DraftKings MLB Picks June 10: Plenty of Sales to go around

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 11: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 11: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 20: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins hits a two run home run in the first inning during game two of a doubleheader baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

DraftKings MLB Picks June 10: Plenty of Sales to go around

We have a strong nine game Monday slate for our DraftKings MLB tournaments tonight. Just because of the truncated slate doesn’t mean we are lacking on starting pitching. There are three certified aces on the slate and a few more that are close. The best part is that only two are priced in five figures!

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Rain is going to cause problems in New York and Philly. The rain may be light enough that they try to play through it, but as of now, neither of those games look safe. I like Tanaka, but keep an eye on the weather here. It’s hard to rely on him if it’s going to be raining all night, which is the forecast right now. Boston should miss the rain, but if that game goes long, they are going to have a hard time finishing it.

The only wind of note is a 12 mph wind out to right in Chicago. Look out for lefty batters in that one!

All four of my lineups hit triple digits yesterday, with the worst pitching performance being Pablo Lopez at 22.5. However, it took over 130 to cash, so it was a tough day to crack that cash line. My lineup with Odorizzi and Ray was the best thanks to a free Nelson Cruz.

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. We have plenty of writers on here who give you relevant information no matter which site you play on, and we all attack the slate from different angles.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

DraftKings MLB Pitcher Plays:

Top Tier:

Chris Sale ($10,900): The Rangers are hitting just .176 with three homers and 14 runs to go with 56 strikeouts in 159 at bats. A dreadful April turned into a strong May, which led to a dominant first June start for Sale. The Rangers are worse against lefties this year. This looks like another dominant start for Sale here. He may give up a run or two, but Sale has 66 strikeouts over his last six starts. That will more than make up for it.

Hyun-Jin Ryu ($10,400): The current Angels are just 3-26(.115) with one run and five strikeouts against Ryu. Ryu has been marginally less dominant on the road, but his road ERA is still just 1.78 in six starts. How do you turn away from Ryu right now? The Angels are hitting lefties better lately, but not this much better. Ryu is probably the elite arm of the night. He doesn’t have the strikeout upside of Sale, but the potential for a monster against the Angels is there.

Middle Tier:

Charlie Morton ($9,900): Morton’s career numbers against the A’s aren’t very good, but considering Morton has a 7-0 record with a 2.30 ERA this season, we don’t need to pay as much attention to those. Morton has been slightly worse at home this year, but the numbers are still plenty good enough to use him. You could argue that Morton is in his best form of the year right now, averaging 30 DraftKings points per game over his last three starts. And it’s a free win with the A’s throwing a AAA pitcher out there.

Masahiro Tanaka ($7,900): Tanaka and his wife just welcomed a daughter over the weekend, so maybe DraftKings lowered his price since they think a new baby hasn’t let Tanaka sleep. That’s the only thing I can think of for his price to be this low. Tanaka has a 3.02 ERA In seven home starts with 42 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. The Mets are hitting just .225 in 40 at bats with two runs and 13 strikeouts against Tanaka. Tanaka has struggled in his last two starts, but it looks like he should get back on track here.

Bargain Pitchers:

Sandy Alcantara ($6,900): Alcantara has allowed just one run over his last two starts. Maybe he’s figuring this pitching thing out. Alcantara still has some issues with walks and the strikeouts are inconsistent, but he has done enough to warrant consideration tonight. With the Cardinals throwing Wacha back out there, the win potential for Alcantara is really good too. All he has to do is survive five innings, really.

Joe Musgrove ($5,200): Musgrove put up 24.4 DraftKings points against the Braves just last week. That was Musgrove’s best start in more than a month. However, most of Musgrove’s issues have been at home. His road ERA is a strong 3.29 in 38.1 innings pitched. His dominant outing against the Braves came at home, so there is quite a bit of upside for Musgrove given his super cheap price tag.

My picks: Sale, Ryu; Sale, Musgrove; Ryu, Alcantara

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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – APRIL 23: Brandon Lowe #8 is congratulated after scoring a run by Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field on April 23, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Tanner Anderson:

Anderson has a 6.26 ERA and 1.70 WHIP at AAA Las Vegas. I know it’s the PCL, but that’s a bit high no matter where you play. To put him in for his first major league start against a team that hits like this seems inhumane. The good news is that it’s a pretty reasonably priced stack for us. Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows are the elite plays. I love the prices on Willy Adames, Avi Garcia, Yandy Diaz, and Ji-Man Choi. I will have a lot of Rays in my lineups today!

New York Yankees vs. Jason Vargas:

Vargas trolled all the stackers by pitching a shutout last week, but playing him at Yankee Stadium takes a lot more than blind faith. It takes a healthy dose of hating winning. Vargas may not get blown up, but turning in a quality start could be a tough ask. Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, and LeMahieu are the elite plays here. I also like Didi Gregorius and Clint Frazier. A reasonably priced Aaron Hicks or Cameron Maybin are tempting as well.

Miami Marlins vs. Michael Wacha:

You know the Marlins are desperate if they are turning back to Wacha. Wacha had a 5.59 ERA in nine starts, and has seen his ERA balloon to 6.30 since his move to the bullpen. Wacha has a 7.36 ERA in 22 home innings this year, so the chances of this ending well are pretty slim. Jorge Alfaro, Starlin Castro, Brian Anderson, and Harold Ramirez are all under $4,000. Garrett Cooper at $4,200 looks like a bargain as well.

Atlanta Braves vs. Kevin Gausman:

Kevin Gausman’s numbers against the Pirates aren’t all that good. It doesn’t help that the Pirates tagged Gausman for seven runs in five innings just last week. Elias Diaz and Colin Moran both homered in that game. Polanco has taken him deep before, and Starling Marte is 5-8 against Gausman lifetime. Josh Bell is always worth a look too.

Washington Nationals vs. Odrisamer Despaigne or Manny Banuelos:

The White Sox haven’t announced a starter yet for tonight’s game, but Banuelos is the logical pick. Banuelos was removed from the rotation at the end of May, but injuries are going to force the Sox to go back to him. If they do, Anthony Rendon is the play of the night. Trea Turner, Howie Kendrick, and Brian Dozier are excellent options as well. If it is Despaigne, Juan Soto is the elite play, but Rendon and Turner aren’t far behind. If it’s a righty on the mound, I’ll fill in around them with Adam Eaton and Matt Adams.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 14: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a two run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 14-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

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Taylor Clarke has had a solid start to his career, but this doesn’t look like a really good spot for him. The Phillies can hit. Jay Bruce has been on fire since joining the Phils, and Bryce Harper is still one of the more dangerous bats out there. Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura are super cheap if you wanted to turn this into a stacking situation.

Jerad Eickhoff has had a solid season, so I’m not really going to go after him too heavily. However, he’s not pitching a shutout here. Nick Ahmed and Alex Avila have homered off of him so far. My favorite play here is probably still David Peralta though. Adam Jones is in play if he makes his return tonight.

The strong season for Mike Minor continues, but I’m not sure I can pay that much for him against Boston in Boston. Minor has a respectable 4.19 ERA in five career Fenway starts, but that doesn’t warrant his price tag. The best part is that Michael Chavis, Xander Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts are all $4,500 or less.

Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter are cheap tonight, but they really aren’t hitting that well right now. Marcell Ozuna is probably the Cardinal to ride tonight, but I still think there are better places to spend that kind of money.

The Braves haven’t hit Joe Musgrove well, but they have hit him hard. Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman, and Ronald Acuna have all homered off of him. Swanson and Acuna both did last week!

At a glance, the White Sox have destroyed Anibal Sanchez, but all of the damage was done by just two players: Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada. Both have homered twice against Sanchez. Moncada’s were both solo shots. Abreu is 13-26 with two homers and nine RBI against Sanchez.

Yu Darvish in Coors? What could go wrong? Darvish has a lot of strikeouts against the Rockies, but they have also tagged him for 11 runs in 71 at bats. Trevor Story, Arenado, and Iannetta have taken Darvish deep so far. I’m a big fan of Daniel Murphy, David Dahl, and Blackmon as well. Darvish has been just good enough lately to keep me from stacking, but I am tempted.

German Marquez was just thumped by the Cubs in Wrigley has week. Baez had the only homer in that game, but Rizzo and Jason Heyward had big games too. The play of the night could be Kyle Schwarber at only $4,500 (hey, that’s cheap for any batter in Coors!). And Carlos Gonzalez back in Coors? OH YEAH!

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OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 21, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

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Khris Davis is the only A’s bat that I’m really interested in. Davis has two homers and four RBI against Charlie Morton, but he is just 3-16 lifetime. Matt Olson is 3-8 with a homer, and he’s super cheap as well.

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I could see throwing Conforto or Amed Rosario out there against Tanaka, but I’m not sure I want a lot of exposure here. If playing double digit entries, I may consider going after him once, but I think there are better places to attack tonight.

The only Ranger I’m even remotely interested in is Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera is 10-38(.263) with two homers and nine of the 14 RBI for the Rangers against Sale. A cheap Delino DeShields is interesting since he is 4-12 against Sale.

So you want to play Mike Trout against a lefty, huh? Who can blame you? However, Trout is 0-7 lifetime against Ryu. I really can’t recommend anyone here. A red hot Cesar Puello, who is just just $3,500, is very tempting though.

Griffin Canning has yet to have a bad outing, so I don’t think it’s coming here either. However, at the price I would rather use Tanaka if the game plays. The good thing is that we should know long before first pitch if that game plays. We can easily pivot to Canning.

The Dodgers hit righties fairly well, but the only bats I feel really comfortable using is Cody Bellinger. When it comes down to it, you could get more bang for your buck with Corey Seager instead.

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