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DraftKings MLB: Saturday Picks

Adam Zdroik

Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.


Corey Kluber, CLE vs. MIN ($12,600): Of the three higher-priced pitchers on the slate Kluber may be the safest, which may also be the reason heís the most expensive. Kluber is rolling with 39 strikeouts in his last four starts and is close to a lock to beat Kyle Gibson. The Twins are mediocre against righties with a 22.0 percent K rate and .325 wOBA.

Jacob Faria, TB vs. BAL ($8,900): Faria is the way to go if you donít want to spend all of your money on pitching. In three starts, Faria has been close to dominant with only three earned runs, 15 hits allowed and 22 strikeouts. Baltimoreís numbers fit well for Faria as the Orioles have a high 23.9 percent K rate and .320 wOBA against righties since the start of May.


Tyler Flowers, ATL vs. MIL ($3,700): Flowers has split more time with Kurt Suzuki lately, but itíd be surprising if heís rested again with how his bat has been. Even in a righty-righty matchup he has a .401 wOBA, while Matt Garza hasnít had a good outing in a while. Garza has allowed four runs in three of his last four starts and didnít top four strikeouts in any of those.


Marwin Gonzalez, HOU at SEA ($4,100): While Gonzalez has been great all around this season, his numbers are better against righties with a .421 wOBA and .285 ISO. Sam Gaviglio isnít having a bad debut season, but still has some room to improve with a 4.58 xFIP against lefties. In addition, Gaviglio isnít a big strikeout guy, failing to surpass two Ks in four of his seven starts.


Jed Lowrie, OAK at CWS ($3,500): Lowrie has surprised a bit this season and thatís thanks in large part to what heís done against righties with a .375 wOBA and .216 ISO to go with a much lower 14.5 percent K rate. James Shields recently returned from a shoulder injury and Iím not sold on his early-season success, especially with a 6.19 xFIP against lefties standing out.


Travis Shaw, MIL at ATL ($4,200): Iíll take this price for Shaw any day, more so against righties, against who he has a .452 wOBA and .292 ISO against since May 1. R.A. Dickey had some nice recent starts, but those both came against lowly Giants and Phillies rosters. The Brewers will bring out Dickeyís bad numbers, especially his 5.53 xFIP against lefties.


Ronald Torreyes, NYY vs. TEX ($2,900): With Chase Headley still out, Torreyes will get another start, making him a wise play against a beatable pitcher. Torreyes doesnít have good numbers against righties, but Austin Bibens-Dirkx isnít an ace and gave up five runs in his last start. The Yankees could make things difficult for him and his 5.21 xFIP.


Corey Dickerson, TB vs. BAL ($4,500): At a solid price, Dickerson is in a perfect situation as he has a .389 wOBA and .273 ISO against righties. Dylan Bundy has allowed at least two runs in every start and has been even worse with 10 earned runs in his last two. Dickerson should thrive in this matchup due to Bundyís 6.11 xFIP and low 12.4 percent K rate against lefties.

Bradley Zimmer, CLE vs. MIN ($3,800): In another great matchup for a cheap outfielder, Zimmer has a .409 wOBA and .254 ISO against righties. More importantly, his 28.6 percent K rate may not come into play due to Gibsonís 12.3 percent K rate against lefties. Even better, Gibson already has two losses against the Indians and sports a 5.93 xFIP and .403 wOBA allowed against lefties. Zimmer had two hits against him in last weekís meeting.

Melky Cabrera, CWS vs. OAK ($3,600): I wanted to try at least one White Sox player against the rookie Daniel Gossett and Cabrera ended up being the play. Cabreraís numbers arenít as good against righties this season (.301 wOBA), but he still barely strikes out (10.0 percent K rate) and that wOBA jumps to .342 at home. Gossett looked better last outing, yet still has eight earned runs in 10 IP.

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