Today’s Main slate on FanDuel has plenty of enticing value targets at SP. Madison Bumgarner is tempting in his first start back in San Fran, but he’s coming off the IL and only got up to 70 pitches in his month long rehab. His opposite Trevor Cahill let us down last week, but he is facing Bumgarner’s Diamondbacks who have been struggling mightily at the plate. The best dice roll from this view, however, is Tony Gonsolin. Sure, he’s facing the Rockies, but he’s doing in Dodgers Stadium not Coors. The slumping Charlie Blackmon has posted a .339 average on the road, and Trevor Story is at .258. Everyone else in a varying levels of bad to terrible on the road. Meanwhile the Dodgers continue to bounce Gonsolin around between the big club and the alternate training site, yet he’s put up a 0.51 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and around 9 K/9. So grab Tony Gonsolin ($7,600) at a massive discount and run. Now on to the rest of the picks.
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Rhys Hoskins, 1B: $4,000 – Hoskins is back in the business of destroying baseballs, and he’s regularly batting #2, giving him more at bats per game. He’s got the fifth best ISO these past two weeks of .537. His opposition is Seth Lugo, who just went beyond 30 pitches in a game for the first time his last time out. Since they’re using Lugo as a starter it leaves the soft meaty underbelly of the Mets bullpen for Hoskins.
Wilmer Flores, 2B: $2,900 – He’s facing Bumgarner coming off the IL, and has a .911 OPS at home, and 1.067 OPS against left-handers. Incredible value here.
Josh Donaldson, 3B: $2,800 – He looked just fine coming off the IL with a homer and a double in his first two games back and averaging 18.85 FandDuel points. This might be the last time you can grab him for under $3,000 so you should jump on it.
Trea Turner, SS: $4,100 – He’s the priciest SS on the Main slate, but he’s worth it. One of the hottest hitters in the league has raised his season totals to a .364 average with 9 home runs and four stolen bases thrown in. The only caution is he played both ends of the double header last night.
Tim Anderson, SS: $3,600 – If Turner isn’t starting Anderson is a great play. In three of his last seven games he’s scored over 20 FanDuel points, with 12 hits in those seven games including a homer, two doubles, a steal and seven runs scored.
Mookie Betts, OF: $4,400 – Absolutely on fire: .340 batting average/1.046 OPS the last 14, .435/1.256 the last 7, .305/1.035 at home. Four home runs and three steals the last 14. We’ll take Betts’ consistency over Ronald Acuna Jr. who just got back from a health scare and played both ends of a double header yesterday. But if you want to carry Acuna’s $4,100 we would understand why, considering his three home runs in the past two days. It’s not an official recommendation because of his health, but with all the value in here you could probably have Betts and Acuna.
Jackie Bradley Jr., OF: $2,200 – Betts’ old running mate, JBJ’s in one of his patented hot streaks. He’s got a hit in each of his last seven, including two homers and a steal thrown in. Almost a better value than Flores.
Alex Verdugo, OF: $3,000 – He hits lefties and righties, but he’s got a right hander today. The bulk of his power is coming against righties, including four of his five home runs, and nine of his 13 doubles and all three of his steals. .382/.946 his last seven. If you’re wondering why the Jays and Red Sox, it’s the close to 13 projected runs scored in that game today. Teoscar Hernandez isn’t quite as hot as Gurriel, JBJ or Verdugo, but he’s having a much better season overall than any of them. If you really want a dart throw you could shoot for Danny Jansen or Travis Shaw who seem to enjoy hitting in Fenway.
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Doing Lines In Vegas
The best and the brightest: The biggest favorites today are the Yankees (-264) at the Orioles (Vegas sees a bounce-back for Gerrit Cole, color me skeptical), the Braves (-251) vs the Nationals and the Twins (-245) vs the Tigers.