Late DraftKings MLB Picks August 13: Pay For Sale Before Scherzer

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 1: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians hit a two run homer during the fifth inning at Fenway Park on August 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 1: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians hit a two run homer during the fifth inning at Fenway Park on August 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 01: Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy #37 of the Baltimore Orioles throws a pitch to a Kansas City Royals batter in the first inning during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 1, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

DraftKings Late MLB Picks For August 13

We have six evening games thanks to the doubleheader in D.C. Now DraftKings is loaded with pitching on what is usually a short slate. Who are the best options? Where can we save money for one of the big ones? Let’s check some stats!

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The winning lineup was down a bit to 204.6, the only lineup over 200 tonight. He took Jon Lester and Dylan Bundy to go with Beckham and his Brewers stack. It paid off big!

These picks are based mostly on statistical analysis . If you have a gut feeling, then by all means, follow that. This is not an exact science. The best lineups usually have a mix of proven stats and hot players. Check out this post from Matt McGarvey for great tips about whether to use a hot player in DFS or not.

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OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 12: Tim Beckham #1 of the Baltimore Orioles in his second at bat of the first inning hits a two-run rbi double against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

P: Chris Sale ($14,200): Not many pitchers have dominated the Yankees. Sale has. the Yankees are only hitting .198 with three homers and four RBI in 96 at bats with 37 strikeouts. This is the kind of elite numbers I expect when I pay up for a pitcher. Not what the pesky Giants have done to Max Scherzer. Now, Scherzer will have some advantage pitching in the second game of the doubleheader, but I still want Sale more, and I’m willing to pay for it.

P: Jeremy Hellickson ($8,100): Hellickson has topped 20 DraftKings points in both starts with Baltimore. Now he gets to head to one of the best pitcher’s parks around and face a team provides some strikeout upside. Hellickson isn’t going to wow you in any part of his game, but he does provide a solid floor if you are paying up for a big pitcher.

C: Juan Graterol ($2,300): Graterol should be out there to relieve the slumping Martin Maldonado since Maldonado was out there last night. Graterol isn’t anything special, but Ariel Miranda has allowed seven homers in his last three starts and 18 in his last ten. The long ball is a very real problem for Miranda right now. Since I am paying up for Sale, I am stacking Angels and hoping for enough homers to win big.

1B: Jefry Marte ($2,800): The good news: Marte has a homer against Miranda in his career. The bad: that is his only hit in 13 career at bats against Miranda.

2B: Robinson Cano ($3,700): Cano is 2-3 with a homer and three RBI in his career. Parker Bridwell has been the benefactor of some good luck in his brief career so far. He may today as well since his mound opponent has a severe case of Gopheritis. Of course, that doesn’t matter if you don’t use him as your second pitcher.

3B: Logan Forsythe ($3,400): Forsythe is only 1-3 against Luis Perdomo, but that one hit is a two run homer. Again, we need to find value if we are going to pay up for Sale, and using cheap Dodgers against Perdomo is going to be a popular strategy.

SS: Tim Beckham ($3,300): This is the equivalent of stealing. Seriously. We should feel like felons getting this kind of value at this price. Beckham is 24-45 with 12 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, three homers, and nine RBI in an Orioles uniform. He is outscoring everyone over that span. Beckham could be $5,300, and we would still have to use him. Beckham should be 100% owned at this price, but I’m not going to be the one that fades him.

OF: Mike Trout ($5,700): Trout hits everyone. We all know that. So it should come as no surprise that his only hit against Miranda is a home run. He also has four walks and four RBI. Miranda’s issues with allowing home runs is going to play right into Trout’s hands. I highlighted Trout’s career numbers at Safeco Field last night. He is about as close to a sure thing as we will ever get.

OF: Yasiel Puig ($4,000): Puig owns a reverse split this year, even though he has been much better against lefties in his career. He is 5-7 in his career against Luis Perdomo with a walk, a triple, four runs scored, and three RBI. Puig is somewhat expensive today, but he looks to be worth it.

OF: Boog Powell ($2,400): It looks as though the A’s are going to give Powell ample opportunity to carve out a role for 2018, something he never got a chance to do in the crowded Seattle outfield. Powell is in here to get on a swipe a base, not hit my pitcher. But hey, at this price, just finding a starter is good enough. It doesn’t matter who he is facing.

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