We have five games today with the first pitch at 7:05 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres in San Diego. The highest implied run totals tonight sit with the Colorado Rockies (6.3), Boston Red Sox (6.3), and the Atlanta Braves (6.1).
There is a less than 20 percent chance of rain for the games tonight so we shouldn’t see any games delayed or postponed.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 8/21/21 (using DraftKings Values)
|First Base||Ryan Mountcastle||$4,000|
|Short Stop||Trevor Story||$5,300|
Eduardo Rodriguez- P ($9,500) – Rodriguez has only given up two runs over his last three starts, and he will face a Rangers team who after a brief rise away from the bottom of the league in SLG, has since returned to the bottom of that chart.
Ryan Mountcastle– 1B ($4,000) – Mountcastle has hit lefties well all season, with a batting average that is nearly 30 points higher against left-handed pitching, and he has hit more than half of his home runs against lefties in half as many at-bats.
Trevor Story–SS ($5,300) – In Story’s last five games he has a double, a triple, and a home run. He will be playing at home tonight as well where he has a triple slash of 0.306/0.370/0.536.
Wil Myers – OF ($4,000) In his last three starts, Myers has three multi-hit games, with two home runs and a double. He may not see high ownership, going up against Aaron Nola, but that only makes his opportunity that much better as Nola has given up four or more runs in two of his last three starts.
Charlie Blackmon – OF ($4,800) Rockies players are always worth a look at home, and in this case, Blackmon has hits in five straight games with two home runs and a double in that period.
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Joe Musgrove ($9,100) Musgrove had a rough start his last time out but has been very good in his four previous starts given up two runs or less in each of those starts, and striking out as many as eleven batters. We are starting to see the Phillies, his opponent today, trend upward with their offense, but San Diego is still a great place to pitch so I would expect a good start from him today.
Kyle Freeland ($5,700) – In Freeland’s last four starts, he has only given up more than two runs one time. He has fared well pitching so if you’re not too risk-averse, you could take a shot on him today and load up on bats.
The Value Players
Garrett Hampson 2B/OF ($3,200) – Hampson might be the best value on this slate. He is hitting at Coors Field, and he has four hits in his last two games, including a home run.
Joc Pederson –OF ($3,200) – You’re going to get Pederson at a discount, as his performance hasn’t been great over the last few games. That said, he will be facing one of the worst starters in the league in Matt Harvey tonight in one of the best hitters park in the league in Camden Yards, in Baltimore.
Asdrúbal Cabrera – 1B/3B ($3,100) – Discount players hitting at Coors, what’s not to love. Cabrera has back-to-back multi-hit games with doubles in each game, and he is hitting in the heart of the Diamondbacks order so if he can keep hitting he should be able to add some RBI and runs as well.
Colorado Rockies – I would go back to the well with the same stack we used yesterday for the Rockies. Cron, Hampson, and Blackmon all produced yesterday, so I wouldn’t mess too much with what is working.
Atlanta Braves – Going against the Orioles today, most players are in play, but I would look at Pederson(who we discussed), and add in Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman to round out the stack.
Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox can be a tough stack as you will have to find at least one value play, but I would be playing Xander Bogaerts, Kyle Schwarber, and Alex Verdugo or Christian Vázquez to cap it off and try and keep your budget intact.
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