WATCH: IMPACT PLAYER – BRIAN JOHNSON
After a matinee at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and Rockies, Major League Baseball fills up Friday night with 14 games for tonight’s DraftKings contests. As the weekend series get started, there aren’t many big-name pitchers on the mound tonight which should result in a night filled with offensive fireworks. Check out my top two pitchers under $8K and top three bargain hitters under $3.5K in today’s trip to the bargain bin.
Brad Peacock – HOU vs LAA – $7,900
Peacock made his first 12 appearances this season out of the bullpen, but he has had success since moving to the rotation for Houston. He has allowed six runs in his 15 innings as a starter while striking out 25. He has posted at least 15 DKFP in each of his three starts thanks to the high strikeout rate and racked up 27.9 DKFP in his last start in Texas.
Tonight, Peacock and the Astros are back at Minute Maid Park as they host the Angels. LA has struggled without Mike Trout, and Peacock did pitch two shutout innings out of the bullpen against them earlier this year striking out three. Peacock has also been good at home where he is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.
Brian Johnson – BOS vs. DET – $6,500
In his last MLB start, Johnson dazzled against the Mariners allowing just five hits in a complete game shutout in his Fenway Park debut. He had a crazy 42.3 DKFP due to his eight strikeouts and no walks.
While he may not duplicate that success in tonight’s start, he is facing a Tigers’ lineup that is hitting just .225 on the road. Johnson will get another chance to show he’s ready to stay in the Boston rotation tonight, and he can help you have the salary you need to spend on big bats since he costs under $7K.
Grégor Blanco – OF – ARI vs. MIL – $3,400
The Diamondbacks have been a good offensive team at home and racked up 32 runs in their three-game sweep of the Padres to start their homestand. Tonight, they’ll welcome in the Brewers and Zach Davies as they look to make it 10 straight wins at Chase Field and there’s a good chance Blanco will get another start hitting leadoff.
Yesterday, he went 1-3 with two walks and scored three runs in the D-Backs 15-3 win. He is hitting just .269 on the year, but he does have a solid .364 OBP. He collected multiple hits in two of his last three starts before his walk-filled Thursday which has helped him post 12+ DKFP in three of his last four starts. Blanco is 14-43 (.326) off of righties this season with a .918 OPS, and he has a good history against tonight’s right-handed starter Zach Davies. Blanco is 3-3 off of Davies in the past with a home run.
José Pirela – 2B – SD vs. KC– $2,400
If you’re digging to the bottom of the bargain bin, check out Padres’ rookie José Pirela who was just called up on Tuesday to join the struggling San Diego lineup. He was crushing the ball at Triple-A for the El Paso Chihuahuas hitting .331 with a 1.022 OPS in 48 games. He had 13 home runs and eight stolen bases showing he offers a nice blend of speed and power.
Pirela went 0-4 in his first game of the season, but he followed that with a 3-3 game with a double and a 2-4 game with another double making him 5-11 (.455) on the season with a 1.136 OPS. He hit leadoff for the Padres in their loss yesterday afternoon, and he’s a great cheap flier as he makes his Petco Park debut against Eric Skoglund and the Royals.
Elias Díaz – C – PIT vs. MIA – $2,800
With Franciso Cervelli on the DL, Díaz should be lined up for plenty of playing time for the Pirates in the near future. He went 0-1 with a walk yesterday against Miami before being lifted for a pinch-hitter, but he went 6-13 in his previous three starts with a pair of doubles, a homer and eight RBI. He even added a stolen base on Wednesday night finishing with 19 DKFP.
Díaz and Pittsburgh face former-Pirate Vance Worley and the Marlins tonight. Worley has allowed multiple runs in all three of his starts while not making it into the sixth inning. He comes in with a 6.59 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, so Pittsburgh’s lineup could be the source of good value tonight starting with Díaz behind the plate who is a great option under $3K.
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