Usually, we cover the night slate. However, today’s four-game afternoon spread is the perfect opportunity. Kicking off with a 1:05 pm matchup in Nationals Park and concluding at 2:05 with the Rangers and Royals. The mainstream matchups embody two crosstown contests, one in Queens and one in the Bronx. While it’s only four games to cover, it wasn’t an issue to find some studs for your DFS lineups.
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On the Mound
Cole Irvin at New York ($7,900)
Irvin has been a solid component of the A’s rotation and proves to be a major factor in the long run. Preserving a 3.29 ERA on top of 47 strikeouts, I highly recommend adding him to your lineups. Facing the Royals in his past two starts, the 28-year-old allowed just four earned runs over 11 2/3 of work. Additionally, he put away 10 batters in the combined two starts and hopes to continue his flourish as he fronts the Yankees.
Paolo Espino vs Pittsburgh ($5,400)
At the age of 35, Espino is throwing a baseball off of a mound. His stuff may not be electrifying, however, the veteran has a simple and effective delivery. Allowing just four runs over his last 10 appearances, not all pitchers need to be electric in order to succeed. Fanning three batters in 5 1/3 frames against the Rangers, the Nationals hand the ball to Espino as they face the Pirates.
In the Field
Oneil Cruz, SS ($4,100)
Everyone has been hyping up the 6’7″ shortstop and it’s fair to say that Cruz has exceeded those expectations. Rocketing a 96.7 mph throw in his first few appearances as a Pirate is enough to prove his capabilities. Cruz has only stepped to the plate 32 times yet he seems to be quite productive. While he’s batting only .242, the shortstop prodigy has his chance to repeat his laser home run as they face Espino.
Luis Garcia, SS ($3,600)
Not many have paid attention to Garcia’s flourish in his third season as a National. In just 25 games, the 22-year-old is batting .337 with 11 RBI. The past two games were quite productive as he tallied five total knocks. The Nationals have struggled to find a permanent shortstop for several seasons, but it seems that Garcia is a mainstay for Dave Martinez’s crew. Let’s see if the New York native can maintain his recent flourish at the plate as he faces Mitch Keller.
Jose Trevino, C ($3,300)
After shipping off Gary Sanchez to the Twins, the Yankees hoped that they can slip by with their shaky catching situation. It seems that Trevino has proved otherwise and his bat has now become a threat for opposing pitchers. He has been clutch in tight situations and nobody expected him to squeeze out six long bombs. Collecting three RBI over the past two games, Trevino proves to be a daily contributor to the Yankees roster.
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