MLB DFS: Targets for 7/8

Can better fielding help Chris Sale challenge for that #2 pitcher spot in 2016?

It’s the last MLB DFS article until baseball returns from the All-Star break. There’s a lot of pitching to choose from, as well as high-priced bats on this full, 15-game slate.

Pitchers

Chris Sale (CWS vs. ATL)

Moneyline: -310

Over/Under: 8

FanDuel: $11,000/DraftKings: $13,500

Sale looks like the obvious target tonight, but even more so because the Braves game was delayed last night, into extra innings. The Braves are dead last in the league in ISO and slugging percentage, so getting hit hard shouldn’t be a concern for Sale. If the game gets blown out, Sale could still pitch deep into the game with the All-Star break coming up.

Cole Hamels (TEX vs. MIN)

Moneyline: -178

Over/Under: 9 1/2

FanDuel: $9,500/DraftKings: $9,800

Hamels is quietly having a nice season and he’s one of my favorites with a price under $10,000, on a night where there is so much top-tier pitching to choose from. He’s been pitching well if you take into consideration that he’s now pitching in the AL with his home park being a hitter’s park when the temperatures rise. The Twins strike out over 22% of the time, with their team offense being less than league-average.

Other pitchers to consider: Jose Fernandez (MIA vs. CIN), Corey Kluber (CLE @ NYY), Collin McHugh (HOU vs. OAK), and Scott Kazmir (LAD vs. SD).

Catcher

James McCann (DET @ TOR)

FanDuel: $2,000/DraftKings: $2,700

With the high-priced pichers and hitters that you want to roster, James McCann (not to be mistaken for Brian McCann) is the catcher you want. The game is at Rogers Centre, and McCann will have the platoon against J.A. Happ which is what you want when targeting McCann.

Other catchers to consider: Victor Martinez (DET @ TOR – first base eligible on DraftKings), Russell Martin (TOR vs. DET), Buster Posey (SF vs. ARI), and Cameron Rupp (PHI @ COL).

First base

Edwin Encarnacion (TOR vs. DET)

FanDuel: $4,700/DraftKings: $5,400

Encarnacion and company are facing Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey isn’t particularly better against either handedness, so stack up the Blue Jays!

Other first basemen to consider: Miguel Cabrera (DET @ TOR), Matt Adams (STL @ MIL), and Carlos Santana (CLE @ NYY).

Matt Marton - USA TODAY Sports

Matt Marton – USA TODAY Sports

Second base

Ben Zobrist (CHC @ PIT)

FanDuel: $4,000/DraftKings: $4,600

The Pirates are sending Francisco Liriano to the mound, who is struggling this season. Normally with switch-hitters, you want the platoon with them hitting from the left side of the plate. Zobrist is a really good hitter but most of his splits from the right side of the plate are slightly better.

LHP vs. RHP (career):

OBP: .370 vs. .352

SLG: .456 vs. .424

OPS: .827 vs. .776

ISO: .165 vs. .168

BABIP: .332 vs. .276

wOBA: .360 vs. .341

Other second basemen to consider: Robinson Cano (SEA @ KC), Jason Kipnis (CLE @ NYY), and Rougned Odor (TEX vs. MIN).

Third base

Todd Frazier (CWS vs. ATL)

FanDuel: $3,700/DraftKings: $3,800

Frazier has serious power, so not having the platoon advantage against Matt Wisler isn’t a concern. Wisler struggles a bit more when pitching on the road, and has given up an OBP of .339, .509 slugging percentage, and .359 wOBA for his career in away games.

Other third basemen to consider: Nolan Arenado (COL vs. PHI), Nick Castellanos (DET @ TOR), and Adonis Garcia (ATL @ CWS).

Shortstop

Carlos Correa (HOU vs. OAK)

FanDuel: $2,900/DraftKings: $3,900

Correa and Corey Seager‘s price has dropped on FanDuel, which made it hard for me to choose between the two. Correa’s batting at home, which is a friendlier hitter’s park, against Daniel Mengden. He only has five starts on the season and has had decent starts. Because of that, I think Astros’ batters will be lower owned and can be nice targets for a stack.

Other shortstops to consider: Corey Seager (LAD vs. SD), Trevor Story (COL vs. PHI), and Troy Tulowitzki (TOR vs. DET).

Red Sox Mookie Betts

Charles Krupa – Associated Press

Outfield

Mookie Betts (BOS vs. TB)

FanDuel: $4,100/DraftKings: $5,200

The Red Sox are facing Chris Archer at home tonight. Although Archer is able to strike out batters, he gives up a ton of runs. With Betts being a part of the most productive offense in baseball, rostering against Archer shouldn’t be feared. Either handedness is hitting him hard, and Archer is giving up 1.79 HR/9 to right-handed bats.

Carlos Gonzalez (COL vs. PHI)

FanDuel: $4,600/DraftKings: $5,300

Bats at Coors will be popular again, with Vincent Velasquez on the mound. You can target both right and left-handed bats against him, making a Rockies stack even more desirable. Gonzalez a top target for the position, especially since he’ll have the platoon.

Other outfielders to consider: Justin Upton (DET @ TOR), Nomar Mazara (TEX vs. MIN), Charlie Blackmon (COL vs. PHI), Giancarlo Stanton (MIA vs. CIN), and Adam Duvall (CIN @ MIA).

Results from 7/5 targets:

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Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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