Note: I am in the process of moving, so creating videos will be difficult over the next few days. I will create text posts instead with my picks for each night. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.
This is your weekly reminder that Kyle Kendrick is bad at baseball! That means stacking the St. Louis Cardinals is probably a winning play. Kendrick suffers with a 6.33 ERA and has allowed 11 ER over his last two starts. The Cardinals have started the second half slow, but may have just broken out of their mini-slump last night in a big way. Scoring 9 runs including 3 in the 9th for a comeback win will add some extra juice to the Cards clubhouse. All-in-all, this is a matchup play. I like any nine warm bodies vs. Kendrick.
How about these Chicago White Sox? The team that was absolutely miserable in the first half of the season, has scored more runs than anyone in the second half. They face Nathan Eovaldi who is the type of pitcher who surrenders a ton of hits and relies on stranding baserunners to get out of jams. That’s not an overly effective strategy for a Major League pitcher. Eovladi has one of the lowest K% on the slate and the White Sox are one of the cheapest teams to stack across the league.
Speaking of White Sox, Adam LaRoche ($2400) would make for a great sleeper at first base. Let’s face it, he’s really in a bind right now and only hitting .143 in the L14 but that has driven his price down to the depths of near-minimum. If anything will get LaRoche right, it will be a date with Nathan Eovaldi who he is 7-19 (.368) with a homer off in his career. LaRoche boasts one of the better BvP matchups on the slate.
One of my favorite plays on the board has to be Eric Hosmer ($4700), who is always overlooked and has been absolutely torching lately. This guy is batting .446 in the L14 with four doubles, two triples, and three HRs. That’s a ton of extra base hits! He faces off with Drew Hutchison who he is 2-5 with a double and HR off in his career.
I love the idea of getting secondary exposure to the better offenses in the league and Chris Young ($3200) provides just that. The Yankees have scored the second most runs in the second half and the offense is rolling right now. Chris Young is a very cheap way to get your hands on some of that offense. He’s batting .409 in the L14 and has always his lefties better than righties. He face Carlos Rodon who’s massive strikeout prowess is only surpassed by his enormous walk %. Expect a lot of baserunners for the Yanks which means opportunity for everyone, including Young.
I am buying into the massive upside that is Billy Hamilton ($3900). The Reds have been cruising behind the big bats of Votto and Bruce and even put up a 15 spot last night on the Pirates. Hamilton is a guy who can do a lot of things including score runs and swipe bags which always amplifies his upside. Good career numbers off Jeff Locke (6-13, .462) only make this play even sweeter.