We were treated with a massive 13-game slate on Monday in the MLB and the league felt even more generous on Tuesday by giving us a 15-game slate. Every team will be in action on Tuesday, giving us plenty to research for MLB DFS. It is yet another main slate that features Coors, which means that there will be high ownership from that game, especially from the San Diego Padres.
Trevor Rogers comes in as the highest-priced pitcher on DraftKings at $10,000 and I don’t think I’ll find myself getting many shares of him or Julio Urias, who is the second-most expensive pitcher at $9,600. The St. Louis Cardinals have been solid against LHP recently, and they’ve got a power hitter in Paul DeJong back in the lineup, so I’m not interested much in Rogers. Some people may stray away from using Yu Darvish due to him making the trip to Coors, but I’m not afraid to start anyone versus the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies sport the worst wRC+, the second-worst ISO, and a 26.2% strikeout percentage to RHP in the last 30 days.
After Darvish, I’m also liking Mike Minor at $9,200 on DraftKings. Minor just had his best start of the season versus the Oakland Athletics, where he struck out eight batters en route to season-high 31.4 fantasy points on DraftKings. Minor draws the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, who have been woeful to LHP, boasting the league-worst marks in strikeout percentage and wRC+ to southpaws this season.
I would love to use Lance McCullers on Tuesday, but the veteran pitcher isn’t fully stretched out and won’t see his usual innings as he returns from injury against the Texas Rangers.
For those that began watching Luis Castillo pitch for the first time this season, I swear he was once an exciting pitcher that fanned guys regularly. The hard-throwing righty for the Cincinnati Reds has sputtered this season. But in his last shortened start against the Milwaukee Brewers, Castillo showed signs of life as he struck out seven in 5.2 IP. he also induced an 81.8% ground ball percentage in his last start. Luckily for Castillo, he’ll get to take the mound versus the same Brewers club on Tuesday. It just depends on what version of Castillo we see.
The one bargain pitcher I’m really liking is Casey Mize because DraftKings refuses to increase his price. Mize looked like he was going to have another dejected season early in the year. However, the 24-year-old pitcher has made strides in his approach recently, using a better mixture of his pitches. In his past five games, he’s struck out at least six batters, and he gets an opportunity to face a lifeless Kansas City Royals offense. The Royals boast a league-low hard contact and the fourth-lowest ISO to RHP in the past month.
It goes without saying that the Padres could very well have the most ownership on Tuesday versus Chi Chi Gonzalez. Gonzalez had his worst outing of the season in his last game, allowing three home runs that led to eight earned runs. Of the batters in San Diego’s lineup, I’m targeting Trent Grisham, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Jake Cronenworth the most. Tommy Pham also seems to be figuring things out recently.
The San Francisco Giants have been a team I’ve loved using recently against RHP. Over the past 30 days, the Giants have the fourth-most home runs versus RHP, including Brandon Crawford, who has hit three himself in that span. Corbin Martin, who San Francisco faces on Tuesday, has looked shaky in his limited action. He has actually faltered more against RHB, surrendering 46.2% percent hard contact and 53.8% fly ball rate to RHB, making Buster Posey worth a look. I also like Crawford, Mike Yastrzemski, LaMonte Wade Jr., and Steven Duggar (if he is in the lineup).
Another pitcher that I’m looking to target on Tuesday is Eduardo Rodriguez. Throughout the season thus far, Rodriguez has given up 1.54 HR/9 to LHB and 1.41 HR/9 to RHB. The left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox has also allowed 3+ earned runs in seven out of his last eight starts. It likely won’t get much better for Rodriguez against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Atlanta has hit lefties well in the past month, owning the third-best average to southpaws in that span. Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, and Dansby Swanson are the main targets. William Contreras is a decent way to get exposure to the Braves at the catcher position if he’s announced in the lineup.
What pitchers and batters are you itching to play on Tuesday’s expansive slate?