If Travis Scott were playing Draft, he would say, “straight from Mexico, call her Quintana!” Jose Quintana was able to get himself back on track in his last start, throwing six innings with six strikeouts, no walks, and just one earned run. Granted, it was against the Padres, but he gets another easy matchup against the Royals tonight. Kansas City has a pitiful .293 wOBA versus lefties this year, which is even worse than the Padres mark. He should also have no problem getting a win against Heath Fillmyer. You can get an awesome start out of Quintana and still land him late in your draft.
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Jacob deGrom, SP: deGrom is definitely the top pitching option today, just because he’s Jacob deGrom. He’s got a shiny 1.85 ERA with a 2.27 FIP and a 30.1% K-rate. If you’re gonna spend an early pick on pitching, try to land deGrom.
Manny Machado, IF: I love Machado in the Dodgers two-hole, where he will get plenty of plate appearances and the chance for both runs and RBIs. His projection on Draft is way too low for the kind of season he’s had, posting a 148 wRC+.
Dee Gordon, IF: Leading off against Yovani Gallardo in a hitter-friendly park is just about the best matchup you can ask for. Gordon isn’t a great hitter, but it will be tough for him to not score any runs today, and he can get you some points on the basepaths as well.
Starling Marte, OF: Coooooooooooors. Marte is the first outfielder I would take off the board, but he’s only ranked seventh on Draft.
Ronald Acuna, OF: Acuna is in a beautiful spot leading off for the Braves, and his power/speed combo gives him a ton of uspide on any given night. He’s certainly got a low floor, but the high ceiling can pay off.
Kyle Schwarber, OF: Schwarber has a 129 wRC+ against right-handed pitching and gets a cake matchup against Heath Fillmyer. Luckily Schwarber is skinny now so he won’t be too distracted with trying to eat the cake.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Nothing much to worry about here. Atlanta-Washington is the only matchup at any sort of risk, with a 34% chance of thunderstorm by 9pm.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I’ll take the Braves at +105 with Foltynewicz on the mound.