Monday’s 10 game slate lack’s a sure thing starting pitcher. But with Chris Sale priced way down ($8,400), it sure is tough to look past the scissor-wielding ace of the Boston Red Sox. This may be more of a GPP play than cash one given his recent performance. But at his price, FanDuel is begging us to play Sale. Not only did the southpaw see his velocity return in his last start, but this is also a great matchup for the Red Sox starter. The Tigers’ have putrid numbers against lefties in 2019, and are found near the bottom of the league in all relevant offensive stats. They own a .086 ISO, .200 BAA and a 25.6% K-rate against left-handed pitching in 2019. And Vegas agrees as Boston opened up as the biggest favorites on the slate at -230, and the Tigers’ over/under run total at just three. His suppressed price tag should allow for you to get some Coors’ exposure, as well as take advantage of the other prime matchups listed below.
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Mike Minor, SP: $8,300 – While this may not be a sexy pick, Minor appears to be a safe play for FanDuel’s Monday contests. The starter has worked at least seven innings in each of his last three starts. It certainly helps that the Athletics come in ice cold. The Oakland offense has just a .195/.267.299 slash line over its last seven games.
Paul Goldschmidt, C/1B: $4,200 – Goldy has crushed righties this season with a .366 ISO. Facing the Brewers’ Adrian Houser on Monday should do little to change that. The Milwaukee starter has struggled against righties in his career. He is allowing a .372 wOBA to them. More importantly, the young Brewers’ hurler has failed to demonstrate the ability to produce swing and misses. Of his last 138 fastballs thrown in the big leagues, he has produced just 17 whiffs. Goldschmidt should be in line to carry your FanDuel lineup on Monday.
Ryan McMahon, C/1B: $3,400 – The Washington Nationals’ Jeremy Hellickson has struggled mightily against left-handed bats this season. He is allowing a .425 wOBA and a 40% hard contact rate to them, while earning a 6.16 xFIP. While the lefty-swinging McMahon owns a .212 ISO against righties this season, and has the thin Colorado air to his advantage.
Yasmani Grandal, C/1B: $3,400 – St. Louis’ John Flaherty has been hit hard by lefties this season. 69% of the balls hit against his by lefties have resulted in hard contact. With the Brewers’ Grandal raking righties to the tune of a .205 ISO, expect the Milwaukee slugger to hit a ball or two hard in this one.
Jose Altuve, 2B: $4,500 – Altuve has reached base in seven of his 15 plate appearances against the Twins’ Jake Odorizzi. With a .347 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season, there is little reason to believe the Astros’ second baseman doesn’t reach a few more times in this one.
Mike Moustakas, 2B: $3,200 – Make sure he is in the lineup for the Brewers first, but if he is, expect Moustakas to be a very strong FanDuel play for Monday. The Milwaukee slugger has owned right-handed pitching this season. In 2019 he has a .365 ISO and a .426 wOBA against them.
Brandon Lowe, 2B: $3,800 – The Royals’ Keller has put together a fine 2.64 ERA this season. But that has been done mostly with smoke and mirrors as he also has a 5.10 SIERRA. His magic should get exposed against the Rays’ lefties on Monday. He has a 5.31 xFIP against left-handed batters this season. With Lowe doing very well against righties this season, look for the Rays’ infielder to lead the charge against Keller. Lowe has a .379 ISO and a 153 wRC+ against righties this season.
Anthony Rendon, 3B: $4,900 – Rendon missed Sunday’s action after getting hit by a pitch on Saturday so make sure he cracks the lineup on Monday. If he does, you will want to cram him in your lineup where you can. The Nationals’ slugger has a .615 ISO against left-handed pitching this season and could feast off of a rusty Tyler Anderson.
Alex Bregman, 3B: $3,900 – The Astros team total for Monday’s contest opened up at five runs. And if Houston is going to get to that total you would expect Bregman to be in the middle of it. He owns a .411 wOBA and a .208 ISO against right-handed pitching in 2019.
Yoan Moncada, 3B: $4,300 – Over his last six games, the young infielder has a .375/.423/.792 slash line. The heater should continue in this one. Not only does he have .362 ISO and a 184 wRC+ against right-handed pitching this season, but he also faces the Orioles’ David Hess. The Baltimore starter is getting blown up by left-handed batters. He is allowing a .321/.345/.750 slash line to them in 2019. Hess also is giving up 4.05 HR/9 as well as a 45.5 hard contact rate to lefties.
Tim Anderson, SS: $4,300 – Keep picking on Baltimore’s Hess here. He has a 6.39 xFIP versus right-handed batters while allowing 2.25 HR/9 and a 41.9 hard contact rate to those righty sticks. Anderson and his .294 ISO against righties should play just fine in this one.
Paul DeJong, SS: $3,900 – The Cardinals’ shortstop has a .360 batting average over his last six and will look to add to that total in this one. He possesses a .246 ISO against righties this season and should help continue Houser’s failures against righties.
Mike Trout, OF: $4,800 – The best player in baseball finds himself in a dream matchup. Trout crushes lefties as he has a .500 ISO and .504 wOBA against them in 2019. He also has a .522 OBP in 23 plate appearances against the Yankees’ J.A. Happ. That success should carry through tonight. The New York southpaw loves to throw his fastball this season. In fact 50% of his pitches this year has been a four-seamer. Guess who loves fastballs? If you guessed Trout you are right. In 2019 he owns a .345 ISO on the pitch.
Christian Yelich, OF: $5,200 – No one is hotter than Yelich right now. The 2018 MVP has eight home runs in his last seven games and there is no reason to believe he slows down in this one. Yelich is crushing right-handed pitching in 2019. He has a .550 ISO and a 300 wRC+ against them.
David Dahl, OF: $4,000 – Getting Dahl in your FanDuel lineup on a Coors’ night is never a bad way to construct your lineups. But it especially is not bad when he is facing a righty on the bump. In 2019, Dahl has a .278 ISO and a .427 wOBA against right-handed pitching.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Heavy chance of rain in Boston Monday night, so be sure to give the east coast weather a look before lock.
Doing Lines In Vegas
If you are looking to avoid the Coors’ chalk, the White Sox and Orioles game should produce plenty of home runs. So far in the 2019 season, Camden Yard has the highest home run ballpark factor. The over/under of 10 suggests the game stack is in play.