We have nine games today with the first pitch at 7:05 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels, taking on Aaron Judge and New York Yankees in New York. The highest implied run totals today sit with the Toronto Blue Jays (6.3), San Diego Padres (5.6), and New York Yankees (5.1).
The game in Washington between the Nationals and Phillies is at risk of being either delayed or postponed with a 17 percent chance of rain at game time and then going up to 30-40 percent in the next couple of hours.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 8/30/21 (using DraftKings Values)
Corbin Burnes- P ($10,200) – We had a rare bad start from Burnes his last time out, but if you include that start with the three previous ones, he has still only given up five runs in those four starts while striking out 28 batters.
Jared Walsh– 1B ($4,300) – Walsh is coming off of a three-hit game where he had a double and a home run. He now has two home runs in his last four games, and he will face Corey Kluber who is making his first start coming off the injury list so don’t expect him to be at his best, or for him to go deep into the game.
Bo Bichette–SS ($5,300) – The Blue Jays have struggled to score runs recently, but that is in no part because of Bichette’s play. He has a hit in each of his last four games with a double, a home run, and a stolen base in that time frame.
Yordan Alvarez – OF ($5,900) – In Alvarez’s last four-game he has three home runs and a double. He will face a Seattle starter in Chris Flexen who gives up nearly a home run per game and has an ERA near 4.
Aaron Judge- OF ($5,400) – Judge had a multi-hit game in five of his last six games. In his last five games, he has three doubles and two home runs. I look for him to get back on track tonight as the Yankees head back home to face the Angels and their poor pitching.
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Zack Wheeler ($10,000) Wheeler is a risk/reward player tonight. While he has given up four or more runs in four of his last five starts, he has also struck out 10 batters or more in two of those. He has pitched well against the Nationals this year, so there is room to believe that he can limit the number of runs he gives up tonight.
Tyler Gilbert ($6,200) – In Gilbert’s first start against the Padres he threw a no-hitter, and while we don’t expect him to do that again, he has pitched well in his other starts, and the Padres have the worst team SLG in MLB over the last two weeks.
Johnny Cueto ($7,700) – Cueto continues to be productive in his starts, it’s just a question of whether he will get you strikeouts or not. He has given up three runs or less in each of his last five starts, but he is only striking out 20 percent of the batters he has faced this season.
The Value Players
Nick Solak – 2B ($2,300) – Solak was fantastic to start the season, and we are starting to see him come back to life. He has a hit in each of his last seven games, and he has had multi-hit games in three of his last four games, with a double and a home run.
Joey Wendle –3B ($3,600) – To say Wendle went off yesterday is a bit of an understatement. He had three hits, two home runs, and six runs batted in. He has hits in each of his last five games, so we could see him surpass his value again today.
Austin Hayes – OF ($3,100) – In Hays’ last three starts he has three multi-hit games. If we look at his last six games he has had three doubles, a triple, and a home run. Don’t be scared off by him facing Robbie Ray. Hays hits left-handed pitching well, and his usage won’t be high.
Tampa Bay Rays – You always have to check the Rays lineup because of their depth, but I would be starting with Wendle and adding Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozerana to make a stack for them.
New York Yankees – We talked about Judge, but you can add Giancarlo Stanton, and Anthony Rizzo to stack them. The Yankees are back home and will face a weak pitching team in the Angels.
Baltimore Orioles – Whenever the Orioles are facing a lefty, they are worth giving a shot. We discussed Hays, but Mountcastle and Mullins both also hit lefties well, so don’t be afraid to use them tonight.
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