We have a true split slate on Thursday in the MLB with five games in the afternoon and five games at night. As such, I will have two On the Hill articles today that just list my top plays without a write-up. This article will be for the five-game early slate where the weather is a key ingredient when building your lineups with a lot of wind in the forecast. So, for the early slate, we want to get most of our pitchers from the Indians/Tigers matchup and most of our hitters from the Mariners/Royals and Dodgers/Cardinals matchups.
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Let’s mow down the competition 3 Up and 3 Down…
Shane Bieber (FD-$9,700 / DK-$9,900)
Favorable weather for pitchers, a pitcher-friendly umpire behind the plate, and facing a Tigers offense that has a .265 wOBA (25th) and 27.7% strikeout rate (4th) against righties this season.
Sonny Gray (FD-$7,300 / DK-$8,900)
Gray is a big home favorite against the Marlins who have a .262 wOBA (26th), .124 ISO (28th), and a league-high 32.4% strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers this season.
Spencer Turnbull (FD-$7,400 / DK-$7,900)
Favorable weather for pitchers, a pitcher-friendly umpire behind the plate, and facing an Indians offense that has a .254 wOBA (29th) and a 27.2% strikeout rate (5th) against righties this season.
Reds vs. Pablo Lopez
Yasiel Puig (FD-$2,500 / DK-$3,800)
Eugenio Suarez (FD-$3,500 / DK-$4,600)
Joey Votto (FD-$3,500 / DK-$4,300)
Jesse Winker (FD-$2,300 / DK-$3,600)
Mariners vs. Jorge Lopez
Dan Vogelbach (FD-$4,200 / DK-$4,700)
Tim Beckham (FD-$3,900 / DK-$4,100)
Domingo Santana (FD-$4,500 / DK-$4,800)
Mitch Haniger (FD-$4,000 / DK-$4,400)
Dodgers vs. Michael Wacha
Corey Seager (FD-$3,100 / DK-$4,300)
Joc Pederson (FD-$3,000 / DK-$4,500)
AJ Pollock (FD-$3,300 / DK-$4,000)
Justin Turner (FD-$3,700 / DK-$4,100)
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