6/23 MLB DFS Picks: Lamb Chops for Dinner
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Where to focus?
With only five games on the slate tonight, all of the focus heads to Coors Field. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will each throw out a pair of right-handers in a game that features a total over ten runs tonight. The Rockies will throw out Eddie Butler, a young righty that has not had much success this season. Butler has pitched to a 4.30 xFIP while striking out less than six hitters per nine innings and allowing an opposing hard hit rate of 39%. The Diamondbacks would be even stronger with David Peralta, but Jake Lamb ($10,400) has filled the void this year, posting a .384 wOBA and a .277 ISO. Lamb especially excels against right-handers, posting a .400 wOBA and a .289 ISO this season. Lamb won’t be the only Diamondback you’ll want to target though, as their implied run total is creeping up on six runs. Paul Goldschmidt ($10,800) is perhaps the best hitter on the slate and less talented hitters Michael Bourn ($8,100) and Yasmany Tomas ($8,400) are cheaper ways to get exposure to the snakes.
Don’t forget about the Rockies just because of their matchup with Zack Grienke tonight. Thanks to the matchup, the Rockies received less of a price increase in the move to Coors and they allow you to grab exposure to the best run-scoring environment on the slate without stretching your salary thin. My favorites include Charlie Blackmon ($8,700), Carlos Gonzalez ($9,900) and Nolan Arenado ($9,200) but any player in a great lineup spot deserves consideration at Coors Field.
The next best spot for offense on tonight’s slate is in Cincinnati. While weather might be an issue in Cincy, a pair of soft-tossing lefties will take the hill in a great park for offense. Both John Lamb and Christian Friedrich have been frequent stack targets this season and nothing changes as the pair both have xFIPs above 4.60. Unfortunately, much like the price increase in accordance with Coors Field, players of lesser skill sets in Cincinnati have also received a price increase. Players like Adam Duvall ($9,600) and Zack Cozart ($9,600) should earn tournament interest, but most of the value will come with lower price tags and better lineup spots.
Last but not least, don’t forget about the Cubs offense in Miami tonight. The park isn’t great for offense and they have the lowest implied run total of the five teams I’ve mentioned, but they’re deeper and more powerful than any of the others. Kris Bryant ($9,300) is priced way down and you’ll be able to find value in at least one of the Cubs young trio of Willson Contreras ($6,300), Javy Baez ($7,600) or Albert Almora ($6,800).
On the bump…
With only five games and ten pitchers to choose from, our options are limited. Especially since I noted five of them as options to pick on in the offensive section. That leaves us with Jon Lester ($22,800) and Matt Harvey ($15,600) as the top two and only two real options. Lester draws a matchup with the Miami Marlins, who while being a pesky offense, should be no trouble for a guy who has posted a 3.23 xFIP and just over a strikeout per inning. The Marlins fall in the middle of the pack in terms of wOBA and wRC+ against left-handers, but the best news is that they strike out the 11th most in the league against southpaws. Lester is a necessity on this slate.
Harvey draws a matchup with an inept Braves offense. While the strikeouts might not come in bunches tonight, the safety in targeting the Braves comes with their inability to get on base (3rd worst wOBA against righties in league) and their lack of punch in any manner (3rd worst wRC+). Secondly, Harvey is priced down enough that you can easily fit he and Lester while still getting plenty of exposure to any of the offenses that you please.
Outside of the top two, it is really difficult to find a matchup that you might like tonight. Tim Lincecum is just making his way back to the major leagues, but he’s your next best option. His velocity was up a bit from his starts last year, but he mainly escaped on the back of not much hard contact. The A’s don’t project as a huge strikeout team, but with an implied run total of 3.6 runs there aren’t many other places to look.