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Chad Kuhl (PIT @ CIN)
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Over/Under: 9 1/2
FanDuel: $7,600/DraftKings: $7,500
He’s surely not one of the most appealing pitching targets of the evening, but that’s not what today’s article is about. Kuhl’s pitching into a negative park shift, from PNC Park to The Great American Ball Park. This game should be a close one, with the Reds as a slight favorite. In his last three starts, Kuhl’s faced the Cardinals, and the Cubs, twice. The start at Wrigley Field was fine, and the other two were actually good in comparison to what you’d expect. I think Kuhl has a chance tonight against the Reds. He has starts where he’ll go six innings or more, give up three runs or less, with a handful of strikeouts. At times, the Reds struggle with scoring runs, and they’re having to do without Billy Hamilton. This is a plus for Kuhl, as he won’t have to deal with a speedster on the bases.
FanDuel: $2,500 (C)/DraftKings: $2,700 (C)
This was supposed to be the year that Wieters would be healthy, and become more of the offensive-self that we thought he could be, with Wilson Ramos moving on. That hasn’t been the base at all. Wieters’ average is at .230, with just nine homeruns, and hitting near the bottom of the lineup. Wood has struggled since the middle of July, but regression should have been expected. For a salary this low at the catcher position, it wouldn’t hurt since there isn’t much expectation. We often see unlikely hitters come through, and this could be one of those instances. With a Coors Field game on the slate, you’ll want to save some salary, and you can here with Wieters.
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FanDuel: $2,900 (1B)/DraftKings: $3,300 (1B)
Alonso is having a great offensive season, but he may go overlooked tonight. The Mariners are in Houston, with Morton on the mound for the Astros. The upside for Alonso and other Mariners’ bats is the park shift. Also, Morton can be hit, and doesn’t pitch very deep into games (but he doesn’t need to). He’s still getting strikeouts, but it’ll be tougher against the Mariners. In the batting order, Alonso hits second, or in the middle at sixth. He gets a chance to get on base to score runs, or drive runners in. Either way, he’s in a good spot to get fantasy points.
FanDuel: $2,500 (3B)/DraftKings: $3,100 (3B)
Diaz has been playing at third regularly, and batting seventh in the last five games. With the Indians clinching a playoff berth, it’s possible that a starter or two takes a seat. They still have the winning streak, which is why I don’t think the entire lineup will get shaken up. If they do make a lineup change, I think Diaz has a chance of hitting higher in the order, which bodes better for our DFS lineups. Vargas is another pitcher that has had his struggles since July. Even in his good outings, he’s not pitching very deep into games and the Indians have shown that they’re entirely capable of comebacks (if they don’t solidify a lead).
Jesse Winker (CIN vs. PIT – Chad Kuhl)
FanDuel: $2,500 (OF)/DraftKings: $3,300 (OF)
I wrote up Kuhl earlier, but it’s not because I think he’ll shut it down against the Reds. I expect the Reds to score off of Kuhl, and Winkler is a hitter that I like against him. Winker batted leadoff in his last two starts, and could tonight as well since he’ll have the platoon. If you want to roster batters against Kuhl, left-handed batters is what you want. In two seasons at the major league level, Kuhl is giving up 1.08 HR/9 against them. It’s not like he’s racking up the stolen bases, but he does put the bat on the ball. Because of that, he rarely goes point-less, and with his salary, any points will be appreciated.
Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!