FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 5/2/19
Due to some unusual MLB scheduling, we have games spread all throughout the day, with just two encompassing tonight's main slate at 8:10pm ET. The Red Sox head to Chicago to take on the White Sox, while the Blue Jays face the Angels out west in the night cap. It's expected to be wet and cold in Chicago, but the game should be fine to play.
With the Red Sox and Angels carrying the highest implied totals of the night at 5.26 and 4.63 runs, respectively, stacking one or both sides will be the conventional way to handle this slate. Considering their high expected ownership, entering multiple lineups with different combinations of the two teams might be the way to go, perhaps incorporating less popular hitters lower in order or your favorite one-offs from the White Sox and Blue Jays as a way to differentiate your lineups.
Of course, nothing is off the table when we're talking about two games, so there's also nothing wrong with taking a game theory angle and rolling the dice with a White Sox or Blue Jays stack as a hedge against tonight's top two pitchers, both of whom we'll get to in a second.
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On that note, let's highlight some of the top options for today's FanDuel main slate.
Pitchers to Target
David Price ($9,800 on FanDuel): With only four pitchers to choose from, David Price ought to be the chalky-but-wise choice for his date with the White Sox, sporting far and away the best 2019 numbers of the bunch. In fact, while most of Boston's rotation struggled through April, Price has actually posted better numbers than he did last season, owning a 3.21 SIERA, 31.6% strikeout rate, and 6.8% walk rate. That strikeout rate would be a career best if the season ended today, and it's supported by a 14.1% swinging-strike rate. We probably shouldn't get overly excited after a mere five starts, but it's certainly more than enough to take top honors on a two-game slate, particularly against a White Sox lineup that owns the 10th-highest strikeout rate this year (24.9%) and has an active roster that struggled against lefties last season (27.7%).
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