DraftKings Plays of the Day – 4/18
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We’ve got a great day of baseball ahead with multiple slates from which to choose on DraftKings. Games start at 12:10 p.m. eastern and run as late as 10:10 p.m., so there’s no way you can’t find the time for some contests.
Top SP: Domingo German, ($8,600) vs. KC
The young right-hander is back on the bump for the Yankees, which means he should be back in your lineup. Adding a slider to his repertoire, Domingo German has been virtually lights out so far this season, only allowing two earned runs in 13 innings pitched this year while striking out 14 batters. With four plus pitches, the 26-year-old has excelled in two key metrics, sporting a 35.7% O-swing rate and a 14.5% swinging-strike rate. Coming off two consecutive wins, the Yankees also have the best Vegas odds to win today at -205, which would be a nice added bonus for putting German on your roster.
Honorable mention: Chris Paddack ($9,100) vs. CIN.
Value SP: Drew Pomeranz, ($7,900) at WAS
Drew Pomeranz is what he is at this point in his career. Any time you roll him out there, you just hope for five innings pitched with five-plus strikeouts, which would be sufficient at his usual price point. Off to a decent start this season, the lefty has managed a 3.86 ERA after 14 innings pitched with a 10.29 K/9. In our favor, outside of Michael Taylor, nobody on the Nationals has had much success against Pomeranz. Also in our favor, Vegas has this game as the lowest run total of the day at over/under eight.
Honorable mention: Clay Buchholz ($6,000) at MIN.
OF: Mike Trout, ($5,700) vs. (RHP Felix Hernandez)
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It’s one of baseball’s worst-kept secrets that Mike Trout is Felix Hernandez‘s dad. In 85 at-bats, the MVP is slashing .365/.417/.741 with 14 extra-base hits and a 1.158 OPS against Hernandez. The King is merely a Prince these days, and while Trout should be in your lineup daily, today his services are definitely required.
Honorable mention: OF: Charlie Blackmon ($5,100) vs. PHI (RHP Zach Eflin).
OF: David Peralta, ($4,500) at. ATL (RHP Mike Soroka)
David Peralta has gotten off to a hot start this season hitting .365 with two home runs and 10 RBI in his 74 at-bats. As you would expect, the lefty is crushing right-handed pitchers, batting .356 with a .996 OPS. Peralta has mashed against righties throughout his career, and tonight should be no different facing a young right-hander. The 31-year-old is poised to have another great season if he can keep his contact and swinging-strike rates where they are now, 83.1% and 8.3% respectively.
Honorable mention: 1B: Christian Walker ($4,500) at ATL (RHP Mike Soroka).
Value Bat: 2B/3B Scott Kingery, ($4,000) at. COL (LHP Kyle Freeland)
When we look back at the end of the season, this week may be remembered as the one where Scott Kingery emerged. With Jean Segura missing a handful of games because of injury, Kingery is in a position to make a name for himself. Already 4-8 with two home runs and six RBI in his past two games, look for the righty batter to have a little fun in Colorado. At this price point, you may be in for a major return on your investment.
Honorable mention: 2B/OF: Garrett Hampson ($3,900) vs. PHI (RHP Zach Eflin).
The Phillies have been destroying the ball this season and going to Coors should be the last thing that slows them down. In addition to having the highest O/U of the day at 11 total runs, Philadelphia is currently ranked 6th in the entire MLB in team runs scored and 7th in team OPS. With a bunch of RHH in the lineup, Freeland should have a very hard time navigating his way through landmines and it will only be a matter of time until the Phils jump all over him.
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