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DraftKings MLB: Saturday Picks

Adam Zdroik

Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.

PITCHER

Aaron Nola, PHI vs. NYM ($10,400): Some will look at Nolaís recent starts and turn away, but you canít fault him for struggles at Colorado and Los Angeles. Nola has been much better at home this season with a .261 wOBA allowed and 3.03 xFIP. The Mets have some good bats, but have been inconsistent and have a middle-of-the-pack .326 wOBA against righties since the All-Star break.

Dylan Bundy, BAL at OAK ($8,400): With the way Bundy has been pitching lately, Iíll try and save some money in this spot and hope his success continues. Bundy has gone 15 innings in his last two starts with only eight hits allowed and 15 strikeouts, both against solid opponents (LAA, KC). Oakland doesnít have anyone overwhelming at the plate and has a team .321 wOBA against righties on the year.

CATCHER

Welington Castillo, BAL at OAK ($3,400): Castillo is roping with a hit in each of his last 10 games and he should start Saturday with a lefty on the mound. Castillo has a solid .365 wOBA in his last 26 at-bats against lefties. Sean Manaea has a much worse .333 wOBA allowed against righties this season, but more importantly hasnít looked good lately, making it only 6.1 innings in his last two starts with two total strikeouts.

FIRST BASE

Eric Hosmer, KC at CWS ($4,200): The last time I stacked southpaws against James Shields, it worked fantastically as all four of his runs allowed came against Red Sox lefties. This is a great spot for Hosmer, who has a .435 wOBA and .258 ISO in his last 76 at-bats against righties. Hosmer has cooled off somewhat lately, but itíd be surprising if he didnít get at least one hit against Shields, who has a miserable .447 wOBA allowed and 7.52 xFIP against lefties.

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, SEA vs. LAA ($3,600): Cano can only be used against righties right now and because of that, his price is a little lower. For the season, he has a .363 wOBA and .225 ISO against them. On the mound, JC Ramirez hasnít figured out lefties with a .373 wOBA allowed and 4.90 xFIP.

THIRD BASE

Eugenio Suarez, CIN at MIL ($3,700): Suarezís bat has remained steady this season and thatís reflected in his .374 wOBA and .324 ISO against lefties since the start of July. Brent Suter has been worse against righties with a .310 wOBA allowed and has run into a bit of a rough patch lately, giving up eight runs in his last two starts.

SHORTSTOP

Tim Beckham, BAL at OAK ($3,300): Hereís the second righty Iíll take against Manaea. Beckham has been a force with the Orioles, averaging two hits per contest in 11 games and a .471 wOBA and .364 ISO in his last 24 at-bats against lefties. The Orioles should knock around Manaea a bit as heís struggled to find consistency as of late with 14 earned runs in his last four starts.

OUTFIELD

Melky Cabrera, KC at CWS ($4,400): This matchup may even be better than Hosmerís, as Cabrera has been on fire for the Royals with 14 hits in the last 11 games. Cabrera has been one of the best hitters against righties since the break, sporting a .442 wOBA and .250 ISO. In addition to Shieldsís struggles against lefties, he has given up at least three runs in each of his last six starts and that includes 10 homers.

Ben Gamel, SEA vs. LAA ($3,200): This is a cheap play with the hope that Ramirez will have another poor performance after allowing six runs in his last start against the Orioles. Gamel has fallen off a bit, but Ramirezís low K rate (17.4 percent) against lefties should help, and he has only nine strikeouts in his last three starts. Gamelís wOBA is still sitting at .338 for the season despite his recent struggles.

Carlos Beltran, HOU at TEX ($3,900): This game has the makings of another Astros blowout as Tyson Ross returns from the DL to face them. Ross has yet to make it past six innings this season and gave up 12 runs in his last two starts before getting a blister. Beltranís numbers against righties are much better lately with a .371 wOBA in his last 62 at-bats.

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