Having the sixth of May or the day after St. Patrick’s Day on a Wednesday is kind of like God’s little joke on us all.
While you’re at work this morning, regretting that fourth margarita and that dip you thought was guacamole, I’m tracking down some hitters and pitchers for tonight’s games.
I’m already working on my second cup of coffee, and trying to shake myself awake.
You know the drill by now – we’ll be focusing on the night games because this article isn’t done in enough time to help you in the day games, too.
There are just four early games, anyway.
With a 1pm game that has Max Scherzer going against the Marlins, and three 3pm games, including one that eliminates the Rockies and Diamondbacks hitters at Coors Field, we’ll help you piece together a great lineup today anyway.
Starting Pitcher Rankings: FanDuel Picks for Wednesday, May 6
There are 12 nighttime games, so there should be plenty of variance for DFS tournament play.
Interesting Notes About Today’s Starting Pitchers
Here are a few things that stand out to me about today’s list of starting pitchers, and why you should or shouldn’t consider using some of these players.
- There are eight left-handed pitchers on the mound tonight, so right-handed hitters should see some success once again.
- RHP Joe Wieland will be starting for the Dodgers at Milwaukee.
- If you do play the day games, Max Scherzer is a (-220) favorite at home against the Marlins, which is the biggest favorite of the day.
It should be a pretty nice evening across the country – with just one game with a 50-percent chance of precipitation (or higher).
- Oakland at Minnesota: 54% chance of precipitation
- Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: 24%
- Chicago Cubs at St. Louis: 20%
- Cleveland at Kansas City: 20%
I’d be cautious of starting pitchers for Oakland and Minnesota, which ruins a nice opportunity for Scott Kazmir. Granted the bad weather is earlier in the day, so it could clear up later in the night, which is better than the other way around. In other words, if the start of the game is delayed, then Kazmir still has a chance to have a full outing. Unfortunately, he’s also the second-most expensive pitcher on the night.
FanDuel Picks for Wednesday, May 6
I’ll try to give you a regular choice (mid and expensive), with a bargain option as well, for each position. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.
Chris Sale, LHP, Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit, $9,800
Sale is the night’s biggest favorite for a win, with Vegas putting the White Sox as (-145) favorites, but the Tigers have a .341 on-base percentage against lefties this season (sixth in the majors). Plus, Sale is the most expensive player on the night on FanDuel. That’s not even mentioning his last start on Thursday, when the Twins shelled him for eight runs in three innings.
Alex Colome, RHP, Tampa Bay at Boston, $6,000
I imagine this will be a pretty popular DFS tournament choice, as Colome has thrown 22.2 straight scoreless innings in his past few starts dating back to last season. He struck out six Orioles batters in five innings on Friday.
Jacob deGrom, N.Y. Mets at Baltimore, $8,900
The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is pretty expensive (only three more expensive pitchers on the day), but Vegas sees this as one of the lowest scoring games of the night. Plus, he’ll face a pitcher instead of a DH at the plate, which hurts the O’s offense for sure. Only the Cubs and Astros have higher K-rates than the Orioles vs. RHP (23.7%). deGrom is my choice in cash games today.
Salvador Perez, Kansas City ($2,700)
One of the best hitting catchers in the game is under $3K against a right-hander. He’s batting .311 against RHP this season, and Carlos Carrasco hasn’t been as locked in as we’d hoped, allowing 9 ER in his past two starts.
Kurt Suzuki, Minnesota ($2,200)
He hits pretty well against left-handers, with a .331 batting average and 20 RBI in 120 at-bats vs. lefties last year.
Prince Fielder, Texas ($3,300)
Samuel Deduno is pitching well, but Fielder is hitting RHP pretty well this season, with a .400 batting average this season.
Ike Davis, Oakland ($2,200)
He’s just so cheap, and has a decent matchup against RHP Kyle Gibson.
Brian Dozier, Minnesota ($3,400)
He’s $1,600 cheaper than Jose Altuve, and he’s facing a left-hander in Kazmir. Dozier’s 10 runs scored (tops among 2B), and a .308 batting average against lefties.
Dustin Pedroia, Boston ($2,900)
Devon Travis is the third-most expensive second baseman on the night because he has three home runs and a .333 batting average against lefties this season. But it’s just 18 at-bats, so he’s bound to come back to earth. Try a cheaper second baseman today – like Pedroia, who has reached base safely in his past 11 games.
Marcus Semien, Oakland ($2,900)
Semien has three homers, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored against RHP this season.
Jose Iglesias, Detroit ($2,400)
CHECK LINEUPS! Iglesias missed Tuesday’s game with a pulled groin, but he should be back in tonight. He has 17 total bases and a 1.227 OPS against lefties, and he’s super cheap against Sale tonight.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto ($3,900)
Donaldson faces CC Sabathia, who has a 6.15 ERA vs. right-handed hitters, with 4 HRA.
Luis Valbuena, Houston ($2,900)
Facing Colby Lewis is always a good thing for a left-handed power hitter like Valbuena.
The center fielder hits lefties well (.419 this season), but he doesn’t hit them hard (one extra base hit). Luckily, he makes up for that with four stolen bases in 31 at-bats against LHP this year.
Mookie Betts, Boston ($3,000)
He smacked a pair of homers yesterday and he’ll have a chance at a couple stolen bases today.
Chris Young, N.Y. Yankees ($2,800)
C.Y. leads the Yankees with a .440 batting average, three home runs, five doubles and 25 total bases against LHP last season.
Melky Cabrera, Chicago White Sox ($2,500)
He’s batting .365 against RHP this season, and while he hasn’t homered against righties yet, he does have 12 runs scored. And such a price!?!
Good luck with your FanDuel picks for Wednesday, May 6!
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