If you are playing on the early slate there are two viable pitching options in the San Diego-Miami game for your MLB DFS Picks. Dinelson Lamet is at just $8500 on DraftKings and has allowed two earned runs in each of his first two starts but has not gone six innings yet. This could be the day when he does so and he’s worth a GPP play. I will still spend the $9200 for Caleb Smith instead in cash games.
Chris Sale seems like a contrarian option among MLB DFS Picks at $10,000 against Toronto as he has allowed five runs in each of his last three starts. It would be a daring GPP move to run a Blue Jays stack. Randal Grichuk is just $4000 on DK and Teoscar Hernandez is only $3500 and is coming off a two-homer game. Justin Smoak is $4000 and while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has homered just once in the last month, you may want to take a shot at $3600 in a GPP. He’s gotta start heating up again some time. The prices are friendly enough on the Jays bats. If it comes down to Aaron Nola vs. the Dodgers or Sale vs. the Jays on a two pitcher site, I will take the shot that Sale cannot continue to skid.
Look for some bats in the Royals-White Sox matchup as well. Cheslor Cuthbert is hitting .308 vs. lefties this year and is a good start against journeyman Ross Detwiler. Whit Merrifield will be worth the $5400 spend. You could consider a Kansas City stack if you don’t want to attack Sale on the short day schedule. Brad Keller has started to settle down but could get blown up at any time, and Jose Abreu looks like a good bet at $4400 when you consider he is hitting .306 this month.
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Trevor Bauer is the obvious cash game lock for $11,000 in the Cleveland- Detroit game, but in GPPs I will definitely take my chances with Matt Boyd at $9600. While he has allowed four earned runs in each of his past five starts, he also has provided double figure strikeout totals in his last three outings. I’ll gamble on that sort of trending strikeout upside to help Boyd deliver his best start in awhile.
When you consider that Dakota Hudson has not allowed more than three earned runs in a game since April 15, he looks like a standout among MLB DFS Picks for pitching value at $5800. Not a bad price for a guy with an 8-4 record and a 3.84 ERA. The Reds have been sixth in MLB in hitting over the past week but Hudson can really keep things tidy for the price. He is the type of pitcher you can use to save some money for stacks and front loading your lineup with more bats in a GPP.
Madison Bumgarner has never lost to the Mets and can be your prime play at $9000 if you do not want to spend up for Bauer. He is 6-0 in his career against New York with a 2.00 ERA. Bumgarner has allowed three earned runs in his past three starts and held New York to three runs in six innings on June 4, I am going to lock him in against a team that he simply has a magical hold over. The Mets scored 14 runs yesterday and now will be brought back down by a guy they just cannot overcome.
Julio Teheran is at $6400 and at home, where he does his best work (2.86 ERA). He also has allowed three earned runs in his past three starts. The Nationals are 24th in team batting over the past week and Terheran can be confidently used in any format for your MLB DFS Picks. I would not hesitate to utilize him in cash or GPPs.
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