May 24th MLB DFS Picks
Good morning DailyRoto members! Welcome to another Sunday full of baseball and wonderful analysis at DailyRoto. A few weeks back I had the responsibility of making picks on Mothers’ Day and this time I get the Memorial Day weekend.
Catcher: Buster Posey
Posey was able to get a slight breather yesterday during their doubleheader and should be in the lineup on Sunday despite the day game. The game is currently holding the highest total (10.5) and will provide the best run-scoring environment of the day. Posey’s skill set is much higher than the others that are featured at his position and the positive park shift makes him that much more valuable. He’s a great option for both cash games and GPPs against the young right-hander Chad Bettis.
First Baseman: Anthony Rizzo
If you stayed up late last night, you saw Rizzo pound out six RBIs as well as his ninth homerun of the season. He’s becoming one of the best hitters in the league and is creeping into the National League MVP race. While that doesn’t necessarily translate to a nice matchup in DFS, a matchup with Jeremy Hellickson does. Hellickson hasn’t been very good this season and the park shift for the Cubs is a positive. Rizzo is the ultimate cash game play as his OBP keeps you with consistent points while his ability to drive the ball out of the ball park gives you a nice upside. Hellickson is currently allowing 1.23 HR/9 and I’m hoping Rizzo gets that one tomorrow.
Second Baseman: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia seems to fly below the radar in Boston right now due to their lack of offensive production. He’s actually been pretty solid so far this year and gets a premier lineup spot (2nd) against Hector Santiago today. Historically Pedroia has been better against left-handed pitching (career .371 wOBA) and I expect he’ll be solid today. Santiago has had trouble with right-handers in his career, and Pedroia is priced in a good spot tomorrow.
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki
I don’t care what you say about Tulo, I’m picking him. He’s been in a tough stretch of baseball and the DFS twitter community has been heckling him for it. He had a few hits in the first game of the doubleheader yesterday before taking the second game off for rest. I expect him to be in the lineup and ready to contribute today. His price is way too low for his position’s scarcity and his skill set and the baseball environment he’s in. Just use the guy, he’s bound to get it done.
Third Baseman: Adrian Beltre
So you’re looking for a bit of a late sweat? Look no further than Adrian Beltre. The Rangers offense has really gotten it going of late, and Beltre is one of the major forces behind that charge. He’s historically crushed left-handed pitching (career .374 wOBA, .215 ISO) and he’ll be getting a great ballpark and matchup with Chris Capuano in prime time. His price isn’t up to par with his skillset, and I think he makes for a fine way to get exposure to the late sweat.
Outfield: Andrew McCutchen
It’s tough to decide on one outfielder for a slate of games, but Cutch is your guy on Sunday. He turned around a Matt Harvey pitch yesterday for a two run homer and it appears that he might be coming around. I know it’s not great to hinge a pick on any sort of recency bias, but McCutchen’s peripherals back up the pick. He has a career .418 wOBA and .240 ISO against left-handed pitchers and his matchup with Jon Niese is a great one. Despite the less than ideal park, I’m still on Cutch today.
Starting Pitcher: Sonny Gray
If you’re looking for success today, look towards the Sonny sky. Sonny Gray has been pretty exceptional so far this year (8.41 K/9, 2.66 FIP) and I expect that to continue against a pretty mediocre Rays offense. Gray is getting plenty of groundballs (50.3%) and should rack up plenty of strikeouts against an offense that is striking out at a 21.6% clip (6th most in the league). There is literally no one in this offense that frightens me – use Gray on Sunday.