Welcome to the MLB DFS Roses of the Day!, a column highlight some MLB picks for FanDuel and DraftKings. 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.
Walker Buehler, will you accept this rose?
The last place you’d think to roster a pitcher is in Coors but the Rockies have been striking out a ton since Story went out the lineup with an injury. Over their last seven games, Colorado has struck out 91 times with 16 of those strikeouts coming against the ace they’ll face tonight on the mound in Walker Buehler. The Rockies are projected to throw out a lineup where seven batter are striking out over 25.7 percent of the time this year. Buehler is in a prime position to not have much ownership and huge upside giving the strikeout potential. If the Rockies don’t have Nolan Arenado in the lineup as projected, I like Buehler even more.
Stephen Strasburg, will you accept this rose?
Stephen Strasburg will face a Miami Marlins team that owns the third highest strikeout rate (25.5 percent) and the worst ISO (.098) in baseball at home against right-handed pitching. Strasburg is averaging 1.17 strikeouts per inning on the season and holding batters to a .252 wOBA. The Marlins consist of team with little power and will present six righties alongside the pitcher in the lineup. Last matchup, Strasburg dealt 11 strikeouts while giving up only two hits across right innings pitched in Miami. The Nationals ace will be one of the highest owned pitchers on the slate but it’s hard to ignore him on a four game slate.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers, will you accept this rose?
It will be hard to ignore the astounding 7.2 run implied total for The Dodgers tonight. Los Angeles will head into Coors getting a ballpark boost and facing a right-handed pitcher where the Dodgers have thrive against this season. Peter Lambert had an impressive MLB debut against the Cubs but since then has surrendered 19 hits and 12 runs (three home runs) across 13 innings. Lambert will have a tough time striking out a Dodgers team that ranks fourth best in MLB striking out only 19.6 percent of the time against righties. The Rockies young pitcher will face MLB’s second best team in ISO (.209) and wRC+ (115) against right-handed pitching. Dodgers have three batters in top-20 ISO against right-handed pitching: Joc Pederson (.363), David Freeze (.340), Cody Bellinger (.339).
Interesting One Off
Mark Cahna, will you accept this rose?
If your stacking tonight and looking for a cheap one off, Mark Cahna facing off against Griffin Canning could be an interesting play. Cahna has slashed a .405 ISO and .405 wOBA against right-handed pitching on the road this season. Canning throws a four-seam and slider primarily where Cahna has posted a .246 ISO with five home runs against these two pitch types.
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