Tournament Plays are written to help find high-risk, high-reward players and team stacks that can help you catapult up the leaderboard each day. Plays will range from sleepers who might be able to steal a few bases at a low price point to against-the-grain stars who might not be the popular play of the day on DraftKings.
Chris Sale vs Los Angeles Angels ($12,000) – has been blasted in each of his last two starts which could deter the masses, but the lanky left-hander still enters tonight’s game sporting a 9-7 record to go along with a 3.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Only Clayton Kershaw owns a higher strikeout rate than Sale’s 32.1 K% and the southpaw has been more effective at U.S. Cellular Field this season. While this Angels lineup looks rather threatening on paper, they own just a .299 team wOBA against left-handed pitching this season and Sale’s enormous upside makes him an ideal GPP play.
Others: Johnny Cueto, Jon Niese, Jon Gray, Wei-Yen Chen
Lorenzo Cain vs. Matt Boyd ($5,100) – His recent cold streak and hefty price-tag will likely keep his ownership rate in check, but the Royals slugger still owns a very impressive .436 wOBA and 183 wRC+ this season against left-handed pitching. Matt Boyd pitched well in his first start with the Tigers, but owns an unsightly 7.90 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in his three MLB starts. After receiving a routine day off yesterday, Cain should be fresh and ready for damage in the #3 hole of the Royals lineup.
Justin Upton vs David Holmberg ($4,500) – Holmberg has pitched admirably in his first two starts at the MLB level this season, but his 5.54 xFIP suggest that some trouble is ahead for the left-hander. While Justin Upton’s numbers this season don’t show it, the slugger has feasted upon left-handed pitching his whole career. In over 1,000 career AB’s against left-handed pitching, Upton owns a .273 average, .888 OPS and .380 wOBA.
Lucas Duda vs Jon Gray ($4,100) – With the unproven Jon Gray taking the mound for the Rockies tonight, Duda emerges as a great GPP play. The left-hander has smacked right-handed pitching around this season to the tune of a .347 wOBA and 126 wRC+ and his .230 ISO and 21 homeruns both highligh his massive upside in this matchup. He’s also been far more successful this season at Citi Field (1.064 home OPS) and has posted a 1.010 OPS since the All-Star break.
Jake Lamb vs. Aaron Harang ($3,600) – The 23 year old sputters a bit during the first several weeks of the summer, but he’s heating back up and now owns a .333 average and .898 OPS thus far during the month of August. He’s posted a solid .331 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season and, with left-handers owning a .343 wOBA against Aaron Harang, could be in for a big night this evening.
Matt Wieters vs Vidal Nuno ($3,100) – Wieters collected two more hits in yesterday’s game and has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games. He’s hitting .357 over the last eleven games and is locked into a spot in the middle of this dangerous Baltimore lineup. He’s crushed left-handed pitching to the tune of a .831 career OPS during his career and is a top-tier option behind the plate.
Stack Em Up
Stacks below are based on most likely lineups. Be sure to check the MLB Lineups feed from any DraftKings draft screen throughout the afternoon to make sure players are in the lineup.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Aaron Harang, Philadelphia Phillies – It’s a short-slate this evening and this game has the highest total by Vegas standards on the board. After a surprisingly effective start to the season, Harang has posted an ugly 7.45 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over his eight starts. Chase Field is a very nice hitting environment and several of these Diamondbacks hitters are quite affordable.
Baltimore Orioles vs Vidal Nuno, Seattle Mariners – Even the Mariners front office isn’t too excited about handing the ball over the Nuno tonight at Safeco Field. With 141 homeruns on the season, the Orioles rank 4th in MLB in that category and possess six players (Jones, Reimold, David, Wieters, Machado and Joseph) who all own a wOBA of at least .350 against left-handed pitching this season.