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MLB DFS: Our top picks for Friday’s slate

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If you like the best starting pitchers, then Friday is your day. The roster includes top level pitchers including Sandy Alcantara, Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. Alec Manoa will also take the mound for the Blue Jays against the Tigers, while Brandon Woodruff will start for the Brewers against the Red Sox. Julio Urias should also enter the ring, though he’s not exactly in the best position to face the Rockies at Coors Field. As we try to sort through all the matches, here are a few pitchers and hitters to consider for your Sportzshala lineups.


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Alec Manoa ($55) quickly becoming one of the most reliable starting pitchers in baseball. His WHIP went down to 0.97 thanks to him slowing down his walking speed to 5.2 percent. Opponents have a staggeringly low hard hit rate of 28.1 percent. It’s not hard to make an argument for playing him in the DFS whenever he takes the mound, but he’s especially attractive against the bottom-scored Tigers in baseball.

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After three unsuccessful starts in a row Lance Lynn ($38) rebounded in his last match, leaving the Guardians with no points for six innings. Along the way, he recorded six strikeouts, allowing just four baserunners. Ignore his ugly season and his great performance against the Athletics, who have the second-fewest runs in baseball.

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Rangers wanted to trade Martin Perez ($42)they could probably get a valuable return on prospects given his 2.59 ERA and 3.12 FIP this season. One of the main reasons for his improvement this season is that he has only given up seven home runs in 118 innings. While he’s not known for his strikeout advantage, he could provide extra performance in that department against the Angels, who have struck out the most in baseball.

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Mookie Betts ($24) This season, his power has returned, hitting 23 home runs and hitting an ISO of .260 in 81 games. Last season, he hit 23 home runs and had an ISO of .223 in 122 games. Another gaudy line of stats could appear at Coors Field against Chad Cool ($25)who has a boring 4.48 ERA and 4.59 FIP.

No. 50 Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers at-bat against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning of an MLB game at Dodger Stadium.
Consider the Mookie Betts in your MLB DFS rosters tonight. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Tigers will turn to Brian Garcia ($25) start against the Blue Jays, a role he’s not particularly used to. Until this season, he has competed exclusively on terrain in both the juniors and majors. Only three of his 31 Triple-A appearances this season have been starts, so don’t expect him to last long in this matchup. What is essentially supposed to mean playing in the bullpen is a great scenario for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($19)who is 29-of-82 (.354) with two home runs and eight doubles in his last 20 games.

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Right-Handed Pitchers Succeed Ke’Bryan Hayes ($9), holding it down to .260 wOBA. However, he has a wOBA of .380 against southpaws. Combine his cheap salary with a lefty match Bailey Falter ($32) and Hayes might be worth the risk.

James Kaprielian ($31) failed to keep the hitters in the stadium, allowing 13 home runs in 74 innings. There are a few big names to consider in his matchup against the White Sox, but the way to get some insight into this matchup without ruining your budget might be to take a chance. Eloy Jimenez ($10). His power figures have been down this season, but he has an ISO of .230 for his entire career.

Stacks to Consider

Brewers vs. Brian Bello ($25), Red Sox: Willie Adams ($20), Rowdy Tellez ($20), Kolten Wong ($20)

While Bello is a promising player in the Red Sox system, he may not yet be ready for the big games. He was forced to make three starts with the Red Sox with so many injuries, but he allowed at least four runs and pitched no more than four innings in any of the outings. Adames and Tellez bring plenty of power, and Wong is 12-of-32 (.375) with a home run and two doubles in his last nine games.

Cardinals vs. Anibal Sanchez ($26), Nationals: Paul Goldschmidt ($25), Nolan Arenado ($24), Nolan Gorman ($15)

The Cardinals will return from Toronto, meaning the unvaccinated Goldschmidt and Arenado will be able to play again. An immediate step towards a favorable match against Sanchez, who will make his third start of the season. In his first two outings, he allowed 14 baserunners and seven runs in 10 innings.

Yankees vs. Chris Bubich ($27), Royals: Aaron Judge ($28), DJ LeMahieu ($21), Isaiah Keener-Falefa ($12)

Bubich was terrible, posting a 5.53 ERA and 5.08 FIP over 16 games. His 1.65 WHIP is the main culprit, and it may still bother him against the Yankees, who have the third-highest OPS in baseball. Keener-Falefa brings little to no power to the plate, but he’s a good contact hitter who’s been 16-of-51 (.314) in his last 14 games.


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