Tuesday has some fun pitching potential with Max Scherzer, Chris Sale vs. Chris Archer, Jake Arrieta, Carlos Carrasco, and Masahiro Tanaka all on the mound. Perhaps the best part about today is that there are some compelling pitching options to pair with one of these aces. Or, you could just go with Sale and Archer for their dueling no-hitters in Chicago and fill out a lineup of bench players and platoon bats. Honestly, in looking at DraftKings prices, you can cobble together somewhat of a competent lineup with those two starters.
As you know, this DFS article is a lot different from others, because we’re not projecting the best hitters and pitchers to take, rather trying to seek out the best values to add to your lineup. Keep that in mind as you peruse today’s suggestions looking for the magic formula to cash a big winner.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 4:
Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers are out in Philadelphia and take on Jerome Williams on Tuesday night. Despite some recent struggles, the Dodgers still rank fourth in wOBA at .328 and second in wRC+ at 112. Williams is just eating innings at this point for the Phillies. He has a 6.36 ERA, a 5.58 FIP, and a 4.51 xFIP in his 80.2 innings of work. Williams has already allowed 17 home runs on the season and 116 hits.
Texas – The resurgent Rangers have a chance to keep the offense rolling on Tuesday night against Dan Straily. Straily has been recalled from Triple-A because Mike Fiers had to be used in relief on Monday during Houston’s 12-9 loss. Straily has never been able to put it all together at the Major League level with a 4.56/4.68/4.56 pitcher slash. Poor control has been exacerbated by poor command, as Straily has allowed 102 walks and 38 home runs in 254.1 innings of work. Rangers stacks are fairly cheap and Straily hasn’t looked good in his small Major League sample this season.
Kansas City – Is Justin Verlander fixed? I don’t think so and I’m willing to stack the Royals to find out. Verlander’s last two starts have been very strong, allowing just two runs on 11 hits over 16 innings with a 13/0 K/BB. Those starts came against the Red Sox and Rays. He was plastered in his previous start against the Orioles. This will be his first start against the Royals this season and good lineups have hung some numbers on him. The Royals are 10th in SLG and wOBA against righties on the season.
Here are the top value hitters for August 4:
Jefry Marte ($2,500) – The Tigers have used Jefry Marte against left-handers this season and they have one in Danny Duffy on Tuesday. Marte is 6-for-21 with a couple doubles and a couple homers off of left-handed pitching so far this season. The 24-year-old posted a .348/.395/.696 slash against southpaws in Triple-A this season before getting the call as a depth bat. At this price, with a platoon split like that, why not take a shot?
Andre Ethier ($3,100) – Ethier has done much lately, but he still has a strong .280/.362/.480 slash on the season, with most of his damage against right-handed pitching. All 12 of Ethier’s home runs have come against RHP and he is slashing .288/.377/.504 on the year. Everybody is hitting Williams, who actually has some bad reverse platoon splits this season, but lefties are hitting .312/.382/.416 with 11 BB against 11 K.
Ketel Marte ($2,000) – The Mariners speedy utility man has posted some strong numbers throughout his minor league career and swiped 20 bags for Triple-A Tacoma before getting called up to The Show. He’s a high BABIP guy with some extra-base hit power. He puts bat to ball and batted leadoff on Monday, which would add quite a bit of value if he’s in that spot again on Tuesday night. The Rockies are going with Jon Gray in his Major League debut and nerves are a possibility.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for August 4:
Andrew Cashner ($6,000) – At some point, things have to turn around for poor Andrew Cashner. His 61.1 percent strand rate is among the lowest for starters in the National League, even though opposing batters are only hitting .233/.324/.397 with RISP. Cashner has allowed 21 unearned runs this season as the Padres defense has killed him on several occasions. Lefties have had some success, but righties are batting .239/.277/.363 with a 61/10 K/BB ratio. The Brewers are a right-handed heavy lineup and this is as good of a matchup as Cashner can get.
Matt Shoemaker ($7,500) – The Indians offense exploded for three runs against Garrett Richards in the first inning and did basically nothing after that. That was the sixth time in 17 games since the Break that they have scored four or more runs. They have only scored 56 runs overall and have been held to three runs or less in 54 of their 105 games. Shoemaker has some command issues, but the Indians rank 23rd in home runs. It’s worth taking just about every starter that throws against the Indians right now.
Marco Estrada ($6,300) – The Toronto Blue Jays send Marco Estrada to the hill against Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. That should be a great matchup for the Jays and Estrada should get ample run support. The Twins are 24th in wOBA against righties this season because they walk very little, which is probably Estrada’s biggest red flag. The Jays are a pretty solid defensive team and Estrada has done a great job keeping hitters off-balance this season. There are some signs of regression, but better lineups than the Twins are the ones that will cause that.