Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 6/2/22! 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
We have a mid-sized slate on tap tonight with pretty much no must-play at the pitcher position. We currently have no pitcher projected for more than 17 DraftKings points, and only one above 15 — Sean Manaea. Manaea is a good real-life pitcher, but never someone I like to roster as heavy-chalk, especially at a high price tag. That being said, there really isn’t anywhere to pivot with most of the other pitchers having relatively low ceilings. Matthew Liberatore was great in the minors for the Cardinals, and is cheap at only $7,300. He’s been okay so far since joining the majors, but is projecting for heavy ownership alongside Manaea on DraftKings. I think Tony Gonsolin is a strong pivot, priced in the same range as Manaea in a tough match-up with the Mets. Overall, on FanDuel I’m going to lock in Sandy Alcantara and not overthink it with him being the clear best pitcher on the slate. DraftKings doesn’t have that game, so we need to make some tough decisions when it comes to projected OWN%. I think Gonsolin is my favorite option now, stay tuned to my Core Plays for my updated SP selections for Thursday.
Winker has struggled this season, but the underlying numbers provide some reason for hope. He’s still making good contact with the ball, he’s hitting it in the air and not striking out. He’s been a bit unlucky when it comes to balls in play, and overall I think he is a much better hitter than what we’ve seen from him in 2022. Tonight is a great get-right spot, matched up with Jordan Lyles and the Orioles bullpen. Lyles has really struggled to get left-handed batters out this season — striking them out just 20% of the time and allowing a .371 wOBA. He’s mainly fastball/change up to lefties, two pitches that Winker excels against over the last few seasons. With Coors Field on the slate, we will need some value and Winker sticks out as too cheap on both sites.
Gorman is another top value for me on Thursday, and someone I already bet over 1.5 TB’s tonight. He continues to impress for the Cardinals, pacing the team in wOBA and hard-hit rate since joining the big league team. He matches up tonight with Keegan Thompson, who is a ground ball pitcher that relies on keeping the ball on the ground to get his outs. He doesn’t have great strikeout ability, and Gorman can counteract his ground ball lean with a team-high line drive rate. He’s smashed righties and fastballs this season, and I will continue to buy into him at this price tag. He won’t be this cheap for long, and he is a lock for my cash game build on DraftKings.
Jesse Winker homers!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)