DraftKings has a nine game slate on tap for this afternoon to officially kick off your Memorial Day weekend. Let’s get into all the targets you should consider for this slate. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Danny Salazar – CLE vs. BLE – $10,600 – I have to admit; I’m not crazy about any of the pitching match ups for the top tier pitchers on this slate. I’m going with Salazar in this one because I love the strikeout potential. The Orioles currently rank 8th in the league in K% against right-handed pitchers at 23.3%. Salazar owns an 11.1 K/9 through nine starts this season, which plays perfectly in this matchup. I’m a bit concerned about this game being at Progressive Field, but Salazar has been his best at home, owning a 1.23 ERA with a 0.73 WHIP and averaging 29.8 FPPG in three starts. Baltimore is a legitimate threat to knock around Salazar here, but out of the top pitchers, I like him the best in this spot.
Matt Moore – TBR vs. NYY – $6,100 – I wish I had a pitching matchup that I felt fully confident about to put in this spot, but I’m having a really hard time doing so. The reason I’m putting some stock into Moore is because the Yankees still continue to struggle against lefties, and this start is in TB, which gives Moore more of a cushion than if this was in New York. Moore has pitched better at home than on the road, averaging 14.3 FPPG with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Yeah, those numbers are better than on the road. The Yankees come into this game owning a .277 wOBA against lefties with a .120 ISO and a .352 SLG. Moore has been having issues keeping the ball in the yard, but this Yankees team only has 11 home runs against lefties thus far. With Moore with a low $6,100 salary, I’d be willing to take shot.
Marcell Ozuna (OF) – MIA vs ATL – $4,500 – I don’t usually load up from guys in Miami, but today might be the exception. Aaron Blair is being called up to start for the Braves with his 7.59 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in five starts. In his last start before being sent down, Blair allowed nine runs on nine hits in just 1.1 innings against the Pirates. One thing Blair has done well is keeping the ball in the yard, allowing just one home run. Ozuna enters this game with a .375 wOBA against righties with a .510 SLG. He should be one of the top options for today.
Lorenzo Cain (OF) – KCR vs CHW – $4,400 – Lorenzo Cain facing a left-handed pitcher? Check. Carlos Rodon facing a right-handed batter? Check. The matchup is the perfect balance of strength and weakness. Cain hits lefties very well and Rodon struggles against righties. Coming into today, Cain owns a .410 wOBA against lefties with a .545 SLG. He doesn’t strike out much against them either with a small 13.5 K%. Rodon owns a .354 wOBA against righties with seven of his eight home runs that he’s allowed.
Anthony Rizzo (1B) – CHC vs. PHI – $4,100 – Rizzo is in the midst of a horrible slump right now. Over his last ten games, he’s averaging 2.3 FPPG, grabbing only three hits in 35 at-bats with no extra base hits. This matchup at home against Jerad Eickhoff may just help that slump. Eickhoff has really struggled against lefties on the road, owning a .447 wOBA allowing three home runs and a .673 SLG. Even with his struggles, Rizzo still owns a .400 wOBA against righties with a .558 SLG.
Joey Votto (1B) – CIIN vs. MIL – $4,000 – If Votto can’t hit a home run in this game, I may just give up on him forever (that’s a lie). Votto is taking on Chase Anderson, who has allowed 5 of his 12 home runs to lefties. Anderson is averaging 2.20 HR/9 at this point, so you know SOMEONE has to hit one out in this game. Votto has been slumping, but owns a .329 wOBA and .204 ISO against righties this season. C’mon Votto, one time!
Brandon Crawford (SS) – SFG vs COL – $5,400 – If Brandon Crawford is the second most expensive hitter on this slate; you know he’s in Coors Field. He’s facing off against Eddie Butler, who has had a world of problems against lefties at Coors Field in his career. Butler owns a .458 wOBA against lefties at home with a .653 SLG. Crawford is very expensive here, but he’s in such a prime spot against Butler. Crawford has hit all six of his home runs against righties with a .340 wOBA with a .225 ISO against them.
Khris Davis (OF) – OAK vs DET – $3,900 One of the biggest issues that Matt Boyd had when he pitched in the majors last season was home runs. He was averaging almost THREE a game over the course of eight starts last season. 11 of his 17 came from righties, which makes Davis an enticing option for today. Davis has a .382 wOBA against lefties with a .368 ISO and a .632 SLG. He is someone you may want to strongly consider.
Alex Rodriguez (1B/3B) – NYY vs. TBR – $3,800 – A-Rod is back! After spending almost the entire month of May on the disable list, A-Rod made his presence felt last night, hitting a two run home run against the Rays. If Moore ends up struggling in this start, A-Rod could be one of the reasons. Rodriguez owns a .391 wOBA against lefties with a .365 ISO and a .606 SLG. With the ability to slot him in at first or third, he should be a nice value play this afternoon.
Danny Valencia (3B) – OAK vs DET – $3,500 Valencia has cooled off a bit, but he’s still batting .306 with a .838 OPS. He faces Matt Boyd today, who has yet to find consistent success at the Major League level. Last season, Boyd allowed a .449 wOBA to lefties allowing six of his 17 home runs. With a .492 wOBA and a .758 SLG against lefties this season, Valencia is a nice value on this slate.
Justin Bour (1B) – MIA vs ATL – $3,500 – Bour has been one of my favorite value plays all season long, as he has the ability to go yard every night and is always a lost cost play at first base. Over his last ten games, Bour has hit three home runs and knocked in six runs. As I mentioned earlier, Miami faces Blair this afternoon who has struggled immensely against lefties. Bour owns a .365 wOBA against righties with a .537 SLG.