MLB DFS: Targets for 4/19

If you stacked the Reds yesterday, you’re probably looking for redemption and this could be the slate for you.

MLB DFS options today will not include the two early games:

  • 1:10 PM (EST), Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins
  • 6:10 PM (EST), Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians

Note: Starting pitchers, Alfredo Simon (CIN), and Julio Teheran (ATL), have both been scratched from their starts.



Michael Pineda (NYY)

Moneyline: -173

Over/Under: 8

Vegas likes the Yankees for the win and Pineda should be in a good spot here against the Oakland A’s.  With a righty on the mound at Yankee Stadium, there is always a worry about lefty bats with the short porch in right field, but I don’t see the A’s as having an overpowering offense tonight.  Overall, Pineda posts better numbers at home and could be a safe option for his price.

Yordano Ventura (KC)

Moneyline: -140

Over/Under: 8

Ventura and the Royals being the favorite here looks like it has more to do with offense facing their pitching opponent, Shane Greene.  Royals lefty bats should be able to get to Greene, which Ventura will benefit from the win.  Greene had a great start to 2015 but quickly deteriorated and Ventura at time can be volatile.  The moneyline did drop by 20 0vernight so roster Ventura with caution.

Stephen Strasburg (WAS)

Moneyline: -142

Over/Under: 7.5

Strasburg wasn’t able to make his last start due to illness, but should be ready to go today and looks to be your best bet for pitching tonight against the Miami Marlins.  The Marlins as a team have the sixth fewest strikeouts in the majors, but a pitcher of Strasburg’s caliber shouldn’t be worried about that.

Francisco Liriano (PIT)

Moneyline: -137

Over/Under: 7

Not a whole lot of runs to go around in this game but the San Diego Padres leave little to be desired.  In a pitcher’s park, Liriano should do well here tonight.  In only three career game starts in Petco Park, Liriano has pitched 18 innings, with 31 strikeouts and just two earned runs.   If you are looking to pay up for hitting, pivoting off of Strasburg to Liriano might be the way to go.



Buster Posey (SF)

Possibly the most highly owned catcher tonight, Posey has a great match up against Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks.  With an ISO of .234 and wOBA of .403 against lefty pitchers, it’s hard not to consider him as your top option.

Other catchers to consider: Derek Norris (SD), and Evan Gattis (HOU).


First base

Edwin Encarnacion (TOR)

Got to love Encarnacion, even without the platoon.  In a hitter’s park tonight against Mike Wright at Camden Yards, there is potential for Encarnacion to showcase his power.

Eric Hosmer (KC)

If you don’t want to spend up, Hosmer is a good option against Shane Greene.  His slugging percentage, ISO, and wOBA are considerably higher against right handed pitchers and should make a nice into your lineup.

Other first basemen to consider: Adrian Gonzalez (LAD), Paul Goldschmidt (ARI), Justin Smoak (TOR).


Second base

Jose Altuve (HOU)

Yes, he’s pricy but the matchup against Derek Holland in Texas is a good one.  With a run total of nine, there should be plenty of offense to go around, especially for the Houston batters.

Neil Walker (NYM)

Walker hit a home run yesterday, and I like this matchup against Vincent Velazquez.  Velazquez has reverse splits, with right handed hitters having better numbers in slugging percentage, wOBA, and BABIP.

Other second basemen to consider: Chase Utley (LAD), and Rougned Odor (TEX).


Third base

Adonis Garcia (ATL)

If you’re looking to save some salary, at close to minimum salary, Adonis Garcia may be your man.  With lefty, Alex Wood pitching, you have to at least take Garcia into consideration.  Small sample size, but for his career, Garcia has a slugging percentage of .571, ISO of .271, and wOBA of .378, against left handed pitching.

Matt Carpenter (STL)

Last night wasn’t a good one for offense but the Cardinals have a chance to bounce back against Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs. Carpenter batting leadoff with great contact and potential for power makes him one of the better options at the position today.

Other third basement to consider: Mike Moustakas (KC), and Adrian Beltre (TEX).



Carlos Correa (HOU)

Like his middle infield counterpart, he is pricey but you have to love the matchup.  It would be hard to roster both he and Altuve, which leaves you to choose one over the other.  On both FanDuel and DraftKings, Correa is the cheaper of the two and will probably be more highly owned than Altuve.

Brad Miller (TB)

For minimum salary on FanDuel, Miller may not be a bad option.  He hasn’t gotten off to the start we hoped for after coming over from the Seattle Mariners, but Miller may have opportunities to take advantage of poor pitching by Joe Kelly.

Other shortstops to consider: Brandon Crawford (SF), Xander Bogaerts (BOS), and Troy Tulowitzki (TOR).



Corey Dickerson (TB)

Another pick from Tampa Bay, Dickerson should do well against the righty, Joe Kelly.  As long as his price is reasonable and he’s healthy, you can pencil in Dickerson in your lineup.

Hunter Pence (SF)

There was a lot of offense to go around in last night’s game and there could be more of the same tonight against Arizona lefty, Robbie Ray.  Pence posts better power numbers against left handed pitchers and is one of the more consistent hitters in the game.

Mike Trout (LAA)

I’ll go back to the well on Mike Trout. Mat Latos is not very good, so don’t be fooled by his two wins and 0.75 ERA.  Trout’s power numbers with hitting at U.S. Cellular Field could make for the perfect combination for a big offensive night.

Other outfielders to consider: Mookie Betts (BOS), Jose Bautista (TOR), and Carlos Gonzalez (COL).

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


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