DraftKings Main MLB Picks June 27: Will MadBum dominate again?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at AT&T Park on June 21, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at AT&T Park on June 21, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 24: Fans watch action as rain falls in the fourth inning during a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 24, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images) /

DraftKings Main MLB Picks June 27: Will MadBum dominate again?

We have 11 games in our main DraftKings tournament still. We lack the star power of last night, and the middle tier isn’t nearly as strong. However, like the day slate, there are some interesting options out there and a long awaited return. Which pitchers should we build around? Let’s check it out!

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Storms are most likely in Baltimore, and could linger, but there is still less than a 50% chance of rain during game time. We should have a pretty good weather night.

Wind will be blowing in from right at 12 mph in Texas. Wind is prevalent in the northeast with a 14 mph wind out to left in Fenway and at 12 mph out to left in Philly. The same wind is in Baltimore as well. We also have the customary 18 mph wind out to left center in San Francisco, but the ballpark takes care of that.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 23: Kyle Gibson #44 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of the game on May 23, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

Madison Bumgarner ($11,200): MadBum was dominant last week against the Padres, so there is hope that he is finally getting going. The Rockies are hitting a solid .250 with eight homers and 21 runs in 208 at bats with 55 strikeouts. Those aren’t the elite numbers that we want paying this much for a pitcher, but keep in mind that these are skewed by Coors Field stats where he has a 4.00 ERA. I expect another low scoring affair by the Bay. MadBum could dominate again here.

Jack Flaherty ($9,400): Flaherty has been flat out dominant lately. He has only allowed more than three earned runs in a start once in ten starts this season. He has at least six strikeouts in four straight starts, including ringing up 13 Brewers in his last outing. Cleveland isn’t going to provide him that much strikeout potential, and that is a pretty good offense, but with the way Flaherty is pitching right now, he deserves a look.

Kyle Gibson ($8,500): The White Sox are only hitting .213 against Gibson in 94 at bats with one homer, six runs, and 24 strikeouts. That’s a lot for a guy who doesn’t rack up strikeouts. Most will shy away from Gibson because of the price, but Gibby picked up 21.3 DraftKings points against the White Sox earlier this year. He also has a stellar 2.00 ERA in seven road starts this year. You could even use Gibson as a quasi ace if moving out of the top tier.

Middle Tier:

Kyle Freeland ($8,300): Freeland put up 23.1 DraftKings points on the Giants in San Francisco about a month ago. The Giants are hitting a whopping .346 against Freeland, but they only have nine runs in 104 at bats. Freeland isn’t going to rack up the strikeouts, so I’m not a huge fan at this price. However, the potential is there for another strong game in San Fran.

Alex Wood ($8,200): Wood is a tough sell right now, especially against an offense like the Cubs. The Cubs are only hitting .217 against Wood with two runs and 12 strikeouts in 46 at bats. Wood has done better lately, but he still isn’t going deep into games or racking up the K’s like he did last year. There is plenty of risk here, and I’m not sure he’s worth the price.

Clayton Richard ($7,700): Don’t look now, but Richard has turned in eight quality starts in his last nine tries. We wouldn’t have expected this after his terrible start to the season. The Rangers aren’t really hitting the ball that well right now, and the humidity is down in Texas. the ball may not carry as far, even in the heat. Also, the Rangers are hitting just .143 in 28 at bats against Richard with five strikeouts. Richard is not a big strikeout guy, so if he gets in trouble, you’re sunk. However, most of the Texas power is from the left side. There is solid potential here.

Andrew Heaney ($7,600): There is plenty of risk involved here, but the Yankees moved Cessa into the rotation for one reason: so they could use CC against Boston. The Red Sox have had their issues against left handed pitching, though that has mostly been on the road. The current Red Sox are just 2-11 against Heaney with a pair of strikeouts. The thing that has me nervous is Heaney’s 5.13 road ERA this year heading to what plays mostly as a hitter’s park, especially for right handed power.

Bargain Pitchers:

Mike Minor ($6,700): Minor shut down the Twins in his last start, and Bibens-Dirkx had no problems with the Padres last night. The Padres are hitting .250 in 24 at bats off of Minor with a solo homer by A.J. Ellis and five strikeouts. There is good potential here as I think this game will be lower scoring that most think.

Zack Wheeler ($6,300): There is risk here since Wheeler really hasn’t pitched very well this year. However, the Pirates offense is scuffling right now. The current Pirates are only 3-14 with a run and three strikeouts off of Wheeler. If it weren’t for Fiers, I would love Wheeler at this price. If you want to spend on the best bats money can but, it’s not a horrible idea to just use Wheeler and Fiers.

Mike Fiers ($6,200): The A’s are only hitting .188 off of Fiers in 64 at bats with three homers, four RBI, and a whopping 16 strikeouts. You can have all of that at this price! On top of that, Fiers has a solid 3.51 ERA at home compared to 5.16 on the road. In his last two starts at Comerica Park, Fiers allowed three runs combined in starts against the Yankees and Indians. I would even consider him in cash games at home tonight. He should pitch well above his price range.

SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners greets Mike Zunino #3 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

Seattle Mariners vs. Alex Cobb:

You can say this for the 2018 Mariners: they hit average pitching pretty hard. Cobb has allowed a .293 average over 58 at bats to the current Mariners with two homers and 11 runs with just five strikeouts. Zunino and Cruz have the homers, to they are in play. In fact, Zunino has seven RBI in eight at bats against Cobb! I like Denard Span quite a bit here, as well as Jean Segura. Dee Gordon is nice to have at the top of the order, but if you are looking for a cheaper lefty bat, Ben Gamel is tempting.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Rick Porcello:

The Angels are hitting a robust .299 against Porcello in 164 at bats with seven homers and 27 runs, and that’s after Porcello shut them out for six innings earlier this year. There is a chance that Porcello does that again, but I have my doubts. Porcello’s ERA is creeping upward, as he has allowed less than three runs only twice in his last ten starts. Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout have each homered twice off of Porcello. Valbuena, Pujols, Andrelton Simmons, and Martin Maldonado have all homered off of him once. Even though Ian Kinsler hasn’t taken Porcello deep, he still has seven RBI in 22 at bats on 11 hits against him.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Wei-Yin Chen:

The Arizona offense is still cooking, even in a pitcher’s park. Goldy in an elite play against Chen. John Ryan Murphy is the only current Arizona player to hit a homer off of him so far, but with the way that Ketel Marte is hitting, I would be surprised if he joins that. I’m not opposed to using Peralta here either. Chen isn’t that tough on lefties.

Minnesota Twins vs. James Shields:

Yes, I know that Shields has pitched pretty well lately, but the Twins have been bombarding him for years. The Twins are hitting .263 with nine homers and 32 runs in 205 at bats. Brian Dozier has done the most damage, going 13-42(.310) with seven walks, five doubles, four homers, a steal, 11 runs, and 11 RBI against Shields. Joe Mauer has also knocked in ten runs against Shields. Ehire Adrianza, Eddie Rosario, Logan Morrison, and Eduardo Escobar have all taken him deep as well. There is a load of potential here tonight!

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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 26: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by Mookie Betts #50 after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 26, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

I’m a little less excited about Luis Cessa facing the Phillies since he will be capped at 80 pitches if he’s lucky. That means I’m a tad less excited about the Phillies offense as well since the Yankees have one of the best bullpens in baseball. However, I still like Hoskins and Odubel Herrera here.

Zach Eflin has been strong this year, but I don’t trust him against the Yankees. Stanton has already homered off Eflin from his time in the N.L. East. Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius are good bets to join him.

I see Andrew Heaney having a solid game tonight, but solid doesn’t mean he’s going to shut out the Sox. I also don’t think he goes very deep into this, and Boston beat up on the Angels bullpen last night. Mookie and J.D. are definitely in play again.

Shin-Soo Choo has driven in all three runs for the Rangers against Clayton Richard. Beltre and Elvis could be worth a look here as well, but I’m not reaching beyond that.

Can the Indians hit Jack Flaherty? I kind of have my doubts, but Lindor and Jose Ramirez are worth using in a lineup or two just in case.

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Middle Tier:

Ugh, I just can’t justify stacking Tigers, even against a pitcher like Chris Bassitt. I do want some exposure to him though. The best places for that are Castellanos and Leonys Martin. V-Mart is worth a look at the criminally low $2,900 price as well.

There is a reason that Bumgarner’s stats are so bad against the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez. CarGo is 19-59(.322) with five homers and ten RBI against Bumgarner. The rest of the team has three homers and 11 RBI in 149 at bats. Arenado has two homers and four RBI, but he is only 8-35(.229)

Nick Hundley, Gorkys Hernandez, and Buster Posey have the homers off of Kyle Freeland. Outside of those three, the production has been almost nothing, so I would limit my Giants exposure to this area.

Shane Bieber has pitched very well at home, but he was knocked around in his only road start. For that reason, I’m interested in Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez here. I’m not going to go crazy with Cardinals here, but I want some exposure just in case.

Kyle Hendricks has decent numbers against the Dodgers, but I don’t trust him in Dodger Stadium. Joc Pederson is heating up, and I like Matt Kemp and Puig here as well. Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger are in play as well. For what it’s worth, Turner and Kemp have the homers against Hendricks.

Bargain Shoppers:

Wade LeBlanc got bashed by Boston, yet saw a price increase of $1,600. Makes sense. Yes, the Orioles should be better against lefties since they have the highest population of right handed hitters. What can I say? I’m not up for a stack, but I don’t think LeBlanc has a game justifying that price either. I’m interested in Mancini, Adam Jones, Schoop, and maybe Manny tonight.

I still like Robbie Ray, just not tonight. I expect him to be on a pitch count since this was supposed to be his last rehab start. Guys like Lewis Brinson, Starlin Castro, and Brian Anderson are worth punts just in case Ray is a little rusty.

Man, that cheap Padres power from the right side looks tempting against Mike Minor. However, Minor has pitched well lately. Still, throwing Renfroe, Manuel Margot, or Wil Myers out there in a lineup or two could be to our advantage.

Ivan Nova‘s numbers against the Mets aren’t good, and most of that is Jose Bautista‘s fault. Bautista is 9-29(.310) with a homer and seven RBI off of Nova from their AL days. Todd Frazier has homered off of Nova as well, and they both come reasonably priced.

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