DraftKings MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (7/19)
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by Josh Shepardson | @BChad50 | Featured Writer
Jul 19, 2019

Besides Scherzer, Verlander may be the best pitcher in baseball

There’s no shortage of stud hurlers in favorable spots to pick from tonight, but I narrow the picks below down to a pair of the top arms and one bargain pick. They’re joined by a trio of sluggers suggested as one-off plays and a cheap three-man stack.

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Pitchers

Justin Verlander (HOU): $11,400 vs. Rangers
Verlander’s in the midst of a fantastic season. Among qualified pitchers this year, he ranks sixth in SIERA (3.39) and strikeout rate (31.5%), and third in swinging-strike percentage (15.8%), according to FanGraphs. The righty’s ceiling is sky-high in a plum draw at home tonight. The Rangers have the fourth-highest strikeout rate (25.3%) against right-handed pitchers this year, and their 28.1% K% on the road is the highest in MLB. The game’s location tonight is a big deal, too. Minute Maid Park in Houston has the third-lowest park factor for runs (0.866) and also suppresses homers (0.945). Furthermore, in 186.1 innings pitched in Houston since the Astros traded for him, Verlander’s amassed a 2.70 ERA (2.99 xFIP), 0.80 WHIP, and 35.6% K%. Verlander and the host Astros are sizable -216 favorites, per Pinnacle, and the Rangers’ team over/under total of 3.5 runs isn’t worrisome, either. Although, it’s a full run higher than the slate-low team over/under total of 2.5 runs for the Marlins against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Giants against Jacob deGrom, so perhaps it can serve to siphon some ownership away from Verlander to the other duo of aces.

 

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6Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
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16Trea Turner (WSH)SS
17Anthony Rendon (WSH)3B
18Starling Marte (PIT)CF
19Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
20Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
21Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
22Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
23Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
24Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
25Juan Soto (WSH)LF
26Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
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29Pete Alonso (NYM)1B,DH
30Rafael Devers (BOS)3B
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22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
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25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
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