Hyun-Jin Ryu ($8,700) got smoked in his last start, but he draws a weak Padres team today at home in our last day of games prior to the All-Star Break. What will we do for four days?! I for one will be catching up on what my wife and children have been up to for the last three months while their father stared at a computer screen combing box scores. Father of the year! I’ve recommended Ryu before and while he’s not flashy, he’s solid for the price you’ll pay in DFS. The Dodger left-hander has a 7.6 K/9 to go along with a 1.9 BB/9. Outside of the Tiger mauling, Ryu had given up 3+ ER in only one of his last 10 starts. The Padres, meanwhile, have a putrid 70 wRC+ against left-handed pitching. Given it’s a home start and the opponent today, Ryu appears to be one of the better values on the board. Good luck and enjoy the break!
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Kevin Gausman, SP: $6,200 – Gausman has been up and down between the majors and minors, but he’s flashed some of his potential in his starts this year. He had one clunker, but in his last start at Boston he allowed only one run while striking out seven. Today it’s about risk/reward, and the money I’ll save with Ryu and Gausman could come in handy elsewhere in my lineup.
Todd Frazier, 3B: $4,400 – For a guy that costs even less than Gordon, I really like the match-up for Frazier today. He’ll have the platoon advantage against lefty Francisco Liriano, a pitcher he’s gone yard on twice in just 14 at bats. Plus he’s from my home state of New Jersey so points there as well.
Bryce Harper, OF: $4,300 – Harper hasn’t come flying out of the gate (or into walls) after his injury, and that’s to be expected. He did go yard Friday night and got a day to clear his head yesterday. I’m expecting something nice from the youngster today against right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who got nicked up for three dongs and seven earned runs in his last start.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There’s a solid chance of storms in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Colorado (40%).
Doing Lines In Vegas (9-13)
Five was nice but six in a row is a straight up roll. I’ll take the under for [email protected] (7).