DraftKings Main MLB Picks April 4: Stack Rockies out west
The main slate is the smaller one for the first time this season. Most of the big aces went this afternoon, but none of the five games on this slate carry the threat of rain right now. Both Toronto and Milwaukee are indoors, so those are safe for sure. Are any of these aces as good as the early slate? Let’s take a look!
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We will provide you with several options to build your lineup here. Want to spend all your money on pitchers and play bargain bats? We will highlight who is worth the money. Want to punt arms and pay up for the big boppers? We can help you with that as well, and everything in between!
These picks are based largely on past stats. Obviously, these are not a true indicator of what will happen tonight, but they can provide good insight and trends to help us pick some winners.
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Johnny Cueto ($9,600): Cueto has held the current Mariners to a .222 average in 81 at bats with no homers and only four runs to go with nine strikeouts. Cueto looked sharp in his first start of the season. There is very good potential here against Seattle. And honestly, with as poorly as Carlos Martinez has pitched against the Brewers, if I stay in the top tier, it will be with Cueto and no one else.
Felix Hernandez ($8,800): The Giants are only hitting .224 in 107 at bats against Felix. On top of that, they only have three homers and six runs to go with 32 strikeouts. Surprisingly, the King has never held court in AT&T Park. I think he’s going to like it there!
Sean Manaea ($8,200): Honestly, there are a lot of bad options on this slate. The Rangers are hitting a strong .333 off of Manaea in 99 at bats, but they only have two homers and nine RBI along with 22 strikeouts. I would also say that the win potential is good with Doug Fister on the mound opposing him.
Aaron Sanchez ($7,800): Sanchez has dominated the current White Sox roster. They are just 2-18(.111) with one homer and four RBI off of Sanchez. That one homer did almost all of the damage, and it was hit by a guy that wasn’t on the team last year. Sanchez isn’t a big strikeout guy, but the White Sox struggle against right handed pitchers.
Carson Fulmer ($5,400): Fulmer dominated last September, but had a mostly miserable spring. This is a tough matchup agianst Toronto, but if he can recapture what he did at the end of last year, there is plenty of strikeout potential to help mitigate the damage. Of course, if Fulmer pitches like he did this spring, he could lose quite a few points.
Nolan Arenado is 10-16(.625) with two walks, a double, a triple, a homer, three runs scored, and five RBI in his career against Clayton Richard. Those of you hanging out in the Western Metal Supply Company Building better be on lookout tonight. Chris Iannetta is 6-17(.353) with three walks, two doubles, two homers, three runs scored, and three RBI off of Richard.
Justin Smoak has nine RBI in six games this season already. I’m all for using him against Carson Fulmer. I don’t think that his struggles will be confined to the spring.
Joey Gallo‘s only hit in four tries against Sean Manaea is a three run homer. He has struck out the other three times. If you are looking for a really cheap option, Ryan Rua is 8-17(.471) with two walks, a double, and two runs scored against Manaea. Rua also only costs $2,500.
Matt Carpenter is very reasonably priced against Jhoulys Chacin, who got tattooed in his first start. Carpenter is 2-6 with three walks, three runs scored, and a solo homer off of Chacin. A Cardinals stack could be in order tonight.
Welington Castillo is 2-7 with a homer and three RBI in his career against Aaron Sanchez. He the only current White Sox player to homer off of Sanchez so far. It may be worth paying up a bit at catcher tonight.
For some reason, the Padres have hit Jon Gary hard so far. Wil Myers is 7-21 with two walks, two doubles, a homer, a steal, three runs scored, and five RBI in his career against Gray. Chase Headley‘s only hit off of Gray in two at bats is a grand slam. Even A.J. Ellis has gotten in on the action, hitting a two run homer off of Gray in two at bats.
Pablo Sandoval is 3-8 with two solo homers and four runs scored in his career against Felix Hernandez. If Panda is in there, he is worth a look for this price.
Robinson Cano is 3-7 with a walk, a double, two runs scored, and a RBI off of Johnny Cueto. Jean Segura is worth a look as well. Segura is 9-37(.243) with a double, four runs scored, a steal, and three RBI against Cueto.
DJ LeMahieu is 4-14(.286) with three walks, a double, a triple, two runs scored, and three RBI in his career against Clayton Richard. Trevor Story is worth a look as well. Story is 3-12 with a triple, a homer, three runs scored, and three RBI off of Richard. A Rockies stack could be lucrative, even away from Coors.
Joe Panik is off to a fast start this year. He is only 1-3 with a walk and a single against King Felix, but there could be more with as hot as he is right now.
Jonathan Villar is 8-23(.348) with a walk, a double, a homer, two steals, seven runs scored, and three RBI against Carlos Martinez. Villar presents a great opportunity to save some cash here and not skimp on stats.
If you are stacking Cardinals, Kolten Wong can save you some cash. It doesn’t hurt that he is 2-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Jed Lowrie could also save you some money. Lowrie is 8-27(.296) with four doubles, a triple, five runs scored, and two RBI off of Doug Fister in his career.
Surprisingly enough, Charlie Blackmon is hitting .308 off of Clayton Richard, but all of the hits are singles and three runs scored are his only counting stats. Gerardo Parra is 8-22(.364) with two walks, a double, a steal, and four runs scored in his career against Richard. Ian Desmond would work nicely in a Rockies stack. He has smacked two homers and driven in four off of Richard so far.
Khris Davis is 5-15 with two runs scored and a RBI in his career against Doug Fister. It’s only a matter of time before he hits a home run off of Fister, right?
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It might be worth playing the whole Brewer outfield against Carlos Martinez tonight. Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain are both hitting .500 off of him in their careers. Yelich has three runs scored, but no other counting stats. Domingo Santana is 6-17(.353) with a homer, four runs scored, and two RBI against Martinez.
Dee Gordon could have some hidden value tonight. Gordon is 5-19(.263) with two steals and two runs scored off of Johnny Cueto.
Shin-Soo Choo makes another appearance here. Choo is 2-5 with a walk, two runs scored, and a solo homer against fellow lefty Sean Manaea.
Austin Jackson could be worth a flier against Felix. He is 4-16 with a walk, two doubles, and two runs scored off of the King.
Good luck out there, and check out our picks for FanDuel baseball, along with our PGA picks. We also have the tail end of the NBA season covered.