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There are two MLB games Sunday, both in the American League. It's possible we'll be saying goodbye to the White Sox unless they can win at home against Houston. Meanwhile, Boston and Tampa head to Beantown for Game 3 after an offense-heavy contest on Friday. Here are a few recommendations for your DFS lineup.
Luis Garcia, HOU at CWS ($8,200): There's a bit of a process of elimination thing here. The Rays are a team known for their willingness to pull a pitcher at the first sign of concern. Blake Snell knows something about that. After the Red Sox teed off on the Rays in Game 2, I'm not wading into that. Nathan Eovaldi is a pitcher with some fine peripherals, but the Tampa boasts a potent offense and a lot of lefties who can square off against a righty. The White Sox are scheduled to start Dylan Cease, but I don't like that matchup or the odds of him staying in the game very long. That leaves Garcia, who posted a 3.30 ERA this year while allowing righties to hit only .173 against over his career. And while the Chicago offers a couple of switch hitters in their lineup, the only true lefty who gets much playing time is Gavin Sheets.
Rafael Devers, BOS vs. TAM ($4,100): Devers produced a robust .279/.352/.538 slash line with 35 home runs, 113 RBI, and 101 runs this season. He's also a lefty who sported a .978 OPS against righties in 2021. Drew Rasmussen managed a 3.15 FIP, but 25 of his 35 appearances came out of the bullpen - which means the other 10 were starts. Sure, the Rays can go into their deep bullpen and work some matchups, but Devers isn't one of those southpaws who's useless against fellow-handed hurlers with a .751 OPS versus them this year.
Ji-Man Choi, TAM at BOS ($2,300): The Rays will be going to their lefty well, and Choi will presumably be covering first base. He doesn't hit for average, but he did post a .348 OBP this year and a career .346 mark. Choi can really handle his business if someone like Eovaldi is on the mound thanks to a .846 OPS versus righties since 2019 with 30 home runs. Choi hit a homer in Game 2, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him do it again today.
STACK TO CONSIDER
Cease's ERA has dropped with every season, but a 3.91 ERA isn't exactly great. He started striking out more batters and allowing fewer homers, but has still allowed 1.42 home runs per nine innings over his career. The Astros boast a killer lineup, and Cease isn't exactly the kind of pitcher you expect to shut them down.
Altuve bounced back this year hitting .278 with 31 home runs - the latter matching a career-high. He also leads off for this formidable group, which helped him score 117 runs across 146 games. Bregman missed plenty of time with injury, but still went .270 with a .355 OBP. The 27-year-old prefers being on the road, where he's produced a .965 OPS since 2019. Brantley is one of MLB's best players when it comes to hitting for average. He's gone at least .300 for four straight years in a time when that's increasingly rare, and the only reason it isn't five in a row is a .299 in 2017. The lefty also has a .926 OPS versus righties since 2019 with a .911 road OPS on the road in 2021.