The US Open was an awesome event, and this weekend’s PGA Contests at DraftKings were some of the best yet. The fun doesn’t have to end just because it’s Monday, though! Use your PGA winnings to enter into the $3 MLB Swing for the Fences! This contest pays out $100K to 1st place. Yes, you read that right. $100K! The MLB Tournament Plays listed below will help you turn $3 into $100K. Make today your big MLB payday.
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.
Clayton Kershaw vs. Chicago Cubs ($12,700) – Taking the chalk isn’t usually a terrific GPP strategy, but Kershaw’s gaudy price-tag may just keep his ownership low enough for him to make a difference tonight. Kershaw has racked up double digit strikeouts in each of his last three starts (and five of his last seven) and after a disappointing start to the season, he’s posted a 4-2 record with a 2.40 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 66 strikeouts over 48.2 innings (7 starts). The Cubs 24.6 K% is the second highest strikeout rate in the league and Kershaw has the highest ceiling on the board.
Trevor Bauer vs Detroit Tigers ($7,500) – Bauer has been rather terrible at Progressive Field this season, and the matchup against a Tigers team that exploded for 12 runs yesterday and that owns a .323 team wOBA this season should keep his ownership levels down a bit. Bauer was terrific in his last start, holding the Cubs scoreless over seven innings while striking out seven batters. Bauer’s 24.4 K% is places him among the game’s elite, and he’s capable of 7+ innings and double-digit strikeouts every time he takes the mound.
Mike Trout vs Brett Oberholtzer, Houston Astros ($5,300) – While the MLB world watches Bryce Harper destroy baseballs, the other young phenom in the league is somehow rather quietly having another impressive season. Trout will bring a .304 avererage (.967 OPS) and 18 homeruns into tonight’s start against Oberholtzer. Trout owns a .402 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season, has had success off of Oberholtzer in the past (5 for 10 with three doubles) and owns a .329 average and 1.086 OPS thus far in the month of June
Brett Gardner vs Kevin Correa, Philadelphia Phillies ($5,200) – With Kevin Correa on the mound, I’m expecting the Yankees to be one of the most popular players tonight (and thus the reason they’re not a recommended stack below). Correa was lit up in his last start and left-handed batters own a .395 wOBA off of him on the young season. Gardner was held hitless yesterday, but had racked up ten hits in the four games prior. He owns a .356 wOBA and has picked up all 15 of his stolen bases against right-handed pitching this season making the Yankees leadoff man well worth his big-ticket asking price.
Brian Dozier vs John Danks, Chicago White Sox ($5,000) – Right-handed batters have smashed John Danks to the tune of a .390 wOBA this season. The Twins second baseman not only thrives against left-handed pitching (.377 wOBA), but has also pounded Danks in their previous meetings; going 6 for 15 with a double and a homerun.
George Springer vs Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels ($4,600) – Santiago has been very tough on left-handed batters this season, but has been susceptible to righties (.337 wOBA against). Springer is locked in at the plate right now, and with three more hits in yesterday’s game (including his 12th homerun), he now owns a 14 game hitting streak. He’s posted a .428 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season.
Ryan Raburn vs Kyle Ryan, Detroit Tigers ($2,800) – If you’re looking for some salary relief in the outfield tonight, than Raburn may be your man. With a left-handed pitcher on the mound for the Tigers, Raburn will likely find himself in the #4 spot of this Indians lineup and he owns a .310 average and .928 OPS this season against southpaws.
Stack Em Up
‘Stacking’ is a term used to describe rostering multiple players from the same team in your lineups. This has proven to be successful in tournament formats such as the MLB Swing for the Fences. The 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.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Matt Andriese, Tampa Bay Rays – The most feared top of the order in baseball will head south tonight to battle Matt Andriese and the Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto’s .342 team wOBA is the best in MLB this season and will be their fourth time seeing the 25 year old right-hander. The top of the order (Reyes, Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion and Martin) will set you back an average of $4.6K, but they’re more than capable of putting up double-digit runs here tonight.
Minnesota Twins vs. John Danks, Chicago White Sox – With Danks on the bump for the White Sox, the Twins should be a rather popular team to stack tonight. They hammered Danks for seven runs in just 2.1 innings of work when they squared off earlier this season and Danks brings an ugly 5.16 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into tonight’s game. Dozier, Plouffe and Hunter all have a history of destruction against left-handed pitching and some cheaper options (Eduardo Nunez and Eduardo Escobar) have some BvsP in their favor.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tsuyoshi Wada, Chicago Cubs – Wada has pitched admirably this season, but many of these Dodger bats just look like bargains tonight. Yasiel Puig has blasted left-handed pitching this season for a .477 wOBA and he’ll be surrounded by dangerous bats in Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner. Considering Wada’s reverse splits thus far this season (.448 wOBA allowed to left-handed batters) and the wind expected to be blowing straight out to center field at Wrigley Field, enjoy these discounted prices.