Fuego Steve’s MLB Plays of the Day
So, we have an interesting little four game slate tonight on both main sites. I see two different way to attack the slate. We can pay up for pitching, even both on DraftKings and fill out our lineup with lower priced bats. Or we can take a chance with one or two of these lower priced options and get some big bats in our lineup. I am leaning the latter, though makes me nervous. Aaron Nola pitched ok versus the Nationals last time out but still only had 37 Fanduel points and 18 DK points. He is $12,100 on DK and I really have no interest at that price. He is $9700 on Fanduel, $700 less than Lance McCullers. Reverse that on DK where Nola is $1000 more. If you want to pitch a high-priced pitcher I would go with McCullers versus Tampa Bay. That is my debate now, whether to roster him or go lower. The way pricing is though, it is still tough to get him in with more than one high priced bat, even on Fanduel.
The second option is to take a chance on these pitchers and stack the Red Sox or get Trout and Betts in your lineup if you choose. Junior Guerra is my first choice of the other starting pitchers tonight. I don’t love any of them, but he has been the most consistent. I think he has some of the highest strikeout upside on the slate as well. After that it gets dicey. You have Tanner Roark who usually does well enough. Not huge ceiling but can pitch well. Problem is he only went four innings against the Phillies last time out. He should bounce back with a better game tonight. My risky choice is Anthony DeSclafani of the Reds versus the Brewers. This is more of an SP2 option on DK. If he can just keep the ball in the ballpark or give up only solo shots, he has a chance for 18-20 DK points which I would take. Ryne Stanek is your longshot pitcher of the night making his first start versus the Astros. He is only $4000 on DraftKings which is tempting.
Boston Red Sox versus L.A. Angels - Vegas likes this to easily be the highest scoring game of the night and I agree. Will be chalky, but to get the bats will need to pay down for pitcher so maybe that lowers ownership.
Position plays of the day
Catcher – Tucker Barnhart, Evan Gattis, Christian Vasquez - value
1st Base – Mitch Moreland, Albert Pujols, Eric Thames, Brad Miller - value
2nd Base – Ian Kinsler, Jose Altuve, Cesar Hernandez, Brock Holt - value
3rd Base – Rafael Devers, Alex Bregman, Anthony Rendon, Maikel Franco - value
SS – Xander Bogarts, Jose Peraza, Andrelton Simmons, David Fletcher - value
Outfield – Justin Upton and all Angels, Chris Young is value, J.D. and all Red Sox, Christian Yelich, Odubel Herrera, Jesse Winker (value), Bryce Harper
As usual hit me in Slack chat an hour before lock with lineup questions and updated weather