It’s Sunday and we have a 11 games for the early slate on DraftKings. McCullers and Pineda are only the top options on today’s slate, but Im rolling with Pineda vs. the A’s. Pineda has the biggest strikeout upside on the slate, because he still strikes out out lefties 28.5% of the time, so even these switch hitters in the A’s lineup will get sent down. Pineda does have the tendency to give up a few long balls, but the K upside is not something to pass up on.
For my second pitcher, it is pretty gross but I’m playing Joe Biangini vs. the Texas Rangers. Biangini has had a couple of rough outings recently, but does have very good stats this season. The Rangers will strikeout a lot, but have a lot of power too. Avoiding the bats of Gallo, Odor and Mazara will be Biangini’s biggest challenge. This is a GPP play only, if you want the safety in cash games, you should probably pay up for McCullers or Shoemaker.
The Nats face Jhoulys Chacin in Washington. Chacin struggles to get lefties out, so Harper, Murphy and Weiters instantly become great plays. Adding in Rendon, Turner or Zimmerman, to finish out the stack is the way I’m going. This team can jump on a lot of starting pitchers, and vs. Chacin who gives up 2.45 HR/9 to lefties, makes it all the more likely.
Kyle Gibson faces a powerful Rays lineup at home. The Rays get a better ballpark to hit in at Targets Field, and a pitcher who gives up 2.51 HR/9 to lefties. With Dickerson, Morrison and Rasmus, that are basically home run or bust type hitters. Gibson has a .408 wOBA to righties, so don’t ignore Longoria and Souza Jr.