MLB Picks and Advice 8-19
Jacob DeGrom- At $11,800 on DraftKings and 10,700 on FanDuel, DeGrom is priced up for a matchup against Miami. DeGrom has been dominant in 2020 posting a K/9 of 11.45 and a FIP of 2.45. I’ll be locking DeGrom into my cash lineups.
Chris Paddack- At $7,700 on DraftKings and $8,100 on FanDuel, Paddack is priced in the mid-range for a matchup against Texas. Paddack has had his struggles but, Texas has been a bottom of the barrel offense posting a wRC+ of 71. I expect a quality start from Paddack on today’s slate.
Houston Astros- Houston has a matchup against Ryan Castellani with an implied run total of 6.96. Castellani has been above average in a small sample but, I’m going to lean on the large total in cash. Focus on Alex Bregman, George Springer, Yuli Gurriel, and Kyle Tucker.
Los Angeles Dodgers- The Dodgers have a matchup against Taijuan Walker with an implied run total of 5.4. Walker has been below average posting a K/9 of 7.65 and a FIP of 4.22. I expect the Dodgers to score early and often in this spot. Focus on Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and Max Muncy.
Gerrit Cole- At $11,000 on DraftKings and $10,900 on FanDuel, Cole is priced up for a matchup against Tampa Bay. Cole has the potential to get upwards of ten strikeouts against any team and I’m not shying away from attacking the Rays. Cole will be the cornerstone of my pitcher exposure in tournaments.
Dane Dunning- At $4,500 on DraftKings, Dunning is making his MLB debut against Detroit. Dunning is projected to have above-average strikeout stuff and Detroit has struck out in 27.9% of their plate appearances in 2020. If Dunning has a pitch count of 80 pitches or above, he should smash value in this spot.
Cleveland Indians- The Indians are going up against Steven Brault with an implied run total of 5. Cleveland got off to a slow start in 2020 but, they have gotten hot in the past few games and are playing up to their talent level. Focus on Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana, and Franmil Reyes.
Oakland Athletics- The Athletics have a matchup against Merrill Kelly with an implied run total of 4.89. This matchup could go under the radar due to Kelly’s above-average strikeout stuff. The A’s have power throughout the whole lineup and could put up runs in bunches in this spot. Focus on Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Mark Canha, and Ramon Laureano.
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