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Above is an example of my MLB Core Plays for the 4/27 slate
Big Names at the Top
We have two big names that stick out at the top of Wednesday’s slate — Luis Castillo and Clayton Kershaw. We also have Kevin Gausman and Zack Wheeler going, but those two fall behind the aforementioned two for me. Castillo has been the most consistent of all these pitchers this season, and has a strong match-up against a high strikeout Rangers offense. Kershaw also has an elite match-up — with the Brewers being the worst team against left-handed pitching this season, striking out 28% of the time. Castillo and Kershaw pace the field in ownership projections, followed by Peyton Battenfield at $6,100 against the Detroit Tigers. I think both double-spend and the value SP2 is in play on this slate, but my lean is to force in both Castillo and Kershaw. Texas has the lowest team total on the slate, and I can’t ignore how bad Milwaukee has been against southpaws.
Battenfield makes the most sense for cash game value, but if you’re looking for a mid-tier pivot we can consider Merrill Kelly against the Miami Marlins.
Yankees + One-Offs
The New York Yankees check in as the top stack on the DK main slate – matched up with Kyle Muller. As I wrote yesterday, the Yankees are the streakiest team in baseball and it looks like they’re finally heating up due to the A’s disastrous pitching. They draw another strong spot today against Muller, who is allowing a .385 wOBA to right-handed batters will see eight right-handed hitters in the lineup today and we can’t forget how bad the A’s bullpen is behind him. They’ll definitely be the chalkiest stack, but in small-field or cash games I probably wouldn’t overthink it and just plug them in.
Outside of the Yankees we will likely see the Astros and Dodgers fill in as the next highest-owned stacks. I’ll be looking to spend up for pitching, so I have some interest in the cheap Nationals right-handed hitters against Sean Manaea.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)