DraftKings Late MLB Picks September 2: Can Freeland score like an ace?

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 17: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 17, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 17: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 17, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBER 28: A general view of the exterior of AT&T Park during Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

DraftKings Late MLB Picks September 2: Can Freeland score like an ace?

We have more of a split than we usually have on Sunday with only eight early games. However, there are only five games in the afternoon DraftKings tournament. The odd start time of the Pirates and Braves has been chopped off of the late tournament and is available in showdown mode only. As for the five games that we have here, the pitching is better than it is on the early slate. MUCH better.

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CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 28: Starter Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 28, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

Carlos Carrasco ($10,600): Carrasco has absolutely owned Tampa in limited exposure. What is left of the Rays is just 1-21 off of Carrasco wtih a dozen strikeouts. That one hit is a solo homer by Kevin Kiermaier. Carrasco has struggled at times at home, but he turned in a dominant start here against Minnesota earlier this week. I’m not sure there’s much to worry about. Carrasco is rounding into form just in time for a Cleveland stretch run.

Clay Buchholz ($10,000): This isn’t normally a place where I would look to attack, but Buchholz has owned the current Dodgers. They are hitting just .136 off of him in 59 at bats with just one run and 13 strikeouts. The Dodgers offense was underwhelming against last night. It’s about time we started attacking them for a change instead of letting underwhelming stats ruin our lineups.

Middle Tier:

Noah Syndergaard ($9,700): Thor actually looks cheap here. I know that he has been average lately, but the Giants have scored three runs or less in four of the last five games. This team just isn’t scoring runs. Even an average Thor is better than a lot of the league. The Giants are only hitting .224 with one homer and four RBI in 49 at bats with 13 strikeouts against Thor. He is good enough to move out of the upper tier for since he is playing the Giants.

Kyle Freeland ($8,400): You know, taking Freeland doesn’t feel like paying down. Especially after building an early lineup. Freeland has a 2.29 ERA in his last ten starts, and has dominated the Padres for 63.9 DraftKings points in three starts this year. I can make a case for Freeland as a SP1 on the late slate, and there is some good pitching out there. I expect ownership to be high here because of his hot streak, but also because of the roster flexibility that Freeland’s dominance provides at this price. I’m willing to eat the chalk here.

Bargain Pitchers:

Edwin Jackson ($7,200): Jackson doesn’t have a lot of upside, but he has been a strong pitcher over his 12 starts. The numbers are solid. The metrics are solid. Sitting around and waiting for him to blow up just doesn’t seem like a good idea anymore. I expect a solid start for Jackson here against Seattle. Jackson has a 2.88 ERA in six home starts. There is no upside here, but Jackson will be solid for you.

Chris Stratton ($6,000): Stratton has pitched well in both starts since his return to the rotation, including a dominant performance against Arizona at home last week. He held the Mets to two runs in 6.1 innings in New York two starts ago. There is no reason to think that he can’t do even better in his cavernous home park. Stratton isn’t going to rack up strikeouts, but he is still too cheap for how he has been pitching lately.

PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 26: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three run home run in the third inning of the MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Chase Field on August 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. All players across MLB wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms during Players Weekend. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

This would seem to be Yonny Chirinos’ turn to relieve the opener, but we have already had a couple of teams change their starters already with the expansion of the rosters. No matter who comes in for Tampa though, I think they’re in trouble. This is a very potent lineup. Jose Ramirez and Lindor remain the elite options. Yonder, Edwin, Michael Brantley, and Jason Kipnis are just behind. Greg Allen is still worth a look whenever he is in the lineup. I would like to have verification of who Tampa is sending out there before going into full stack mode, but Cleveland has the horses to attack this from either side.

Walker Buehler is pitching well lately, but the Dodgers seem to be keen on limiting his pitches. For that reason, he’s hard to pay that much for. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .342 with 21 homers and 50 RBI in 69 road games this year. David Peralta is worth a look as well, but I don’t want a lot of exposure here. Buehler hasn’t had a blow up yet this year. It would be unreasonable to expect one now.

Ugh. I can’t stack Rockies on the road. So help me, I’m actually thinking about a horrid pitcher in Jacob Nix just because he is playing the Rockies on the road. The only ones you can even consider are Arenado and Blackmon. That’s it. Even that can get dicey.

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Middle Tier:

I’m not going after Jackson, but Denard Span and Kyle Seager are decent places to get exposure. Seager is struggling lately, but he is hitting .300 against the A’s this year.

Hunter Renfroe smashed two homers last night, and he is the only Padres player to hit one off of Kyle Freeland. Renfroe is worth a look with the way he is hitting.

Bargain Shoppers:

I’m not willing to say Felix is back just yet. Dominating the Padres is one thing. Oakland is pesky. Felix’s career numbers against the A’s are average and the strikeouts low. I’m not going to go crazy here just in case Felix has another good start, but I do want Marcus Semien. Semien is 13-38(.342) with four homers and five RBI off of King Felix. Jed Lowrie has four homers and nine RBI against Felix.

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