The Yankees get thrown a bone tonight in the form of the Oakland Athletics and their truly horrible bullpen. After a long stay at the vet, Harrison Bader has chewed through his leash and is running wild all over the yard. At just $3,500 he’s the pack leader for my DraftKings builds tonight. Let’s find a few more dogs to hunt the 8-game main slate: 

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Jose Trevino, C ($2,900): The Yankees’ bats appear to be waking up, but they’re still priced down. You can easily fit a 5-man Yankees stack with any two starters. They get JP Sears, whose fly ball rate to right-handed hitters is …elevated (48%). Since 2022, Trevino has a .232 ISO and just a 10% strikeout rate against lefties. 

Lourdes Gurriel Jr., OF ($4,100): Johnny Yuma, this guy is hot. Lourdes has 8 hits in his last 11 at bats, four of which left the yard. A career 118 wRC+ hitter versus left-handed pitching, Gurriel gets lefty Braxton Garrett, who is coming off a rather rough outing.

Christian Walker, 1B ($4,300): The Marlins played 14 innings yesterday and went through seven pitchers. Once they get past Garrett, the Diamondbacks could see some tired relievers or Triple-A call-ups, bringing the full stack into play. Walker is riding a 5-game hitting streak and carries a reasonable price tag.  

Brent Rooker, OF ($3,900):  I like the Yankees’ bats, but I’ll be fading Nestor Cortes, who hasn’t looked quite like the pitcher he was last year. I may even take a bat against him for leverage. Rooker, MLB’s current OPS leader (1.126), is somehow still under $4K. 

LaMonte Wade Jr., 1B/OF ($3,200): Giants bats will pop on optimizers, but I don’t love stacking teams in cool weather spots. I’d rather pick value one-offs, like Wade and his .953 OPS.   

Zac Gallen, P ($10,200): After a slow start, Gallen is dealing. He’s put up over 30 DK points in four of his last five starts and gets the Marlins, who are well-below average (82 wRC+) against right-handed pitching. 

Dylan Cease, P ($9,700): The slate’s risk/reward pitcher. Cease has hit a rough patch, but his stuff appears intact. The Royals have been dreadful against right-handed pitching and this could be a get-right spot. 

Anthony DeSclafani, P ($8,100): If you find Cease too risky, Tony Disco is in a good run-suppression spot. The Nationals are the least-productive offense in MLB against right-handed pitching (72 wRC+), even if they don’t strike out much


I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Keep an eye on the Cubs game, where they expect some drizzle early on. Everywhere else looks clear. 


Doing Lines In Vegas

Give me the over on the 8 total in the Athletics/Yankees game for reasons I’ve outlined above. 

I’ll take the Pirates to beat the run line of -1.5 against the Rockies. The Pirates will be able to platoon nine righties against Kyle Freeland, while starting a much better pitcher in Mitch Keller