Sometimes chalk is chalk.  Jacob deGrom, incredibly, is only the second highest cost pitcher on today’s slate at $10,600.  That is a value of at least $1,000 over most of his starts.  He still has a 2.76 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.  He’s facing an Arizona Diamondbacks team that is much less ferocious on the road, and even in ideal situations hits deGrom to a lowly .200 batting average in 80 at bats.  Now to the rest of the picks.

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Yasmani Grandal, C: $3,300 – He’s hit a home run in four of his last six games.

Aledmys Diaz, 2B: $2,800 – A sub $3k salary for a number 5 hitter on a team that just scored 21 runs yesterday.

Travis Shaw, 3B: $2,200 – He’s been struggled a bit, but these lefty and switch-hitting bats of the Brewers are a great value against right hander Robert Dugger of the Marlins, a team playing out the string.

Alex Bregman, SS: $4,400 – The straw that stirs the drink of the aforementioned 21 run scoring Astros lineup.  Home runs, doubles, runs scored, RBI, even a stolen base or two.  Bregman’s got it all.

Bryce Harper, OF: $4,100 – He should be back from his hand issue, and he’s been on fire.  He’s averaging close to 17 FanDuel points a game (other than the past two when he’s only pinch hit).

Trent Grisham, OF: $2,600 – Oh those lefty Brewers bats.  Get while they’re cheap against right handed pitchers.

Kyle Tucker, OF: $2,300 – The FanDuel anomaly that underprices guys without a ton of experience strikes again.  He’s batting .316 and is a starter for the Astros.  Ridiculous value.

Eric Thames, OF: $2,700 – He’s back, with 21 home runs on the year and hitting more lately.  Lefty Brewers bats, get ’em while they’re hot!

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

It’s a beautiful day for baseball.

Doing Lines In Vegas

The best and the brightest: The biggest favorites are the Mets (-240) vs the Diamondbacks, the Brewers (-187) vs the Marlins, and the Astros (-183) vs the A’s.

Stack ’em, pack ’em and rack ’em: The highest projected runs scored today are the Astros (5.46) vs the A’s, the Phillies (4.86) vs the Braves, and the Yankees (4.67) vs the Red Sox.