The evening contest sees a number of good teams in play. The Yankees and Red Sox are in action, as are the Rockies, Astros, and Cardinals. With all of those lineups available to pick from there is no reason not to play the 10-game, 7:05pm ET contest on DraftKings today. So, who should be in your lineup? Let’s start with the pitchers.
Shohei Ohtani Vs. Kansas City Royals ($11,100)
Ohtani has more than proven himself in the Majors already. The Japanese ace has a 4-1 record with a 3.18 ERA and a very impressive 11.3 K/9. While he is walking a few too many (3.4 BB/9) he is keeping the ball in the park. He hasn’t given up more than two runs in a start since April. Then there is his opponent. The Royals are just 24th in runs scored, and 28th in homers. This is a very nice matchup for a player that has found his rhythm already.
Eduardo Rodriguez Vs. Detroit Tigers ($9,400)
Rodriguez has been on a nice run of late. He cut nearly a run off his ERA in May, and in his last four starts has a 2.25 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 28 innings. The Tigers are no pushovers. They sit 12th in runs scored and have a team ranking slash line of 9th/20th/14th, but Rodriguez has been pitching well and has JD Martinez back in the lineup to help provide run support.
Daniel Mengden @ Texas Rangers ($8,400)
Mengden isn’t a household name, but he is having a very nice season. His success has come due to a remarkably low walk rate of just 1.0 BB/9. While he isn’t striking people out, his sinker and good combination of off-speed pitches has kept hitters off balance and produced a nice groundball rate too. He isn’t going to rack up 10+ strikeouts, but he might just contain a hit-and-miss Rangers lineup all night.
JD Martinez Vs. Detroit Tigers ($5,000)
Did I mention Martinez is back? He left Sunday’s game early with back tightness, but he was in the lineup last night and mashed his 20th home run of the year. His price is remarkably low for his production. He is $1,000 cheaper than Mike Trout and $500 cheaper than teammate Andrew Benintendi. He is less than both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Play him.
Chris Taylor @ Pittsburgh Pirates ($4,300)
Taylor is in a nice run of form right now. In his last 10 games he has hit two homers, three doubles, two triples, picked up eight RBI and scored 10 runs. All of that has given him an average of 12 points per game in that span. He is the fifth-most expensive shortstop option today, but well down the price list for outfielders. In either spot he is a good option.
Marcell Ozuna Vs. Miami Marlins ($3,800)
Another outfield option, but another on a hot streak compared to his pricing. Ozuna has 12 hits in his last 10 games, including two homers, and has only struck out once in that span. He’s getting the ball in play and that creates plenty of opportunities for points. Opposing pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has a 6.10 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. This could be a big day for Ozuna.
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