The calendar has turned to October, which may only mean one thing: playoff baseball!
The slate of tonight is going to be a single-gamer since the Washington Nationals host the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Wild Card game in Nationals Park.
Together with FanDuel, you have to pick on a participant along with his points are doubled. In addition you pick an All-Star whose points are multiplied by 1.5. In the end, there arent any utility areas that are scored according to usual. Pitchers arent utilized in this competition type.
Keeping that in mind, lets find out if we can make some dough on MLB playoffs night and get into it!
MVP — Mike Moustakas (MIL) — $7,500 vs. WAS
Look, Im as large of a Max Scherzer fan as the next man and before his back started giving him problems in the summer he was certainly to be there in the Cy Young blend again this season. Scherzer has definitely not been of late and that I think that the Brewers can take advantage of that. Moreover, the Brewers will get the opportunity to tee off onto a Nationals bullpen that ended the regular season ranked 29th with a 5.68 ERA, thanks just to the Baltimore Orioles bullpen that ranked 30th with a 5.79 mark onto the rear of a 1.73 HR/9. The simple fact is these two bullpens were by far both worst in baseball with the Rockiespen checking in at 28th having a notably better (but bad) 5.18 ERA. Scherzer has allowed nine earned runs over his previous two starts across 12.2 innings with four homers at the time as well. Thats good to get a 6.64 ERA along with 2.95 HR/9 clip. Because of this, I would like to roster some bats that possess the capacity to play ball and that is definitely the case with Moustakas who published a .264 ISO, .831 OPS, .342 wOBA along with 109 wRC. Hes a double in 36 profession at-bats against Scherzer and a homer, but like I said, were not dealing with vintage Scherzer here. I think we could get a game out of this piano tonight.
All-Star — Eric Thames (MIL) — $6,000 vs. WAS
Lets attempt to extract a huge amount of value out of Eric Thames tonight because he might go under the radar as somebody who may produce a match and boasts a few big-time home run power contrary to right-handed pitching. In actuality, his guys extra-base power almost all came against right-wing pitching. Of this 25 home runs he hit on this year, 23 came from right-handed pitching. Of the 23 doubles he slashed, 22 came from right-handed pitching. Heck, even all three of his bases came from a pitcher. Against right-handers this season, Thames posted a .275 ISO, .877 OPS, .362 wOBA along with a 122 wRC+. His bat was stronger at home but he fared well on the road with a .260 ISO, .818 OPS, .337 wOBA along with 106 wRC+ off from the hitter-friendly boundaries of Miller Park in Milwaukee. Im not about to argue with this .260 ISO regardless of where it is as it shows that a real time power-hitting ability. Thames has stroked a set of doubles in nine career at-bats from Scherzer and possesses a .222 ISO along with also 1.010 OPS against him in that time. Ill take it.
UTIL — Yasmani Grandal (MIL) — $7,000 vs. WAS
Grandal appreciated a season in his first year in Milwaukee and struck for plenty of power from both sides of plate, although he did hit for more power against left-handed throwing. Against lefties, Grandal submitted a .271 ISO, .926 OPS, .386 wOBA along with 138 wRC+. Against righties, the figures dropped to a .201 ISO, .813 OPS, .350 wOBA and 114 wRC+. Having said that, the numbers against righties on the road improved to some .240 ISO, .872 OPS, .366 wOBA along with 124 wRC+. That is more like this. In addition, I enjoy the fact that this one is being rolled into by Grandal once putting forth a huge month of September. Grandal posted a .292 ISO, .926 OPS, .390 wOBA and 140 wRC+ to the month — his second-best month of the year. The downside is that Grandal has just just 1 for 13 in his career against Scherzer using seven strikeouts. Having said that, given his abilities that were enormous, Grandal is set to hit second in the lineup tonight and that I do not think we ought to be preventing him given that spot in the lineup. I will search for him to flip his Scherzer fortunes around tonight.
UTIL — Keston Hiura (MIL) — $8,000 vs. WAS
The Brewer, Hiura had himself a fine league season against pitching as he gets set to face Scherzer for the very first time in his career. The numbers were just massive against righties as he posted a .314 ISO, 1.021 OPS, .418 wOBA along with also a 159 wRC+ against right-handers in his big league period this season. He clubbed 18 of his 19 homers from righties in addition to 17 of his 23 doubles. With Hiura, we get some stolen base upside down as he swiped nine bases in over 300 league at-bats on this season, six of which came from a pitcher. Like Grandal, Hiura ended the regular season strong as he published a .250 ISO, .921 OPS, .380 wOBA and a 133 wRC+ in the month of September. Needless to say, all this came after Hiura posted large amounts in the Triple-A degree that included a 1.100 OPS against right-handed pitching together with 12 homers and 13 doubles at just 151 at-bats. He also stole seven bases at Triple-A. Given his gigantic manufacturing versus righties down and the cross-category upside, Ill gladly take Hiura in this one tonight.
UTIL — Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) — $6,000 vs. MIL
I thought Matt Adams would find the very first base starting nod to the Nationals tonight against the right-wing Brandon Woodruff, however it appears Zimmerman will begin, although the lineups arent yet confirmed now. Zimmerman coped with loads of injuries this season and didnt have a wonderful year as a result with six homers and a .158 ISO across the 52 games he played. Nevertheless, Zimmerman did finish strong in September as he published a .189 ISO, .817 OPS, .346 wOBA along with 110 wRC+ to its month and late July using injury. He swatted four of the six homers against righties, although his figures are enhanced against left handed pitching. He is not going to be on the radar of several given that his breaks dont prefer this matchup, but granted his own job in September I dont mind the play. The Nationals will notice a lot of these bullpen within this one after being injured himself, as Woodruff has gone only two innings in his past two starts. Zimmerman could be with the expectation hell face a lefty at any point rather than utilizing Adams whos never employed against left-handed projecting and will turn into a power bat off the bench and in against his defense.
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