We’re starting off a new week on the diamond with a rather interesting DFS card today. There are technically nine games at your disposal, but there are 12 games overall. The Rockies and Pirates are wrapping up their series with a getaway day makeup game and the Indians and White Sox are playing a traditional double dip tonight. Even the second game is unavailable for tonight’s contests. Now that we’re back to having all day to study the matchups and having some more lead time for the lineups, let’s get after it and start the week on a good note.
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Here are the top teams to stack for May 23:
Philadelphia – Stacking options are few and far between today, especially because the Indians and White Sox are not available in contests and there are some pitchers to go against in those games. Mike Pelfrey takes the ball for the Detroit Tigers today against the Phillies, so they make the most sense as a stack. Pelfrey has a 5.49/5.80/4.87 pitcher slash on the season and has given up eight homers in 41 innings. Homers add up quickly and the Phillies are a very cheap stack.
Chicago Cubs – The Cubs are in a bit of a tough situation after playing on the west coast, but Adam Wainwright hasn’t shown any command with his pitches this season, so that may outweigh the fatigue factor. Wainwright has a 5.92 ERA with a 4.00 FIP and a 4.53 xFIP. He’s not missing many bats and a .337 BABIP against is a pretty good indicator of how many barrels he’s been hitting this season.
Detroit – The last spot was between Detroit and the New York Mets, but the Mets have some issues with left-handed pitching. Vincent Velasquez has a lot of strikeout upside, but this is a much stiffer test than most that he has faced this season. The Tigers have gotten things going offensively of late and their big hitters are racking up big points with the long ball. Velasquez has not faced an AL lineup using a DH yet this season and things were a little bit tougher for him in the Junior Circuit last season than things have been this season.
Here are the top value hitters for May 23:
Steve Pearce ($3,400) – With eligibility at 1B and, more importantly, 2B, Steve Pearce is a tremendous value bat here today. In 41 PA, Pearce is off to a .432/.488/.892 start against left-handed pitching this season. Prior to a down, injury-plagued 2015 season, Pearce was a .327/.405/.704 hitter against lefties in 2014. He’s a great platoon option and he’ll be on the right side of it tonight against Wei-Yin Chen.
Nomar Mazara ($3,700) – Our old friend Nomar Mazara draws a very good matchup here against fly ball hurler Nick Tropeano in the hitter-friendly environment of Globe Life Park in Arlington. The 21-year-old is still raking to the tune of a .304/.351/.457 slash on the season and he’s done very well against righties with a .323/.377/.538 slash. He has a .389 wOBA and a 145 wRC+. His performance against lefties has dragged down his overall numbers, saving us a few shekels in the process.
Trayce Thompson ($3,300) – The lesser-known brother of Klay has developed into a nice little platoon bat for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After yesterday’s marathon affair, the Dodgers may not be overly concerned about hitting, but Thompson is a guy that needs to continue earning playing time. Against lefties this season, Thompson has a .278/.333/.583 slash and he now owns a career .308/.351/.615 slash in that split.
Here are the top value pitchers for May 23:
Brandon Finnegan ($5,900) – It’s been a struggle for Brandon Finnegan, but he could find himself in a great situation here tonight. The Dodgers and Padres played deep into the night with an extra-inning marathon. It would be a major surprise if the Dodgers give Clayton Kershaw any run support tonight. The benefactor would be Finnegan, who could use Dodger Stadium’s pitcher-friendly environment to rack up a strikeout per inning and a high-quality start opposite the game’s best pitcher.
Taijuan Walker ($8,100) – We’ll tie one on for Taijuan tonight as he takes on a lackluster A’s lineup in a great place to pitch. This is actually one of the most surprising salaries in quite a while. Walker has experienced some regression here of late, but he’s still posting excellent K/BB rates and should be in a good park for curtailing his home run rate. Walker is almost a must-stream at this price with his strikeout upside.
Gio Gonzalez ($9,900) – The regression red flags are there with Gio Gonzalez, but the Washington left-hander catches a Mets lineup that is 25th in wOBA against LHP on the season. They hit for almost no power against lefties, as guys like Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto struggle with same-side pitching. Gonzalez is pitching to more contact this season, which is concerning, but the Mets are tied with the Astros for the highest K% in baseball against LHP.