I'm taking a different approach than I normally do with my MLB DraftKings Teams. This Friday, I've put together a squad with an emphasis on batters, and not so much on pitchers. Why? I believe the two pitchers I've added to the team offer great value for their cost. Check out my August 4, MLB DraftKings squad!
MLB DraftKings Team for Friday, August 4.
P – Kevin Gausman, $8,100, Baltimore vs Detroit – Gausman had an excellent July. He's been terrific in his last 3 starts. Gausman's yielded 1 earned run of 16 hits. He's struck out 32 batters. He's done all of this while pitching a total of 20.2 innings. I think he's hot enough to anchor my Friday fantasy baseball team.
P – Eduardo Rodriguez, $6,900, Boston vs Chicago White Sox – Rodriguez has been terrible since coming off the disabled list. I believe it's only a matter of time before he puts it together. If he does today, he could be my best pick at only $6,900. Eduardo faces one of the worst hitting teams in MLB
C – Buster Posey, $3,600, San Francisco vs Arizona – Posey bats .289 versus all Arizona pitchers combined. The D'Backs list Anthony Banda as their Friday starter. In his first MLB start, Banda yielded 4 earned runs off 7 hits in only 5.2 innings pitched. Posey could have a big night at the plate.
1B – Justin Smoak, $4,800, Toronto at Houston – Smoak's been on fire. He's hit 4 home runs in his last 9 at-bats. Houston starter Brad Peacock lasted only 3 innings on July 24. On July 28, he lasted only 4 innings. Toronto bats .275 versus Peacock. It might be a perfect storm today for Smoak to continue to smoke it.
2B – Whit Merrifield, $3,800, Kansas City vs Seattle – Merrifield offers some value at only $3,800. Sure, James Paxton is one of the top pitchers on the board today. But, Paxton has had issues against the Royals. KC bats a healthy .340 versus Paxton. If JP slides today, if his control isn't where it normally is, Merrifield could capitalize.
3B – Freddie Freeman, $5,200, Atlanta vs Miami – Freeman's got 4 hits in his last 7 at bats. Versus Miami listed starter Adam Conley, Freeman is 4 for 9. He bats .444 against Conley.
SS – Jean Segura, $3,800, Seattle at Kansas City – Segura has gone 0 for 7. That was his first 7 at-bats since taking a day off this past Tuesday. Segura only has 3 hits from 20 at-bats versus KC starter Jason Hammel. Still, I think Jean could surprise today because I believe he's due for 1 or 2 hits.
OF – Mookie Betts, $4,700, Boston vs Chicago White Sox – Mookie Betts has never gotten a hit versus White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon. That should change today. Betts has been on a tear lately. He's got 5 hits in his last 13 at-bats. 1 of the hits went for a home run. He's also scored 4 runs.
OF – Jay Bruce, $4,400, New York Mets vs L.A. Dodgers – Yu Darvish heads to the mound for the first time in a Dodgers' uniform on Friday. He could be brilliant. Or, he could be terrible. Jay Bruce has gone 4 for 6 against Darvish. Bruce should have a decent game until the Dodgers pull Yu. Hopefully, that won't happen until Jay gets to face him at least twice.
OF – Christian Yelich, $4,700, Miami at Atlanta – Yelich has played well lately. The big thing for today is that he bats .365 against Atlanta pitchers. That includes going 1 for 1 versus R.A. Dickey, the Braves listed starting pitcher for Friday, August 4.