P- Madison Bumgarner (vs. San Diego Padres): $12,000. What is not to love about this match-up? One of the best pitchers in baseball, against one of the worst offenses in baseball. The San Diego Padres offense is currently ranked at the 27th best offense in baseball. Madison Bumgarner has started 4 games this year and 3 of them were against elite offenses (Dodgers x2 and Arizona). In these four starts, he has thrown 23 innings, with a 3.91 ERA, 29 strikeouts, 8 walks, and a 1-2 record. He is back at his home stadium, which is a great park for pitchers, and I’m sure he is ready to take care of business. The Padres lineup has struggled against Bumgarner throughout his entire career. In 140 at bats against him, they are hitting .200 with 43 strikeouts, and only 2 home runs. This could be a huge game for MadBum, who is averaging 18.5 points per game on Draft Kings.
P- Noah Syndergaard (vs. Cincinnati Reds): $11,400. Syndergaard has been an absolute beast this year. In 3 starts in 2016, he has thrown 20 innings, with a 0.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts, and only 4 walks. He is currently averaging a massive, 31.9 points per game on Draft Kings. He will be facing the 23rd best offense in Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds, on Monday. Syndergaard will also be pitching in his home stadium, which is always a plus to have your hometown crowd behind a pitcher. Considering what Syndergaard has done this season, it is near impossible not to start him on Monday.
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If the New York Mets had any plans of giving themselves a shot at returning to the World Series, many fans and analysts felt that re-signing Yoenis Cespedes was necessary.
After all, his impact on the lineup and how it produced last season was impossible to ignore (stats via ESPN):
|Before Trade||After Trade|
|Runs per game||3.5||5.4|
Without him, what New York accomplished wouldn’t have happened. Having Cespedes back this year lengthens the lineup and makes it a lot more dangerous, but there can be an argument made that he’s not the most important piece.
For me, that honor gets bestowed upon Lucas Duda.