We have a very spooky 13-game slate for Friday the 13th on FanDuel. Not only is it Friday the 13th, but it’s also a full moon, so expect some bizarre baseball tonight. Stack up those Marlins and fade Max Scherzer for Dylan Covey….okay, just kidding, don’t do that. I’m not going to shock you with my favorite cash game pitcher tonight, as I’ll be going with Gerrit Cole ($12,000). Cole has been scary-good this year, striking out a league-high 39.4% of batters. Gerrit Cole faces the Royals, who have put up an 81 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers since the beginning of August. Since I’m paying all the way up for my pitcher, I’ll try and include some extra value plays once we get to today’s hitters. Let’s take a look at the rest of today’s slate.
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Adrian Houser, SP: $6,400 – A little small sample, but in the month of September, the Cardinals have put up a 72 wRC+ against right-handed pitching. Houser should be a safe pay-down option on today’s slate.
Luke Voit, C/1B: $3,400 – Voit has returned from the IL with a bang, including going 4/8 in yesterday’s double-header.
Gio Urshela, 3B: $3,000 – Urshela is still cheap after coming back from his IL stint. Take advantage against a lefty.
Ian Desmond, OF: $3,500 – Desmond has crushed lefties this year, putting up a .304 ISO and .392 wOBA against southpaws. That number ticks up in Coors to .342 ISO and .432 wOBA.
Clint Frazier, OF: $2,700 – Thank god we don’t get points for his fielding prowess (or unprowess). He’ll be looking to make up for his glove’s mistakes.
Mason Williams, OF: $2,000 – I know right? Who? Williams got the call-up on September 3rd and has gone 6/18. He’s min-salary facing Jordan Zimmermann. Let’s go!!
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There’s rain in the forecast for the Indians/Twins game, but it isn’t forecasted to move in until later in the game. There’s also only one game with temperatures forecasted in the 90s, so give the bats a bump up in the Rangers/Athletics game.
Doing Lines In Vegas
The Astros are far and away the biggest favorite on today’s slate at -380. As of this writing, the next closest is the Yankees at -205. Outside of Coors (12.5), the highest totals of the day are the Yankees/Blue Jays (10.5) and the Athletics/Rangers (11). Good luck today!