MLB Daily Fantasy Sports: Weekend Edition
Here is a look at the pitchers, hitters and stacks to use this weekend in Daily Fantasy Sports.
Mike Clevinger vs KC
Clevinger is the current ace of this Indians rotation. He is having a career year, despite missing a couple months in the early going. Clevinger faces the Royals this weekend at home in Cleveland. He has posted a 1.85 ERA in 34 innings, while racking up 54 K and a .211 BAA at home this year. Taking this a step further, Clevinger has faced the Royals twice this season. He won both games while holding them to just 1 ER in 13 innings, while recording 12 strikeouts.
The Royals as a team this season rank 26th in MLB in runs per game, 25th in hits, 27th in OBP, 28th in slugging and 28th in homers. This is about as good a matchup as you can find on Saturday for Daily Fantasy starting pitchers.
Chris Bassitt vs SFG
Bassitt has been a key contributor this season for the A’s. He is 9-5 with a 3.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a .227 batting average against. Bassitt has been even better at home in Oakland this season. He sports a 3.23 ERA with 5 wins in 53 innings at home this year. In his past 2 starts he has a 2.08 ERA with 2 wins and 11 Ks in 13 IP. Even if you ignore all of the stats for Bassitt this year, this matchup against the Giants is about as good as it gets for any pitcher in MLB. The Giants rank 25th in MLB runs per game, 27th in batting average, 26th in OPS, 25th in homers and 29th in stolen bases.
Kyle Gibson vs DET
Gibson has not been all that good in 2019, but he does have 11 wins on the season. He is aided by a ton of run support and solid bullpen. Overall, Gibson has had more success pitching in Minnesota this season. 7 of his 11 wins have come at home and he has a .220 BAA at home compared to a .288 BAA on the road. This start on Sunday against the Tigers should only help him improve upon his success in Minnesota. The Tigers have the worst record in MLB. They rank 30th in the league in runs per game, 28th in hits, 29th in batting average, 30th in OBP, 29th in slugging and 29th in homers. They are the worst offense in the league and using pitchers against them in DFS has been a recipe for success in 2019.
Aaron Nola at MIA
Nola is the ace of this Phillies staff, and really the only reliable SP they on this roster right now. April was a tough month for him, he got rocked to the tune of a 6.66 ERA but still has a 3.51 ERA for the season. Much of that is due to the fact that over the past 3 months, Nola’s ERA has been in the mid 2’s and he has pitched like one of the top starters in the entire National League. He has 12 wins and 180 K in 160 innings this year which what you look for in DFS, but this weekend he has a chance to not only rack up K’s, 7 or more innings and a win, but he gets to do this against the Marlins who have the worst offense in the National League. This season vs MIA, Nola has allowed just 2 ER in 14.2 innings of work, that success should continue on Sunday.
Saturday: Twins vs Edwin Jackson
Well, the Twins rank first in MLB in runs per game this year. They are also the 3rd best in team batting average, 5th in OBP, 1st in slugging and 1st in homers. They take on Edwin Jackson who is already with his 3rd team this season. Jackson has an ERA of 8.46 and a WHIP of 1.88 on the season. The Twins will be scoring runs early and often in this game, not just off of Jackson, but also against the Tigers bullpen. You will need to check the starting lineups before the game starts, but look to use Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, Mitch Garver, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco.
Sunday: Indians vs Jorge Lopez
The Indians are one of the hottest teams in MLB. Since mid-June they have the 3rd best winning percentage in the league. On Sunday they take on Jorge Lopez who has a 2-7 record with a 6.25 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. Against Cleveland this season, Lopez has thrown 7.1 innings, allowing 11 hits and 7 ER. The Indians as a team have batted .355 against him. Left handed hitters are batting .343 with a .408 OBP this season off of Lopez, so look to use lefties. 4 of the 5 hitters listed here bat from the left side of the plate: Fransisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana, Yasiel Puig and Jason Kipnis.
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