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DraftKings MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (4/19)

by Josh Shepardson | @BChad50 | Featured Writer
Apr 19, 2019

The Rockies are at home today so be sure to cram a few under your budget

Tonight’s slate is loaded with offensive fireworks upside. You’re going to want ample exposure to some pricey bats, and that means spending down at pitcher. Thankfully, there are a few intriguing middle-tier priced pitchers, and a trio that’s all priced under $8,500 is featured below. The hitting selections include a team’s top two hitters in the order, a three-man stack that’s sure to draw ownership, and a one-off at the hot corner who might fly a bit under the radar.

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Carlos Rodon (CHW): $8,300 at Tigers
Every member of Detroit’s lineup yesterday was a right-handed batter or switch-hitter. Facing a lineup full of players with the platoon advantage is scary and not ideal, but it’s not reason to entirely dismiss Rodon. The 26-year-old southpaw has a 3.27 ERA (1.83 FIP, 3.68 xFIP, and 3.62 SIERA), 1.14 WHIP, and jaw-dropping 30.2% K% through his first four starts spanning 22.0 innings, according to FanGraphs. The lefty’s gaudy strikeout total is fueled by a 12.7% SwStr% that’s more than two ticks up from his career-high 10.3% SwStr% in 2017 and way up from his 9.0% SwStr% last year. The surge in empty swings can be tied to Rodon ramping up the usage of his best pitch. He’s featuring his slider 41.2% of the time this year after hovering between 25-27% each of the last three years. The pitch has an awesome 23.3% SwStr% this year, and he’s not afraid to throw it to right-handed batters. He’s thrown the pitch 40.11% of the time to right-handed batters and generated a 22.92% whiff rate this season, per Brooks Baseball. A slider-heavy pitch mix has worked wonders for Patrick Corbin, and it’s doing so for Rodon thus far. His strikeout potential makes him appealing in GPPs at his price point as a strong pivot for a couple hundred dollars more than the likely chalky next pitching selection.


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