Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 7/14/22! 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 haven’t had a ton of these big night slates on Thursday’s this season, but we are gifted one tonight and there is thankfully no Coors Field. There are tons of options, but for me three clearly stand out above the rest and that’s Corbin Burnes, Carlos Rodon and Triston McKenzie. Burnes and Rodon are facing each other in the same game, which is going to be a must watch for people that appreciate good pitching. Both of these lineups have 24% strikeout rates against right-handed pitching and I think they are the clear best options tonight. Everyone that reads this article knows I love to spend up for both pitchers, and I do think it’s possible tonight with some of the value we have with the bats. If you want to save a few dollars for your second pitcher, McKenzie matches up with a high strikeout Tigers lineup that also owns a combined .301 wOBA against right-handed pitching. McKenzie has struggled with walks this season, so it’s a positive that the Tigers walk just 7% of the time as a team. All of these guys are viable in all formats and I will be choosing two of the three for my main lineup on Thursday.
If I had to choose one more pitcher for tournaments, it would be Carlos Carrasco at a very nice price on DK. He can be used as a pivot in larger-field tournaments.
I’m super thankful there’s no Coors tonight, but I’m actually going to write up a mini-stack in this section from the Cleveland Guardians. Reyes continues to be underpriced because he’s in the midst of a pretty poor season, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has slate-altering power. HIs .490 expected wOBA is first-overall on the team, and he’s still hitting the ball hard with 51% hard-hits. Rodriguez is allowing a monster .400 ISO to right-handed batters over his last 60 plate appearances, and this could be the breakout spot Reyes has been waiting for.
The second piece of our Guardians stack is the newly called up Nolan Jones who has been raking since joining the big league team. His 54% hard-hit rate is tops in the Guardians lineup and yet he is minimum-priced on DraftKings. We have him projected for around 15% ownership tonight, but he is the clear top value and can be used in all formats even as a one-off.
Corbin Burnes and Carlos Rodon both strike out double-digit batters.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)