6/9 MLB DFS Picks
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Where to focus?
Cheers! We narrowly avoided a Coors Field game on tonight’s slate. Instead though, our focus has been fragmented and scattered to a few different, but equally enticing offensive options. The first stop is north of the border, where the Toronto Blue Jays get a matchup with contact oriented Tyler Wilson. Wilson isn’t the worst pitcher on the slate, but an unusually low opposing BABIP and a hard hit rate over 30% begs for some regression in the Jays favor. The three-headed monster of Josh Donaldson ($9,200), Edwin Encarnacion ($9,000) and Jose Bautista ($8,400) all come at accessible price tags and are fantastic options in their home park.
Traveling south, the Cardinals are once again in a great spot against a young left-hander at Great American Ball Park. Finnegan hasn’t been able to sustain the strikeout rates that he enjoyed in his first few big league stints and now has added a home run problem to go with a lack of command. The Cardinals are just in the middle of the pack in terms of wRC+ against southpaws, but the return of Jhonny Peralta ($7,200) gives them another right-handed bat to combat southpaws. Peralta isn’t as promising as Stephen Piscotty ($9,300) and Matt Holliday ($8,700), but the trio all make for solid options against Finnegan tonight.
The Nationals get another game in the American League tonight, getting a notable positive park shift playing in US Cellular Field. Their opponent, Miguel Gonzalez, has been flyball natured in his career and has allowed 1.32 HR/9 so far. Daniel Murphy ($10,400) is a little pricey, but given the lack of starting pitching options you can make just about any offensive player work tonight. The easier play is Bryce Harper ($9,200). Although Harper has endured a bit of a cold turn at-bat in the last month, his skills against right-handed pitchers while receiving a notable park shift are tough to pass up.
The offensive options don’t stop there. The Minnesota Twins have an implied run total over five runs against the Miami Marlins and Tom Koehler tonight. Koehler’s biggest flaw is his lack of command and putting people on via the free pass is a breath of fresh air for potential tournament stacks. It’s difficult to rationalize paying for Eduardo Nunez ($10,200) but Brian Dozier ($8,000) and Byung Ho Park ($7,200) make for great tournament options tonight.
On the bump..
While nearly all the teams are in play offensively, deciding who to roster as your starting pitchers will be much more difficult. The lowest implied run total belongs to the Cleveland Indians who will be facing Nate Karns ($15,200). Karns isn’t a total slouch, but it’s not a fun slate when he’s the first guy you’re sliding into your lineups. He’s been striking out over a hitter per inning and while the Indians don’t project as a super heavy strikeout team, his strikeout baseline is the best available tonight.
Choosing an option to pair with Karns is like trying to decide between a pair of dentists to visit. Gio Gonzalez ($17,200) is the most expensive pitcher on the slate and is a road favorite in the Windy City tonight. Gio has actually been solid this season, pitching to a 3.71 xFIP while remaining steady at just less than a strikeout per inning. The best thing about Gonzalez is that he’s managed to get his command under control. The White Sox have been middle of the pack in terms of wRC+ against lefties, but they struck out over 21% of the time versus southpaws. It won’t be a fun ride, but he’s your best bet.
Outside of Karns and Gio the options are very thin. Marcus Stroman ($11,200) draws a matchup with a strikeout prone Orioles team, but his strikeout projections are not great as he’s only mustered just over six per nine this season. He’ll keep the ball on the ground and that is about all you can ask for.
Jimmy Nelson ($16,800) is the second highest priced pitcher and might be in play depending on the strength of the Mets lineup. Nelson doesn’t present anything exciting, but an average strikeout rate versus a watered down Mets lineup might be something that we have to deal with. The Mets implied run total is at four runs and Nelson is a slight home favorite in Miller Park tonight.
This pitching slate isn’t going to get any better, so this slate might be best reserved for tournament play.