We have an nine-game slate with first pitch at 1:05 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Matt Olson and the Oakland Athletics, taking on Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees in the Bronx. The highest implied run totals tonight sit with the Toronto Blue Jays (6.1), Boston Red Sox (5), and Chicago Cubs(5).
The Braves and the Cardinals game on the main slate today is a 7 inning doubleheader.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 6/20/21 (using DraftKings Values)
|First Base||Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||$6,300|
|Second Base||Jon Berti||$3,200|
Nathan Eovaldi – P ($8,300)
Eovaldi will be facing a Royals team today that is getting on base less than 30 percent of the time, which makes it pretty tough to score runs. On top of that Eovaldi has only given up more than two runs in just one of his last five starts, and you should expect a solid start from Eovaldi.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B ($6,300)
Vlad’s cost is one that isn’t easy to part with, but when he is facing one of the worst starters in the league(Matt Harvey), in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league(Camden Yard), then you have a game where he could return value even at his high price.
Jon Berti – 2B/3B ($3,200)
Coming into today, Berti has five hits in his last three games, to go along with a home run and a double. The Marlins have started to score runs as they come out of what was a teamwide slump, so you can likely get some of their hitters now while they are seeing almost no ownership.
Bryan Reynolds – OF ($3,100)
Reynolds might be my favorite value play today. He is very cheap, and he has four straight multi-hit games, and he has hit home-runs in back-to-back games. To top it off, Cleveland’s starter today has a near five ERA today.
Ryan Mountcastle – OF ($4,100)
It’s easy to look past Orioles players when they are going against a good pitcher like they are today, but Mountcastle has hits in five straight games and is coming off a three home run game yesterday. Even if you put the recency items here aside, Mountcastle hits lefties well with a 0.319 batting average and 0.565 SLG this year.
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The A List
Bo Bichette – SS ($5,900) – The Bichette play here is more about the situation than what he has done recently. We talked about the situation earlier with Vlad, and all of that remains true here. Bichette hits near the top of the lineup, and being able to stack him with Vlad is ideal in this type of matchup especially on a day where we don’t have any true marquee pitchers.
Tony Kemp – 2B ($2,700) – Kemp has hits in five straight games, and he has hit a home run in back-to-back games. I wouldn’t expect more home runs from Kemp, but he is certainly capable of getting a couple of hits and a double, and lets not forget his stolen base potential.
Hyun-Jin Ryu – P ($8,900) – Ryu’s last three games haven’t been ideal giving up at least three runs in all three games with only seven strike-outs combined. I would only look to Ryu in cash games as I think there is blowup potential with him today.
The B List
Randal Grichuk – OF ($4,100) – I don’t often have this many players from the same team, but it’s hard to pass up games in Baltimore when they have Matt Harvey and his 7.76 ERA on the mound. Grichuk has two multi-hit games in this last three games, and nicely rounds out the Blue Jays stack.
Gio Urshela – 3B ($4,200) – While the match-up against Oakland isn’t ideal, it’s hard to deny how well Urshela has been playing. He has two home runs and a double in his last three games.
Patrick Corbin – P ($7,600 DK) -Corbin is coming off a really nice start against the Pirates(8.1 innings giving up one run and striking out seven). Today he will face a Mets team that has a team batting average of just 0.223, and a SLG of 0.423 over the last two weeks.
The C List
Cedric Mullins II– OF ($4,800 DK) Mullins has a hit in six of his last seven games, and has two straight games with two home-runs. This season he is sporting a triple slash against left-handed pitching of 0.329/0.394/0.541.
Josh Bell– 1B ($4,900 DK) – Bell is finally starting to hit for the Nationals. He has a double and a home run in his last three games, and at least a hit in three of his last four games.
Jorge Alfaro– C ($2,600 DK) Alfaro is a solid play at his price. He has five hits in his last three games, with a home run and a stolen base. You don’t need a lot from him to hit value at this price, and this is a good situation for him to exceed that value.
Today is one of the rare days where GPP and Cash strategy are the same. The key factor for us is getting value out of our pitching, because there isn’t an ace to be found. One of the most important things to do today is make sure you are avoiding the seven inning game with the Cardinals and the Braves. It’s easy sometimes to get caught up in the names at times. We don’t’ have any easy ownership eating pitchers today, which means we are paying for hitters today, and I really like a game stack with the Blue Jays and the Orioles when we factor how well the Orioles hit lefties, and how bad Matt Harvey is. Vegas is backing up this play as well with the expected run totals.
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