Covering the Bases: Saturday, June 10


STLCardinals84, one of the best tournament players in the game, is here to cover the bases for the upcoming MLB DFS slate. Whether you are looking for the top pitchers or the best stacks, Cards has you covered with an extensive deep dive into his MLB DFS picks.

Happy Saturday, Grinders! We have a wacky split slate on tap for us today. There are 11 day games on the schedule today, and DK has piled all of them into a massive early slate. Meanwhile, FD has pulled an odd maneuver by splitting the slates up in a strange way. The first five games have been placed on an “early only” slate starting at 1:10 PM ET, and that is fine. However, the 4:05 PM ET starts have been ignored entirely, while the FD “main” slate starts at 4:10 PM ET and also includes the night games. That’s the odd part.

The way the sites differ today makes this a bit of a challenge to break down in article form, especially when you consider the big slate and early lock on DK. What I am going to do is break down the full early slate from a DK perspective in order to get that out to you on time. Then, I will come back and add some cliff notes for the late games that are included on the FD main slate.

This should be an interesting day of baseball, so let’s get to it with some of my favorite MLB DFS picks for this Saturday! Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday Afternoon Pitching: MLB DFS Picks on FanDuel & DraftKings


Top Tier Arms

Nathan Eovaldi vs. Rays
Aaron Nola vs. Dodgers
Kodai Senga vs. Pirates
Sandy Alcantara vs. White Sox
Joe Ryan vs. Blue Jays

Some spots still have “TBA” listed for the Minnesota starter today, while others have Ryan listed. I’m putting Ryan here for now, but just be aware that we could still use some confirmation on that.

This is a solid group of top pitchers, though we don’t exactly have elite matchups here with three of the five facing the Rays, Dodgers, and Blue Jays. The Pirates aren’t a pushover this year, and the White Sox have been playing better of late. The best choice of the aces is simply going to come down to stats given that they all have somewhat difficult matchups. As always, here’s a peek at those 2023 stats:

Eovaldi – 2.24 ERA, 3.30 xFIP, 25% K, 5% BB
Nola – 4.30 ERA, 4.02 xFIP, 24% K, 6% BB
Senga – 3.75 ERA, 3.96 xFIP, 29% K, 14% BB
Alcantara – 5.07 ERA, 4.22 xFIP, 21% K, 8% BB
Ryan – 2.76 ERA, 3.55 xFIP, 28% K, 5% BB

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Justin Van Zuiden (stlcardinals84)

Justin Van Zuiden (aka stlcardinals84) is a longtime RotoGrinders contributor and show host. He’s appeared in numerous Live Finals, has logged countless 6-figure wins in a host of different sports (including 5 in PGA), and is a former DFS Writer of the Year Nominee by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. You can find Justin’s ‘Covering The Bases’ series on weekends during the MLB season. He is also a main contributor of sports betting picks at our sister site, ScoresAndOdds, and is a co-host on the RotoGrinders Game Night show on SiriusXM. Follow Justin on Twitter – @stlcardinals84