DraftKings Plays of the Day — 5/2
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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 10:07 p.m., so there’s no way you can’t find the time for some contests.
Top SP: Matt Strahm, ($8,100) at ATL
Not the most expensive pitcher on the board, Matt Strahm can also be considered a value play for today. The Braves have had a hard time with Strahm, collectively hitting .111 (2-18) with just one extra-base hit. The left-hander hasn’t walked a batter in his past three starts while also having a ton success on the road this season (1.69 ERA). Sporting a plus changeup (4.2 pVAL) and a plus slider (2.4 pVAL), look for Strahm to keep the Braves on their heels and have a floor of a quality start.
Honorable mention: Charlie Morton ($9,000) at Kansas City.
Value SP: Brad Peacock, ($7,600) at MIN
Back in the rotation, Brad Peacock looked like his old self this past week against the Indians, finishing with a line of six innings pitched, one earned run and seven strikeouts. He has a tougher test today at Minnesota, but in his favor, the Twins are a free-swinging team, which should result in a lot of whiffs. The risk-reward here is too high to ignore, so consider inserting Peacock in your lineup as a value play at this price point.
Honorable mention: Tyler Mahle ($5,900) at NYM.
OF/3B: Jeff McNeil, ($4,300) vs. CIN (RHP Tyler Mahle)
Jeff McNeil is one of the hottest hitters in the league right now and is dominating right-handed pitchers with a .349 average (30/86). One of the bright spots for the Mets this season, McNeil has multiposition eligibility and has haunted the Reds over his short time in the big leagues (.364 average). Tyler Mahle doesn’t have the best secondary stuff, so I expect the young lefty to capitalize on a mistake today.
Honorable mention: OF: Marcell Ozuna ($4,900) at WAS (RHP Stephen Strasburg).
3B/SS: Manny Machado, ($3,900) at ATL (RHP Mike Foltynewicz)
Currently in a bit of a slump, Manny Machado is looking to break out against the Braves and started with a home run last night. Machado will be happy to see Mike Foltynewicz on the mound today as he’s 4-6 career vs. the right-hander. Being only $3,900, which is a rarity for a player as good as Machado, try and get him at this price point before he starts to heat up.
Honorable mention: 2B/OF: Whit Merrifield ($4,600) vs. TB (RHP Charlie Morton).
Value Bat: 2B/OF, Derek Dietrich ($3,800) at. NYM (Noah Syndergaard)
Thor hasn’t looked much like the God of Thunder this season, and I’m sure he won’t be happy to see Derek Dietrich in the batter’s box today. Dietrich is a career 7-22 vs. Syndergaard and has five home runs this year against right-handed pitchers. Another multiposition eligible player, Dietrich loves hitting in Citi Field, hitting a career .315. The key to this game will be Noah Syndergaard‘s slider, and if he can’t find success with that pitch, it will be a very long day for him.
Honorable mention: 3B: Kelvin Guttierez ($3,300) vs. TB (RHP Charlie Morton).
Surprisingly not the highest over/under on the board, the Rockies hit the ground running last night scoring 11 runs against the Brew Crew. Freddy Peralta, the fastball specialist, hasn’t had much success this year and is returning to the rotation following a shoulder injury. With a 7.13 ERA over his four starts this season, I don’t expect things to change much as Colorado should be all over Peralta often and early.
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