It’s “Shotime” in Arlington today and the Rangers would do well to have the most famous Texas Ranger on the bump to face off with Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani is a great pitcher and all…but he’s no Chuck Norris! Or is he? As everyone knows, “Chuck Norris doesn’t throw a baseball, it just leaves his hand cowering in fear.” The Rangers fans will be hoping Ohtani is not channeling Ground Chuck on this day. After allowing only one run on four hits and fanning nine Astros last week, Ohtani looks to continue dominating MLB batters and get his first W of the 2022 season. There’s little doubt the Rangers expensive new bats will have their hands full and I’m not keen on recommending any in your DFS lineup today. With ten other games on the MLB slate, there’s plenty of gold to mine outside of the Lone Star State. Grab your pickaxe and let’s get to work.
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Brandon Woodruff, SP: DK: $15,900 / FD: $9,200 – Let’s face it, “Woody” was more like balsa wood than oak in his first start versus the Cubbies. He was absolutely BRUTAL (7 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 HBP and only 2 Ks over 3.2 IP). It pains me to write out that game line but we’re all professionals here and must acknowledge the bad before accepting the good. Good is exactly what Woodruff usually delivers versus the Cardinals with only Tyler O’Neill sporting more than a .235 AVG. Look for a return-to-oak performance tonight at Miller Park…I mean, American Family Field. NOTE: With the odd start time, the MIL-STL game may not be an option in DK tonight.
Zack Greinke, SP: DK: $6,800 / FD: $7,300 – After the rainout yesterday versus the Cardinals, Zack Greinke gets an extra day of rest and faces the Tigers today. The Tigers lineup may resemble a marching drill team – “Left, Right, Left, Right, Left…” so look for Greinke to use his full arsenal of pitches today. We all know Greinke doesn’t throw the pill with the same “umph” as he once did, but he can still pitch! The best predictor of success, you ask. Take a look at Miguel Cabrera’s career numbers versus Greinke: 11-38 (.289), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 12 K. Zach usually gets the best of Cabrera. Look for more of the same today.
Yan Gomes, C/1B: DK: $2,900 / FD: $2,600 – You probably won’t roster Yan Gomes very often in DFS, except when he’s facing a LHP at Coors. The aging backstop is well-rested for this one. Start him with as much confidence as you can muster starting Yan Gomes.
Frank Schwindel, C/1B: DK: $5,100 / FD: $3,000 – If you’re going to put together a Coors stack today, be sure to include Frank Schwindel. Sure, he’s an expensive option but know this – Frank maintains a career OPS near 1.050 and almost half of his career HRs coming versus southpaws. In fact, those HRs come in 100 less plate appearances than versus RHP. Revisiting his 2021 launch angle and exit velocity during the trip to Colorado will surely even those HR totals a bit. It won’t sit right in your stomach paying the Coors tax for Frank but you’re making the correct play.
Jazz Chisholm, 2B: DK: $4,900 / FD: $3,700 – Jazz let us all know how he felt about being benched last week. Do you think Donny Baseball sits him again in a potential track meet versus the Phillies power offense? I don’t either. Jazz has been strong so far against RHP like Kyle Gibson and I’m paying the cover to hear more groovy tunes tonight.
Anthony Rendon, 3B: DK: $4,100 / FD: $3,000 – There are a lot of great 3B options in today’s slate. If you have the salary available, Nolan Arenado and Josh Donaldson are great plays today as well. I’m looking to save a few bucks at the hot corner and will continue to ride with Anthony Rendon until his price comes up. You look at his stats and wonder why I’m still on this train. Stay with me, I won’t steer you wrong. Rendon historically has more success versus RHP and he reminded us all Tuesday that he knows how to find the outfield seats. I’ve been following Rendon for many years and these are signs he’s rounding back into form. Take the discount while it’s still available.
Trea Turner, SS: DK: $5,600 / FD: $3,600 – If you’ve saved your salary so far, spend it here. Trea hasn’t been the Trea we know and love yet, but it’s coming. What better time to do it than against a young Reiver Sanmartin making his first start on the West Coast. As expected, the left/right batting splits HIGHLY favor Turner here so don’t overthink it, take the top SS at home tonight.
Randy Arozarena, OF: DK: $5,100 / FD: $3,100 – Arozarena mashes lefties to the tune of a near 1.000 OPS over the past 3 seasons. He hasn’t done much to speak of so far this season other than a .500 average vs LHP. The Cuban Rocket is primed for a breakout versus Cole Irvin and the A’s on getaway day. Grab a ticket and enjoy the ride.
Aaron Judge, OF: DK: $5,200 / FD: $3,800 – I wanted to provide a cheap OF option here but couldn’t pass up Aaron Judge, who simply owns Kevin Gausman to the tune of 8 – 17, 3 HRs and 6 RBIs. Judge is prone to Ks so don’t sweat it if his line includes one or two, he should more than make up for it in the other ABs. Judge was scuffling with no HRs or RBIs until the dam broke last night. Now that it has, watch the water gush. If you can’t afford Judge or want to mix it up, I offer Randal Grichuk, Jesus Sanchez and Andrew Benintendi as bonus picks.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
The storms that affected the Midwest yesterday are breaking up as they move East during the day. No games appear to be in jeopardy, but a short delay is not completely out of the question for the TOR-NYY game tonight. Winds may be at play in Chicago and Pittsburgh.
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