Tonight is another huge night on DraftKings. We got 14 games going tonight with a boatload of prizes to be given out. But this just isn’t any night, tonight is the MLB $1M Midsummer Classic event with first place netting a cool $100,000! So, what are we going to do to get you pumped up about this? How about, since it’s Friday, I give away a ticket for this? That’s right, $100 entry can be yours for FREE! All you have to do is simply follow me on Twitter @SBuchanan24 and read this article from head to toe and I’ll tweet about how to obtain one. It’s that simple. But truly, don’t miss out on this huge night on DraftKings. Let’s get right into everything and win you that moolah, baby!
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Michael Pineda vs. Minnesota Twins (-174) – Tonight, Vegas loves a pitcher going against the Twins. I’m shocked. Pineda comes into tonight with a 3.77 ERA to go along with a 1.21 WHIP and a K/9 of 9.1. He gets a nice matchup against the Twins offense who continues to slid further and further down in all the offensive categories. The Twins now rank 18th in batting average, 14th in runs scored, 20th in OPS and 21st in home runs. With the price of Pineda tonight only at $9000, I believe he’s going to be seen on a good amount of rosters tonight. It’s hard to not justify putting Pineda on your lineup when you’re looking at the most expensive pitcher of the night, Max Scherzer, go for $14,000. Although Pineda has been incosistent this season, I think this is one of those matchups where you can trust that he’s going to come out on top. I mean it’s the Twins, how tough is it really going to be?
Rick Porcello vs. Detroit Tigers (-161) Here we go again with Vegas loving Rick Porcello. For some reason, Porcello is heavily favored by Vegas. Granted, he’s going up against Justin Verlander, who at this point, almost seems to gurantee a victory to his opposing pitcher. I just personally can’t get behind it. Porcello is going to cost you $5300 tonight, which is always a tell tale sign if I’m finding position players more expensive then a starting pitcher. He enters with a 5.79 ERA to go along with a 1.41 WHIP and a K/9 of 7.2. Now, he is facing is former team in this one, if you’re into that type of thing, he at least has that going for him. But I look more at the numbers and see a pitcher who is only averaging 10.9 points per start and is going up against an offense that is ranked first in batting avearge and 2nd in runs scored and OPS. I truly can’t see how this start is going to go well for Porcello. I’m staying far far away, Vegas.
Nick Tropeano vs. Texas Rangers (-156) – If I’m the Texas Rangers, I think I’m taking offense to Vegas favoring this guy over my team today. Tropeano is making just his second start with the Angels after making his debut with them back in April. Sure, in that start he threw six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out five against Oakland, but God damn! Show some love for the Rangers! They aren’t THAT bad. But needless to say, Vegas is a fan of him tonight. In the minors, Tropeano owns a 4.43 ERA this year with a K:BB of 65:20 and a 1.29 WHIP. The Rangers, as I mentioned aren’t that bad offensively, as they rank 18th in batting avearge, 11th in runs scored, and 10th in OPS and home runs. Is this someone who could be a sneaky play tonight? Eh, I’m going to say no, but then again, his price is really low at $6100, so if you were creative/desperate, sure, why not.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Texas Rangers vs. LA Angels (Angel Stadium of Anaheim) – 10 Over/Under- And this is exactly why, I hate when a pitcher from the highest projected run total of the night, is also one of the heavily favored pitchers. So now, I have to give you the flip side of starting Tropeano. Colby Lewis takes on Nick Tropeano tonight in the battle of the cheap starting pitchers. Lewis comes into tonight with a 4.63 ERA to go along with a 1.21 WHIP and a K/9 of 6.6. The Angles offense is a decent one, as they rank 18th in batting avearge, 12 in runs scored and OPS and 6th in home runs. Lewis is averaging around a hit an inning, which could certainly lead him to trouble, but his command has been excellent, as he averages only 1.82 walks per 9 innings. He will have to watch the home runs, as he’s given up 14 on the year thus far. As far as Tropeano, as I mentioned his stats above, he’s not exactly someone I’m considering starting. You usually want to shy away from pitchers who are in the highest projected run total of the night. But as I said, unless you get really desperate.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Jose Quintana vs. Cleveland Indians- Still makes me chuckle a bit that Quintana and Chris Young of the Royals always end up in this section. Quintana continues to hold it down against lefties, as they are only hitting .198 against him this season. You do you, Jose!
Max Scherzer vs. Pittsburgh Pirates- If you’re going to see Scherzer on your lineup, you better be prepared to pay a pretty penny tonight. However, he’s been fantastic this season. Lefties are only hitting .212 against him. This number continues to drop as the season progresses.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Max Scherzer vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Whenever someone is showcased on here twice, you know they brag to their teammates. I can totally see Scherzer telling Bryce Harper that he was featured on the DraftKings Cheat Sheet twice today. Scherzer can also tell Harper that he’s allowing a microscopic .166 average against right handed batters this year.
Manny Banueols vs. St. Louis Cardinals- Banuelos has made the three start minimum to make it into this section of the Cheat Sheet. He comes into tonight holding rightes to a .196 average. Just beware, Banuelos does not go deep into games, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of rostering him.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitcher vs. Left Handed Batters.
Patrick Corbin vs. Milwaukee Brewers – Some guys have a lockdown on a particular type of batter. Corbin has a lockdown on getting whacked around by lefties. They’re crushing Corbin to a .364 average on the season.
Eddie Butler vs. Cincinnati Reds – Here’s something you’d never expect, a Rockies starting pitcher who struggles! Who would have thought!? Butler is not enjoying his time on the mound when a leftie comes up, as they’re hitting .333 against him.
Easiest Pitcher vs. Right Handed Batters
Drew Hutchison vs. Seattle Mariners- Hutchison was slated to pitch yesterday but ended up being scratched because was sick. The real reason, was that he was sick of being crushed by righties, who are hitting him to a tune of .330 on the year.
Eddie Butler vs. Cincinnati Reds- Remember I said guys like to brag if they’re featured on this article twice? Butler, please don’t brag. It’s not for a good reason. When Butler isn’t getting crushed by lefties, his other hobby is getting crushed by righties, who are hitting .305 against him.
Jose Altuve ($4500) – Altuve has been rockin it since the All Star break. He comes into tonight 11 for his last 24 with a home run, four RBIs, seven runs scored and three stolen bases. The guy can do it all and is a great asset to your daily lineup.
Joey Votto ($5700) – I think it’s safe to say that a healthy Votto is what we’ve been missing for the past few years. Votto is 14 for his last 26 with two home runs, three RBIs, seven runs scored, and why the hell not, a stolen base.
Rougned Odor ($4000) – If you’ve rosterted Odor since the All Star break, you’ve been plesently surprised with his production. Odor is 12 for his last 28 with two home runs , six RBIs, and seven runs scored.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Evan Longoria vs. Chris Tillman- We got some real good BvP matchups tonight. If you know me, you know that I love them. Coming into tonight Longoria is 15-40 against Tillman with nine extra base hits, six of those being home runs and a 1.344 OPS! God damn!
David Ortiz vs. Justin Verlander- With the way Verlander has been pitching lately, Ortiz might for 4-4 against him tonight. Ortiz is 10-27 against Verlander with six extra base hits, two of those being home runs, and a 1.174 OPS.
Melvin Upton vs. Dan Haren- Not sure who Melvin Upton is? It’s BJ Upton, just with a name change. Apparently, Melvin is better than BJ. Whatever, Upton is 11-37 against Haren with seven extra base hits, SIX of those being home runs and a 1.127 OPS.
The only game that might have an issues tonight, at least as of this morning, is the Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox. Verlander is actually really excited about this, as he can now watch all the Game of War commercials in the dugout.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Corey Kluber ($11500) –I honestly think I flipped my choice about four time since last night. I’ve finally landed on Kluber and that’s where I’m staying put. I mean it’s too late, it’s in (Interwebs) print now. Kluber gets a matchup tonight against the pathetic Chicago White Sox. A team that ranks 25th in batting average, last in runs scored and OPS, and 28th in home runs. Really, what here makes your nervous other than nothing? Kluber enters tonigh with a 3.38 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and a K/9 of 10.1 The White Sox strike out at a decent clip, 18th in the league, but I think tonight is one of those nights where Kluber should rack up a decent amount of strikeouts. He is a bit expensive, but my second choice was going to be Chris Archer. He just hasn’t had much success against Baltimore this year, only striking them out 10 times in two outings, even though they rank 8th in the league in strikeouts. I think Kluber is more of a safer pick then Archer tonight. Get Kluber in those lineups!
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Joey Votto ($5700) –The only reason NOT to like Votto tonight is his price tag. But why is it so high? Oh, it’s a matchup in Coors Field baby! Votto has been on fire recently as I showed you just a moment ago, so throw that in the mix with Coors Field, and he faces Eddie Butler, who’s allowing a .333 avearge against lefties? C’mon man! Love it! Votto has been hitting RHP really well this year, as he enters tonight with a .303 average against them with 15 of his 17 homeruns. Let’s do this.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Evan Longoria ($3200) – I seriously love this pick tonight. I can’t believe Longoria has fallen this low price wise. You guys know me, I love that BvP, and at this price, it’s almost impossible for me to pass it up. With the price of so many good pitchers tonight being high, Longoria is literally the perfect guy to slot in to help recoup some of that money you used on pitching. One more time, Longoria is 15-40 against Chris Tillman with nine extra base hits, six home runs and a 1.344 OPS. I’m excited people!