White Sox hitters, White Sox pitcher, White Sox in the fall, white socks in the winter. It doesn’t often happen where both sides of the same team are the best options for your large slate roster, yet in FanDuel’s Main Slate tonight we see just that. Lucas Giolito, P: $10,400, is coming off a dominant 13 strikeout performance, and is facing a Pittsburgh team that is dead last in the majors against right handed pitching this season. We’re talking a team wOBA of .257. Bad. On the hitting side, the White Sox roster a right handed heavy lineup and have simply destroyed left handed pitching. They’ve posted a league leading 1.037 OPS and .427 wOBA in these splits. Very, very good. Brault hasn’t been his usual 5.00 ERA, 1.60 WHIP self, but this looks like a very rough spot for him in any environment, much less at a park that easily yields home runs. This is about as lopsided as a Major League Baseball matchup gets.
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Given the White Sox are our favored stack, we need to prioritize their usage. Though there is no hitter in the majors hotter than Abreu right now we cannot afford his price tag in each of our lineups, and his home run streak is unlikely to continue indefinitely. Below is the order we’d prefer each of the right handed White Sox in our lineups, based solely on value:
Eloy Jimenez, OF: $3,400
Yoan Moncada, 3B: $3,400
Luis Robert, OF: $3,300
Tim Anderson, SS: $4,000
Jose Abreu, C/1B: $4,000
Danny Mendick, 2B: $2,300
Edwin Encarnacion, C/1B: $2,800
Yasmani Grandal, C/1B: $2,900
Other than Giolito, there are a bunch of pitching options tonight that look good, but not great. Here are the best of the rest:
Gerrit Cole, P: $11,000. The Braves are not an easy opponent for Cole, so this is not a cake walk recommendation. But that’s the beauty of rostering Cole. He doesn’t come with all the burden of considering every aspect of a matchup. He is capable of dominating a lineup at any time, and at $11,000 presents the opportunity to offer good value, even against a tougher opponent.
Chris Paddack, P: $8,900. Paddack takes on the Mariners tonight. They are coming off a sweep of the Rangers, but have not been great offensively overall this season and projected for the fewest runs of the slate. In a very small sample, they are next to last in offensive productivity against right handed pitching at home this season. Aside from one start against the Dodgers, Paddack has been a quality starting pitching option this season, and we look for this start to be another one where he has a great shot at a win and quality start.
A few other hitters we like to fill out your lineups:
Kyle Schwarber, OF: $2,700 – Schwarber is cheap at this price given the offensive potential. Players with his profile seem all or nothing, so this is not someone to trot out in a high percentage (I’d cap at 1/5) of your lineups, but he’s been heating up and could explode at any time.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B: $2,900 – The Tigers are facing Tyler Chatwood tonight, who is being activated off the injured list to make the start. Which Chatwood will they be facing, though? The world beater from his first two starts, or a continuation of the batting practice he served up to Kansas City before going down with a bad back?
Marcus Semien, SS: $2,800 – Hitting leadoff gives Semien a production advantage, and we like him in this spot against Kyle Gibson, who has struggled a bit this season with worse strikeout and walk rates than he’s posted in recent seasons. Semien should be able to take advantage here along with the A’s and post some numbers.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
It’s not likely we have a delay anywhere, much less a postponement, but Atlanta looks like the only area to keep an eye on, as pop up thunderstorms are possible.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Not one game on the slate is projected for over 1o runs. With not much jumping out, let’s roll with the lopsided matchup and lay 1.5 on the White Sox runline for -125.