DFS MLB Game by Game Breakdown – Monday, August 20

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on June 1, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on June 1, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
ATLANTA, GA – MAY 31: Ozzie Albies #1 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI triple during the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on May 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) DFS MLB /

Welcome into the Monday edition of the DFS MLB Game by Game Breakdown! We have a nice sized 10 game slate tonight so let’s dig in!

It’s always a little funny to see a stack that you like go off for eight runs and the biggest name offensive player only score 9.2 points out of the bunch. That’s what happened with the Indians and Jose Ramirez on Sunday’s DFS MLB slate but for fortunately Eugenio Suarez and the Reds picked up some of the slack. German Marquez putting up a rock solid 40 points didn’t hurt either. Lets’ get after it again today.

DFS MLB – Braves at Pirates

Braves Probable Starter – Kevin Gausman, RHP 

4.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 19.0 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .261 average, .334 wOBA, 19.3 K rate, 34.5 fly ball rate and 28.6 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .282 average, .336 wOBA, 18.8 K rate, 29.8 fly ball rate and 35.6 hard hit rate

Gausman is pretty much always a complete guess when he takes the mound. He’s just one of those pitchers that no outcome ever surprises you. I would lean towards using righty bats against him since the HR/9 rate is 1.47 compared to 1.28 to lefties. Two righties pop out in the pitch data as well with David Freese and Francisco Cervelli having a .254 or higher ISO and an xwOBA of at least .432. Those two hitters have a .360 wOBA or higher on the season and let’s not leave out the two big lefties in the Pirates lineup. Both Corey Dickerson and Gregory Polanco are over .200 for their ISO on the season and even righty Starling Marte is above .185. This doesn’t look like the best spot for Gausman on paper.

Pirates Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Francisco Cervelli, David Freese

Secondary Options – Gregory Polanco, Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte

Pirates Probable Starter – Chris Archer, RHP 

4.49 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 24.5 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .279 average, .346 wOBA, 21.5 K rate, 31.3 fly ball rate and 38.6 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .269 average, .320 wOBA, 26.8 K rate, 32.6 fly ball rate and 40.9 hard hit rate

The results haven’t quite been there for Archer in a Pirates uniform at this point and it could be another uneven day with the Braves lefties. It’s far from the only reason, but it seems odd to me that Archer hadn’t been throwing a sinker since 2014 and then once he got to Pittsburgh, that changed.  In his three starts with the Pirates, teams are hitting .333 off of it and while he hasn’t given up power on the pitch yet, it appears to be making his life more difficult for Archer with more men on base. He’s still throwing his slider a lot and the Braves lefties really like that pitch, with four lefty bats possessing an ISO over .200 against it. Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, Ozzie Albies and Johan Camargo are all viable options tonight. If men get on with the sinker and he throws a slider that gets whacked, it could be an issue. As a Bucco fan, it stinks that I think the Braves get the upper hand here.

Braves Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies

Secondary Options – Nick Markakis, Johan Camargo

Home Run Pick – Ozzie Albies

FanDuel MLB: BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 23: Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a double in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won the game 9-7. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Orioles at Blue Jays

Orioles Probable Starter – Andrew Cashner, RHP 

4.71 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 16.3 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .269 average, .352 wOBA, 19.1 K rate, 37.4 fly ball rate and 34.2 hard hit rate

Vs RHH -.277 average, .341 wOBA, 13.3 K rate, 31.9 fly ball rate and 29.6 hard hit rate

Cashner is always such a hard pitcher to figure out. All of his metrics say we want to target him and yet, he never seems to give up more than three or four runs too often. I probably won’t stray too far away from the big name hitters in this spot like Justin Smoak and maybe Kendrys Morales. Smoak is the best hitter that the Jays can offer against righty pitching with a .377 wOBA on the season. He’s also rocking solid via the pitch data but Morales actually has a higher xwOBA and ISO versus the four seam/sinker combo Cashner throws. Rookie Danny Jansen has been incredible in his short time in the majors but I don’t know if I’d pay more for him than Morales. This likely won’t be my favorite spot of the night.

Blue Jays Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Justin Smoak

Secondary Options – Kendrys Morales, Danny Jansen

Blue Jays Probable Starter – Marco Estrada, RHP 

4.87 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 17.7 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .225 average, .305 wOBA, 18.1 K rate, 54.4 fly ball rate and 27.2 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .274 average, .362 wOBA, 17.3 K rate,  57.5 fly ball rate and 33.3 hard hit rate

You’ll definitely want to lean towards the righty hitters for the Orioles tonight since 13 of the 20 bombs Estrada has given up have come from righties. He’s pretty much a four seam/changeup pitcher at this point and the righties of Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini have an ISO spiked above .300 versus those two pitches. They might hit lefty but Jonathan Villar and Cedric Mullins are a little bit interesting as well. Villar especially has been smoking the ball with the Orioles and his pitch data is right up there with Trumbo and Mancini. Villar is also going to come with some stolen base upside so even if he can’t get Estrada out of the yard, he should find his way to points.

Orioles Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Mark Trumbo, Trey Mancini

Secondary Options – Jonathan Villar, Cedric Mullins

Home Run Pick – Mark Trumbo

FT. MYERS, FL – FEBRUARY 21: Stephen Gonsalves #59 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a portrait on February 21, 2018 at Hammond Field in Ft. Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: Starting pitcher Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins warms up before a MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

DFS MLB – White Sox at Twins

White Sox Probable Starter – Lucas Giolito, RHP 

6.15 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 15.4 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .273 average, .374 wOBA, 12.3 K rate, 42.9 fly ball rate and 34.3 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .224 average, .324 wOBA, 18.7 K rate, 36.9 fly ball rate and 30.1 hard hit rate

The pitch data isn’t the most promising thing ever for this spot but I can’t help but love Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario tonight. Polanco only has a .140 ISO overall but the OPS is over .900 and the wOBA is over .390 so that’s going to help make up for the mediocre power. On the other hand, Rosario has an ISO of .225 and should be able to take advantage of 1.39 HR/9 Giolito has against lefty hitters. The only slight hesitation that I have here is Giolito has an ERA almost four full runs lower on the road. When he’s on the road, he actually gives up more home runs to righty hitters on a per nine basis which could make Sano a very intriguing GPP option. Logan Forsythe has been hitting well since he’s been with the team but I wouldn’t fully bank on that continuing.

Twins Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco

Secondary Options – Miguel Sano, Logan Forsythe

Twins Probable Starter – Jose Berrios, RHP (SCRATCHED)

3.75 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 24.7 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .215 average, .294 wOBA, 25.0 K rate, 40.2 fly ball rate and 35.3 hard hit rate

VS RHH – .230 average, .289 wOBA, 24.4 K rate, 35.0 fly ball rate and 31.2 hard hit rate

EDITORS NOTE: Stephen Gonsalves will start instead of Jose Berrios now for Minnesota. For more on the Twins left-hander, check out Picks and Pivots where Brian Tulloch breaks down the match-up.

White Sox Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – None

Secondary Options – Jose Abreu

Home Run Pick – Eddie Rosario

HOUSTON, TX – MAY 20: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians, center, celebrates with Edwin Encarnacion #10, Jason Kipnis #22 and Jose Ramirez #11 after defeating the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Indians at Red Sox

Indians Probable Starter – Corey Kluber, RHP 

2.68 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 24.8 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .207 average, .263 wOBA, 26.9 K rate, 32.1 fly ball rate and 36.7 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .220 average, .256 wOBA, 22.8 K rate, 35.1 fly ball rate and 35.6 hard hit rate

If this was the Kluber of last season, I’d probably roll the dice on him even in Fenway because good pitching can overcome a good offense. In reality, the quality of the Red Sox offense drops off a little bit after the excellent top of the order. I do think I would stick with the main two righties that we always talk about with Boston tonight. Kluber is giving up homers to both sides of the plate at about the same rate on the road but he’s striking out almost 28 percent of lefties compared to under 20 percent for righties. It also might help that many won’t want to pay the high price tags for Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez when they see the name of Kluber but the matchup isn’t as scary is perception is this year. This matchup to me is more interesting from a real baseball perspective than a fantasy one.

Red Sox Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez

Secondary Options – Andrew Benintendi(probably more as part of a stack than a one-off)

Red Sox Probable Starter – Rick Porcello, RHP

4.04 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 23.6 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .219 average, .291 wOBA, 28.0 K rate, 41.3 fly ball rate and 41.0 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .247 average, .298 wOBA, 19.9 K rate, 31.5 fly ball rate and 27.5 hard hit rate

I know I can write up Jose Ramirez every single day because he’s flat out that good but he’s been facing a string of pitchers that throw fastballs or some variation of them a lot lately. This pitcher also has happened to be weaker against lefty hitters which so happens to be the strong side for Ramirez. Porcello doesn’t look weaker against lefties until you dive deeper into the splits because he gets rocked at home. His HR/9 in Fenway is 2.25 while giving up a .344 wOBA and pitching to a 5.04 FIP, by far his worst mark in any split. Ramirez smokes the fastball/sinker mix that Porcello throws roughly 60 percent of the time with a gargantuan .526 ISO and .505 xwOBA. That’s to go along with all his other eye-popping stats so if I’m paying for a high priced hitter in this game, Ramirez is it. I really can’t argue against any lefty here as the lowest ISO among everyday players is Jason Kipnis at .126 and Porcello has a career .447 xwOBA in 146 at-bats versus the Cleveland hitters.. Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor and Yonder Alonso all top .180 in ISO this year so this is a prime stacking opportunity.

Indians Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Yonder Alonso

Secondary Options – Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Melky Cabrera

Home Run Pick – Jason Kipnis

Fantasy Baseball: ST PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 13: Mallex Smith #0 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a double in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 13, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 1-0. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Royals at Rays

Royals Probable Starter – Jorge Lopez, RHP

Vs LHH – .246 average, .330 wOBA, 17.1 K rate, 34.6 fly ball rate and 36.5 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .338 average, .375 wOBA, 16.9 K rate, 19.4 fly ball rate and 45.2 hard hit rate

We really don’t know a whole lot about Lopez so far since the track record is so short. The only hitter that has an ISO over .200 and is right handed is C.J. Cron. He does have a home run in each of the last two days but I’m always a little hesitant with the Rays because I just don’t trust them. Lopez has also yet to give up a home run to a righty hitter so you can also target a lefty like Jake Bauers with his .217 ISO or even Mallex Smith. He’s not going to hit a home run for you but he’s been a hitting machine lately and he can steal a couple bags every single night. There’s not a lot of stats that point me towards Lopez so some cheap Rays could find their way into the lineup.

Rays Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Mallex Smith

Secondary Options – C.J. Cron, Jake Bauers

Rays Probable Starter – Bullpen Day 

I’m never a huge fan of targeting the Rays bullpen with a good offense, let alone a poor one like the Royals. The main pitcher five days ago was Jacob Faria but he got shuttled to the minors to activate Tommy Pham. It’s not really know yet who the pitcher for the majority of innings but the main pieces of the offense for Kansas City are platoon sensitive. Until I have a better idea who’s pitching, I’m not going after the Royals and honestly might not target them even then. The one factor that could make it different is if the Rays plan to throw a lefty. I’d be fine playing Whit Merrifield if that’s the case.

Royals Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – TBD

Secondary Options – TBD

Home Run Pick – Jake Bauers

DFS MLB: NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 27: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on June 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Giants at Mets

Giants Probable Starter – Derek Holland, LHP 

3.83 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 24.1 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .181 average, .215 wOBA, 14.9 K rate, 25.9 fly ball rate and 20.5 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .260 average, .345 wOBA, 26.5 K rate, 41.3 fly ball rate and 46.2 hard hit rate

Holland might not be anything but average, but I might well pitch him tonight given the matchup. New York is either dead last or next to last against lefty pitching in average, slugging, OBP, OPS, ISO, wOBA and wRC+ when they’re at home. The only hitter that has an ISO over or at .200 is Devin Meseraco  and he’s also the only member on the team that has a wOBA over .360. I can’t really see any reason why I would want much to do with the Mets offense tonight.

Mets Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – None

Secondary Options – Ausin Jackson, Wilmer Flores, Devin Mesaraco

Mets Probable Starter – Zack Wheeler, RHP 

3.75 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 23.4 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .255 average, .316 wOBA, 24.6 K rate, 35.9 fly ball rate and 32.9 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .220 average, .261 wOBA, 22.4 K rate, 33.6 fly ball rate and 21.0 hard hit rate

Wheeler’s price is barely over $9,000 and he might just be my favorite pitcher tonight. This price range is always one that you can feel pretty confident in but you also still have money leftover to build a nice offense. The Giants actually have a top 10 strikeout rate and they hit for very little power, being in the bottom six in ISO and OPS. Wheeler fell under 30 points last start but a good chunk of that came from the fact that the Mets offense went bonkers in that game and they let Wheeler take it easy and only pitch five innings. Seeing how the Mets offense isn’t good and draws a potentially poor matchup, they’ll need Wheeler as long as he can go.

Giants Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – None

Secondary Options – Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Belt, Alen Hanson

Home Run Pick – Wilmer Flores


CINCINNATI, OH – MARCH 30: Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles in the second inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park on March 30, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Nationals won 2-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DFS MLB – Reds at Brewers

Reds Probable Starter – Homer Bailey, RHP 

6.33 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 14.9 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .291 average, .372 wOBA, 15.8 K rate, 36.1 fly ball rate and 35.1 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .312 average, .375 wOBA, 14.1 K rate, 33.8 fly ball rate and 50.6 hard hit rate

Bailey has been abjectly terrible with the exception of a start here and there and it’s not like he has a park advantage either. There’s four hitters with an ISO over .180 versus righty fastballs this season and Mike Moustakas isn’t on that list solely because he was traded. Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar, Christian Yelich and Eric Thames are all beating up the fastball to a major extent and this is a true load them up against a pitcher spot. Thames has been dealing with a knee injury so it’s not clear if he’s going to play tonight. Even if he doesn’t, all those hitters are on the table. Mike Moustakas is the cheapest at $3,500 and might make the most sense to get a part of the offense in one of the better spots of the night on paper.

Brewers Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Travis Shaw, Christian Yelich, Jesus Aguilar

Secondary Options – Mike Mousatakas, Eric Thames

Brewers Probable Starter – Chase Anderson, RHP 

3.97 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 19.7 hard hit rate

Vs LHH – .210 average, .299 wOBA, 19.9 K rate, 41.0 fly ball rate and 33.2 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .234 average, .333 wOBA, 19.5 K rate, 47.2 fly ball rate and 38.4 hard hit rate

Prior to their explosion on Sunday, the Reds offense had generally been very quiet. Now they draw Anderson, who has really struggled in his last two starts. You can go with Eugenio Suarez again today. Despite him being used more against lefties, Anderson is reverse splits and Suarez has a .233 ISO and a .359 wOBA against lefties on the season. They’ve also put Billy Hamilton back at the top of the lineup in front of Jose Peraza so the Reds definitely have the speed to mess with Anderson all day. The power still isn’t there but Scooter Gennett has been hitting lately, which is an improvement over what he’s been doing since the All-Star Break. There’s not a ton of stats that would point us towards anyone else but those hitters for various reasons.

Reds Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Eugenio Suarez, Scooter Gennett

Secondary Options – Billy Hamilton, Jose Peraza

Home Run Pick – Jesus Aguilar

FanDuel MLB: OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 02: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run against the Texas Rangers during the third inning at the Oakland Coliseum on April 2, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Rangers at A’s

Rangers Probable Starter – Bartolo Colon, RHP 

5.19 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 13.2 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .270 average, .328 wOBA, 12.6 K rate, 35.5 fly ball rate and 42.7 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .274 average, .355 wOBA, 13.6 K rate, 35.1 fly ball rate and 43.4 hard hit rate

I don’t always like to use a three or four man stack in cash but that sometimes changes when Colon is pitching. Khris Davis and Matt Chapman might be too good to pass up tonight with Davis having an ISO over .310 on the season. Big Sexy Bartolo just gets wrecked by righty hitters, giving up a HR/9 of 2.45 to righty hitters. Those two for the A’s will only cost you $6,500 from your budget and that’s dirt cheap for the power upside. Stephen Piscotty also has an ISO over .190 and should be on alert to take a ball out of the yard. Colon is a little better on the road and in Oakland helps the cause for pitchers but it’s always hard to see the path to success for Colon in any given start.

A’s Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Matt Chapman, Khris Davis

Secondary Options – Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson

A’s Probable Starter – Mike FIers, RHP 

3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 18.4 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .256 average, .333 wOBA, 17.5 K rate, 44.3 fly ball rate and 40.9 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .254 average, .305 wOBA, 19.1 K rate, 43.5 fly ball rate and 36.0 hard hit rate

I usually don’t try to go against Fiers very often. He always seems to avoid major damage but a great GPP stack could well be these Rangers hitters. Fiers does give up a 1.86 HR/9 to that side of the plate and the rangers have power for days over there. Six hitters have an ISO over .170 this season including Ronald Guzman, Nomar Mazara, Joey Gallo, Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor and Shin-soo Choo. There’s some BvP as well because Odor and Profar both have a homer and Choo has a .488 xwOBA. I would generally stack these hitters rather than try to find the one-off solo or two run home run. Just understand that Fiers has been pretty good by some metrics this years so don’t be surprised if he goes 5.2 innings and only gives up a couple of runs.

Rangers Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Rangers stack for GPP

Secondary Options – Shin-soo Choo, Rougned Odor or Nomar Mazara as one-offs

Home Run Pick – Matt Chapman

FanDuel MLB: HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 01: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros and George Springer #4 celebrate after the final out against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on June 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Astros at Mariners

Astros Probable Starter – Gerrit Cole, RHP 

2.71 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 34.9 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .165 average, .245 wOBA, 41.5 K rate, 45.8 fly ball rate and 30.8 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .207 average, .265 wOBA, 28.8 K rate, 38.9 fly ball rate and 34.5 hard hit rate

We all saw the ceiling that Cole still has the last time out for Cole when he struck out 12 Rockies hitters. I’m not expecting that tonight for Cole since the Mariners have one of the better team strikeout rates in baseball. I’m still not targeting any Mariners hitters since we know what Cole is capable of but hit doesn’t seem needed to pay all the way up to Cole when a pitcher like Wheeler is $1,500 cheaper.

Mariners Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – None

Secondary Options – None

Mariners Probable Starter – Felix Hernandez, RHP 

5.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 17.5 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .254 average, .360 wOBA, 19.0 K rate, 39.4 fly ball rate and 39.9 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .274 average, .339 wOBA, 16.4 K rate, 30.4 fly ball rate and 39.2 hard hit rate

Im inclined to attack Hernandez with some “cheaper” Astros and by that I mean both George Springer and Carlos Correa since they’re not $4,000. They have had an up and down season so far but that’s still cheap for hitters of their caliber against a pitcher like Hernandez. That’s the same King Felix who was pitching so poorly that he got moved to the bullpen and is only starting because James Paxton got hurt. They both have an ISO over .165 and a wOBA over .315. You can throw Alex Bregman on top of them and even Tyler White can make the stack. He’s been smacking the ball against righties in his limited work this year with a .292 ISO and a .402 wOBA.

Astros Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, George Springer

Secondary Options – Tyler White, Marwin Gonzalez, Evan Gattis

Home Run Pick – Carlos Correa

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 9: Justin Turner #10, Chris Taylor #3, Manny Machado #8, Cody Bellinger #35, and Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Cardinals at Dodgers

Cardinals Probable Starter – Austin Gomber, LHP 

2.89 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 20.3 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .255 average, .326 wOBA, 19.4 K rate, 32.6 fly ball rate and 37.2 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .185 average, .289 wOBA, 20.8 K rate, 40.7 fly ball rate and 41.0 hard hit rate

I’m not sweating the reverse splits yet for Gomber since he’s pitched under 40 innings this year. Not only do I feel that way, but in the short sample size we do have, Gomber has a FIP and xFIP over 6.60 against righties on the road. The Dodgers are set up to destroy lefties. Justin Turner is heating up and his price shot up along with it and we’ll need to keep an eye out for Manny Machado’s status. He was hit on the hand by a pitch but it doesn’t appear serious at this juncture. The Dodgers have four hitters with ISO’s over .150 and that doesn’t include Yasmani Grandal, Brian Dozier or lefty Max Muncy. Los Angeles will likely throw out a very righty heavy lineup and we could see Gomber start to match his FIP and xFIP tonight.

Dodgers Hitters to Target 

Elite Options -Manny Machado(if not active, Chris Taylor slides in), Justin Turner, Matt Kemp

Secondary Options – Brian Dozier, Max Muncy, Kike Hernandez, Yasiel Puig

Dodgers Probable Starter – Alex Wood, LHP 

3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 21.2 strikeout rate

Vs LHH – .254 average, .252 wOBA, 23.4 K rate, 20.2 fly ball rate and 28.1 hard hit rate

Vs RHH – .230 average, .291 wOBA, 20.5 K rate, 32.6 fly ball rate and 41.8 hard hit rate

I typically love the Cards when they face a lefty but Wood is a pretty solid pitcher and I don’t think it’s the best idea to attack him. I’m likely going to limit myself to Jedd Gyorko and/or Harrison Bader. I’m likely going to roll with Gyorko since he’s actually $500 cheaper and he has the higher ISO and wOBA even though it’s not by much. While Wood is a good pitcher, he’s given up 12 bombs to righties so the potential is there. I think those two hitters are more GPP plays than cash plays but the potential is still there.

Cardinals Hitters to Target 

Elite Options – Jedd Gyorko, Harrison Bader in GPP

Secondary Options – Marcell Ozuna, Jose Martinez

Home Run Pick – Brian Dozier

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Justin Turner #10 and Chris Taylor #3 as Raffy Lopez #0 of the San Diego Padres stands at the plate after Kemp hit a 3-run home run in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

DFS MLB – Sample FanDuel Lineup

P – Zack Wheeler 

C/1B – Yonder Alonso

2B – Jason Kipnis 

3B – Matt Chapman

SS – Carlos Correa

OF – George Springer, Khris Davis, Chris Taylor 

Utility – Brian Dozier 

I don’t think it would stay like this all day, but this two man mini stacks through the lineup is pretty fun. We get a cheaper piece of the Indians offense with Alonso and Kipnis. There’s two power righties from the A’s up against Bartolo Colon. The two Astros hitters probably are priced down too much given their matchup. I have no idea on the status of Machado, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they give him a night off with Taylor as a luxury on the bench. Gomber is due to get beat up by the righties and this lineup has a ton of potential.

The Core – Zack Wheeler, Matt Chapman, Khris Davis

Pitching Options  

High End – Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber(crazy GPP)

Mid-Range – Zack Wheeler, Mike Fiers, Derek Holland

Punts – Nothing is too attractive at the bottom of the barrel tonight

Stacks to Consider – Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s

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