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Fanball MLB Triple Play – April 7, 2019

by • April 7, 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 7…

Leading Off (mid-range play): Kris Bryant (CHC/3B at Zach Davies – $8,300 )
At some point Bryant has to start hitting this year. The Cubs scored 14 runs last night, yet Bryant went 0-5 with 4 strikeouts. That’s gross. Maybe a matchup with Davies is exactly what he needs to get his swing right. Bryant has a .371 BA with 5 XBH, 6 RBI, and 7 R in 35 AB against Davies. Bryant leads the Green Team (guys with a strong BvP in a 10+ AB sample size) for us today and will a big part of our reduced player pool for cash games. He also is a guy you can throw into a Cubs stack that has a very high potential upside in this matchup.

Batting Cleanup (stud lock): Mike Clevinger (CLE/RHP vs TOR- $12,700)
On a slate where people are going to spend up to roster Max Scherzer, you might beat the system by spending down a little bit and rostering Clevinger as your main pitcher. Not only is Clevinger an absolute stud (7IP/12K/0ER with 1 hit allowed in his first start of the season), but a matchup with Toronto is about as strong as you can get in baseball. Trevor Bauer, Shane Bieber, and Carlos Carrasco have combined for 29 strikeouts and 4 ER in 18 IP so far in this series. For the season, the Blue Jays have a .177 BA with a 31% K-rate against RHP. This is a PRIME matchup for Clevinger and one we will be taking advantage of.

Pinch Hitter (sleeper):  Eric Thames (MIL/1B vs Kyle Hendricks – $6K )
Thames has started only one game so far this year, yet he’s hit a homerun in back to back games. I don’t know if he’s going to be in the lineup today for Milwaukee but he very well could be (and he SHOULD be). Along with his back to back games with a big fly, he also dominates Kyle Hendricks. In 19 career AB against him he has a .316 BA with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, and 4 BB. He’s a GPP play only as he is as likely to strike out four times as he is to go yard, but his upside is a double dong game and he works perfectly in a stack with guys like Travis Shaw (5 XBH in 22 AB vs Hendricks), Yelich, and Cain.

Riding the Pine (Fade of the Day): Domingo German (NYY/RHP at Baltimore Orioles – $12K)
I get that it’s cool to load up your pitchers against the Baltimore Orioles, but is it really? Baltimore has been kind of laying the wood to the Yankees so far this year, scoring 4+ runs in four of five games against them this year. Domingo German put up a solid score in his first start of the year, but that was against a terrible Detroit offense and there were some red flags in that performance. Most importantly, German walked 5 batters in five innings. Another red flag is that he had a 2:5 ground ball to fly ball ratio. Baltimore has enough power to make him pay if he’s putting runners on and then giving up fly balls. I’m not saying that German will have a bad start, but I do think there’s too much risk to load him up in cash games when we can get Clevinger for a similar price in a far better spot.
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.