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.
Lance McCullers vs Kansas City Royals ($7,700) – Targeting pitchers against the Kansas City Royals would not have been a profitable endeavor thus far this season, but I’m hoping that fact keeps his ownership low tonight. The former first round pick has paid immediate dividends for this Astros pitching staff, and enters tonight’s game sporting a 3-2 record with a 2.33 ERA and 1.04 WHIP through his first eight MLB starts. McCullers sports an impressive 10.10 K/9 this season and has thrived at Minute Maid Park, where he’s posted a 2-0 record with a 1.17 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in four home starts.
Kendall Graveman vs Colorado Rockies ($6,200) – Graveman was rudely welcomed to the MLB level, but after a few rough outings, he’s found his groove recently. The 24 year old has posted a rock solid 2.31 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over his last six starts (46.2 innings) and has now recorded five straight quality starts. Tonight he’ll face a Rockies team that owns just a .298 team wOBA and a league high 24.7 K% away from Coors Field this season
Others: Jimmie Nelson ($6,600), Mike Bolsinger ($6,700)
Mike Trout vs C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees ($4,900) – Right-handed batters have been kryptonite to Sabathia thus far in 2015 as they own an ugly .406 wOBA off of the southpaw. Not only has Trout has success off of Sabathia in their previous meetings, but he also sports an impressive .395 wOBA off left-handed pitching this season. At this price, he should be highly owned.
Jay Bruce vs Mike Pelfrey, Minnesota Twins ($5,000) – After a very slow start to the season, Jay Bruce’s bat finally looks to be alive. The left-handed slugger owns a .357 OBP during the month of June and already has three 30 homeruns seasons under his belt. With left-handed batters owning a .325 off of Mike Pelfrey this season and Bruce posting a nice .930 OPS at the Great American Ballpark, he’s a very nice high-upside GPP play.
David Ortiz vs R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays ($4,200) – Ortiz broke out his boom-stick for the third time of the week yesterday afternoon against Chris Archer, and after a dreadful start to the season, now sports a solid .271 average, with six homeruns and 14 RBI’s over the last 17 games. He owns a .914 OPS this season against right-handed pitching and certainly has the power to destroy R.A. Dickey if that knuckleball isn’t dancing.
Adam Lind vs Sean O’Sullivan, Philadelphia Phillies ($4,300) – Picking on O’Sullivan has become a fun hobby of mine, and Adam Lind looks to be a great value at 1B tonight. Left-handed batters have smacked O’Sullivan around for a ridiculous .467 wOBA against and Lind has always handled the bat very well against right-handed pitching. He’ll be placed right in the heart of the Brewers lineup and owns a .329 average in the month of June.
Chris Young vs C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels ($3,500) – The BvsP lovers likely won’t sniff Young today (2 for 17), but it’s not going to hold me back. Wilson is a far less effective pitcher at this point in his career and Young has flat out destroyed left-handed pitching this year, posting a .388 average and 1.184 OPS against them in 67 AB’s. He sports a .368 average with four homeruns in the month of June and yet is still very reasonably priced.
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.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox – They won’t come cheap, but the big bats at the top of this Blue Jays order have helped users take down plenty of big GPP’s this season. A stack of Encarnacion, Bautista, Donaldson, Reyes and Martin will set you back a cool $4,700/player, but Toronto not only leads MLB in team wOBA (.340 wOBA), but also own the league’s best team home wOBA (.365 wOBA). This will be the fourth time this season they’ll see Clay Buchholz, and they’ve had their way with the right-hander thus far, hanging an ugly 6.60 ERA on the right-hander.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Wandy Rodriguez, Texas Rangers – Wandy was blasted for eight earned runs on eleven hits in just 4.0 innings in his last start and his surprisingly strong start to the season doesn’t seem sustainable. This Orioles team is loaded with guys who crush left-handed pitching and, after leading MLB in homeruns last season, they’re sitting in fifth place thus far in 2015. This team thrives at Camden Yards (.339 team wOBA at home) and a stack of Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Steve Pearce, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones will only set you back an average of $4,280.
Los Angeles Angels vs. C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees – Sabathia’s struggles against right-handed pitching just can’t be ignored. Grabbing all of the Angels right-handed bats could very well pay huge dividends as Sabathia has been pounded by right-handers to the tune of an already mentioned .406 wOBA. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols. David Freese, Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta all have track records of success against southpaws, and will only set you back an average of $3,880/player.