DraftKings MLB daily notes:
I see the merits of using Jorge Lopez, but the fact is he has struggled in the majors this year. It’s a great hitter’s night in a great hitters park. Baltimore can hit, especially at home. Villar and Hanser Alberto are both hitting well over .300 in the last ten games. Trey Mancini is hitting well enough to consider too.
Trevor Williams has dominated the Nationals so far, but his 6.11 home ERA and 11 runs allowed over his last two starts have me thinking better of this one. I’d much rather use Juan Soto, Rendon, and Trea Turner against him.
Trevor Bauer hasn’t lasted five innings in three of his last four starts. That is a massive red flag for the highest priced pitcher on the slate. There is big strikeout upside against the Padres, but a couple of Padres have hit Bauer hard. Eric Hosmer is 6-21 with a homer and four RBI. Manny Machado is 9-14(.643) with four homers and five RBI. Just play him!
Dakota Hudson has had a strong season, but the Brewers have torched him for ten runs in two starts. Aside from Hudson’s brilliant start against the Royals last week, he hadn’t made it through five innings in his prior three outings. The Royals didn’t fix everything that was wrong. Moose and Yelich each have two homers against Hudson and drove in eight of the ten runs. You can anchor your lineup with them.
Kolby Allard has been solid in both of his major league starts, but not enough to make me want to pay this price for him. Not against a team like the Angels. Mike Trout is almost a must play here. Justin Upton could be pulling out of his slump. I can see using Ohtani here as well, but I’m not sure how much I want to chase Allard. The bonus is that anyone you take is getting at least three innings of the Texas bullpen.
Jonathan Schoop has two homers against Ivan Nova so far. Max Kepler has the other, but it is his only hit in seven tries. Marwin Gonzalez and Jason Castro have both hit Nova well if you want to take a run at him. Given the current success of Nova, I’m not sure you want to do that.
Kyle Gibson‘s track record against the White Sox isn’t good enough for me to pay that kind of premium on him. Plenty will though, just because it’s the Sox. We can gain some leverage here. Jose Abreu is 9-35(.257) with three homers and four RBI. Adam Engel and Tim Anderson have both homered against Gibson as well.