A short four game slate will be kicking off our Wednesday here on DraftKings. I’ll provide you with some of my favorite targets for this short slate today and hopefully start your day off on the right foot. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Madison Bumgarner – SFG vs. SDP – $13,400 – I was toying with going with Clayton Kershaw at a “discount” of $12,700, but with his health still a bit up in the air, Bumgarner becomes the safer of the two. This will be the fourth time that Bumgarner has faced the Padres this season, and he’s come away with some stellar results. In 21.2 innings, MadBum has allowed seven runs on 18 hits with a 29:3 K:BB ratio. The majority of that damage came in his last start against them, where he allowed four runs in six innings, but even then he still struck out nine. His K/9 of 12 against this team brings some immense value on this slate, even with his extremely high price tag.
Tanner Roark – WAS vs. NYM – $8,900 – Roark provides some nice value on this slate with his $8,900 salary for today. He takes on the Mets for the third time this season, and in 14.1 innings against them he has allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits with a 10:6 K:BB ratio. This is exactly why I’m not a huge Roark fan, as this line describes him exactly. About six innings per start, a few runs allowed along with a couple walks and low strikeouts. To be fair, Roark has seen a bump in his K/9 as of late as it now stands at 7.2 on the season, but the walks are also up a bit at 2.9 per nine innings. While Roark doesn’t have immense upside, the Mets are not a good hitting team and own just a .311 wOBA against right-handed pitching with a .309 OBP and a .418 SLG. At just $8,900 on a short slate, Roark is most certainly in play here by virtue of a promising matchup.
Corey Seager (SS) – LAD vs. NYY – $5,000 – Seager leads the way with his matchup against Michael Pineda. On the road against a right-handed pitching, Seager owns a .393 wOBA with a .525 SLG and a .924 OPS. Pineda has allowed 18 home runs at home with a .338 wOBA and a .490 SLG.
Anthony Rizzo (1B)- CHC vs. STL – $4,800 Carlos Martinez has been very good this season, but left-handed batters are his Kryptonite. With a .335 wOBA allowed against them at home with 10 of his 12 home runs given up in that situation, Rizzo makes for an intriguing option. Rizzo is at his best on the road against righties, owning a .428 wOBA with a .638 SLG with 14 of his 29 home runs.
Yasiel Puig (OF) – LAD vs. NYY – $4,500 – It looks as if Puig has been rejuvenated since his most recent call up to the majors, averaging 8.7 FPPG over his last 10 games with three home runs. He matches up with Pineda, who is allowing a .355 wOBA to righties at Yankee Stadium.
Trea Turner (2B/OF)- WAS vs NYM – $5,300 – Turner is the most expensive player on this slate, and for good reason. Averaging 12.4 FPPG over his last ten games, Turner is 15-45 in that span with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs and four stolen bases. We haven’t seen a ton from opposing pitcher Robert Gsellman as of yet, and Turner has been matchup proof.
Stephen Piscotty (OF) – STL vs. CHC – $4,000 – I’m not thrilled with his matchup against Jon Lester today, but Piscotty is very good against left-handed pitching at home. The owner of a .491 wOBA in these situations, Piscotty boasts a .739 SLG and a 1.189 OPS.
Hunter Pence (OF) – SFG vs. SDP – $4,100 – Pence has been red hot at the plate lately, averaging 10.7 FPPG over his last ten games. During that span, Pence is 15-39 with four doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and 10 runs scored. Facing Luis Perdomo today, who is allowing a .367 wOBA against righties on the road, Pence should continue that trend today.
Denard Span (OF) – SFG vs. SDP – $3,300 – A very friendly price tag for a hitter that owns a .378 wOBA against right-handed pitching at home. Span has been struggling as of late, averaging just 3.2 FPPG over his last 10 games, but I’m hoping this matchup against Perdomo will give him the boost he needs. Perdomo is allowing a .407 wOBA to lefties on the road with a .570 SLG.
Gary Sanchez (CATCH) – NYY vs. LAD – $3,900 – Sanchez is still priced pretty high for going up against Clayton Kershaw today, but could be an interesting play that should fly under the radar. Sanchez hasn’t seen a lot of left-handed pitchers since his call up, but in only 27 at-bats, Sanchez has only three hits; however, two of them are home runs. I’m not going crazy with Sanchez here, but if Kershaw isn’t 100% and falters today, I’m sure Sanchez could have a hand in that.
Jedd Gyorko (2B/3B) – STL vs. CHC – $2,700 Gyorko is cheap enough to be a decent flier against Lester this afternoon. Against left-handed pitching at home, Gyorko owns a .348 wOBA with just three home runs. Believe me, it’s not very impressive, but Gyorko has some huge power and Lester is no stranger to allowing some home runs, with 20 leaving the yard this season.
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