his lips facing this Padres squad. In 17 career starts at San Diego, Cain sports a 2.33 ERA, 1.080 WHIP and 9.7 K/9. He has also held the current Padres line-up to a .211/.280/.401 line over his career. I like this price point today and hope Cain can score me 20+.
3. Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles ($2,900)
Wieters is cheap today and I am going to take advantage. He has loved playing at Yankee Stadium with a .500 career slugging percentage there. And he has especially loved facing Ivan Nova, who he has smashed 4 homers against in 35 career plate appearances with a .355/.429/.839 slash. It hasn’t been a banner year for Matt, but I think he gets going here.
4. Ben Zobrist, 2B, Oakland A’s ($3,800)
Zobrist is still a solid player, even at 34 years of age. The switch-hitter is especially effective from the right side of the plate. At home against lefties this year, Zobrist has a hefty .326/.396./.488 line with a .378 wOBA and a wRC+ of 148. Zobrist has faced Felix Doubront plenty over his career with 25 plate appearances and has a solid OBP of .375 against the Blue Jays’ lefty. This should be a solid source for double-digit points.
5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies ($5,200)
I would seriously have considered taking Tulowitzki even if his price was $7,000. Usually Tulo’s home/road splits are out of whack, but this year, it is his lefty/righty splits that are really pronounced. Tulo is hitting .397/.408/.618 against lefties. It is especially crazy at Coors Field where Tulo has hit a ridiculous .515/.543/.667 against left-handed pitching with a .513 wOBA and 219 wRC+. Rangers’ lefty Martin Perez won’t be excited to see Tulo, who is the anchor of my lineup today.
6. Preston Tucker, OF, Houston Astros ($3,200)
Tucker hits hard throwers well with an sOPS+ of 132 against hard fastball chuckers. He faces off against Joe Kelly today who throws them hard and throws them straight. Moreover, Tucker has been dynamite at home, especially against right-handed pitching where he has a .283/.377/.509 line. Tucker is cheap, but he is probably going to hit 2nd today and get some quality at-bats against the Red Sox abysmal pitching.
7. Chris Coghlan, OF, Chicago Cubs ($3,100)
By now you probably know the drill. I like to use batter vs. pitcher stats for my wild-card play of the day and today is no different. Coghlan has faced Mike Leake of the Reds 13 times and has 9 hits, including 5 extra-base hits and 2 homers. That accounts for a .692/.714/1.385 line. When a batter handles a pitcher to this extent, I ride this wave until things change. Let’s hope this wave is a big one.
Now that’s refreshing!
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