Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 5/25/22! In this article, I’ll break down by top overall plays for today’s main slate. Last year was an extremely big year for the Karma team in MLB, and we are looking to continue that success in 2022. I will be providing Core Plays for every main slate (and day baseball) this season — you can gain access to that as well as our premium discord here. Let’s get to the plays…
Above is an example of the Core Plays given out to Subscribers on Friday May 13th
It’s a smaller slate tonight, which means limited pitching options and potentially having to play guys in tougher match-ups. Giolito is clearly the best real-life pitcher on this slate, but he’s in the same spot as Dylan Cease was last night…and that did not end well. That being said, that bad game from Cease will likely cause a more cautious approach with Gio tonight, despite him being the best play. The one thing that could move me off him here is the weather, and that’s something we are going to have to wait on closer to lock. I think Cristian Javier is the number two option for me — so if this game gets too weird with weather I will pivot him to Javier and move on.
Like I said, we have limited options on these smaller slates making Sears a top option for his price. Sears has a legitimate chance to stick in the Yankees rotation if he pitches well tonight, and he has been absolutely lights out in the minor leagues this season. In 2022, he’s posted a sub-1.00 ERA with 38% strikeouts at Triple A. He also rarely walks batters, which is something we love for DFS. Overall, I’m not sure how good he will be at the major league level this season, but he is cheap and has strikeout upside in a strong match-up. He seems underpriced for what we can project him for, and I’ll be overweight on DK tonight.
I wrote Walsh up yesterday, and he responded with a homerun. I feel like it’s only right I go back to the well tonight, especially in another good spot against Glen Otto. I highlighted yesterday how Walsh is one of the best left-handed power hitters in the AL, and he excels against sinkers. He matched up very well with Dunning’s pitch mix, which was a driving factor between me using him in my lineup. He also matches up well with Otto’s pitch mix — who throws primarily sliders and sinkers to lefties this season. I noted his sinker success previously, but he also owns a .522 wOBA and .487 ISO against sliders…the best marks on this team. This is honestly an even better induvial spot than last night, and he is my favorite play on all sites.
Chicago is another team in a strong spot tonight, against Rich Hill. Hill has always allowed above-average power, especially to right-handed batters. This White Sox lineup is so bad right now, I’m not sure I can find it in myself to full-stack them but we can certainly look for one-offs or mini-stacks here. My one-off list would begin with Andrew Vaughn, who has slate-breaking power but is priced below $4,000 on DraftKings tonight. He strikes out a lot, but that shouldn’t be a concern against Hill who punches out just 14% of right-handed batters. He throws over 60% fast balls, and Vaughn is one of the best fastball hitters on this team. He is my favorite White Sox bat and favorite value play on Wednesday.
Jared Walsh homers again!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)