I was all set to put Dallas Kuechel on today's MLB DraftKings Team. Then, I thought, “Kuechel pitches for the first time since early June. There's no way Houston lets him go longer than 5!”
No worries. I decided to add Jose Quintana, whom I believe should get at least 9 to 10 strikeouts against the Milwaukee Brewers today. I also love Robbie Ray on the road versus St. Louis.
The highest priced pitcher on the board, the Dodgers' Alex Wood, imploded in his last. I'm worried that might be a sign his form has gone south.
Check out the team!
MLB DraftKings Team for Friday, July 28.
P – Jose Quintana, $9,800, Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee – Quintana came back to earth in his second start for the Cubs on July 23. I'm not worried. I think Jose proves how fantastic he is on July 28. He should have no trouble putting it to the Brewers. Why is Quintana pitching better with the Cubs than he did with the White Sox? The Cubs have an excellent bullpen. He feels safer using his riskier, but more effective, pitches.
P – Robbie Ray, $9,400, Arizona at St. Louis – Ray's away ERA is a stunning 1.51. He's struck out 77 batters in 59.1 away innings pitched. He hasn't faced St. Louis yet this season. No problem. I think Robbie gets at least 8 strikeouts. If he's hot, he can strikeout up to 12 Cardinals today.
C – Buster Posey, $3,500, San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers – Buster last played on July 26. Why? The Giants wanted to give him a day of rest before the weekend battle versus the rival Dodgers. For only $3,500, MLB DraftKings players can add a catcher that averages .375 against the pitchers he faces on Friday. Not bad.
1B – Wilmer Flores, $4,200, NY Mets at Seattle – Flores bats .297 with a great .849 OPS versus left-handers. Ariel Miranda, Seattle's starter on Friday, is a left-hander. Wilmer could have a huge game.
2B – Asdrubal Cabrera, $3,800, NY Mets at Seattle – Cabrera bats .342 vs lefties. His OPS is .822. At less than $4,000, Asdrubal constitutes value. He's hit safely in the past 4 Met's games including getting multiple hits in 2 out of the past 4 contests.
3B – Eduardo Nunez, $3,700, Boston vs Kansas City – It's likely the Red Sox throw Nunez into the starting line-up right away after acquiring him from San Francisco on July 26. He's been one of the hottest hitters in MLB since the All-Star Break. KC pitcher Jason Vargas hasn't been the same since the break. Nunez could pummel JV today.
SS – Chris Owings, $3,300, Arizona at St. Louis -Owings has been in an awful slump since the All-Star Break. He's been bad the entire month of July. But, he's too good of a player for the slump to continue much longer. I'm hoping (probably beyond hope!) that he breaks out of his slump today.
OF – Carlos Beltran, $4,000, Houston at Detroit – Beltran's only batting .234. The good news is that he's hit safely in 7 out of Houston's last 10 games. Beltran only bats .238 versus Detroit starter Jordan Zimmerman. I'm not that worried. Zimmerman has a 5.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP this season.
OF – Brian Goodwin, $4,100, Washington vs Colorado – Goodwin's been hot in the Nats' last 2. He's gotten 4 hits, and has scored 3 runs, in his last 9 at-bats. Colorado's German Marquez can be up or down. He's never pitched to Brian Goodwin. I'm hoping Goodwin has the advantage in today's matchup.
OF – Christian Yelich, $4,200, Miami vs Cincinnati – Talk about hot. Yelich has 9 hits and has scored 8 runs in his last 17 at-bats. Reds' starter Sal Romano's ERA is 5.50. His WHIP is 1.61. No excuses for Yelich today.