FanDuel MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (5/24)
Welcome to the “FanDuel MLB Lineup Advice” primer for Friday, May 24. Take note that these recommendations were organized earlier in the day, and circumstances could change once the lineup cards are released. However, the following players represent your best targets to consider, and any notable contingencies will be outlined in their write-ups. We will be looking at the 14-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Noah Syndergaard (NYM): $10,600 vs. DET
Syndergaard hasn’t been as dominant as we expected this season while currently holding a 4.50 ERA. However, it seems like he’s turning things around with three quality starts over his last four appearances. Syndergaard should take another step in the right direction tonight at Detroit, who ranks 29th in wRC+ with the second-highest strikeout rate. He should see plenty of run support with Mets’ hitters squaring off against generous rookie Gregory Soto.
Mark Reynolds (COL): $3,100 vs. BAL
The Rockies return home for the weekend, and they are greeted by an outstanding matchup against the worst pitching staff in baseball: Baltimore. Reynolds doesn’t start every day, so you’ll need to double-check the lineup card to make sure he gets the nod against a lefty. Orioles’ LHP John Means has been one of the few stable hurlers for Baltimore, but pitching in elevation could change that. The Orioles’ bullpen doesn’t put up much resistance behind him either. If Reynolds isn’t starting, there’s no shortage of viable first basemen, as C.J. Cron, Kendrys Morales, and Mark Canha are all affordable options on FanDuel.
Brendan Rodgers (COL): $3,100 vs. BAL
Rodgers is one of the top offensive prospects for the Rockies, and he’s proving it with five hits over his last three games. Similar to the previous write-up of his teammate, I’m assuming Rodgers will get the starting nod while holding the platoon advantage over Baltimore LHP John Means. If that’s the case, he’s an excellent mid-range pick through all formats while playing his first game in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR): $3,200 vs. SD
I can’t believe Guerrero is still this cheap on FanDuel. Even after a 0-4 performance yesterday, he’s still swinging a hot bat with five homers over his past nine games. He has collected multiple hits in four of those contests. Guerrero will hold the platoon advantage over San Diego LHP Joey Lucchesi, who has been up-and-down this season while running into some struggles on the road.
Marcus Semien (OAK): $3,500 vs. SEA
Don’t forget about Oakland tonight, as they’ll step in against Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc, who can be considered a mediocre hurler at best. LeBlanc returned from a month-long absence last week, getting shelled for seven runs and seven hits through 2.1 innings. It’s safe to say that the Seattle lefty hasn’t exactly resumed his form following that oblique injury. Semien and the Oakland right-handed bats will look to take full advantage as a confident stack on this slate.
Ian Desmond (COL): $3,500 vs. BAL
Desmond has disappointed over the past two seasons, but he’s looking strong at the moment with seven hits over his past five games. As mentioned earlier, the Rockies will return to their hitter-friendly ballpark to face one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball. Desmond holds the platoon advantage over Baltimore LHP John Means, and there’s a chance he’ll inflict some damage on the Orioles’ flailing bullpen as well.
Chad Pinder (OAK): $2,600 vs. SEA
Pinder feeds off the same rationale used in Semien’s write-up above. The Oakland outfielder is a confident platoon bat who has proven himself capable of homerun upside and impressive exit velocity. Pinder has lived up to that billing with two homers over his past four starts, and facing the generous arm of Seattle LHP LeBlanc could extend that run.