We have an four-game slate with first pitch at 7:07 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees, taking on J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox in Boston. The highest implied run totals tonight sit with the Boston Red Sox (5.2), Los Angeles Dodgers (5.1), the San Diego Padres (5.1).
The weather looks good for the all four games tonight. We shouldn’t expect any of the games to be delayed or postponed.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 6/26/21 (using DraftKings Values)
|First Base||Christian Walker||$2,800|
|Second Base||Jake Cronenworth||$4,300|
|Short Stop||Fernando Tatis Jr.||$5,800|
Alex Wood – P ($8,500)
Largely we are buying into Wood on the situation. He is at home at Oracle Park, one of the more pitcher friendly environments in the league. His last few starts haven’t been great, but he will be facing a Oakland team that has struggled to hit lefties over the last two weeks, so this should be a good start today.
Christian Walker – 1B ($2,800)
Walker has hits in four of his last five games, including a home run just two nights ago. First base isn’t overly deep today with such a short slate, so saving some budget using Walker can be helpful as well.
Jake Cronenworth – 2B ($4,300)
How hot is Cronenworth right now, how about five home runs in his last six games hot, and three multi-hit games in his last four games hot. All of this to say, buy him at this price. His ownership will be high, but in cash games, it’s worth eating the chalk on such a short slate.
Fernando Tatis Jr. – SS ($5,800)
Tatis continues to amaze. He hit three home-runs last night, and he has three multi-hit games in his last six. If you’re going to pay up for a player today, Tatis should be the guy.
Hunter Renfroe – OF ($3,500)
When the Red Sox are facing left-handed pitchers, expect to find Renfroe’s name here. He has hit lefties well all year, and you’re consistently getting him at a discount. Renfroe has big power, so when you can get him with an advantage he is worth buying into.
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The A List
Tommy Pham – OF ($4,200 DK) After a couple of days where Pham didn’t hit, he picked things up yesterday. In his last five games he has two double and a home run, and the Padres look like a great team to stack today.
Nathan Eovaldi – P ($7,800) – Eovaldi has been up and down quite a bit this season, but there has been more good than bad at this point. In his last game against the Yankees he gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out seven. If we can get a repeat performance tonight, he will be well worth his price.
The B List
Manny Machado – 3B ($4,500) – Performance from third basemen over the last four days hasn’t led to a lot of options, but Machado has been the best of the bunch, and he isn’t all that expensive today. He has three multi-hit games in his last four games, and in those four games he has hit two home runs.
Frankie Montas – P ($9,200) – Much like Wood, his opponent, Montas has a pitcher friendly environment to work within tonight. He was roughed up in his last outing, but in his four previous outings, he hadn’t given up more than three runs. So we are hoping that he bounces back tonight.
The C List
Cody Bellinger – OF ($3,900) – Bellinger has struggled this season both with his health and his performance. However, he did steal a base last night, and he has hits in three of his last five games which could be a sign that he is healthy, and you are getting him at a significant discount right now when you consider his potential.
Will Smith – C ($4,100 DK) With the short slate, and a lack of top end pitchers we have extra budget to allocate to our catcher. Smith is one of the better options on most slates, and with the Dodgers at the higher end of the implied runs count, it makes sense to get him into your lineup today.
When we only have four games on a slate, the chalk can be helpful, particularly in cash games, and you are can basically throw that lineup slot away, so players like Cronenworth and Tatis will keep us in line with the rest of the group, while we look to take advantage of the splits with a player like Renfroe. The other important thing with a slate like today’s is understanding the splits. We have three left-handed starters, and while Julio Urias feels like an easy start against the Cubs, the Cubs have been hitting left-handed pitching well, and he didn’t have a great start earlier in the week, so not using him can help offer some differentiation from the pack as well.
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