After an action-packed, fully-loaded day of Major League Baseball on Opening Day, baseball fans get another solid slate of options tonight with eight games on the MLB calendar. The three series which started Sunday are joined by five more games as all 16 teams in action play their second games of the season. Who should you be looking to get in your lineup?
Jake Arrieta – CHI @ STL – $10,400 – The defending World Champions are still looking for their first win of the season, and they’ll give the ball to Arrieta as they face the Cardinals tonight. Last year, Arrieta went 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA against St. Louis while striking out 26 in 22.2 innings. He usually starts the season strong too as he showed by going 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA last April.
Other Options – Kenta Maeda ($9,600), Carlos Carrasco ($8,800)
Jake Odorizzi – TB vs. NYY – $7,800 – After an up-and-down spring, Odorizzi makes his first start of the season at the Trop against his division rivals from New York. He made three starts against New York last year going 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA while holding the Yankees to just a .171 average. The Rays have crushed CC Sabathia in the past which could set up Odorizzi for a win with a quality start.
Other Options – Sean Manaea ($7,400)
Buster Posey – SF @ ARI – $3,900 – Posey hits lefties very well and posted a .899 OPS against them last season. He is 11-35 (.314) in his career against the lefty he’ll face tonight, Patrick Corbin, who gets the start for the D-Backs. After a strong preseason including a magical run with Team USA, he started the season with an 0-4 dud.
Other Options – Kyle Schwarber ($4,100), Yasmani Grandal ($3,300)
Brian McCann – HOU @ SEA – ($3,000) – The Astros could be a good stack tonight against Hisashi Iwakuma ($7,700) who had a miserable Spring Training. McCann has had success against him in the past going 2-8 with a home run and three RBI. Iwakuma struggled last season against lefties like McCann who made his Astros debut last night and went 0-3.
Other Options – Willson Contreras ($3,200) Roberto Perez ($2,500)
Anthony Rizzo – CHC @ STL – $4,500 – Rizzo went 1-4 for the Cubs on Opening Night against the Cardinals. He’ll look to produce more than 3.0 DKFP tonight as he faces Adam Wainwright who he is 11-36 (.306) against in his career with a double, homer and five RBI.
Other Options – Edwin Encarnación ($4,400), Mike Napoli ($3,600)
Travis Shaw – COL @ MIL – $3,300 – Shaw hit cleanup in his Milwaukee debut yesterday and went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He was red-hot throughout spring training, and he started last season productively before trailing off later in the season. Shaw gets a good matchup against the Rockies’ Zach Davies who got knocked around posting a 5.50 ERA in six Cactus League starts.
Other Options – Adrián González ($3,400), Greg Bird ($2,800)
Robinson Canó – SEA @ HOU – $4,100 – Cano is the rare 2B who hits in the heart of his team’s order. He is 6-14 (.429) in his career against tonight’s starter Lance McCullers Jr., and he crushed the Astros as a whole last season going 27-77 with a crazy 1.184 OPS including nine of his 39 homers.
Other Options – Rougned Odor ($3,900), Ben Zobrist ($3,700)
Logan Forsythe – LAD vs SD – $3,300 – Forsythe hit fifth in his Dodgers debut yesterday going 1-3 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of at-bats ending in a hit-by-pitch. Forsythe will be very involved in the Dodgers’ offense this season and could end up hitting leadoff against lefties like Clayton Richard who LA faces tonight.
Other Options – Ryan Schimpf ($3,000) Tim Beckham ($2,600)
Evan Longoria – TB vs. NYY – $4,000 – Longoria had the big hit in the Rays’ Opening Day win over the Yankees going 2-4 with a homer and three RBI. He has a great career history against tonight’s opposing starter CC Sabathia who he has gone 29-79 (.403) against in their previous meetings with nine doubles, seven homers and an OPS of 1.319.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado ($4,800), Jonathan Villar – ($4,000)
Justin Turner – LAD vs. SD – ($3,200) – Turner was part of the Dodgers’ 14-run Opening Day explosion going 3-5 with a pair of doubles, a pair of runs scores, and an RBI. Tonight, he’ll take on lefty Clayton Richard who he is 3-7 against in his career, so I’ll look past the fact that he hit righties better than lefties in a dramatic reverse split last season.
Other Options – Yandy Diaz ($2,700), Mark Reynolds ($3,000)
Jean Segura – SEA @ HOU – $4,000 – Segura had a solid debut with Seattle last night going 2-4 from the leadoff spot against Dallas Keuchel. The rest of his teammates struggled as they were shut out, but they should fare better against Lance McCullers tonight. Segura had an excellent spring and looks ready to continue to emerge as a strong DraftKings play every time he takes the field.
Other Options – Corey Seager ($4,200), Eduardo Nunez ($3,700)
Brandon Crawford – SF @ ARI – $3,400 – Crawford hit out of the five-hole on Sunday and started the season 2-5 with a double and a run scored. He could find more success tonight as he faces Patrick Corbin who he is 7-23 against in his career with a triple and a pair of home runs. Crawford is known for his glove, but his bat looked good for Team USA in the WBC and Crawford continues to be a little underrated as a contact producer in the middle of the Giants’ lineup.
Other Options – Brad Miller ($3,300), Marcus Semien ($3,000)
Mike Trout – LAA @ OAK – $4,800 – Trout wasted no time getting his season started going 2-4 with a double and a homer last night in the Angels 4-2 loss to Oakland. Tonight, the Angels will look to even the series against Sean Manaea who Trout has gone 3-4 against in their past meetings including a home run. He’s not a surprising play, but he is an excellent and reliable option if you have the salary.
Other Options – Kris Bryant ($4,700), Gerardo Parra ($3,600)
Khris Davis – OAK vs. LAA – $3,500 – On the other side of that AL West matchup tonight, the Athletics will try to take the second game of their series against the Angels as they face Matt Shoemaker. Davis powered them to the win in the opener with a pair of solo homers while going 3-4. He also has a good history against Shoemaker coming in 3-6 with a pair of homers off the Angels’ righty. Davis can be a little boom-or-bust due to his high power production and mid-range average, but he does bring a high ceiling tonight as he looks to continue his hot start.
Other Options – Nomar Mazara ($3,400), Kevin Kiermaier ($3,100)
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