We had all 30 teams in MLB DFS play on Friday July 12 as the unofficial start of the second half is now underway. All points and price values are based on DraftKings.
MLB DFS Winners
Cheslor Cuthbert ($3,700)
Cheslor Cuthbert proved to be a value pick last night, going 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Detroit Tigers. He is not known for the long ball, as it was just his fifth of the season. Do not expect Cuthbert to hit another homer for about a week, so fade him on this upcoming MLB DFS slate.
Cuthbert is not a good MLB DFS player, as his value is more on the defensive side of the ball. In his last 30 games this season, he is batting .274 with four homers and 17 RBI. He can handle his own at the plate, but do not expect too much production out of him.
Felix Pena ($6,700)
Felix Pena was outstanding last night as the bulker, coming in after the opener. He went seven no-hit innings with a walk and six strikeouts. This game had everything with the entire team, wearing 45 for Tyler Skaggs in their first game in Los Angeles since his death. Fade Pena in his next MLB DFS outing.
It’s not on every MLB DFS slate that we see a pitcher dominate as much as Pena did last night. Pena was able to ride the emotions of the night and pitch incredibly. With his track record, I do not see this continuing. He has posted a 5.74 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in his previous seven outings. His next outing is slated to be Wednesday against the Houston Astros, and expect them to be clicking on all cylinders.
MLB DFS Losers
Dylan Bundy ($7,200)
Dylan Bundy did not have it on the mound last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits with a strikeout in just one inning of work. He is a better pitcher than his 4-11 record indicates and expect him to bounce back in his next start.
You have to credit the Tampa Bay Rays for having a game plan and executing it on Bundy last night. In his last 15 starts, he has allowed 79 hits in 79.2 innings. While an outing like last nights is inexcusable, he will now have the extra motivation to perform better the next time around in the rotation. His next start is Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, who have relied on their rotation while their hitting hasn’t been all that great. Expect Bundy to have good numbers on that MLB DFS slate.
Charlie Blackmon ($5,400)
Charlie Blackmon went hitless in his four at-bats with a pair of punchouts last night against the Cincinnati Reds. Both starting pitchers were on last night in a rare pitching duel at Coors, but Blackmon had his average drop to .328 on the season with this performance. Expect him to get a pair of hits today and bounce back for MLB DFS purposes.
This just seemed to be a good pitcher in Sonny Gray overwhelming a hitter who was coming off the All-Star break. It does not raise any concerns in my head and it should not in yours either. Blackmon is still posting a .998 OPS this season and is one of the best hitters in a hitter-friendly park. As the series continues today against the Reds, expect Blackmon to get going again in MLB DFS.
Luke Voit of the New York Yankees will be coming off the IL today against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Madison Bumgarner has been cleared to start today against the Milwaukee Brewers after being hit in the elbow on a comebacker before the All-Star break.
Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals is skipping his first start of the second-half due to back stiffness.
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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.