A flashback at some of the best performances from the Wednesday slate plus their outlooks for the remainder of the season on the 9/5 MLB DFS review and look ahead.
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9/5 MLB DFS Winner: Zac Gallen
As both guys chose him in our Premium Gold Cheatsheet as a value pitcher, Zac Gallen dominated the San Diego Padres. Gallen went seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit with a walk and eight strikeouts. He did not allow a hit through 6.1 innings.
Outlook for the rest of the season: Zac Gallen has been nothing short of great since landing in Arizona at the deadline. He lowered his season ERA to 2.50 and has a .210 opposing batting average. Gallen is looking like a top-line starter after the Diamondbacks gave up Zack Greinke. Expect Gallen to continue looking good on the mound and build confidence going into next season.
9/5 MLB DFS Winner: Joc Pederson
Another value pick by both guys, this time in the outfield, Joc Pederson had a solid day at the plate against the Colorado Rockies. Pederson went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, three RBI, three runs and a walk.
Outlook for the rest of the season: Joc Pederson is one of the best hitters in the National League and possibly the entire Majors. Now at 32 home runs and an OPS of .872, Pederson has been on fire. In his last seven games, he has five homers. Expect Pederson to continue slugging throughout the month of September and keeping his swing ready for the NLDS and possibly beyond.
9/5 MLB DFS Winner: Brandon Crawford
Here is a screenshot of all the shortstops listed on our Hitter Projection Model, available for all premium users. With a very cheap price of $2,400 on FanDuel or $3,300 on DraftKings, Brandon Crawford excelled expectations last night against the Cardinals. On a bullpen day for the Cards, Crawford went 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, three runs and a walk.
Outlook for the rest of the season: It’s been disappointing offensively for a lot of the Giants and Crawford cannot be excused from that. He is now at .229 with 11 HRs and 54 RBI on the year while batting in the middle of the order. His price won’t waver from here and he will have a few nights of this sort of output, but he isn’t worth a look unless you need a budget guy in the lineup.
9/5 MLB DFS Winner: Ketel Marte
Here is a screenshot of the Top-10 most expensive players on the slate and while some could have burned you, Ketel Marte had a great day at the plate. The offense didn’t need to do much with how Gallen and the rest of the Diamondbacks pitched, but Marte went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and added a walk as well.
Outlook for the rest of the season: Don’t look now but the Diamondbacks are just three games out of a playoff spot and 9-1 in their last 10 games. Ketel Marte is a huge factor in how the team has turned it around lately. In his last 30 games, he is batting .361 with eight HRs, 23 RBI and added four stolen bases. He is showing off all five tools and won’t be stopped as Arizona, who were sellers at the deadline, are playing meaningful games. Don’t be too surprised if the Diamondbacks are in the Wild Card thanks to Marte’s extraordinary play.
Vincent Pensabene is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a B.A. in Sports Business. He was the NBA Editor at Forward Mile, where he handled NBA DFS articles. In addition, he wrote for numerous local newspapers and websites before landing at WinDaily.