Neil previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for September 23rd.
Today we have 15 games on the MLB schedule kicking off at 1:08 p.m with the White Sox and Tigers. As always, make sure to check your lineup prior to game time for any last-minute scratches, and be sure to check the weather forecast for any potential cancellations.
I have upped the degree of difficulty for myself today. Whenever there is a game in Colorado, it is always so easy to just recommend Rockies and their opponent. Today, I have decided that I will make recommendations without including anyone playing at Coors Field. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the guys playing at Coors – any Rockie or Pirate is a good play today – but if you want those guys, check the lineup from that game and insert just about anyone. If you want advice for the 14 other games, this is the place to be. Let’s see how we do:
Studs: Zach Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers ($13,200), Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians ($12,300)
- I said I was going to up the degree of difficulty and then put Greinke in my line-up – oh well. On top of his season long dominance, which you are all familiar with, Greinke is 2-0 with a tidy 0.00 ERA and 0.667 WHIP with 15 Ks in 15 innings against the Diamondbacks this year.
- Kluber has dominated Minnesota this year, with 2 complete games in 3 starts. His record is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a sparkling 0.385 WHIP against the Twins.
Bang for Your Buck: Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers ($8,800), Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs ($8,000)
- Lewis has dominated the A’s with a 2-0 record, 1.33 ERA and 0.704 WHIP in 4 starts.
- Hendricks is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in 2 starts versus the Brewers.
Hail Mary: Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox ($7,300), Brandon Finnegan, Cincinnati Reds ($6,000)
- Porcello is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 8.6 K/9 against Tampa Bay this year. Has pitched much better recently.
- Finnegan looked good in his first start with the Reds as he went 5 innings with 3 hits allowed, 1 ER and 4 Ks. He has good talent and is a nice GPP play.
Studs: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants ($3,900)
Posey was a late scratch yesterday so be sure to check the Giants lineup before locking in this pick. 11/22 with 3 extra-base hits including 2 homers and has added 3 walks in his career against Andrew Cashner.
Bang for your buck: Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers ($3,400)
Grandal will salivate seeing Chase Anderson on the hill. The Dodgers backstop has 3 homers in 8 career at-bats against Anderson.
Hail Mary: Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies ($2,600)
Hopefully the Phillies play him against lefty Adam Conley. Ruiz has a .398 wOBA and 153 wRC+ versus southpaws on the year.
Studs: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds ($5,000)
Votto is an impressive 9/20 with 7 walks in his career against Lance Lynn. The Reds one-sacker has also been nearly impossible to get out with a .507 2nd half wOBA.
Bang for your buck: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox ($4,800)
8/16 with 2 homers and a walk in his career against Justin Verlander.
Hail Mary: Mike Napoli ($3,100)
.396 wOBA and 149 wRC+ against southpaws this year and gets to face former teammate Felix Doubront.
Studs: Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians ($4,300)
Phil Hughes has allowed a .319/.343/.555 line in the 2nd half. Kipnis has a .388 wOBA on the year versus righties.
Bang for your buck: Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals ($3,800)
Faces Chris Tillman who has a 9.64 September ERA and allows a .299/.366/.521 slash line on the road. Rendon has a .353 wOBA and 123 wRC+ in September.
Hail Mary: Cory Spangenberg ($2,500)
Nice little player for this price. .345 wOBA and 123 wRC+ since the all-star break.
Studs: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians ($4,300)
Hughes hasn’t been able to get anyone out in the 2nd half, and Lindor has been a 2nd half dynamo with a .356/.394/.551 slash line since the all-star break.
Bang for your buck: Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds ($3,500)
Suarez has quietly been one of the best offensive shortstops in the majors with a .340 wOBA and 112 wRC+ on the season. Has been even better in September with a .363 wOBA and 128 wRC+.
Hail Mary: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves ($2,600)
Sees the ball well against Bartolo Colon with an 11/20 line with 3 extra-base hits and a BB in his career versus the Mets’ righty.
Studs: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers ($4,300)
Owns Felix Doubront with a 7/11 line with 4 extra-base hits including 2 homers against the Oakland lefty.
Bank for your buck: Yangervis Solarte, San Diego Padres ($3,000)
Not many people know this guy, but he has been a solid contributor in the 2nd half and scorching hot in September with a .338/.380/.527 line.
Hail Mary: Derek Dietrich, Miami Marlins ($2,800)
Philly starter David Buchanan has am 11.22 road ERA, a 9.42 2nd half ERA and has allowed a .408/.478/.653 line on the road. Dietrich is a .271/.365/.514 hitter versus righties.
Studs: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals ($5,700), Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians ($4,700), Justin Upton, San Diego Padres ($4,100)
- Tillman struggles on the road, and he certainly doesn’t want to see Harper. Young Bryce has a .352/.505/.753 line at home versus righties.
- Check the Indians line-up as Brantley left last night’s game with a shoulder injury. If he plays, Brantley has a .347/.408/.583 2nd half line and is playing against a really struggling pitcher in Hughes.
- Upton is 9/17 with 2 homers and walk versus Jake Peavy.
Bang for your buck: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles ($4,100), Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins ($3,900), Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds ($3,500)
- Again, check the lineups as Jones has missed a couple of games with a minor boo-boo. If he plays, he is 11/22 with 5 extra-base hits including 3 homers against Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer.
- Yelich ha a .386 wOBA and 146 wRC+ in the 2nd half and faces the terrible David Buchanan.
- Bruce is 14/31 in his career with 6 extra-base hits including 3 homers and 3 walks in his career against Lance Lynn. The notoriously streaky slugger also has 4 homers in his last 10 games.
Hail Mary: Marcel Ozuna, Miami Marlins ($3,200), Nick Swisher, Atlanta Braves ($2,500), Darrin Ruf, Philadelphia Phillies ($2,300)
- Buchanan isn’t good and Ozuna has been good in September with a .349 wOBA and 121 wRC+.
- Swisher has owned Bartolo Colon, going 7/15 with 4 extra-base hits including 2 homers and adding a walk against the portly righty.
- Playing Ruf against a lefty is a must and he faces Adam Conley. Ruf owns a ridiculously good .376/.444/.635 against left-handed hurlers this year.
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