DraftKings Main MLB Picks April 26: Build around Chris Sale
The Seattle and Cleveland game has a 6:10 first pitch, so that was cut off into just a showdown. It is also available in the eight game pick em slate, which encompasses all but the first two games of the day. That leaves us four games in the main DraftKings tournament. The pitchers are better as a whole than they were in the day games though.
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Next: DraftKings Pitcher Plays
Chris Sale ($13,000): The Blue Jays are only hitting .220 off of Sale with five homers and seven run in 132 at bats with 35 strikeouts. Those numbers make Sale the elite play tonight. He should be worth this massive price tag, but Bundy is an acceptable fade because of his opponent. If you get creative, you could stack cheap Orioles and still afford Sale and Bundy.
Dylan Bundy ($9,800): I am a bit nervous about Bundy being priced this high, but he has earned it. The Rays are only hitting .147 in 34 at bats against Bundy with one homer, two runs, and a huge 12 strikeouts. That’s better than one every three batters! The Rays still strike out a lot. Bundy could be in for a really nice game here.
Jake Junis ($8,300): Junis has never faced the White Sox, but he has been brilliant in three of his four starts this year. The White Sox lineup is decent, but there isn’t enough in it to move me off of Junis. The only team that has got to him so far is the Angels, and they have a pretty loaded lineup. Junis looks like a pretty safe option here.
Kyle Hendricks ($6,900): Hendricks has held the Brewers to a .215 average in 144 at bats with five homers and 12 runs to go with 31 strikeouts. Hendricks isn’t really known as a strikeout pitcher, so that’s why he is cheaper tonight. You can still have a solid performance without strikeouts. Hendricks is a very good SP2 option.
Marco Estrada ($5,000): Hey, don’t laugh. You guys have been coming here long enough to know that I can back this up. In fact, Estrada’s numbers against Boston are better than Sale’s against Toronto. The Red Sox are hitting just .179 against Estrada in 156 at bats with only three homers and 11 runs. Estrada only has 35 strikeouts, but if he is recording outs and not allowing runs, that makes him a great value at this price.
Lucas Giolito ($4,500): It takes a giant leap of faith to go with the struggling Giolito, but there is potential here. The Royals are only hitting .196 against Giolito in 51 tries with a homer, five runs, and seven strikeouts. Personally, I think that Giolito against a struggling offense is worth taking a chance on in at least one lineup.
Hanley Ramirez is 8-27(.296) with four walks, four doubles, a homer, five runs, and two RBI in his career against Marco Estrada. If only his could teach his teammates what he knows about the ways of Estrada. Mitch Moreland has also homered off of Estrada, but he is just 4-18 against him.
If Kris Bryant is able to play, you want him in your lineup against Chase Anderson. Bryant is 6-18 with a walk, a double, three homers, and four RBI against Anderson in his career. Want Anthony Rizzo? He is just 1-12 against Anderson.
Willson Contreras is 5-9 with three doubles, a steal, two runs, and a RBI in his career against Chase Anderson.
Travis Shaw is 5-15 with two walks, a double, three homers, and seven RBI already against Kyle Hendricks. The rest of the team has two homers and five RBI in 129 at bats. Shaw is a very strong play here tonight. Jett Bandy is 1-4 with a solo homer off of Hendricks. If Bandy is in there, he is worth a look.
Thinking about using Chris Archer against Baltimore? I wouldn’t. The O’s have hit Archer hard, including a 6.69 ERA in seven career Camden Yards starts. I would much rather go with an Orioles stack, and there are cheap components that have hit Archer hard. Chris Davis is 7-28 with nine walks, two doubles, three homers, seven runs and nine RBI. Davis even has a steal against Archer! Pedro Alvarez is 6-17(.353) with a walk, three doubles, two homers, four runs, and four RBI against Archer. Caleb Joseph can be added as well. Joseph is 2-7 with a double and a solo homer off of Archer.
Kendrys Morales is 10-34(.294) with a walk, two doubles, three homers, and seven RBI in his career against Chris Sale. The rest of the team has two homers and three RBI in 98 at bats. If you want to take a shot at Sale tonight, Morales is the best way to do it and he is really cheap.
You knew Manny Machado would be on here. Machado is 12-43(.279) with four walks, a double, a homer, six runs, and three RBI in his career against Chris Archer.
I’m a big fan of Yoan Moncada here. He looks to be figuring things out, so even the fact that he is facing off against Jake Junis doesn’t worry me. Tim Anderson is worth a look if you are playing the Spring Series and trying to rack up those steals.
Whit Merrifield is also worth a look leading off against Lucas Giolito. The price on Giolito suggests that DraftKings doesn’t believe that the Royals will continue to struggle against Giolito. Do you?
Jonathan Villar is 5-19(.263) with a walk, a homer, two steals, two runs, and two RBI in his career against Kyle Hendricks. He is definitely worth a look in what is looking to be a weak middle infield night.
Next: Top Outfield Plays
Ryan Braun is 7-26(.269) with a double, a steal, four runs, and two RBI in his career against Kyle Hendricks. There isn’t a lot of upper tier outfielders tonight, so even the struggling Braun is worth a look.
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Adam Jones is 10-40 with three walks, two doubles, a homer, five, runs, and five RBI in his career against Chris Archer. Trey Mancini is 2-7 with a double, a walk, and two RBI if you need another cheap part of the stack.
Mallex Smith has scored both of the Rays runs against Dylan Bundy, and is 2-5 with a walk. He is about the only Tampa player I would consider tonight.
Albert Almora is 3-10 with a walk, two doubles, a homer, and five RBI so far against Chase Anderson. Ian Happ has a RBI double in his two at bats against Anderson if you’re willing to take a chance on someone who is struggling.
Teoscar Hernandez and Randall Grichuk have both hit solo homers against Chris Sale, and they would cost you a combined $5,900.
Jackie Bradley is only 3-15 against Marco Estrada, but he has a homer and two RBI. Thinking about Mookie Betts? He is just 3-23 against Estrada!
If you’re looking cheap, Jon Jay could be an interesting pick. Jay is 2-3 with a steal and a run scored against Lucas Giolito already.
Good luck out there, and check out our picks for FanDuel baseball, along with our PGA picks. Still in NBA mode? No worries, we have the NBA DFS covered for the playoffs as well!