Former outfielder Carlos May wore number 17 for the Chicago White Sox which put his birthday on his uniform…May 17. So happy 73rd birthday Carlos. As for our MLB DFS lineups today, we again look at a few values so you can afford the Mike Trouts and Juan Sotos of the world. It’s an eight-game slate so let’s get started.
***All Prices Are DraftKings***
On the Bump
Adbert Alzolay – $8,100 – vs. Washington Nationals
The Chicago Cubs right-hander is certainly consistent. He has allowed two or three runs and struck out six or seven batters in each of his last five starts. He also has not walked more than two batters in any start this season. In those last five starts, Alzolay has put up at least 15 DK points and has surpassed 18 three times. His opponent tonight has scored more than five runs in a game only three times in the month of May. Go with the solid floor here, especially in cash games.
Yusei Kikuchi – $7,800 – vs. Detroit Tigers
The Seattle Mariners’ lefty has pitched well in his past three starts logging a quality start in each one. This includes a sparkling 25/4 K/BB rate while only allowing two bombs in 20.1 innings. Detroit is an awful offensive team, scoring just 3.5 runs per game and striking out over 10 times a game. They are also next to last in the American League in HRs with 36. Lock and load the Mariners’ southpaw.
Max Fried – $7,300 – vs. New York Mets
Since Fried has come back from injury, he has thrown 11 innings and given up just two runs in his two starts. The Mets are absolutely decimated by injuries. They will be without Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis, and Jeff McNeil. This is a prime setup for the Atlanta Braves lefty to shine and take a game from the division leaders.
On the Dirt
Jonathan Villar – 3B – $3,200
With the previous talk about Fried being said, Villar has to step up. Although he has batted generally in the seventh spot for the Mets, he will likely move up in the lineup and perhaps lead off. Since becoming a regular in the beginning of May, Villar has a .358 OBP with a couple of homers and three swipes. Look for him to make something happen for New York tonight.
Dylan Moore – 2B – $2,800
It seems like I’m always touting this guy but the talent is there. Over his last nine games, he has nine hits, nine RBI, and three dingers. Give me the power-speed combo on guys who are below $3,500 because they can get you points and ROI even if they have a bad game.
On the Grass
Pavin Smith – $3,800
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman has eight hits in his last seven games. While he is facing a tough pitcher in Walker Buehler, the Dodgers righty hasn’t been exactly lights-out. Buehler has given up a long ball in each of his last five starts and Seattle touched him for three bombs last time out. Lefties have a solid .775 OPS against him as well. Tonight, Smith gets to LA’s youngster as he is my Home Run call for tonight.
Tommy Pham – $3,200
The San Diego outfielder just hit his first homer of the season on Saturday. He’s also walked four times and only struck out once in his last three games which means he is seeing the ball well. While his opponent, Jon Gray, has pitched well this season, he has given a free pass to 19 batters in just 46 innings. With Pham locked in, I would lock him into my lineups especially at this price.
Good Luck Everyone.
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