That didn't work out. Last Friday, I tried something new. I shunned great pitchers for what I thought was going to be great hitters. Horrible. This Friday, I'm back on the pitchers! Check out the team!
MLB DraftKings Team for Friday, June 16.
P – Sean Manaea, $7,300, Oakland vs NY Yankees – Manea offers excellent value at only $7,300. He's clearly one of Oakland's better pitchers. On the surface, the matchup looks terrible. How is Manea going to stop the Yankees from scoring run after run against him? I checked and the last time Manea faced Yankee batters, on May 26, he was unbelievable. He allowed only 4 hits in 7 innings. He didn't allow a single run. He also struck out 8. I'm taking a chance that he repeats that performance on Friday night.
P – Max Scherzer, $12,900, Washington at NY Mets – Scherzer has burned me in the past. I don't think he burns me tonight. Although the last 2 times Scherzer faced the Mets he didn't patch well, there are reasons to believe he pitches well tonight.
The last two battles versus the Mets were in late April. That's the first reason to believe he comes out firing. The second reason is because he's garnered double-digits in strikeouts in his past 4 starts. He also gave up a home run and 2 earned runs in his last start. Scherzer's the type of pitcher that has huge games after okay games.
C – Yan Gomes, $2,900, Cleveland vs Minnesota – I've placed 4 Cleveland players on Friday's roster. There's a reason. The Minnesota Twins start pitcher Nik Turley tonight. Turley allowed 4 earned runs off 8 hits versus San Francisco in his first start. He's never faced Cleveland batters. Gomes should start because Roberto Perez started at catcher yesterday, and Terry Francona has been going Gomez, Perez, Gomes, Perez.
1B -Edwin Encarnacion, $4,900, Cleveland vs Minnesota – I think Encarnacion has a monster game. He's scored 4 runs, and has 3 hits off his last 6 at-bats. If the Tribe runs Turley off early, I'm not worried. Minnesota has the worst bullpen based on ERA in MLB. Twins relievers have a 5.39 ERA. They're 7-9 on the season. Cleveland's bullpen has allowed 38 home runs while walking 82.
2B – Jose Ramirez, $4,00, Cleveland vs Minnesota – Ramirez is on a slight hot streak. He's recorded 5 hits, and has scored 3 runs from his last 9 at-bats. Overall, Ramirez bats .290 with 9 homers, 30 RBIS, and a .346 OBP.
3B – Hernan Perez, $4,700, Milwaukee vs San Diego – The Padres start reliever Miguel Diaz tonight. Diaz has a 6.92 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Padre relievers have a 4.90 ERA, and a 9-14 record. Perez has a hit in 7 straight. He's gotten at least 1 hit in 15 of the past 17 Brewer games. Hernan bats .267 versus San Diego pitchers.
SS – Eric Sogard, $3,700, Milwaukee vs San Diego – I think Sogard offers tremendous value at $3,700. Milwaukee's lead-off hitter has a .357 batting average. His OBP is .471. He has 6 hits in his last 12 at-bats. He has 20 hits from 60 at-bats versus San Diego pitchers, including going 1 for 1 versus Diaz.
OF – Jason Heyward, $3,500, Pittsburgh vs Chicago Cubs – Pirates' starter Trevor Williams has a 5.13 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Heyward is 0 for 2 versus Williams. But, Heyward only batted once on June 14. On June 15, he took the day off. Maybe, the rest did him some good.
OF – Colby Rasmus, $3,400, Tampa Bay at Detroit – I think Rasmus offers a ton of value versus Detroit pitchers at $3,400. Although Rasmus has never faced Detroit starter Daniel Norris, he should be okay. Rasmus is a lefty hitting against a lefty starting pitcher. Not only that, but Kevin Keiermaier, Tampa's terrific centerfielder, is out for at least two months.
OF – Daniel Robertson, $2,700, Cleveland at Minnesota – Robertson had 2 hits, and scored a run in 5 plate appearances versus the Dodgers yesterday. He could have another terrific game versus the deer in the headlights Turley.