There are three games left to be played in the division series round in Major League Baseball, and the four American League teams vying for a spot in the ALCS will take to the field tonight in winner-take-all showdowns. That means we still have a few days of DFS MLB left, and there are still contests to be won on FanDuel. Check out some of today’s top plays below, but be sure to make sure they’re in the starting lineups.
Marcus Stroman: $8300 (2014-15 Stats: SIERA: 3.21 -- Strikeout Rate: 20.3%)
Stroman struggled in the first inning of Game 2, but he quickly righted the ship and ended up giving the Blue Jays a chance to win the game. He finished with five strikeouts over seven innings of work, allowing three earned runs. Even though he is young and inexperienced, he seems poised to make some noise in the postseason. He is by far the largest favorite on the schedule today (according to the Vegas odds) and he sees a small boost with Adrian Beltre being limited by a back injury. At a price of only $8,300, Stroman is the best pitching option on FanDuel.
Also in play: Johnny Cueto
Salvador Perez: $2400 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.317 -- ISO: 0.164)
Perez only has three hits in this series, but two were home runs. He has decent numbers against right-handed pitching over the last two seasons, posting a .317 wOBA and a .164 ISO. The Royals have the second highest team total on the board tonight and at a price of only $2,400; it’s hard to pass on the value that he provides at catcher.
Also in play: Russell Martin
Eric Hosmer: $3100 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.351 -- ISO: 0.163)
As mentioned above, the Royals have the second highest team total on the board today. They draw a mediocre matchup against Collin McHugh, who has been inconsistent this season. Hosmer has a great track record against right-handed pitching, posting a .351 wOBA and a .163 ISO over the last two seasons.
Also in play: Edwin Encarnacion
Ben Zobrist: $3200 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.322 -- ISO: 0.141)
Once again, we have another Royals’ hitter. Not only do they have a high team total, but their hitters are very affordable. You can target Ben Zobrist, Eric Hosmer, and Salvador Perez for less than $9,000 combined. Zobrist has decent power, decent speed, and he should be batting near the top of the Royals’ lineup.
Also in play: Jose Altuve
Josh Donaldson: $4600 (2014-15 Stats vs. LH Pitching: wOBA: 0.434 -- ISO: 0.350)
With the money that we can save with Marcus Stroman and the Royals’ hitters, we have the ability to pay up for a few elite bats. Donaldson has been terrific in the postseason and he is one of the best hitters in baseball against left-handed pitching. Over the last two seasons, he has a .434 wOBA and a .350 ISO against southpaws.
Also in play: Mike Moustakas
Troy Tulowitzki: $3600 (2014-15 Stats vs. LH Pitching: wOBA: 0.476 -- ISO: 0.301)
Even though the Blue Jays’ matchup against Cole Hamels appears tough on paper, they are the best offense in baseball against left-handed pitching. They are also playing at home in the hitter-friendly confines of the Rogers Centre. Tulowitzki has been swinging a cold bat recently, but he did hit a home run in Game 3 of the series.
Also in play: Carlos Correa
Lorenzo Cain: $3700 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.328 -- ISO: 0.117)
We can target up to four players from each team on FanDuel. As mentioned above, the Royals are in a good spot tonight at home against Collin McHugh. Cain is a much better hitter against left-handed pitching, but he has a .328 wOBA against righties over the last two seasons.
Colby Rasmus: $3100 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.320 -- ISO: 0.230)
Rasmus is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now. He finished the season on a tear and in the Royals five postseason games; he is 7-for-14 with four home runs and seven walks. He also has a good track record against Johnny Cueto. At this point, you should fade Rasmus at your own risk.
Chris Colabello: $3000 (2014-15 Stats vs. LH Pitching: wOBA: 0.329 -- ISO: 0.177)
Colabello has been a great baseball story this season. He came out of nowhere and is now an integral piece of one of the best offenses in baseball. He has good numbers against left-handed pitching and he should be batting in the heart of the Blue Jays’ lineup, as they take on Cole Hamels at home.