DFS MLB Advice: April 19th, 2017

By Vincent Frank on Wednesday, April 19th 2017
DFS MLB Advice: April 19th, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals

This could be get right time for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, who has yielded 10 earned runs in 16 innings pitched thus far this season. He's taking on a Major League worst Cardinals lineup that has posted a .209 average and .287 OBP in 13 games on the year. 

It also doesn't hurt that Cole yielded two runs in six innings in his last start against the Chicago Cubs in what was a season-best performance to date. In addition to this, Cole has posted a solid 3.13 ERA in five career starts at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Maybe look for him as a solid DFS play on Wednesday. 


Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

After playing three seasons in South Korea, Eric Thames continues to rake. Even in defeat against Chicago on Tuesday, the veteran went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two doubles. That brings his season average to .426 with a .491 OBP. Did we mention that Thames has added seven homers, 12 RBI, six doubles and an absurd 17 runs scored in 13 games. 

No one expects the 30-year-old outfielder to keep up this pace, but we have to continue riding the hot streak. It sure doesn't hurt that he's taking on a Cubs pitcher in Kyle Kendricks that has posted a 5.73 ERA in two starts this season. 


Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees

The Yanks might have seen their eight-game winning streak snapped by Chicago on Tuesday, but there's still a whole heck of a lot to like about Wednesday's matchup. First off, they are taking on a White Sox starter in Dylan Covey who is making just his second MLB start.

No one needs to point out just how difficult it is for a young pitcher to go into the Bronx and perform at a high clip. It's still an awe-inspiring atmosphere, one that has proven to be too much for many a young hurler since its inception just a few short years ago. 

Veterans such as Chase Headley and Starlin Castro, both of whom are off to hot starts this season should be able to take advantage of the inexperienced pitcher in the bump. For his part, Headley, a switch hitter, posted a .311 BABip as a left against right-handed pitching last year. Castro, a righty, actually hit better against right-handed pitching in 2016. These are clear indication the two should be in for a solid outing against Covey on Wednesday. 


Baltimore Orioles at Cincinnati Reds

Here's a tremendous inter league game right here. Cincinnati will be sending young phenom Amir Garrett to the mound for his third Major League start. The 24-year-old left has been amazing thus far, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.42 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in two starts on the year. 

Some will conclude that Garrett will find a way to bounce back to earth here soon. And while that might very well be true, don't expect that to be Wednesday at home. This will be Garrett's first home start of his career, so we can expect him to be amped up a bit.

Also important to note, he's held left-handed hitters to a 1-for-8 mark in two games. Sure that's a small sample size, but it will surely impact how the likes of Chris Davis and Hyun Soo Kim perform against him. We're betting on another solid outing from the youngster here. 


Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays

Normall a matchup between Jordan Zimmermann and Chris Archer would be a duel of epic proportions. While Archer has held up his end of the bargain with a 2-0 mark and a 2.21 ERA in three starts, Zimmermann has struggled to the tune of a 5.06 ERA in two starts. 

That latter start should be alarming for a Tigers team that has to take on a Rays squad that has Steven Souza, Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison all hitting over .300 on the season. For his part, Souza is hitting at a .417 clip with a .429 BABip in seven homes dates on the season. That came on the heels of him posting a .350 BABip at home last season. With a lower strikeout rate in 2017 and facing a struggling pitcher, look for a big game from the 27 year old in this one. 

On the other hand, Detroit is hitting at a .237 clip thus far this season. Meanwhile, its top hitter in the form of Miguel Cabrera has struggled to a .222 start to the season. Despite his excellent success against Archer and his track record of stellar performances in Tampa, we're recommending you sit Cabrera in DFS contests on Wednesday. His recent struggles combined with Archer's strong start to the season makes this a no-brainer. 


Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

This one is tricky. With the way Julio Teheran has been pitching, it's almost as if we want to sit each and every Nationals hitter. After all, here's a dude that has posted a 0.95 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in three starts this season. 

On the other hand, the likes of Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Eaton and Matt Wieters continue to rake. Really, they do. 

Murphy: .368 average, .379 OBP 

Zimmerman: .356 average, .408 OBP

Harper: .354 average, .475 OBP

Eaton: .319 average, .421 OBP

Wieters: .316 average, .422 OBP

Okay. Never mind, go with the streaking Nationals hitters here. Thank us later. 


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