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Above is an example of my MLB Core Plays for the 4/27 slate
Max Scherzer + the Field
Mad Max was not great in his Rangers debut, but on a watered down Tuesday pitching slate we have him projecting for over 50% ownership in a smash match-up against the Oakland A’s. Overall, I think he is the right cash game play even at this price, but I am more than comfortable fading him in larger-field tournaments and even single-entry contests at this pOWN%. Even with Framber Valdez coming off a no-no, I don’t see anyone at the higher salaries that I’m scared to fade so I would instead be focusing on the mid to low-tier at SP. Yusei Kikuchi against the Jose Ramirez-less Cleveland Guardians and Kutter Crawford against the Royals check in as my favorite two options tonight.
Francisco Lindor + Ian Happ
This game features a lot of fantasy pop with two mediocre pitchers throwing in Jameson Taillon and Carlos Carrasco. Taillon has been abysmal against left-handed hitters this season allowing a .401 wOBA and .280 ISO in the split. Mets fans might not agree, but Lindor has been one of the lone bright spots offensively for them this season. He has the best numbers on the team against right-handed pitching outside of Pete Alonso — and matches up very well against Taillon. Taillon is a fastball-heavy pitcher – while Lindor owns a .432 wOBA and .313 ISO against the pitch this season. He’s arguably my top spend-up in all formats on Tuesday night.
As for Happ, he checks in as one of the top value plays against Carrasco. He leads the Cubs in barrel-rate (22.5%) over the last 14 days and has power against right-handed pitching. He is popping as one of the highest-owned players on tonight’s slate – but I’m fine with him in cash games or small-field GPPs at this salary.
Casas has been a DFS target of mine for the last month or so – and he has another strong match-up tonight against Brady Singer. Singer has rebounded from his horrid start to the season, but he is still vulnerable to allowing power given how he challenges hitters. Casas reminds me of a young Freddie Freeman – and his 17% barrel-rate is top-30 in baseball over the last 14 days. We know he has power, his walks are up, and he really seems to be coming into his own at the plate. He matches up well vs Singer’s pitch mix – and can be used in all formats in a mini-stack or as a one-off.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)