We have seven games tonight with the first pitch at 7:05 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Rafael Devers and the Boston Red Sox, taking on Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees in Boston. The highest implied run totals tonight sit with the Boston Red Sox (6.0), Minnesota Twins (5.6) and the Toronto Blue Jays (5.1).
The weather for today’s games looks good across the board without a single game having a chance of rain above 10 percent.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 7/26/21 (using DraftKings Values)
Shohei Ohtani – P ($9,200) – Ohtani the pitcher continues to impress as much as Ohtani the hitter. In his first start after the break, he gave up just three hits and no runs, while striking out eight against a solid Oakland team. He will be at home tonight in the pitcher-friendly confines of Angel Stadium so I wouldn’t expect him to give up much tonight either.
Joey Votto – 1B ($4,100) – Votto has started to play much better. He has hit home runs in back-to-back games, and in three of his last five games, and overall has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
Bo Bichette – SS ($5,200) – Since moving to the clean-up spot two games ago Bichette has had five hits and a home run, and that was against the tough pitching of the Mets. He will see softer pitching from the Red Sox tonight so don’t be surprised if he has another big game.
Yordan Alvarez – OF ($5,400) – Yordan has hits in four of his last six games with a double and two home runs. He will face a Seattle pitching making his second start coming out of the bullpen so look for the Astros to score runs tonight, and Alvarez to get five at-bats or more.
Jesse Winker – OF ($4,600) We were on Winker yesterday and he provided two hits with a double. We are going back to that well again today. He has a double in three straight games and he will have a favorable matchup tonight against the Cubs.
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Matt Manning ($5,800 DK) Manning now has three straight starts where he has given up two or fewer runs. He will face a struggling Twins team tonight(that he held to just two hits on July 9), and he could end up being the best value on tonight’s slate.
Luis Garcia ($10,400) – Garcia has been a revelation for the Astros this season. He has given up more than two runs just once in his last five starts. He will be pitching in Seattle tonight in a game that the Astros should win.
Wade Miley ($8,600) – Miley isn’t the typical pitcher you think of for DFS, but he has only given up more than two runs in one of his last ten starts, and he will be facing a Cubs team that has been among the worst hitting teams in baseball over the last two weeks.
The Value Players
Tyler Stephenson – C/1B ($3,700) – In his last two games Stephenson has five hits, and he seems to of moved into the third spot in the order with the Castellanos injury. You won’t find many catcher eligible players with Stephenson’s spot in the order and at his price.
Willi Castro – 2B ($3,100) – Castro has hits in four of his last five games and in those five games, he has accumulated two doubles, a triple, and a home run for the Tigers. His spot in the batting order isn’t ideal, but production is production at this price.
Jack Mayfield – OF ($2,200) – Mayfield is likely to be nothing more than a flash in the pan as a 30-year-old rookie, but that being said he has hits in four straight games which include two home runs and a double. As a minimum-priced player who is playing that is a risk I am willing to take.
Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox had no issues scoring runs against the Blue Jays last week in Buffalo and I don’t foresee any issues tonight either.. You should be able to still build a product stack with them though as you’re going to get a good price on Verdugo, and Kiké Hernandez, which will allow you to pay up for Rafael Devers, and you could still add in J.D. Martinez to that if you wish as he is below 5k.
Cincinnati Reds – We talked about Winker, but you’re not going to have to pay much for Jonathan India who has been hitting well, or Joey Votto who hit a home run last night, or if you’re so inclined you could also use Tyler Stephenson instead of Votto to save a bit of budget and get a middle of the order bat in your catcher position.
Minnesota Twins – If you’re not willing to buy into Manning’s success(much like Vegas), then you might want to look at a Twins stack. You can look at a combination of Max Kepler, Brent Rooker, Jorge Polanco and Mitch Garver and still have plenty of salary to spend.
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