A great-looking MLB slate awaits us on Wednesday night. Let’s dive into the top FanDuel picks at each position.
Max Scherzer, WAS, $11,200 – If you want the safest option on the board tonight for cash games on FanDuel, Max Scherzer is the guy. He is a -166 favorite on the MLB odds board against the Chicago White Sox. He gives you the safest opportunity at a 60+ point game. There really shouldn’t be any problems putting together plenty of good offense at cheap prices tonight, so I would always spend up at pitcher on FanDuel.
David Price, BOS, $10,400 - If you’re playing in a tournament and want to fade the more highly owned guys and play a pitcher that has the same type of upside as the other options but should come at a lower ownership, I think David Price is the way to go. He’s on the road and he’s an underdog. For this type of price I think people will gravitate more to the other elite options. However I like the fact that this is an American League pitcher who gets to travel to a National League park. Price goes from his home park, which is rather hitter friendly, to San Francisco’s spacious AT&T Park, so he gets a better ballpark and a better matchup than he is used to facing in the AL. I think he’s worth a chance in tournaments.
Yadier Molina, STL, $2,500 - Usually at catcher I want to find the cheapest option I can that has an opportunity to have a decent game. I don’t believe in just punting a position and not leaving yourself some sort of decent player with upside. Tonight I’m going to punt the catcher position but do so with a very solid option. Yadier Molina gets that fantastic matchup against Alfredo Simon that I mentioned earlier. Most people who are stacking the St. Louis Cardinals hitters tonight are going to be taking the guys who hit one through six. That may leave you with a very solid option at catcher who is cheap and extremely underowned.
Matt Adams, STL, $3,400 - Matt Adams is a left-handed batter that bats fifth in a very solid lineup, and they are taking on a terrible right-handed pitcher tonight. I’m going to stuff my lineup with plenty of St. Louis Cardinals because I think they have the premier matchup on the board. At the center of this storm should be Matt Adams and his .383 wOBA versus right-handed pitching.
Rougned Odor, TEX, $3,100 - My second baseman of choice tonight is going to be Roughned Odor. He packs quite a punch. The Texas Rangers have an implied Vegas team total of five runs tonight. That’s a big number, and he should find himself somewhere in the heart of the order and is extremely valuable against right-handed pitching. Tonight he takes on a very mediocre Doug Fister in an extreme hitter’s ballpark.
Justin Turner, LAD, $2,700 - Justin Turner takes on a weak left-handed pitcher tonight in Los Angeles. Turner has always been a guy that has good splits against left-handed pitching and he hits, typically, in the three-hole for a solid Dodgers lineup. He hit a home run last night, so perhaps that hot streak carries over to tonight. The Dodgers will be one of my favorite teams to stack tonight, and with Justin Turner’s spot in the batting order, he will be high on that list of Dodgers to play.
Eduardo Nunez, MIN, $3,500 - Nunez is nasty versus left-handed pitching. He racked up another two home run game last night, and it just seems like every time he’s out there against left-handed pitching he produces. All the numbers back that up, as his isolated power over the past year against left-handed pitching sits at .267. That’s a phenomenal power mark, for not only a leadoff hitter but also a shortstop. Tonight he takes on a left-handed pitcher in Minnesota that I think he can have a lot of success against.
Ian Desmond, TEX, $3,800 - Usually I reserve my Ian Desmond plays to when he is facing a left-hander. However, tonight’s matchup is just too sweet. Desmond also has some very solid factors working in his favor. He hits high in the batting order for a team that has a monster Las Vegas team total tonight. He plays in an extreme hitter friendly park and the weather in Texas should climb into the 90s, which should make that ball fly out of that little park.
Stephen Piscotty, STL, $3,700 - This kid is just a really great hitter. He has already staked his claim as the cleanup hitter in this extremely solid lineup. He also hits both left-handers and right-handers with plenty of punch. I’ve already harped on how good the matchup is for the Cardinals and I think every stack I make will start with Stephen Piscotty.
Kike Hernandez, LAD, $2,600 - Hernandez is a guy who comes off of the bench every few days when the Dodgers are facing a left-handed pitcher and immediately takes his spot as the leadoff man in this order. He has extreme splits in favor of mashing left-handers. His wOBA vs Left handed pitching this year is .350 (.241 vs. righties). You don’t get to play Hernandez all that often, as he only draws the start maybe two times a week. However, when you get the opportunity to take this guy, at this price, against a mediocre left-handed pitcher, it gets you salivating.