There is one lonely game starting at 2:10 PM ET today as the White Sox host the Indians. We will focus on the other 14 games, which begin at 7:05 PM ET.
FanDuel has quite a few tournaments lined up for today, so let’s get to the picks!
Clayton Kershaw – LAD at SF - $12,000: By no means is Kershaw cheap today, however, we saw just how dominant he can be in his last start when he went six innings, allowing one earned run, seven hits+walks with 12 Ks on 104 pitches. Even though the Dodgers are on the road, they are still -125 ML favorites for the win in a game with just a six run over/under. The beautiful thing about baseball is that there are always players getting a day off or platoon specialists getting spot starts in favorable situations, so we will be able to roster Kershaw tonight.
Johnny Cueto – CIN at MIL - $10,600: Normally I do not target pitchers heading into Miller Park, however, the Brew Crew have lost Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy to the DL, so they will be behind the 8-ball for the next few weeks. A lot of daily gamers may not notice this right away, so the time to strike is now. Speaking of strikes...err, strikeouts, Cueto is seventh in the league with 24 through his first 21 innings of work. He has posted a 2.14 ERA with a stellar 0.81 WHIP. Cueto makes for a terrific differentiation play in all formats today.
Archie Bradley – ARI vs TEX - $7,300: Making lineups with several big boppers is always fun, so we will need a discounted pitcher to accomplish that and still have a fighting chance for a little glory. Bradley has been solid through his first two starts, allowing just 11 hits+walks and two earned runs in 12.2 innings with 10 strikeouts. He is taking on a Texas team that had been really struggling to score until they plated 10 against the Mariners in a loss on Sunday. Tonight they will be replacing their DH with a pitcher. Advantage Bradley.
Alex Avila – DET vs NYY - $2,900: Ideally there will be some cheaper catchers that get a start Wednesday, because we will need some savings to roster the premium pitching options. Avila usually gets the starting nod against RHPs, and batting in the loaded Tigers lineup against Adam Warren should give him a few chances for fantasy goodness.
Chris Iannetta – LAA vs OAK - $2,200: Iannetta hasn’t done much this season, however, he is at a rock bottom price and he actually was serviceable last season against same-handed pitchers.
Edwin Encarnacion – TOR vs BAL - $4,000: Encarnacion was amazing last season against righties with a .392 wOBA, .909 OPS and a .291 ISO. With the stacked Blue Jays lineup at home in the Rogers Centre against Ubaldo Jimenez, it just doesn’t seem fair…for the poor baseball I mean.
Kennys Vargas – MIN at KC - $2,400: Vargas is a young and talented hitter, but with a short track record. Fortunately it has been well established that Jeremy Guthrie, while generous to all opposing batters, is particularly inviting to hitters from the left side of the plate. Over the last three years, he has allowed a .311/.359/.509 slash line and he has already allowed four HRs to lefties this season in just 25 at-bats. Vargas is a great option to pair with Kershaw today.
Jose Altuve – HOU at SEA - $4,000: While he is by no means a discount option, Altuve is always someone to target against southpaws. Last season he posed a .440 wOBA and 1.013 OPS against LHPs and J.A. Happ is a journeyman at best, even with spacious Safeco Field behind him.
Brian Dozier – MIN at KC - $3,000: Even though Kauffman Stadium tends to suppress home runs, this is a great matchup for Dozier against RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who as noted in teammate Kennys Vargas’ writeup above has a lot of trouble with lefties, regardless of the ballpark.
Starlin Castro – CHC at PIT - $3,600: A lot of people shy away from players in same-handed matchups, which is generally the proper default position, however, there are righties that can hit RHPs and lefties that can handle LHPs just fine. Castro has solid power against his fellow right-handers and the Cubs lineup is looking loaded, with their recent minor league call-ups meshing in the batting order with the established stars. We are going to see Chicago break out the boom-sticks sometime soon and I think that Vance Worley may just be the perfect facilitator.
Kyle Seager – SEA vs HOU - $3,800: The matchup against the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona is a great one for Seager, as he was excellent against RHPs last season with a triple slash line of .279/.364/.471. He also was more effective in Safeco Field than on the road. If you have a little something extra to spend, definitely consider Seager.
Josh Harrison – PIT vs CHC - $3,000: - Harrison has struggled a bit to start the season, however, he did get his second home run last night off of LHP Travis Wood. Tonight he is facing RHP Jason Hammel, and he actually performed quite well last year against same-handed pitchers with a .307/.340/.491 slash line in 407 at-bats. Hammel is prone to allowing home runs, so this is a nice price point for Harrison today.
George Springer – HOU at SEA - $3,500: Springer lived up to all the hype last season and was particularly effective against southpaws, with a .342 wOBA and four HRs in 72 at-bats. As he continues to gain more experience, he in on a path to become an outstanding hitter.
Delmon Young – BAL at TOR - $2,600: When the Orioles are facing a RHP, Delmon Young usually gets a favorable spot on the lineup card. He is once again flying under the radar this season and is a discount option that you want to keep in the back of your mind when Baltimore is facing a mediocre righty on the mound.
Kevin Kiermaier – TB vs BOS - $2,800: After battling illness for the better part of a week, Kiermaier is on track to be back in the lineup tonight against RHP Joe Kelly. Over the last three years, Kelly has struggled against lefties, allowing a .267/.348/.411 slash line. Make sure Kiermaier is in the lineup and enjoy the discounted top-of-the-order bat.