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Blake Snell + Corbin Burnes
Snell and Corbin check in as the top options tonight – both having been in amazing form over the last month. Both are striking over 30% of batters faced over the last 30 days and both have plus strikeout match-ups against the Pirates and Reds respectively. Burnes is recently struck out 13 in a start against the Reds, while Snell has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the start of May. Yu Darvish didn’t work out for us last night in cash games, but I did highlight my concerns with his recent form yesterday. Snell doesn’t have the same concerns in my opinion, and I would rank him first overall followed closely by Burnes on Tuesday night.
Kirby has been in average form as of late, with just a 22% strikeout rate over his last four starts. That being said, he has one of the top match-ups on the board tonight against the Minnesota Twins. Minny continues to strike out at will — owning a 27% strikeout rate as a team over the last 30 days. Their projected lineup shows a 28% strikeout rate against RHP this season, and surely ownership will get pushed onto Kirby here due to the match-up. For cash games, Kirby checks the boxes but if ownership gets steamed I would shy away in tournaments.
Lu Bob has been one of my favorite players to roster in DFS this season, and I will be doing so tonight against Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks has been reverse-splitsy this season, grading out worse against right-handed hitters than left. Robert is not as good against RHP as he is against LHP, but still owns monster splits including a .285 ISO. I think a mini White Sox stack could be in order tonight — with Robert and Eloy Jimenez leading the way.
We successfully identified CJ Abrams as yesterday’s top value play, and he ended up coming in over 50% owned against the Rockies. This is never the type of ownership I would recommend rostering in GPPs, especially with Nationals players, but for cash games he was likely the best SS play on Monday night. For Tuesday, my top value play is Mike Tauchman matched up against Michael Kopech. Tauchman has a .344 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season, and is priced below $3,500 on DraftKings. Tauchmean leads the team in line-drive% over the last 14 days, and is in the midst of a breakout campaign for the Cubbies.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)