August 14 MLB DFS Picks: Friday’s Precious Cargo
Friday’s action is a full slate of games with only one game starting before 7pm (Cubs vs White Sox). There are a few aces on the mound and a lot of great parks to hit in, so we’ll have plenty of options at every position. I’m going to go over each position and give you my favorite players for this great 14-game slate on Friday night.
With four true aces on the mound, the one I’m going to target the most is Corey Kluber. He has posted a shutout in two of his last three starts, and is coming off one of his best starts of the season where he struck out 10 in a complete game against the Twins. I don’t think he’ll have any issue facing the struggling Twins twice in less than a week due to how overpowering of a pitcher he can be. Kluber has ridiculous upside with his 186 strikeouts in 171.2 innings.
Just the other day, ClevelandPhil from the forums wrote about Jacob Realmuto as a great catcher option against a lefty that night. He discussed his .365 career wOBA against southpaws and a .182 ISO. Well, I think he’s going to be a great option for those same reasons on Friday night against Jaime Garcia. Garcia isn’t an overpowering pitcher by any means, and has shown it with a 6.74 K/9 against RHB compared to 8.56 K/9 against LHB. Derek Norris is another great option facing a lefty at Coors Field.
Justin Smoak has been a higher owned player in recent days due to a nice spot in the order and a cheap price tag across the industry. Well, against Ivan Nova at home, I think he’s more than worth a mention here. With expensive pitchers having great matchups Friday, this might be a nice spot to save some money while getting exposure to a top offense. Nova has given up a .327 wOBA in his career against LHB.
Jedd Gyorko is a great cheap Coors Field option and one that I really like even if the price tag has started to rise. He has a six game hit streak as of the end of Wednesday’s action and will be facing a southpaw in Yohan Flande Friday. Gyorko has had some tough times as an MLB hitter, but he has a .339 wOBA against LHP in his career. His ISO is an impressive .182 and with the Coors Field factor playing into this play, this is the best move here for the position.
I’m not sure there is anyone that jumps out to me, so if you can afford it then go Troy Tulowitzki at home against Ivan Nova. It’s a great park for him to hit in, and he might see a cheaper price than normal due to his recent performances. Nova only strikes out 6.36 RHB per nine in his career, so he’s not missing bats. He also has been worse in his career against RHB than LHB, allowing a .339 wOBA to them in his career.
Chris Davis heads back to Baltimore with some nice games in recent days. He hit five home runs during the nine-game west coast road trip and added three multi-hit games as well. As of my writing this, no starter has been announced for Oakland, but if it’s a right-hander then jump on board this play. Baltimore is a great place for lefties to hit. If a southpaw is throwing against the Orioles then look at Adrian Beltre at home against the Rays. He’s facing Nathan Karns, a right-hander who has given up four home runs in his last three starts (16.1 innings).
You can have a lot of Coors Field exposure by targeting both the Rockies and Padres outfielders Friday night. The Padres have the better matchup facing the lefty, Flande. Guys like Matt Kemp and Justin Upton are elite plays where not priced up due to the park shift while the Rockies hitters are great options as long as their price is appropriate as well, which it may be following a road trip.
In Carlos Gonzalez‘s last eight games, he has hit five home runs and that is with four games against the stud Mets rotation. He struggled that series, but hopefully that keeps his price down for the series against the Padres. Ben Paulsen is really a first basemen, but does have outfield eligibility on some sites. He’s a nice cheap Coors option, even if the matchup is just average.