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DraftKings MLB: Tuesday Picks

Chris Morgan

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There’s actually 16 games Tuesday with the Dodgers and Cubs playing a doubleheader. However, the 1:05 PM ET game is not being included for daily fantasy purposes. As such, you don’t have to have your lineup in until 7:05 PM. Here are some recommendations…


Cole Hamels, TEX at KAN ($9,700):
Hamels has not enjoyed home cooking this year. The veteran has a 4.91 ERA in his home stadium, but on the road his ERA is a much more palatable 2.40. Given how tough Texas can be on pitchers, that's not too surprising. The Royals have scored the fourth fewest runs per game, and their stadium tends to be a bit more pitcher-friendly. Both of these things are good for Hamels.

GPP Fade: Blake Snell, TAM at HOU ($9,500): Snell has a 2.58 ERA, but that's helped by an incredible (and unsustainable) 0.96 ERA at home. On the road, his ERA is a mediocre 3.78. Plus, this matchup is awful. The Astros have the best offensive in the majors and have won 12 in a row. Now is not the time to be opting for a pitcher facing Houston.

Cheap GPP Consideration: Jefry Rodriguez, WAS vs. BAL ($5,900): This will be Rodriguez's first start in the majors, so we don't really know what to expect from him. What we do know is that the 24-year-old has a 3.31 ERA in Double-A and has struck out more than a batter per inning. Here's something else we know: Baltimore has scored the fewest runs per game. On top of that, the Orioles have a woeful .294 team OBP.


Yan Gomes, CLE vs. CWS ($3,600):
Gomes got to rest Monday, so there's a good bet he will get the start Tuesday. He has a .464 slugging percentage and has notched nine homers in 51 games. Gomes has also hit well against lefties like Chicago starter Carlos Rodon. Rodon has only two starts this season, but in his career he has a 4.11 FIP.


Brandon Belt, SFG vs. MIA ($4,300):
Belt has averaged 9.1 fantasy points per game, which is second highest among first basemen. He's also crushed right-handed pitching the last couple of years. Belt certainly won't fear righty Dan Straily, who has a career FIP of 4.77. Straily has also given up 1.46 home runs per nine innings in his career.


Ketel Marte, ARI at LAA ($3,900):
Don't look at Marte's overall numbers and get discouraged. Over his last 30 games he has a .268/.308/.515 slash line, and Monday he hit his fifth home run of the season. He still only has a .269 BABIP as well, which means his improvements should be sustainable. Felix Pena may have only pitched 46.0 innings in his career, but they have not gone well. He has a career FIP of 5.46 and has given up 2.15 home runs per nine innings.


Jeimer Candelario, DET at CIN ($4,500):
Candelario's overall numbers are quite good, as he has a .826 OPS and has hit 10 homers in 60 games. This is the 24-year-old's first season with a regular role, and he's made the most of it. Cincinnati's Sal Romano is struggling in his second season, as he has a 5.67 ERA and 5.46 FIP. He's been getting crushed by left-handed batters as well, posting a .305 BAA versus southpaws. As a switch hitter, Candelario can take advantage of that.


Trea Turner, WAS vs. BAL ($4,700):
Turner's power numbers are down, but there is still time for him to fix that. He has a career .462 slugging percentage, so his current numbers seem likely to improve. A matchup with David Hess could help. Though his 4.13 ERA is unimpressive, his underlying numbers are even worse. Hess has a 6.48 FIP and a 4.96 K/9 rate.


Michael Brantley, CLE vs. CWS ($4,700):
Brantley is putting up some of the best numbers of his career, as he's slashed .321/.363/.520. He's also hit 11 homers, and if he stays healthy he could best his career high of 20. Brantley also has an OPS of 1.008 at home, which bodes well here. As previously noted, Carlos Rodon of the White Sox has a career 4.11 FIP.

Justin Upton, LAA vs. ARI ($4,500): Upton has a hit in five-straight games, but that's not the reason to like him here. He has hit at last 26 homers in each of his last five seasons, and he already has 15 this year. He also has a career OBP of .348, and his OBP this year is a healthy .340. Arizona's Matt Koch started the year off promising, but his slipped up since. He now has a 4.09 ERA and 5.67 FIP. The main problem he's faced? The fact he's allowed 1.91 homers per nine innings.

Mitch Haniger, SEA at NYY ($4,300): Haniger announced himself at the major-league level last season with a .282/.352/.491 slash line and 16 homers in 96 games. This year, he's built upon that. The 27-year-old has a .269/.357/.512 slash line with 16 homers in only 71 contests. Domingo German has a 5.23 ERA this season.

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