FanDuel MLB Main Slate Top Picks for Friday April 21, 2017


We have 15 games on Fridays Main MLB slate tonight at FanDuel. We also have Coors field to deal with tonight as well.

Game Money Line Over Under Totals
Yankees @ Pirates Pirates -123 8
Braves @ Phillies Phillies -136 8.5
Red Sox @ Orioles Baltimore -125 9
Nationals @ Mets Mets -148 7
Cubs @ Reds Cubs -180 8.5
Astros @ Rays Rays -123 8
Royals @ Rangers Texas -160 9
Indians @ White Sox Indians -150 7.5
Cardinals @ Brewers Cardinals -122 8.5
Tigers @ Twins Tigers -133 8
Giants @ Rockies Giants -118 10
Dodgers @ Diamondbacks Dodgers -121 10
Mariners @ Athletics -105 for both teams 7.5
Blue Jays @ Angels Angels -124 9
Marlins @ Padres Miami -130 7.5


Starting Pitchers

There are two pitchers tonight with the greatest strikeout potential on the slate. Boston Red Sox SP Drew Pomeranz ($7700) has struck out 37 percent of the hitters he has faced and he’s up against a Baltimore Orioles offense with a 27 percent strikeout rate, .282 wOBA and wRC+ of 81 against southpaws this season. Houston Astros SP Mike Fiers ($7000) has a 17.4 percent strikeout rate and he’s up against a Tampa Bay Rays offense with a 26 percent strikeout rate, .321 wOBA and wRC+ of 113 against righties this season.

Texas Rangers leftie Cole Hamels ($9400) has a nice opportunity tonight weather permitting against a Kansas City Royals offense with a 25 percent strikeout rate, .240 wOBA and wRC+ of 51 against southpaws this season. For his part Hamels has a 14 percent strikeout rate and a 4.94 xFIP this season. Hamels will go overlooked and will make whoever uses him tonight very happy weather permitting.

Los Angeles Dodgers leftie Alex Wood ($7300) has a good opportunity tonight against an Arizona Diamondbacks offense with a 24 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .259 and wRC+ of 57 against lefties this season. For his part Wood has a 21 percent strikeout rate and 4.54 xFIP this season. Wood is a bit risky in Arizona but sometimes if you have to take a risk or two if you want to win big money.

Cleveland Indians Ace Corey Kluber ($9900) has a great opportunity tonight against a Chicago White Sox offense with a 24 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .265 and wRC+ of 69 against righties this season. This season Kluber has a 22.5 percent strikeout rate and xFIP of 3.50 this young season. If I had to pick one pitcher tonight it would be Kluber.

Other pitchers worthy of consideration tonight include Tanner Roark ($8300), Johnny Cueto ($8300), Adam Conley ($8300) and Adam Wainwright ($7900).

Phil’s Top Three Plays for Friday


San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford ($3900) has a nice matchup tonight in Coors Field against Rockies right hander Tyler Chatwood. Crawford strikes out less than 20 percent with a .292 wOBA and wRC+ of 88 against righties this season. Chatwood has been good this season but this is Coors and Crawford has a nice price point tonight.

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo ($4200) has a good opportunity tonight against Cincinnati Reds rightie Tim Adleman. Rizzo strikes out less than 20 percent with a .342 wOBA and wRC+ of 116 against right handers this season while Adleman has a wOBA of .462 and wRC+ of 196 at home against lefties this season.

Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana ($3800) has a very good opportunity tonight against Chicago White Sox leftie Jose Quintana. Santana has a .513 wOBA and wRC+ 247 plus he hasn’t struck out once this season on the road against a leftie.  Right handed sticks are slugging .657 with a .417 wOBA against Quintana when he’s on the bump at home.

Good luck at FanDuel tonight.

Special thanks to FangraphsVegas Insider, Statmuse and Baseball-Reference for helping me write this posting.

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