Justin Smoak’s splits are so good you’d think he was a gymnastics major in college. I’m not going to lie, I tried searching for his college major but came up empty. However, I did find out that he is only 5 days older than me, so we’re practically brothers. Back to the splits, currently Smoak is batting .381 with 5 home runs against left handed pitchers. In total, Smoak is tied for 5th in home runs with 22. I’m a little afraid to pick on Pomeranz today since that did not work out for me earlier this week. The Blue Jays hit lefties well, so there is a chance that Pomeranz may get hit early. Unfortunately, there is no discount for Smoak due to his hot start to the season but this is an ideal matchup for him. Smoak is $9,600 on Fantasy Draft. Now, for the rest of the picks:
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Kenta Maeda, SP: $17,600 – If I was a betting man, this would be the chalk play of the day. Oh wait I am a betting man. Maeda returned to the rotation earlier this week and dominated against a Troutless Angel lineup. He gave 4 hits, no walks and 6 punch outs. Today he gets the Padres at Petco Park.
Jose Quintana, SP: $20,700 – I think Quintana may come in under owned today due to his price being above $20,000. Quintana has been sharp in his last 5 appearances allowing 6 runs and striking out 30 batters. Today he gets matched up against the Rangers who do handle lefties particularly well.
Carlos Santana, IF: $7,600 – BVP! Santana has absolutely dominated Verlander over the course of his career with 8 home runs. The price is right and the stats are there, he’ll likely be highly owned given his price and history.
Eric Hosmer, IF: $8,400 – I guess it’s that time where you can start recommending Royals batters again. Hosmer has a nice 6 game hit streak with 2 home runs. Santiago has been terrible at limiting damage from lefties this season. I think Hosmer is underpriced given his recent success at the plate.
Brian Dozier, IF: $7,600 – Another great matchup for Dozier who is facing left hander Travis Wood. Wood has been awful this season sporting a 6.28 ERA. Dozier is currently batting over .300 against lefties with 2 home runs. I will likely have some stacks going in this game. The O/U is 10 with two terrible lefties on the mound.
Paul Goldschmidt, IF: $10,200 – If there is one guy I’m going to pay up for today its Goldy. He gets a favorable matchup at home against German Marquez. He already has 2 home runs in 7 AB’s against Marquez.
Billy Hamilton, OF: $8,000 – I don’t use Hamilton often in DFS however today sounds like a good day to use him. Hamilton will be going against Jake Arietta who has had trouble keeping the runners close to the bag, just ask Miguel Montero. If Hamilton gets on, expect there to be mass SB’s.
Corey Dickerson, OF: $9,300 – Kevin Gausman thinks he has everything figured out after his last start but I’m here to tell you that he doesn’t have anything figured out. This Rays lineup has been relentless with the home runs and Dickerson is a prime candidate to go yard today.
Joc Pederson, IF: $8,700 – The Dodgers might go under owned today given Chacin is on the mound and has been dominate at home. Petco is not friendly to hitters however the ball still leaves the park occasionally. If you’ve watched any Dodgers games recently you’d notice that Pederson approach has been working out well since he’s came back.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF: $8,400 – Stanton has fallen into a nice groove lately. He has 3 homeruns in his last 7 games and gets a pretty good matchup at Miller Park today. Stanton is finally catching fire and he’s still reasonably priced.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Great Scott! It appears we will have another Sunday without interruptions from mother nature. Currently I do not see any weather issues for any of the outdoor stadiums. As always keep an eye on the games prior to lock.
Doing Lines In Vegas
The heavy favorites in today’s games are the Dodgers, coming in at -184 favorites. Just another sign that Maeda will be heavily owned. The other favorite on the day is the Athletics at -160 with Sean Manea on the bump. Vegas is being a little more conservative with their run totals today than they have been the past few weeks. These 4 games have the O/U 10 or higher Twins vs. Royals, Marlins vs. Brewers, Rangers vs. White Sox and Rays vs. Orioles.