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.
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Lance Lynn vs Cincinnati Reds ($11,100) – Lynn will likely be heavily owned, but he just continues to post quality start after quality start for the Red Birds and enters tonight’s game sporting a very strong 2.80 ERA and 9.80 K/9 through 18 starts this season. He has been absolutely dominant at Busch Stadium this season, where he’s posted a 5-1 record with a 1.83 ERA in nine home starts. The Reds are clearly in “sell-mode” after the Cueto trade and Lynn has the highest ceiling on the board tonight.
Anibal Sanchez vs Tampa Bay Rays ($10,200) – Sanchez hasn’t been as sharp as he has in years past this season, but the Tigers have still managed to win each of his last eight starts and Sanchez enters tonight’s game with a 10-7 record. Tonight he’ll head to the Sunshine State to take on a Rays team that owns MLB’s worst team wOBA against right-handed pitching this season (.289 team wOBA). Over those last eight starts, Sanchez has quietly posted a 7-0 record with a very solid 3.16 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.
Others: Mike Montgomery, Chris Heston, Kevin Gausman
Paul Goldschmidt vs Mike Montgomery ($6,000) – The lofty price-tag should keep his ownership level in check, which makes Goldie an ideal GPP play. He’s posted video-game like numbers against against left-handed pitching this season (.481 wOBA, .303 ISO, 210 wRC+) and brings an eight game hitting streak into tonight’s game. It goes unnoticed by most, but he’s also racked up an impressive 17 stolen bases.
Nelson Cruz vs Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks ($5,000) – When Cruz squares off against a left-handed pitcher, he’s a terrific tournament target. Cruz has posted a ridiculous .385 average and 1.192 OPS in 78 AB’s against left-handed pitching this season and owns a .330 average and .995 thus far in the month of June. He’s been much more effective under the lights this season and has as much power potential as anyone else on tonight’s slate.
Buster Posey vs Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers ($4,300) – Posey is locked in at the plate right now, going 10 for his last 20 and is now hitting .438 during the month of July. Despite his reputation for thriving against left-handed pitching, Posey has actually been far more successful against right-handers this season (.340 average and .924 OPS) and Kyle Lohse has been blasted for a .375 wOBA against righties. He’s the clear #1 option behind the plate.
Mike Napoli vs John Danks, Chicago White Sox ($3,400) – It’s been an uneventful season thus far for Mike Napoli, but at the very least we’re offered a discount for his services tonight. It looks as if he took advantage of some well needed rest during the All-Star break as he owns a .357 average and 1.026 OPS thus far in the second half. He owns a .357 wOBA and 126 wRC+ against southpaws this season, and with right-handed batters owning a .378 wOBA off of the very hittable John Danks, he looks like one of the best “bang for your buck” plays on the board.
Chris Young vs Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers ($3,200) – Young has flat-out crushed left-handed pitching this season to the tune of a .475 wOBA and .319 ISO and has been swinging a hot bat since the All-Star break as well (.417 average and 1.295 OPS). He’s dirt cheap and should find himself in the heart of this Yankees batting order. Take advantage of the discount 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.
Boston Red Sox vs. John Danks, Chicago White Sox – Danks has pitched rather well in each of his last two starts, but the left hander still owns an ugly 5-8 record and 4.66 ERA on the season. While the numbers suggest this Red Sox team has struggled against left-handed pitching this season, guys like Xander Bogaerts, Shane Victorino, Hanley Ramirez and the previously mentioned Mike Napoli have all historically handled the bat very well against southpaws.
St. Louis Cardinals vs Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds – Iglesias has really struggled against left-handed batters thus far at the MLB level (.388 wOBA against). Unfortunately for Iglesias, he’ll square off against two very tough left-handed batters at the top of the order for St. Louis (Wong and Carpenter) and then will also have to deal with Jason Heyward who will likely be sandwiched between Matt Holliday and the red-hot Randal Grichuk.