DraftKings MLB: Monday Breakdown

DraftKings MLB: Monday Breakdown

This article is part of our DraftKings MLB series.

With the White Sox-Astros Game 4 being postponed due to weather Monday, there's three series in action Monday. In the National League, both series are tied at one game apiece, and feature two excellent pitching matchups. The best might Freddy Peralta facing off against Ian Anderson, although they have reached their levels of success using different styles. Let's break it all down and highlight some players to consider for your DraftKings lineups.

Pitchers

The Dodgers were able to win the Wild Card game against the Cardinals despite a subpar outing from Max Scherzer ($9,600). He only logged 4.1 innings, allowing one run and recording four strikeouts. That came on the heels of him allowing 11 runs (10 earned) across 10.1 innings in his final two starts of the regular season. Still, he's had a strikeout rate of at least 30.7 percent in each of the last seven seasons and he only has a 1.08 WHIP for his career, so he's one of the more appealing pitchers for this limited slate.

Rolling with a pitcher against the potent Braves' lineup wouldn't normally be advisable during the regular season. However, most of the teams that are left have dangerous lineups, so most starting pitchers don't have ideal matchups. With that being said, Peralta ($8,200) could be someone to target. He generated a 33.6 percent strikeout rate during the regular season, which helped him record a 3.12 FIP and a 0.97 WHIP. He also did an excellent job of keeping hitters inside the ballpark, allowing only 0.9 HR/9.

Top Targets

Justin Turner ($4,800) seems to have a flair for the dramatics. He launched a home run in the Wild Card round, giving him 13 in 281 career at-bats in the postseason. He also as a career .379 OBP in the playoffs, so taking a chance on him against Alex Wood ($7,800) could pay off. It's also important to note that Turner has a 156 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers over the last five seasons.

Kyle Schwarber ($4,900) has proven to be an excellent addition for the Red Sox. He recorded a .957 OPS after joining the team, boasting a ridiculous .435 OBP during that span. He hasn't slowed down in the playoffs, hitting 6-for-16 with two home runs and two walks. Expect him to be a tough out in Game 4, as well.

Bargain Bats

Speaking of Dodgers who hit lefties well, don't forget about AJ Pollock ($4,300). Over the last five years, he had a .257 ISO and a .361 wOBA against left-handed pitchers. Against righties, he only had a .213 ISO and a .343 wOBA.

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Mike Barner
Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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