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MLB DFS Picks, Roses of the Day! FanDuel and DraftKings: July 1 (FREE)




Fresh off his $20k PGA DFS win, Chris Randone is back with his daily Roses of the day MLB DFS column, featuring his favorite plays.

Welcome to the MLB DFS Roses of the Day, a column highlight some MLB picks for FanDuel and DraftKings.

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My name is Chris Randone and if you ever watched The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, then you know getting a rose means everything. It symbolized the guy or girl giving them out has an interest in you. When you get a rose, it means you survive to keep fighting for love.

Well in daily fantasy sports it’s no different. We go through a list of players deciding who will survive and make the cut into our lineups. These players fight to help us win. A true definition of love. I’ve learned being on the show that you never give out roses just for fun, there has to be a meaning behind it. We’ll take that same approach here. Tonight’s rose ceremony I’ll give my Top Stack, Top Pitcher, Surprise Pitcher, & Surprise Stack of this main slate.

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Top Pitcher

Logan Allen, will you accept this rose?

Before getting called up for his MLB debut, Logan Allen had surrendered 14 runs in his last 15 innings pitched. The San Diego Padres young ace then threw seven shutout innings while striking out five against a power hitting Brewers club in his first major league start. Allen has pitched two games in the majors giving up 2 earned runs and striking out ten batters. The sample size is small but Allen is one of only a handful pitchers on tonight’s slate that gives you confidence based on matchup and potential longevity in the game. 

The 22 year old San Diego prospect will face a San Francisco Giants teams that struggles against left-handed pitching. The Giants own a .100 ISO against left-handed pitching, good enough for worst in the league. Allen will face an offense that struggles when it comes to scoring as the Giants have scored 33 total runs against lefties which ranks 4th worst in MLB. San Francisco comes into this matchup striking out 26.6 percent of the time versus southpaws on the road (7th worst). Logan Allen will face a Giants team that ranks dead last in wRC+(44) and wRC(24).

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Top Stack

Tampa Bay Rays, will you accept this rose?

The Baltimore Orioles notified Dylan Bundy they’ll be pushing back his next start to receive an extra days rest. Instead, they’ll send newly acquired Thomas Eshelman on the mound to face the Tampa Bay Rays. Eshelman was traded in the beginning of June from the Phillies to the Orioles. The 25 year old prospect has given up nine earned runs and 18 hits in just twenty innings pitched. The Orioles could find themselves going to the bullpen early in the matchup. Baltimore’s bullpen is averaging a home run per every eight batters faced. The Orioles bullpen has given up 71 home runs this season and owns a 6.06 ERA which ranks second worst in baseball. 

All of Baltimore’s long relievers are right-handed and the Rays have a mix of players whom fare well at home versus righties. Yandy Diaz is hitting a .277 ISO and .398 wOBA this season at home against right-handed pitching. Austin Meadows owns a .228 ISO and .369 wOBA this season against right-handed pitching and Tommy Pham is posting a .204 ISO and .394 wOBA. The Rays own the sixth best wRC+(110) at home against right-handed pitching.

Surprise Pitcher

Jose Suarez, will you accept this rose? 

I’m not sure how much of surprise this can be on a five game slate but Jose Suarez could be a potential play with nice upside. Suarez will head into a dangerous ballpark with favorable run scoring weather conditions. However, Suarez is a lefty and the Texas Rangers lead all of baseball with the worst strikeout percentage (27.8%) against left-handed pitching. The Rangers potential starting lineup has six batters in the lineup who strikeout over 26.4 percent of the time and own the fifth worst wRC+(83) in MLB. If Suarez can keep runners off base and not struggle in pitch counts, he could be worth a look.

Of course, please do stop by our Awesemo YouTube channel for loads of FREE MLB DFS content, including fantasy MLB lineup advice on The Strategy Show with Josh Engleman and Loughy, as well as MLB picks on Four Corners with Chris Spags, and the MLB Deep Dive with Awesemo, Loughy and ShipMyMoney, where they’ll discuss Awesemo’s MLB rankings.

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