With a big MLB slate on Friday, it’s a great time to get in on some DraftKings fantasy baseball action. Below, we take a look at Friday’s main MLB slate, which locks at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Tyler Glasnow, TB at BAL, $9,700 - With his command under control, Glasnow is stringing together strong starts. He’s scored at least 19 DKFP in five straight starts and he’s finally getting a full workload. After the Rays were cautious with him earlier in the season, he’s thrown over 100 pitches in back-to-back starts. There is always upside in Glasnow since he’s striking out 14.18 hitters per nine innings this season.
Yusei Kikuchi, SEA vs. SD, $6,600 - Take note that even though this is officially a home game for the Mariners, it’s taking place in San Diego. Due to the air quality in Seattle, this game had to get moved. While this is a concern, I still have some interest in Kikuchi. There aren’t many cheap pitchers to like tonight and Kikuchi has seen an uptick in strikeouts because of his increased velocity. No pitcher has seen more of a bump in velocity in Kikuchi and it’s leading to him striking out over a hitter per inning. Even though he has a 5.35 ERA, his 2.68 FIP shows how unlucky he’s been this season. Kikuchi is getting killed by sequencing this year and has a 53.4% strand rate. He’s pitching much better than his ERA indicates.
Will Smith, LAD at COL, $4,800 - Smith is the first of many Dodgers I will write up today. Playing at Coors Field, Los Angeles has the biggest team total on the slate by a fairly wide margin. Smith is one of the top hitting catchers in baseball even in a neutral park and has scored double-digit DKFP in seven of his last nine games.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Smith is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Rockies.
Sean Murphy, OAK vs. SF, $3,400 - One of the best catching prospects in baseball, Murphy is showing why he was so well regarded prior to coming to the big leagues. He’s showing a ton of power upside lately for a catcher and has hit long balls in four of his last eight games. For the season, Murphy has a 132 wRC+.
Luke Voit, NYY at BOS, $5,300 - With the Yankees’ lineup finally starting to get healthy, the production here is going through the roof. The Yankees have been one of the top stacks in each of the last few slates. Voit is playing a major role in the recent success and nobody has hit more homers than him this season. Voit raised his homer count to 20 for the year after hitting a dong yesterday. It was his fourth homer in the last three games.
Jared Walsh, LAA vs. TEX, $4,000 - Given how well Walsh is hitting, he should be more expensive. The lefty seems to hit everything hard and has a 187 wRC+ for the season. Walsh has seven homers in his last 11 games and is one of the lone bright spots in a disappointing season for the Angels. He’s almost certainly earned himself more playing time to start next season.
DJ LeMahieu, NYY at BOS, $5,600 - The biggest question of the night is how many homers will the Yankees hit? Everybody on this roster is crushing the ball and nobody more so than LeMahieu. In the last three games, he’s averaging 33 DKFP. In these three games, he has eight hits, nine RBIs, eight runs scored and four homers. It’s tough to avoid the hot-hitting Yankees.
Cesar Hernandez, CLE at DET, $4,200 - Hernandez is having a decent season. Hitting near the top of the Indians’ lineup, he gets the chance to produce counting stats and he’s making a ton of contact lately. In his last three games, Hernandez has a pair of games with three hits. Cleveland is a good spot with Michael Fulmer on the mound for Detroit. He struggled this year coming back from surgery and has a 9.27 ERA.
Max Muncy, LAD at COL, $5,500 - The reason the Dodgers have such a high team total is because of their matchup against Ryan Castellani at Coors Field. He is not a pitcher equipped to deal with the difficulties of Denver. Not only does Castellani not generate strikeouts, he walks a lot of hitters and is a fly ball pitcher. Long term, these are all massive red flags for a pitcher in Colorado. Muncy is struggling with strikeouts lately, which shouldn’t be an issue going up against Castellani since he only strikes out 6.03 hitters per nine innings.
Nate Lowe, TB at BAL, $2,900 - Since he’s scored at least a dozen DKFP in three of his last four games, this should be the last time we see Lowe priced below $3k for the rest of the season. Injuries have limited him to just 13 games this season, but he has a 157 wRC+ when he has played.
Corey Seager, LAD at COL, $5,300 - It’s good to see Seager finally hitting well and having a healthy season. Since he’s struggled to stay on the field over the last couple of seasons, he likely benefited from playing a shortened season. He has a career-best 155 wRC+ and scored 26 DKFP last night.
Gleyber Torres, NYY at BOS, $3,900 - The Yankees are finally getting everybody on the field again and this includes Torres, who missed a chunk of the season with a hamstring injury. It looks like he’s finally getting into form in time for the playoffs after hitting a homer yesterday. This extended Torres’ current hitting streak to seven games.
Ronald Acuna, ATL at NYM, $5,800 - Acuna is a nice pivot in the expensive tier from guys like Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger. Steven Matz is allowing a .379 wOBA to right-handed hitters. The Braves have one of the top team totals on the slate and will likely go overlooked because of the other high profile teams in elite spots.
Giancarlo Stanton, NYY at BOS, $4,300 - This is a crazy price for Stanton against a weak lefty in Martin Perez. Stanton picked up four hits and homered yesterday, yet he comes into today with his lowest salary of the season. He has a 304 wRC+ against southpaws this season.
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