I'm switching things up this Friday. Instead of playing my usual MLB DraftKings Classic Team, I'm playing an Arcade Mode Team. There are only 3 games that I can choose from: Baltimore at Oakland, San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, and L.A. Angels at Seattle Mariners.
One of the rules is that I can't stack. I can only put 2 hitters from the same team on the squad. I chose 2 hitters from the Seattle Mariners. Check out my MLB DraftKings Arcade Mode Team for Friday, August 11.
MLB DraftKings Arcade Mode Team for Friday, August 11.
P – Paul Blackburn, $11,000, Oakland vs Baltimore –
The Dodgers' Rich Hill is at $22,500. The Angels' Ricky Nolasco is at $12,000. I believe I'm getting Blackburn at some value at only $11,000. Blackburn has a 2.60 ERA, a 3-1 record, and a 1.17 WHIP. The Baltimore Orioles have never faced Blackburn. Is that going to work in his advantage? I certainly hope it will.
One thing I like about Blackburn is that the last couple of times he's faced a fellow American League rival, he hasn't allowed an earned run. One thing to also keep in mind is that Blackburn doesn't strike out a lot of batters. If you decide to follow my lead, please keep that in mind.
H – Robinson Canoe, $6,500, Seattle vs L.A. Angels – The now 34-year-old Canoe hasn't hit a home run since July 22. I think he's due. He's 7 out of 21 versus Angels' starter Ricky Nolasco. 3 of his 7 hits have been for home runs. At $6,500, I think Robinson offers awesome value for Friday night's battle against the Angels.
H – Jose Pirela, $5,500, San Diego at L.A. Dodgers – Pirela is 0 and 3 versus Dodgers' pitcher Rich Hill. I think he could turn that around in a big way on Friday. Pirela has been fantastic at the plate. His batting average is .301. He walked 3 times versus the Cincinnati Reds on August 10. The one time he swung the bat, he got a hit and an RBI. For $5,500, Pirela could make it look like I know what I'm doing.
H – Corey Seager, $8,000, L.A. Dodgers vs San Diego – Seager should have a decent game versus the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Clayton Richard, San Diego's starter, isn't terrible against Seager. Seager only bats .222 versus Richard. No worries. Richard lasted only 4.1 innings the last time he faced the Dodgers. I expect the same sort of performance from Richard on Friday night. That means Seager could have a great game.
H – Jean Segura, $8,000, Seattle vs L.A. Angels – Segura is batting .309. His OBP is .362. Segura is 5 out of 19 versus Nolasco. He's hit a home run. He's recorded 2 RBIs. Segura's been hot. He has 2 hits and he's scored 2 runs in his last 9 at-bats.
H – Mike Trout, $11,000, L.A. Angels at Seattle – I wanted to put Mr. Trout onto the team. Trout has never faced Seattle listed starter Marco Gonzalez. That's too bad for Gonzalez. Trout should have no trouble getting at least 2 hits off Gonzalez. He might dominate. Trout's batting .347 with 23 home runs and 52 RBIs. That's incredible considering how many games he's missed this season.
Good luck if you've got an MLB DraftKings Team for Friday, August 11!