Playing the full slate of games today gives us plenty to choose from. Be on the lookout for rain in Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta and St. Louis. I’m not totally avoiding any of those contests, but it would be wise to double check before your contest goes live. DraftKings salaries were used to for this lineup.
Max Scherzer is an absolute must start today. His price is especially steep at $12,600, but his 11.52 K/9 is irresistible against a Braves team minus Freddie Freeman. St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez ($11,100) is an option against a Giants team that has struggled to hit all season. My other starter is Luis Perdomo ($7,000). His ERA is as good as the similarly priced Chase Anderson or Antonio Senzatela, but he offers a little more DFS upside with a 8.91 K/9.
Francisco Cervelli ($3,100) has struggled over his last few games and is currently mired in a four-game hitting streak. I like his chances to bust out of said slump against Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.63 ERA) who has just one start in which he’s given up less than five hits. To Cervelli’s credit, he’s been able to avoid major hitless streaks all season. He hasn’t gone more than three games without a hit at any other point.
Mitch Moreland currently owns a three-game hitting streak with taters in each of his last two games. He faces the inconsistent Sean Manaea who’s allowed three or more runs in four of his six starts. He’s also pretty cheap at $3,500. If you’re looking for a bigger name at first, Eric Thames ($4,500) against the reeling Jake Arrieta is an option.
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I’m rolling with Dee Gordon ($3,800) at second. He’s tied for second in the league with 12 steals and faces youngster Julio Urias. There should be ample opportunity for Gordon to get on base in this one – Urias has walked 10 batters over 21 innings pitched this year. He was also bombed for six earned runs in his last start at Colorado. Gordon gets the slight edge over Brandon Drury. Drury is hitting .308, but the D-Backs are playing in pitcher-friendly San Diego.
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Hard to pass up the hot-hitting Jose Ramirez ($3,800) against Houston’s fifth starter. The switch-hitting Ramirez is currently riding a five-game hitting streak and owns a .300 batting average with five of his six homers against righties this season. I wouldn’t blame you for taking a flyer on Evan Longoria against Masahiro Tanaka. He went 4-for-5 last night and is $200 cheaper than Ramirez.
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Javier Baez ($4,000) is the choice at shortstop. He narrowly beats out the slightly cheaper Aledmys Diaz ($3,800). Baez has four hits in his last two games, including a 3-for-3, five RBI effort against the Reds. He faces off against Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson who’s been tagged for four earned runs in three of his last four starts.
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I’m shocked that Avisail Garcia is still just $4,200. He’s been raking all season to the tune of .342/.388/.550, six dingers and 23 RBI. Mike Clevinger doesn’t scare me away from Josh Reddick ($4,000), who has hits in nine of his last 10 games. For what it’s worth, all six of Reddick’s home runs have come against right-handed pitchers. Jacoby Ellsbury ($4,000) is heating up with a six-game hitting streak, including multi-hit outings in each of his last two. He faces Tampa Bay’s whose given up 41 hits and seven homers in eight starts.