DraftKings MLB featured picks and lineup for Sunday May 6

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Chris Sale
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Chris Sale /
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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 03: Starting pitcher Jakob Junis
DETROIT, MI – APRIL 03: Starting pitcher Jakob Junis /


There is some depth to go with the top-end trio of arms on Sunday.

Noah Syndergaard ($11,600) has been good to start the year, save for his last outing in which he scored 6.3 DKFP at home. Now his price increases by $800 against a Rockies team that is hitting 9 for 32 (.281) lifetime against him. Offensively, the Rockies are strikeout prone (24.6 percent) and sixth in the MLB. Thor probably is worth a look.

Max Scherzer is on pace to have his best season yet and is second in all of baseball in strikeout percentage (37.4 percent) and best in the National League. He meets a Phillies lineup that is third in strikeout rate (25.6 percent). As a whole, the Phillies are 31 for 163 (.190) lifetime against Scherzer with 43 strikeouts.

The bottom line is this, paying up for one, if not both arms looks worthwhile on paper. Here are the top-tiered pitchers strikeout rates, ranks in the MLB, opponent’s offensive strikeout rate and their ranks (first is the worst).

Max Scherzer: 37.4 percent, 2nd; 25.6 percent (Phillies), 3rd

Chris Sale: 30.5 percent, 9th; 25.3 percent (Rangers), 4th

Noah Syndergaard: 29.0 percent, 13th; 24.6 percent (Rockies), 6th

Even Indians pitcher Mike Clevenger, as much of a wild card as he is, is in a favorable spot against the Yankees, who are 10th in strikeout rate (23.9 percent).

Top Tier

Chris Sale ($12,600), at Rangers

The stats above show Sale’s dominance this season and projected dominance on Sunday. His home/road splits this year are as even as can be. He has the best BvP ratings of the three pitchers with the Rangers hitting .146 (14 for 96) with 38 strikeouts. That being said, Adrian Beltre is 5 for 16 off him with a home run and Delino DeShields Jr. is 3 for 6 with two doubles.

Others: Max Scherzer ($13,400), Noah Syndergaard ($11,600)


Jakob Junis ($7,300), vs. Tigers

Junis has shut down Detroit in two starts this season, limiting them to seven hits and two walks in 15 innings. He is averaging 26.2 DKFP against the Tigers in those two starts. Overall, Detroit is only 12 for 69 (.174) lifetime against the right-hander.

Others: Mike Clevenger ($7,100), Kyle Gibson ($7,000), Andrew Suarez ($5,500)