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Fanball MLB Triple Play – June 19, 2019

by • June 19, 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 Wednesday, June 19

On The Hill (Starting Pitcher): Zack Greinke (ARI/RHP) vs Colorado Rockies

    On a night devoid of top pitching options, Greinke stands out as a shining beacon of hope (Max Scherzer looks like he won’t make his scheduled start tonight for the Nats). I get it, it’s scary to use your pitcher against the Rockies, but Colorado isn’t nearly the same team on the road that they are at home. The Rockies average only 4.5 runs per game on the road, their .387 SLG away from Coors represents the fourth worst road mark in all of baseball. This lack of power on the road puts them in the same territory as teams like Miami, Detroit, and San Francisco (the dregs of MLB offenses). The current Rockies roster only has a .233 AVG against Greinke in over 300 AB, and that counts all the times they’ve faced him at Coors. As for Greinke, he’s a monster at home with a 2.28 ERA, 0.7 HR/9, and 9:1 K to BB ratio (only 4 BB given up all year at home). Overall he has a 1.99 ERA over his last nine starts and has given up 1 ER or less in six of those nine starts. I have no issue using Greinke in a cash game (Rich Hill would be my only other option there), and in a GPP he’s clearly my top choice on this slate (as Hill should be more popular and I love getting that ownership discount).

Starting Nine (Stack of the Day): Pittsburgh Pirates (vs Jordan Zimmermann- DET/RHP)

    I don’t like to use pitchers in their first games back off the injured list. Here we have a situation where I will not just avoid that pitcher, I will be stacking against him. Jordan Zimmermann is in an entirely different scenario as Trevor Williams; he’s a bad pitcher in a bad matchup (PIT hammers RHP). Before his injury, Zimmermann had given up 4+ ER in four straight starts (10.26 ERA) with 6 HR allowed (3.2 HR/9). The best part about using the Pirates is that Fanball has so many of them priced way down. Colin Moran is $3200. Brian Reynolds is $3200. Kevin Newman is $3200. Corey Dickerson is $4400. Each of them smashes RHP. Let’s take a look:

That is some yummy, tasty productivity against RHP. Corey Dickerson only just came back off the injured list, but he’s a guy I’m going to plug and play right away. If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that Gregory Polanco is going to take a seat today, but we will know more obviously when lineups come out. Whoever is in the OF is a prime candidate to be a part of my stack along with Bell and Moran. Yes, I’m rolling five deep if I can here to take full advantage in this prime matchup. Keep an eye on Kevin Newman as well. Even if he doesn’t make it as part of your GPP stack, he usually hits leadoff and is in a great spot here for cash games.

Pinch Hitter (HuLo play): Oscar Mercado (CLE/SS) at Joe Palumbo (TEX/LHP)

Mercado is priced at only $4500 today on Fanball. The guy has 4 SB over the last week to go along with 4 XBH and a .370 AVG. He has exceeded 15 FB points in each of his last five games. He hits LHP really well (.476 SLG with 4 XBH in 42 AB). He’s hitting in a great environment today at Globe Life Park. He allows you to spend up big time on other bats and at SP. There’s very little reason to not play Mercado today at this price point (especially with SB being worth 9 FB points!).

Riding the Pine (Fade of the Day): Jake Arrieta (PHI/RHP) at Washington Nationals
    First of all, there’s a really good chance that this game gets rained out so if you can’t be at your computer to edit lineups you’re going to get screwed with a big, fat zero if that happens. I don’t like to take pitchers in iffy weather situations if there are better options (there are many of them). Secondly, who in their right mind would spend $11,400 for Arrieta when you can get Rich Hill for $10,900, Lucas Giolito for $11,300, or Zack Grienke for $11,400 instead? What does Arrieta do that would make you feel comfortable using him as the highest priced pitcher on this slate (tied with Greinke; Scherzer probably won’t make his scheduled start today)? The correct answer is “nothing.” There is nothing about Jake Arrieta that would ever make him worthy of being the top priced pitcher on any slate. He’s wildly inconsistent, he doesn’t strike enough batters out, and he doesn’t have a great matchup. This is an easy, easy fade for me.

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.