Monday’s small MLB slate offers a chance for DFS players to get a Ray of sunshine in their life. Arizona’s Robbie Ray that is. The Diamondbacks’ southpaw is coming off a 50 FanDuel point performance in his last start, and will look to build on that today. He will face a Pirates’ lineup that has struggled with left-handed pitching all season, as the Pittsburgh offense has a .229 batting average versus them. Robby Ray’s 29.7 K-rate is the second highest on the slate, and should only improve in this one. The Pirates have struck out at a 28.5% clip against lefties, while showing almost no power against them. Pittsburgh owns a .092 ISO against left-handed pitching in 2019. With an $8,800 price tag, expect Ray to be very popular on Monday.
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Brad Peacock, SP: $8,500 – If you are looking to pivot off the chalk, Brad Peacock could be your guy. The boom or bust pitcher looks to be an in booming spot on Monday. The Tigers really have had a difficult time with right-handed pitching this season, with a .139 ISO and a .287 wOBA against them. And expect the strikeouts to be there for Peacock. Not only does he have a 24.7% K rate, but the Detroit offense is striking out at a 26.4% clip against righties.
Rhys Hoskins, C/1B: $4,400 – The Phillies’ first baseman should rake on Monday. He has excelled against right-handed pitching this season. He has a .330 ISO and a .428 wOBA against them. What makes this an even greater play is the fact that Freddy Peralta will be starting for the Brewers. Peralta is a guy we want to target whenever he is on the bump. He is a flyball pitcher (46.3%), gets hit hard (43.4%) and is a one pitch pitcher. The Brewers’ starter has thrown his fastball 78.3% of the time in 2019, while Hoskins has a 1.198 OPS against flyball pitchers, and a .302 ISO versus fastballs this season.
Edwin Encarnacion, C/1B: $3,900 – The Athletics’ Mike Fiers owns a 5.26 xFIP, and is allowing a 42.3% hard contact rate to right-handed batters in 2019. This plays right into the hands of Encarnacion. The Seattle slugger has a .302 ISO versus righties.
Mike Moustakas, 2B: $3,300 – The Brewers’ second baseman owns a .301 ISO and a .375 wOBA against right-handed pitching. While the Phillies’ Aaron Nola is allowing a .333/.421/.576 slash line to lefties this season. It also works in Moose’s favor that the Philadelphia pitcher is a groundball pitcher, with a 46.7 groundball rate. The Milwaukee infielder has a 1.104 OPS versus such pitchers this season.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B: $3,000 – Schoop is crushing lefties in 2019, with a .250 ISO and a .421 wOBA. With the Angels’ Tyler Skaggs allowing a 41.7% hard contact rate to righties in 2019. Look for Schoop to hit a ball or two hard on Monday.
Alex Bregman, 3B: $4,000 – Fresh off a 50 point FanDuel performance on Sunday, you have to consider running Bregman back out there again on Monday. He has a .214 ISO versus lefties this season. He also owns a 1.032 OPS against flyball pitchers like Matthew Boyd, who is allowing a 42.9% flyball rate in 2019.
Eduardo Escobar, 3B: $3,700 – The Diamondbacks’ infielder has a .213 ISO against righties this season. That display of power against right-handed pitching should continue on Monday. The Pirates’ Nick Kingham has allowed 45% hard contact rate and 2.8 HR/9 to lefties this season.
Francisco Lindor, SS: $3,600 – Lindor is starting to heat up as he enters play on Monday, having recorded multi-hit games in each of his last two. The streak should continue as the White Sox’s Reynaldo Lopez has struggled with left-handed batters. He has allowed a .444 wOBA to them.
Mike Trout, OF: $4,700 – The best player on the planet has great numbers against right-handed pitching. Trout owns a 1.089 OPS and a .282 ISO versus righties in 2019.
George Springer, OF: $4,600 – There are not many players hotter than Springer right now. The outfielder has a .407 ISO, .516 wOBA, and a 236 wRC+ over the last seven days. Expect the heat to continue on Monday, as he crushes left-handed pitching. He has a .424 ISO against southpaws this season.
David Peralta, OF: $4,200 – The Arizona outfielder has a .268 ISO and a .405 wOBA versus right-handed pitching this season. With the Pirates’ Nick Kingham owning a 6.68 xFIP and allowing a .452 wOBA to lefties, Peralta finds himself in a good matchup.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There is a good chance of some rain hitting the Philadelphia area, so be sure to give the weather a look before locking those Philadelphia bats into your FanDuel lineups.
Doing Lines In Vegas
You will want to make sure Freddy Peralta is indeed pitching for the Brewers. But if he is, I really like the over on the 7.5 runs in the Milwaukee/Philadelphia game if it plays. Obviously I am looking to target Peralta, but Milwaukee has been pretty good against Aaron Nola in the past as well. The current Brewers’ roster owns a .311 batting average and 1.027 OPS against him.