FanDuel MLB: Sunday Breakdown
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Breakdown

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

Sunday's MLB Main slate begins at 1:05 PM Eastern time and features nine games. Below, you'll find which individual pitchers and hitters are primed to provide the best value, as well as the top lineup stacking options in this slate.

Pitching Overview 

This slate features a balanced selection of pitchers, with a number of aces in action as well as a few promising youngsters and some more hittable guys for owners who prefer to spend big on sluggers.

Jacob deGrom ($10,600) and Cole Hamels ($9,000) are set to face off in what should be a low-scoring affair at Wrigley Field, making both more appealing than fellow big-name hurler Justin Verlander ($11,000) as he should have his hands full at Yankee Stadium.

Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto ($8,700) also represents an intriguing option. He's given up just five hits with a 12:4 K:BB over 14 scoreless innings to begin his career, and will be making his third career start today in Philadelphia.

Opposing Yamamoto will be another promising 23-year-old in Enyel De Los Santos ($5,500). De Los Santos offers a terrific opportunity to make a push for a spot in Philadelphia's rotation with this matchup against the league-worst Marlins offense. He's also displayed some serious strikeout upside with a 29.9 percent strikeout rate at the Triple-A level and a 25.0 percent mark in seven major-league innings this season. 

Value Plays/Chalk

Certain Brewers should thrive against a pitcher who struggles to retire left-handed batters, while the Astros and Indians are in line for success against a pair of mediocre lefties. In addition to those three stackable lineups, certain individuals from other teams stand out as options to target here.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman ($4,400) should feast against Triple-A call-up Joe Ross, who has surrendered 15 runs - including 14 earned - in 13.2 major-league innings this season for the Nationals. Freeman's wOBA against righties also solidly registers above .400.

Padres third baseman Manny Machado ($3,600) owns a wOBA over .500 against left-handed pitching this season, and it jumps nearly another 100 points on the road. Look for the notable free-agent acquisition to add to that success against Pirates southpaw Steven Brault.

Twins outfielder and leadoff man Max Kepler ($4,200) enters with a .384 wOBA against righties, making the left-handed slugger a strong choice with Homer Bailey taking the mound in Kansas City. Bailey has pitched better of late, but still has a 4.82 ERA and 4.55 xFIP this season. 

Stacks

Brewers vs. Anthony DeSclafani (Reds)

Christian Yelich (OF - $4,900), Mike Moustakas (3B - $3,700), Yasmani Grandal (C - $3,300)

Left-handed hitters have proven a nightmare for DeSclafani this season, producing a .406 wOBA against the Reds' righty. Yelich is arguably the best left-handed batter in baseball, sporting a wOBA over .500 against righties and over .600 at home. Moustakas sits a step below Yelich, but still very good in his own right by hovering around the .400 wOBA mark against righties overall while eclipsing that mark at home. And the switch-hitting Grandal has recorded a .370 wOBA when batting left-handed this season. For a slightly cheaper option in the C/1B slot, left-handed slugger Eric Thames ($2,600) makes for a solid alternative to Grandal. 

Astros vs. J.A. Happ (Yankees)

Jose Altuve (2B - $3,800), Jake Marisnick (OF - $2,600), Alex Bregman (SS - $4,200)

Even while dealing with a couple of notable injuries, the Astros still possess plenty of right-handed bats capable of producing against Happ. The veteran southpaw has struggled with a 5.13 ERA and .346 wOBA against in 40.1 innings at Yankee Stadium this year. Altuve owns a tremendous .473 wOBA against lefties, and Marisnick's not far behind at .450. Bregman leads off and boasts a wOBA over .380 against both lefties and righties this season.

Indians vs. Daniel Norris (Tigers)

Jordan Luplow (OF - $2,800), Francisco Lindor (SS - $3,900), Carlos Santana (1B - $3,800)

Norris comes in with a 4.40 ERA, and the southpaw's 4.71 FIP suggests improvement is unlikely to come. Luplow usually bats in the cleanup spot against lefties, and for good reason since he's produced a .467 wOBA in 83 plate appearances against them this season. Santana and Lindor both represent switch-hitters with strong results from the right side. Lindor has a .440 home wOBA when batting right-handed, while Santana's notched a .383 mark from that side.

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