A holiday weekend of baseball kicks off tonight with 28 of the 30 teams concluding play under the lights. The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies play day baseball at Wrigley, but there are a lot of great storylines and a couple really good pitching matchups tonight. How will Julio Urias fare in his debut against Jacob deGrom and the Mets? Will Chris Archer get his command on track against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees? Max Scherzer and Jaime Garcia face off. It’s an exciting night for MLB and hopefully it will be for you in these DFS contests.
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Here are the top teams to stack for May 27:
Texas – Jon Niese, who has struggled with both command and control this season, hits the road for a start in an AL park, so he’ll have to face an extra hitter every time through the order. Niese has a 4.75/5.50/4.23 pitcher slash thus far, so Ray Searage’s magic dust hasn’t worked on him as of yet. His HR/FB% will come down a bit, but it’s not like he’s locating his pitches well, so those may just become doubles and triples.
Detroit – The margin for error is extremely thin for Sean Manaea. The Oakland southpaw needs an effective changeup to get hitters out, otherwise it’s going to be a long day. The right-handed-heavy Tigers bring a lot of platoon advantages to the plate against Manaea and righties are .337/.389/.556 in 90 PA so far this season. There’s no reason for the A’s to panic and take Manaea out of the rotation, so he’ll be asked to figure things out on the fly if he is struggling.
Seattle – The Twins are sending Pat Dean out for another start while Jose Berrios works on some things in Triple-A. Dean had a solid start last time out against the Twins, but he also enjoyed the spoils of some tremendous BABIP luck. Dean’s low MiLB strikeout totals don’t inspire any confidence and the Mariners have been a little bit better than expected against southpaws. Because they’re facing a lefty, they’re also a little bit cheaper to stack.
Here are the top value hitters for May 27:
Mark Trumbo ($3,800) – Mark Trumbo is having a terrific season with a .279/.328/.553 slash. He’s already hit 14 homers on the season and has a pretty favorable matchup against Trevor Bauer, who is prone to giving up some long balls. You’ll have to take the good with the bad, as Trumbo strikes out a lot, but he can get on top of high fastballs and that’s what makes him dangerous here against a guy like Bauer.
Jung Ho Kang ($3,100) – Jung Ho Kang draws a tough customer in Cole Hamels, but Kang has been really strong against left-handed pitching early in his MLB career. Kang is a modest 5-for-14 with five extra-base hits off southpaws this season and posted a .340 OBP against lefties last year. He’s a tremendous hitter that puts bat to ball and he’s worthy of a look as a cheap MIF today.
Carlos Beltran ($3,800) – We get a few dollars off of Carlos Beltran today because he draws Chris Archer as his assignment, but the way Archer’s thrown the ball this season, we’ll gladly take it. Archer’s command has been off with all three of his pitches and that could leave some mistakes up in the zone for Beltran. The 39-year-old has 16 extra-base hits against righties and has six home runs in just 65 PA at Yankee Stadium when batting left-handed this season.
Here are the top value pitchers for May 27:
Mike Fiers ($7,100) – This is a great park for Mike Fiers to pitch in. The fly ball hurler has the ability to get some swings and misses, but he can occasionally have home run problems. Angel Stadium is not a great place for hitters, even with the short wall and short dimensions in the left field corner. Fiers has had some road issues this season, but he’s only made three road starts and two were at Fenway and Yankee Stadium.
Michael Fulmer ($7,300) – From a run prevention standpoint, Michael Fulmer may not be the best option, but there are two big things going in his favor. O.co Coliseum suppresses home runs and he gets a lot of strikeouts. Fulmer has 33 K in 26.1 innings of work on the season. He’s given up five HR in those innings, which have hurt his ERA. But, we’re looking for strikeouts at a low price and Fulmer certainly brings that.
Jaime Garcia ($7,800) – Jaime Garcia was due for a little bit of regression. Now that it has hit, we’re back to looking at the lefty as a terrific value play. Garcia is still striking out almost a batter per inning and his extreme ground ball rate should minimize damage. He has had some sequencing issues with a 65.4 percent LOB% that have given him a 3.59 ERA with better peripherals. He’s a good option here tonight.