DraftKings MLB Picks June 15: Pay up for Kluber vs. Twins

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 10: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 10: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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DraftKings MLB Picks June 15: Pay up for Kluber vs. Twins

We have a full 15 game Friday, so there are a ton of options here. We don’t have a plethora of aces like we sometimes do on a full slate, but if we can’t find enough players worth using, then we likely aren’t looking hard enough. The stats are there. Let’s go wade through them!

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The only chance of rain in in the later innings in Atlanta. It isn’t enough to worry about a postponement, but it could mean a truncated start if you wanted your starter to go seven innings. Still, I think the rain mostly stays away there. If you’re concerned, check the radar up until the game locks.

We do have a little bit of wind out there. tonight. The wind is blowing in from right in Arlington at 10-14 mph. We also have a 15 mph wind blowing out to left in Kansas City, but that breeze should die down by the middle innings. Our biggest wind is once again in the Bay Area with a 16 mph wind blowing out to center in Oakland.

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 tips are based mostly on past performance. This is a nice tool for building a lineup, but should not be the only pieces of information you use. Stacking against a bad pitcher is always a good idea!

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FanDuel MLB: NEW YORK, NY – MAY 29: Charlie Morton #50 of the Houston Astros pitches against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

Corey Kluber ($13,600): What’s worse than bad? The Twins against Corey Kluber. They are a pathetic 19-128(.148) off of Kluber with two homers, only six runs, and 44 strikeouts. On a slate that is mostly lacking elite options, here is one that would be elite on any slate. Kluber should turn in a very strong game tonight.

Charlie Morton ($12,100): Morton has only faced the Royals once, and he served up a three run homer to Moose in that one. However, with the way the Royals are struggling right now, I would take my chances with Morton. Obviously, Kluber is my favorite, but he will be for most others as well. Morton is a strong pivot that has a chance at matching Kluber in points tonight.

James Paxton ($10,700): The Red Sox are hitting a robust .280 off of Paxton, but they have just two runs in 50 at bats. The bad news is that Paxton only has nine strikeouts in that span. Paxton has not given up more than three run in a game since April 21st. There is good potential here, especially when you consider that King Felix shut down the Sox last night. Paxton could come up with a big game here.

Middle Tier:

Ross Stripling ($9,800): My first reaction when seeing this price was really? That much? Yes, really. Stripling has given up only six runs (three earned) in six starts this season. That, my friends, is dominance. He is also racking up the strikeouts as well. Stripling is averaging eight strikeouts per start! He could dominate this struggling Giants team that just took another hit with Evan Longoria going down yesterday.

Tyler Skaggs ($9,300): The A’s are hitting a strong .271 against Skaggs in 70 at bats with two homers and seven runs, but they have struck out 14 times. However, Skaggs has a 3.08 ERA in 13 starts this year, including a 2.66 ERA in seven road tilts. Skaggs also put up 25.9 DraftKings points on the A’s earlier this year, giving up only three hits in 6.1 shutout innings. There is really good potential here if you are moving out of the top tier.

Gio Gonzalez ($8,800): Gio is no stranger to the Jays from his days in the American League. The current Toronto roster is only hitting .204 against Gio with two homers and seven runs in 93 at bats with a strong 25 strikeouts. Toronto’s offense is coming off a series in Tampa in which they only scored five runs all series, and just one in the last two games of it. There is great potential for Gonzalez today considering he is having arguably the best season of his career anyway.

Zack Godley ($8,100): The Mets are only hitting .233 against Godley in 43 at bats, but they have scored six runs mainly due to Godley’s 11 walks. 11! However, Godley is back in the good graces of fantasy owners after putting together a really good outing at Coors after being destroyed by the Giants (go figure). This highlights the inconsistency in Godley, but he does have a 2.94 ERA in five home starts this year and a 18.7 DraftKings point game against the Mets at Citi Field earlier this year. Godley should have a solid outing here if you are looking for a mid tier pitcher.

Bargain Pitchers:

Mike Fiers ($7,300): Fiers has only allowed four runs in his last three starts, including shutting down Cleveland last week. He has worse numbers on the road, but this is a White Sox team that has scored just 31 runs in the last ten games. There is solid potential here for Fiers, especially when you consider what he did to Cleveland. Oh, and the White Sox are only hitting .244 off of him with a homer and four runs in 45 at bats with nine strikeouts. I can live with those numbers for this price.

Chad Kuhl ($6,700): Kuhl has only given up more than three runs once since May 1st. He has racked up 35.8 DraftKings points in two starts against Cincinnati this year with 13 strikeouts in 11 innings. When you add in the fact that Kuhl has been better at home than on the road, then you have a recipe for a pitcher that is a strong bargain at this price.

Jonathan Loaisiga ($6,400): I wouldn’t expect miracles. This is a hitter’s park, after all. However, Loaisiga makes his debut in a good place against a Rays offense that is decent, but not good enough to really rock anyone. I would expect the Yankees to limit Loaisiga here, but at this price, he could still hit around 20 DraftKings points. The potential is good enough for me to chase it in at least one lineup.

Chad Bettis ($5,500): Bettis’s numbers aren’t great. A 4.40 ERA is nothing to write home about. What if I told you that he has a 7.76 ERA at home? Bettis is 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in seven road starts this season. Now, Arlington plays mostly as a hitter’s park as well, but the issue is that Texas is not hitting. There is really good potential here.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 21: Juan Soto #22 and Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals celebrate after a 10-2 victory against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park on May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /

New York Yankees vs. Nathan Eovaldi:

Eovaldi has had fleeting points of brilliance, but I don’t see one of those happening in Yankee Stadium. Is he good enough to pick up a quality start against the Yankees? Probably. I just think the chances of him getting clobbered far outweigh it. I like Didi to start the stack off. Judge and Stanton are also worth a look, but if pressed, I would rather pay for Judge and drop down to Aaron Hicks. Greg Bird and Miguel Andujar provide really good power without having to break the bank to get it.

Washington Nationals vs. Aaron Sanchez:

Sanchez has been pretty solid this year, but this is a really good team that he is running into tonight. Bryce Harper is the alpha and omega of this stack. Rendon hits righties well, and I definitely want a piece of Juan Soto. Daniel Murphy should get some at bats at DH again, so count him in. I will finish this stack off with Trea Turner if I can afford him. If not, Adam Eaton is starting to hit.

Cleveland Indians vs. Kyle Gibson:

Cleveland has punished Gibson throughout his career. They are hitting a whopping .374 off of him in 171 at bats with nine homers and 32 runs. Edwin has four of the nine home runs with nine RBI in just 19 at bats! Yan Gomes is 11-24(.458) with two homers and four RBI. Brantley, Kpinis, and Jose Ramirez have homered off of Gibson as well. Francisco Lindor is 10-23(.435) with five runs, two steals, and a RBI against Gibson as well.

Colorado Rockies vs. Yohander Mendez:

Okay, so this is the first time I have ever really considering stacking the Rockies away from home. A lot of that has to do with the fact that their prices don’t usually go down for road games. I will make an exception tonight though. Mendez has a 5.26 ERA in 10 starts at AAA Round Rock this year. Blackmon, Arenado, and CarGo could tee off here! I like Trevor Story and LeMahieu as well.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Chris Bassitt:

Bassitt has been thrashed by the Angels so far, surrendering six runs in just 21 at bats. Ian Kinsler has driven in four of them. Trout, Upton, and Pujols all look like good plays as well. If you are looking for a fifth wheel, the power potential of Luis Valbuena is tempting. So is Cozart.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Derek Holland:

The Dodgers have already faced Holland twice this year. They have tagged him for nine runs (seven earned) in just 8.1 innings over two games. Seager did a lot of that damage, but I’m still eyeing Matt Kemp and Puig here for sure. Grandal, Max Muncy, and Chris Taylor are hard to ignore with a lefty on the mound. Of course, we need to have Enrique Hernandez in there. He destroys lefties.

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OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 13: Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros celebrates with Yuli Gurriel #10 and Josh Reddick #22 after he hit a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the second inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 13, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

Matt Harvey has not been good. Neither has the Pirates offense. Polanco, Josh Bell, and Colin Moran have all homered off of Harvey in the past. My pick to do it tonight would be Starling Marte, though I don’t see Pittsburgh as a strong stack option at home.

The Braves have hit Clayton Richard pretty well, but he has been really good for the last six weeks or so, and he should help neutralize SunTrust Park being lefthanded. The Braves have not homered off of Richard in 58 career at bats, but they have scored 13 runs in that span. I’m not on a full stack, but I to like Albies and Freeman quite a bit here.

Jake Junis has been good enough that he has earned the right to not be stacked against, but after seeing what Houston just did to Oakland in that series, it’s hard to not think about it. At any rate, I’ll be stuffing as many Astros as I can afford in my lineup in this order: Altuve, Correa, Springer, Gattis, Bregman, and Yuli.

I am not willing to pay up for many of the Red Sox bats tonight. In fact, the only one I’m even remotely interested in is J.D. Martinez, mostly because he could hit it out of a soccer stadium in Mexico. His power is seemingly limitless.

Goldy finally homered at home again! He could make it two in a row against Seth Lugo, If I trusted the Arizona offense more, I would stack here around Goldschmidt. Ketel Marte, David Peralta, Jake Lamb, and John Jay are all worth an extended look tonight.

Michael Wacha is pitching well, so I will resist the urge to stack against him. However, it is worth noting that the Cubs have abused him in his career. Rizzo is 18-40(.450) with three homers, nine runs, and seven RBI. Both Contreras and Happ have homered twice against Wacha. So has Kris Bryant. Scwarber and Addison Russell have taken Wacha over a wall somewhere as well. We just have to choose who we trust enough right now. Rizzo is definitely one of them.

Yes, McCarthy is in a good spot against San Diego. No, I don’t trust him. I do trust Hosmer though. You can also make an argument for all of the San Diego power potential with Reyes, Renfroe, and cap it with a super cheap Jose Pirela.

Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy have both homered off of Tyler Skaggs before, but I’m not sure that I trust anyone in an Oakland uniform right now.

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Middle Tier:

Don’t pay the premium for Kevin Gausman. The Marlins offense isn’t as bad as you think. I’m probably leaving this whole thing alone, but Starlin Castro is worth a look since he is 10-27 against Gausman in his career.

Scott Schebler is 2-5 with a solo homer against Chad Kuhl. I wont be lining up to throw any more Reds out there though.

Ryan Braun is glad to see Jake Arrieta back in Milwuakee. Braun is 7-28 with three homers and 10 RBI against Arrieta. Aguilar, Sogard, Domingo Santana, and Hernan Perez have all homered off of Arrieta as well.

The Mariners are hitting a cool .290 off of Rick Porcello with three homers and 14 runs in 131 at bats. That’s a little too much production to pay Porcello’s price. Yes, Cruz is one of the guys to take Porcello deep, and is probably the best bet to do so again. Zunino has as well. However, Denard Span is cheaper and he is 19-48(.396) with a homer, two steals, and seven RBI off of Porcello.

Both Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera homered against Brent Suter in his only start against the Phillies. Hoskins at least is a strong bet to do it again. I’m on the fence about Herrera.

If you are looking for a potential dart throw, I do like Jake Bauers or Willy Adames against Loaisiga in his major league debut. I wouldn’t suggest a Rays stack though. Loiasiga is better than Domingo German.

Randal Grichuk and Curtis Granderson are the only current Blue Jays to take Gio Gonzalez deep. I don’t know that I would bet on either one of them doing it again.

Brian Dozier has both of the Twins’ homers against Kluber, but he is hitting just .149 off of him in 54 at bats. There are better places to chase.

As much as I want to think this Texas offense can get something going, I just don’t believe it by what they have shown lately. However, this is a very good spot for bargain shopping. Beltre, Rougned Odor, Gallo, and Profar are all under $4,000 at home against Chad Bettis.

Most of the White Sox offense is slumping right now, but Tim Anderson does have the only homer for the team against Mike Fiers. Jose Abreu is always a good option as well.

Reynaldo Lopez has been pretty good this year, but I don’t trust him enough to use him, nor do I trust the Tigers’ offense enough to use them. Leonys Martin and Castellanos are worth a look if you absolutely want a Tiger on your team.

Bargain Shoppers:

I’m not a big believer in Jose Urena or the Baltimore offense. However, Jace Peterson is 3-6 with three walks against Urena, and he is really cheap.

Jon Lester‘s numbers against the Cardinals aren’t horrible, but they aren’t great either. Jedd Gyorko is cheap, and he has launched three homers against Lester in his career. Yadier Molina, Tommy Pham, and Ozuna have all homered off of Lester as well if you are thinking about a stack. At any rate, I love Gyorko as a standalone if nothing else.

Mike Moustakas is the only current Royal to homer off of Charlie Morton, but there is a reason he is priced in this tier. Most of the Royals team is struggling right now.

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