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.
Jacob deGrom vs Philadelphia Phillies ($12,000) – While he’ll likely be higher owned than you typically want for GPP’s, fading deGrom tonight will be a tough decision on just a nine game slate. The Mets have won each of his last seven starts and deGrom will take the mound tonight owning an impressive 12-6 record to go along with a sparkling 1.98 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. The Phillies own just a .297 wOBA and 1.33 ISO against right-handed pitching this season and deGrom has already mowed them down on two occasions.
Jorge De La Rosa vs Atlanta Braves ($7,100) – Walking six batters in his last start is a slight concern, but De La Rosa has pitched quiet well in each of his last three starts and has a very appealing matchup on tap tonight against a Braves team that has been dreadful against left-handed pitching this season (.287 team wOBA). De La Rosa has been excellent away from Coors Field, where he owns a 5-3 record and 3.17 ERA in ten road starts.
Others: Hisashi Iwakuma, Lance Lynn
Joey Votto vs Buck Farmer ($5,600) – Buck Farmer has really struggled at the MLB Level thus far, and with left-handed batters owning a .385 average and 1.064 OPS off of him, Joey Votto could be in for a huge night. Votto has posted a .416 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season and is one of the toughest outs in all of baseball right now as evidenced by his .560 OBP since the All-Star break.
Nelson Cruz vs Felix Doubront ($5,300) – GPP’s are all about upside, and Cruz might have the highest ceiling on the board tonight. Not only does he absolutely destroy left-handed pitching (.477 wOBA and .338 ISO) but Felix Doubront also has a reputation for serving up the long-ball. Cruz has launched four homeruns over his last ten games and is 5 for 11 with a pair of walks in his prior meetings against Doubront.
Mike Moustakas vs Ubaldo Jimenez ($3,800) – Moustakas busted out in a big way last night, smacking a pair of doubles and blasting his 13th homerun of the season. He’ll bring a four game hitting streak into tonight’s home matchup against Ubaldo Jimenez and owns a rock solid .351 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season. With Jimenez owning a 14.4 HR/FB rate this season, Moustakas offers plenty of power potential at a bargain price.
Travis Shaw vs Jeff Samardzija ($3,600) – Considering Jeff Samardzija’s recent struggles coupled with Shaw’s recent heater, this $3,600 asking price just looks like a mistake. Shaw has posted a .385 average and 1.169 OPS since the All-Star break and owns a .388 wOBA and 147 wRC+ this season against right-handed pitching. Left-handed batters own a .347 wOBA off of “The Shark” this season and Shaw has thrived batting behind David Ortiz in the 5th spot of this Boston lineup.
Adeiny Hechavarria vs J.A. Happ ($3,200) – Finding solid value in a thin position is always nice, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from Hechavarria tonight. The Marlins shortstop has posted a .333 average over the last week and has quietly punished left-handed pitching all season to the tune of a .415 wOBA and 167 wRC+. Plug him in at shortstop and load up elsewhere.
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.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Buck Farmer, Detroit Tigers – This will likely be a rather popular stack tonight, but it’s hard not to pick on a guy with an ERA over eight and a WHIP approaching 2.00. I mentioned Farmer’s struggles with left-handed batters earlier and it’s not like he’s been tough on right-handers either (.308 average against). Stack up the top half of this Reds order (Bruce, Votto, Phillips, Frazier) and watch them pile on the runs.
Chicago White Sox vs Joe Kelly, Boston Red Sox – While the Red will likely be a popular team to stack tonight, it’s highly unlikely that the same can be said for the White Sox. However, they hung five runs on Joe Kelly before knocking him out of the game after just 3.1 innings of work when they squared off earlier this season. Joe Kelly owns an ugly 5.63 ERA on the road this season and this White Sox team rather inconspicuously owns the fifth best team wOBA in MLB over the past 30 days (.338 team wOBA).