Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for July 24th.
Today we have 15 games on the MLB schedule kicking off with Philadelphia at Chicago at 4:05. Be sure to check the weather forecasts before game times as always but it looks like it does not look like there will be any weather issues today.
Make sure to check your lineups before game times for late scratches!
Today is going to be the start of a beautiful weekend for me. I am heading down to Cooperstown, NY with my brother for the Hall of Fame induction of one of my favorite all-time players, Pedro Martinez. My brother and I were at the game in Montreal where Pedro was perfect through 7 1/3 innings and then hit Reggie Sanders. Sanders proceeded to charge the mound in one of the most bizarre scenes ever.
As strange as it is to say, when I moved to Boston in 2002, it was comforting for me that Pedro was on the baseball team. It made me have a sense of familiarity with the city and it helped me transition my fandom from the moribund Expos franchise to the up and coming Red Sox squad. I truly cannot wait to hear Pedro’s speech and share in his Hall of Fame moment.
As far as today goes, there are many good pitchers toeing the bump and many bad pitchers as well. There is also a game in Coors Field today. Today’s DFS day will not be for the weak of heart. I have a feeling that there will be many high scores and a score of 125 will probably be necessary to cash in the 50/50 games. Let’s see if I have what it takes.
1. Corey Kluber, SP, Chicago White Sox ($11,500)
As I mentioned on Wednesday, the White Sox have overtaken the Phillies as the worst offense in baseball. It won’t get any easier for them against Kluber, who stymied them the last time they played with a line of 9 IP 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB and 12 Ks. The strikeouts should continue to pile up for Corey who is 2nd in the AL in that category with 159. And despite Kluber’s middling ERA and won-loss record, he is still 2nd in the American League in FIP at 2.48. In short, Kluber has been quite unlucky. If you can, you should trade for him in your season-long leagues because a dynamite 2nd half is on the way. And you should play him today against the White Sox because he is about to dominate.
2. Andrew Cashner, SP, San Diego Padres ($7,200)
There are an array of nice bats on the board, and I did not want to miss out on the Coors Field fun, so I am taking a lower priced 2nd pitcher. Cashner is not having a banner season, but he still has a career ERA of 2.44 and WHIP of 1.067 at Petco Park where he pitches today. He faces off against a Marlins team that has a .666 OPS against right-handed starters, which ranks only 26th in the majors. Vegas has the Padres as -140 favorites and even more importantly has set this as the lowest over/under of the day at 6.5 runs. Cashner could flirt with 25 points today which would be a steal at this price.
3. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds ($5,700)
I am splurging on Votto at Coors Field today. He faces off against Eddie Butler who has allowed lefties to hit him at a .327/.436/.523 rate. It is even worse when he is at home and lefties destroy him to the tune of .386/.471/.581. Joey Votto will not be high up on his list of people he wants to face as Votto has smacked righties to a .303/.413/.548 line this season. He has also heated up in July with a 1.054 OPS and a wRC+ of 189.
4. Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners ($3,700)
Don’t look now but vintage Robbie Cano looks to be on its way back. Cano has been resurrected in July with a .347/.388/.613. Even more impressive than Cano’s July is how impressively bad Drew Hutchinson has been on the road this year. Hutch has an 8.81 ERA away from the Rogers Centre and hitters are batting an unfathomable .363/.427/.583 against him on the road. I am loving Cano at $3,700.
5. Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels ($3,900)
I always mess up the spelling of Calhoun’s name, but that does not mean that I do not want him in my lineup today. Calhoun faces off against Texas right-hander Colby Lewis, who he has smacked around in his career to a .474/.474/.842 line in 19 career plate appearances. On top of his mastery of Lewis, Calhoun has also gotten hot in the month of July with a 1.081 OPS. And he is prolific at home with a 136 wRC+. All signs point to a nice Calhoun game today.
6. Scott Van Slyke, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers ($2,400)
Honestly, I don’t understand why SVS is so cheap today and I have a feeling that he will be among the most popular selections of the day. Just because he is popular does not mean that you should be left in the dark. Van Slyke has pummeled lefties, as he usually does, with a .415 wOBA and a 171 wRC+ this season. He faces off against Jon Niese, who has had a nice season, but is still left-handed and should be someone who Van Slyke can handle. At $2,400 it would be criminal not to put Van Slyke in your lineup.
7. Cesar Hernandez, SS, Philadelphia Phillies ($2,500)
Hernandez has struggled a bit recently, but the switch-hitter has been much better hitting from the right side this year. As a right-handed hitter, Hernandez has a .344/.417/.438 line. He should be batting toward the top of the Phillies line-up – and if he gets on base, Jon Lester absolutely cannot hold runners. Hernandez is fast with 12 stolen bases on the season. If he gets on even once, he could add a stolen base and maybe a run and you are looking at double-digit points for a very low-priced player.
Now that’s refreshing!
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