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FanDuel MLB Lineup Advice: Monday (8/19)

by Elliott Baas | @ElliottBaasBB | Featured Writer
Aug 19, 2019

Kyle Gibson has strong underlying metrics and a favorable matchup against the White Sox.

Another day, another juicy FanDuel slate. You don’t need to dread Mondays with the games we’ve got tonight. Even with only nine matchups, there are lots of options to choose from. LAA @ TEX leads the way in terms of scoring with an 11.0 O/U. KC @ BAL is right behind at 10.5. With the scoring highlighted by bad teams, there are some unconventional choices for this slate.

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Starting Pitcher

Zac Gallen (ARI): $8,000 vs. COL
Colorado’s lineup looks stacked on paper, but a lot of thump is taken out of these bats on the road. Using park-adjusted metrics, the Rockies lag far behind. They have an 84 wRC+ against right-handed pitching this season, which is the fourth-lowest in the majors. Their .675 OPS on the road is the majors’ second-worst ahead of just the Marlins. Gallen has been carving up batters since his promotion earlier this season, posting a 27.4% strikeout rate and 12.6% SwStr rate. The rookie should take advantage of a weak lineup and get plenty of strikeouts.

Kyle Gibson (MIN): $7,400 vs. CWS
Gibson may have a 4.28 ERA, but his 3.88 xFIP and 2.93 K/BB ratio suggest that he has pitched much better. The White Sox have been one of the worst teams against righties this season with an 81 wRC+ and .687 OPS. What really makes this matchup appealing is Chicago’s 26.4% strikeout rate against righties, the second-highest mark in the majors. Gibson is the best pitcher priced in the mid-tier.


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