Ariel Epstein breaks down her top plays for the MLB DFS slate on Friday, May 6th.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Welcome to Yahoo Daily Fantasy in Major League Baseball. I'm the Prop Queen, Ariel Epstein. I'm going to give out a pitcher and two different hitters to go put in your DFS lineups today. Let's start with a pitcher. For $43, I'm going to put the Houston Astros right-hander Luis Garcia in my lineup. Garcia has a great matchup for strikeouts because the Detroit Tigers have the fourth highest K rate in baseball. The Tigers also have the fourth highest K rate against righties.
Now when you look to Garcia's last few games, he's had at least five strikeouts in his last three, his K rate's going up in addition to the pitches he's throwing and his innings pitched. It's also good for the matchup since Garcia, when you look to last year, he had a 2.39 ERA, which was a lot better than his ERA above a 4.00 when he was on the road. The Tigers, they have a bottom five OPS on the road, bottom five OPS against righties. I love the matchup for Garcia. Put him in your lineup for $43.
Over to the offensive side, for $17, I'm going to play the Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon. This is because he hits really well against the Arizona Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly. He's hitting .500 in 12 at-bats. He's got two doubles, two RBIs. Blackmon's also hitting .286 on the road, which is much better than his .234 batting average at home.
Blackmon also hits better against right-handed pitchers, hitting .263. He hits .240 against lefties. Because he hits better against right-handed pitchers on the road, in addition to his past at hitting against Merrill Kelly, I like Charlie Blackmon's matchup today and putting him in my DFS lineup.
For my last play, he's $11, and that's the Atlanta Braves left fielder Marcell Ozuna. He's done really well against the Milwaukee Brewers starter Eric Lauer. It's only nine at-bats. However, he's hitting .667. He's had six hits in nine at-bats. Three of those hits were home runs. Add on to that four RBI. Looking at the splits, too, Ozuna hits a lot better at home than he does on the road. He's hitting .275 at home, .179 on the road. Give me Marcell Ozuna in my lineup tonight.
Here's your MLB DFS recap. For $43, I'm playing the Houston Astros right-hander Luis Garcia. For $17, Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon. And for $11, the Atlanta Braves left fielder Marcell Ozuna. That's it for me, your Prop Queen Ariel Epstein here in MLB DFS. Good luck, and have a great weekend.
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