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Fanball MLB Triple Play – April 14, 2019

by • April 14, 2019

Did you know that on even a ten game MLB slate, there are approximately 250 TRILLION lineup combinations you can make? To be able to hit on the 1 lineup out of those combinations is harder than winning the lottery. A reduced player pool, though, can give you a significant advantage by reducing the possible lineup combinations you can make. If we limit our choices to only 5 players per position (a few extra for OF), you now have far fewer possible lineup combinations you can make (pricing helps reduce this number even lower). Sure, it’s still a lot of lineup choices (in the millions) but it’s only .000008% of the total possible lineup combinations everyone else is working with. That is a SIGNIFICANT advantage for you if you’re choosing from a strong reduced player pool. That’s where we come in to help.

    Bankster DFS, The Home of the Reduced Player Pool, has teamed up with Fanball to give you a daily sneak peak of three of the plays we have included in our Bankster DFS reduced player pool. We aren’t lineup sellers; we write full articles that explain which players we like, why we like those players, and how we like to build our teams. We are a learning site more than anything, and you can see that in heavy member interaction on our various Slack Chat channels (we have one for every sport that we cover – NBA, AAF, NFL, NHL, MLB, EPL, PGA, MMA, CBB, WWE, sports betting, and Best Ball 10’s). You can get the rest of our reduced player pool, our daily articles, our members only slack chat, and Fanball exclusives with a Bankster DFS membership. That membership costs only $2.99/wk and you get everything mentioned above with it. You can contact me about membership on Twitter @bankster17 or sign up for service here.

Let’s look at the MLB Triple Play for Sunday, April 14…

Leading Off (mid-range play): Joc Pederson (LAD/OF vs Jhoulys Chacin- $5,500 )
   
The frst team I’m looking to stack up is the Los Angeles Dodgers going up against Jhoulys Chacin and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers own the 2nd best offence in all of baseball only behind the surprising Seattle Mariners. They’ve scored over 100 runs in only 15 games and the heart of their lineup all have solid numbers against Chacin. Joc Pederson only has 3 hits vs Chacin for his career in 13 AB’s but 2 of those have gone for HR’s. He wasn’t in the lineup on Saturday even though they were facing a RHP which is a bit odd so keep an eye on the lineup.

Batting Cleanup (stud lock): Corey Kluber (CLE/RHP vs Kansas City Royals- $11,600 )
   
The Cleveland baseball team head to Kansas City to take on the division rival Royals. Kluber has had success against the Royals holding them to a .212 AVG and a .623 OPS with a 30.5% K rate. Cleveland is a -145 favorite on the moneyline where the total is only 7.5. I don’t expect Cleveland to score many runs as their offence has been struggling so far this season but Kluber should be able to limit the Royals attack. He might not have the same strikeout upside of our next pitcher as Kansas City doesn’t strikeout much but Kluber should work late into the game and not give up many runs.

Pinch Hitter (sleeper):  Vince Velasquez (PHI/RHP at Miami Marlins- $10,700 )
   
He and the Phillies are in Miami to take on the Marlins where Marlins Park was the 2nd most pitcher friendly park in 2018. Velazquez has 30.1% K rate against the Marlins over his career holding them to a .205 AVG and .578 OPS. The Phillies are -190 favorites on the moneyline, going against Jose Urena so Velazquez should be in line for the win. Velazquez hasn’t worked deep into games however so he comes with some risk. In his past several starts dating back to last year he hasn’t made it past the 5th inning. Let’s not let yesterday’s 10 run aberration mask the fact that MIA strikes out over 35% of the time against RHP, and that if Vinnie K is on his game he’s capable of double digits in six innings or less.

Riding the Pine (Fade of the Day): Max Scherzer (WSH/RHP at Pittsburgh Pirates- $12,300
   
Scherzer should be fine. I expect a game approaching 10 strikeouts and 7 innings. The thing is, I’m not so sure we don’t get the same thing out of Corey Kluber for a cheaper price. If you’re spending all the way up at pitcher, every few hundred dollars counts and if spending down to Kluber gets you the money you need to upgrade your bats then I think the pivot would be worth it. Fading high end pitching has not hurt one one iota this season as many have had poor outings, and even if they didn’t we were able to identify value arms for cheaper and our bats have made up the difference (and then some). Spoiler: often you will see us fading the most expensive pitcher on the slate.
Don’t forget that you can access the rest of our Reduced Player Pool as a Bankster DFS member. $2.99 per week gets you access to all the content we produce for all the sports we cover, our members only Slack Chat, and exclusive Fanball bonuses. Contact me @bankster17 or you can sign up for a membership here. Thank you for checking our our Fanball MLB Triple Play. You can find us here every day throughout the MLB season.