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Daily Fantasy MLB picks for Monday, May 15

Heath explores Monday’s Main slate...reluctantly!

MLB: San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers
I can’t actually tell you if that is Luis Perdomo or not. I think it is.
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Yesterday turned out pretty well for me with a mixture of Miranda, Quintana, Yankees, and Phillies. Philadelphia didn’t get to Gio Gonzalez the way I wanted but I still finished in the green. I’ll take it.

Today’s Main slate on FanDuel begins at 7:07pm ET and has seven games to pick from. Fair warning: pitching options are hard to come by on this slate. I don’t play cash games but I imagine today is a day I would avoid if I did so. The arms are just atrocious. I mean it...this slate is disgusting. But let’s discuss it anyway...

Target: Luis Perdomo ($6,600) vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Perdomo’s career slash to right-handed hitters is .284/.348/.419 (.330 wOBA). Against left-handed hitters he is even worse at .322/.375/.515 (.378 wOBA). So why on earth am I entertaining the idea of starting him? Well, for one, the aforementioned numbers come from small sample sizes (75.2 IP vs L and 99.1 IP vs R). However, in 2017 Perdomo has limited right-handed bats to a .175/.246/.177 slash (.201 wOBA). Granted, that’s another small sample size of 19.1 innings—but on a slate this terrible I had to find something to hang my proverbial hat on.

Left-handed bats have roughed Perdomo up in 2017, but Travis Shaw is day-to-day with an index finger injury. Eric Thames is generally healthy but was removed early from a game on Saturday due to “tightness and soreness.” It may seem like I am grasping at thin air here, but it’s possible Perdomo may have the opportunity to primarily work around Thames today if Shaw misses. That would leave a lineup full of right-handed bats to contend with. I’m just saying there’s a chance. Did I mention this game is in Petco Park?

Stack Against: Bartolo Colon with Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays were temporarily stymied by southpaw Ariel Miranda on Sunday but found a way to get three runs off of the Seattle bullpen to keep their winning streak alive. Against Colon, the Jays should score much earlier and much more often. Colon has shown pretty neutral splits this season (bad against L and R) but his career numbers and his most recent large sample size (2016) suggest that left-handed bats have the advantage here. That means Kendrys Morales ($2,800) and Ezequiel Carrera ($3,300) are my non-negotiables. After that it’s the red-hot duo of Kevin Pillar ($3,900) and Joey Bautista ($4,000) that I need. Don’t overthink it, people.

Quick Hitting:

On a slate with such terrible pitching options, I want to find a way to work Mike Trout ($5,400) into my lineups. If that means being contrarian with my Toronto stack and leaving off Bautista, then so be it. I’m not going to be the one who didn’t play Trout on a garbage pitching slate—not when Trout is facing Mike Pelfrey. For giggles, let’s scope out this terrible lineup:

Luis Perdomo, JT Realmuto, Kendrys Morales, Ryan Goins, Jake Lamb, Corey Seager, Mike Trout, Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera.

That is seriously ugly. But removing Bautista let me snag another Toronto lefty in Ryan Goins. Should I be happy about that or no?

Poll

Your favorite pitcher today?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Brandon McCarthy ($8,700) @ SFG
    (10 votes)
  • 20%
    Chase Anderson ($8,500) @ SDP
    (7 votes)
  • 20%
    Jesse Chavez ($7,200) vs. CWS
    (7 votes)
  • 29%
    Luis Perdomo ($6,600) vs. MIL
    (10 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now