What’s up DFSers. It’s Friday and I’m on vacation. You know what that means? I’ve been day drinking and you get to deal with my silly ramblings about baseball. We have a 14-game slate on FanDuel and this slate is chock full of pitching. We get Justin Verlander, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Jacob deGrom all in the same price range, along with my personal favorite Shane Bieber ($10,800). Bieber has been phenomenal this year. He’s kept his walk rate down at 5.1%, while increasing his strikeout rate seven ticks to 31.6%. For the season, he has the fourth best SIERA among qualified starting pitchers, behind Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer, and Chris Sale. Shane Bieber faces the Royals, who have the 26th best wOBA against right-handed pitchers over the last two months. Great matchup and a great pitcher? Count me in. For the record, if you’re paying up and want to go to one of the other aces, by all means. Let’s take a look at the rest of FanDuel’s slate.

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David Price, SP: $9,500 – If you’re looking to save a little money on your starter, look no further than Price, who faces the Orioles.

Marcus Stroman, SP: $6,800 – Stroman dominates righties, allowing just a .084 ISO and .270 wOBA. Detroit has a 25.7% strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers and rank 27th in wOBA. If you’re looking to pay down at pitcher, this is definitely a spot to look at.

Tyler Mahle, SP: $6,200 – Mahle’s struggled against lefties, but luckily for us the Cardinals’ scary righties include Dexter Fowler, Matt Wieters, Kolten Wong, and Tommy Edman. The Cardinals have been terrible of late. Over the last two months, the Cardinals rank dead last in wOBA against right-handed pitching.

Yasmani Grandal, C/1B: $3,200 – The Brewers face Taylor Clarke, who’s allowed a .293 ISO to both sides of the plate. If you can afford Yelich, the Brewers might be my favorite stack today.

Joc Pederson, C/1B: $3,000 – Joc leads off against righties and this is too cheap for his home run upside.

Christian Vasquez, C/1B: $2,800 – This is just a way to get a cheap bat in the middle of the Red Sox lineup and Vasquez has a .206 ISO against lefties.

Roberto Perez, C/1B: $2,800 – Never have I ever suggested this many catchers, but Perez against lefties has a .296 ISO and .418 wOBA.

Cavan Biggio, 2B: $3,400 – Blue Jays get a premium matchup against Jordan Zimmermann. Biggio has stepped into the clean-up spot of the lineup and has a .242 ISO against righties.

Adam Frazier, 2B: $3,200 – The Pirates make for a sneaky stack today and Frazier should be hitting lead off.

Cesar Hernandez, 2B: $2,600 – Second-base is not my favorite position today, so if you’re looking for a pay-down option, here’s your boy.

D.J. LeMahieu, 3B: $3,800 – I love the Yankees today, but they’re really priced up. Fit them in where you can.

Justin Turner, 3B: $3,600 – Like the Dodgers, but like the Yankees, they’re pretty pricey.

Colin Moran, 3B: $2,600 – The Pirates get Arrieta and the Phillies bottom of the league bullpen. I like the Pirates a lot today.

Xander Bogaerts, SS: $4,500 – Xander’s the no-doubt top play at shortstop today. He’s destroyed lefties this year, turning in a .414 wOBA.

Corey Seager, SS: $3,100 – Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Seager, but he’s a cheap piece in the Dodgers lineup that fills a premium position.

Willy Adames, SS: $2,400 – Decent pay-down option against Reynaldo Lopez (can you tell I’m exhausted?).

J.D. Martinez, OF: $4,000 – If I’m paying up for a bat today, it’s either JD, Aaron Judge, Christian Yelich, or Josh Bell. I didn’t want to list all those guys out with a write-up of “uhhhhh, top player in the league hits the ball hard”.

Shohei Ohtani, OF: $3,800 – The Angels get a matchup with Mike Leake today. I sense smashing coming from Ohtani.

Eric Sogard, OF: $3,300 – Sogard will bat lead off for the Blue Jays against Jordan Zimmermann and then the bad Detroit bullpen. That’s hopefully five premium at-bats.

Bryan Reynolds, OF: $3,100 – Reynolds bats out of the two-hole and this is just too cheap for a guy with a good matchup who has a .409 wOBA against righties.

Alex Verdugo, OF: $2,900 – Verdugo is perpetually cheap and has recently been batting out of the two-hole against righties.

Jordan Luplow, OF: $2,600 – Luplow’s a lefty masher, which will suit him well against Mike Montgomery. The only worry is that he gets pinch hit for once a righty comes into the game.

Corey Dickerson, OF: $2,600 – C-Dick just makes me giggle. Yes, I’m immature. Arrieta also struggles against lefties.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Other than in California, pretty much every game will play in hot, humid conditions. Those are the perfect conditions for pop-up thunderstorms, but no games look at risk at the moment.

Doing Lines In Vegas

With so many aces on today’s slate, comes some massive favorites. Indians (-300) is the biggest favorite followed by the Dodgers (-290), Yankees (-235), Astros (-230), and Red Sox (-215). On the total front, we currently have five double-digit totals in Athletics/Twins (11), Yankees/Rockies (11), Diamondbacks/Brewers (10), Reds/Cardinals (10), and Phillies/Pirates (10). I’m still waiting on team totals to come out on FanDuel, but I’m hoping the Indians team total comes out at 5 runs and I’ll probably play the Pirates over 4.5 runs against the Phillies. Good luck today!