Home Run Derby: Friday, May 24th

Calling home runs, besides great fun, often makes the difference between a wildly profitable night in DFS and missing the cash line. Throughout the 2019 MLB season, I will endeavor to find a few home runs in three salary tiers on DraftKings. Join me throughout the year and call your home runs for monthly and seasonal RotoGrinders prizes. Without further ado, let’s play Home Run Derby!

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Throughout this season, I will produce the Home Run Derby for main slates on DraftKings 2-3 days per week — selecting a home run from three different pricing tiers. If you want to call your home runs, please use these tiers for your selections to be eligible for any Derby prizes. Here are the tiers.

Luxury Box – $4,500 and above
Club Seats – $3,500 – $4400
Bleachers – Below $3,500

Hitters must be selected from the DraftKings Main Slate.

Schedule this Week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Happy Friday, Grinders! Memorial Day weekend is upon us. I truly enjoy this weekend and catching as many baseball games as possible in between pool and barbecue time. Tonight, we feature a 14-game slate with plenty of opportunities for home runs. The weather is warming up — so should the bats. The Phillies take a trip to Miller Park, the scorching hot Twins get the White Sox at home, and the horrendous Baltimore pitching staff takes a trip to Coors Field. I think you know where I am going with my first pick. Let’s see. Here are home run calls for tonight’s slate followed up by a leaderboard update.

Unless specified, the statistics provided for each hitter and pitcher are combined for 2018 and 2019. I will note when I switch over to exclusively using statistics for 2019.

Luxury Box

Trevor Story – SS – $5,600

Story in 18-19 – 48 HR, .262 ISO, 44.0 FB%, 45.1 Hard%, 90.9 MPH aEV

Means vs RHH – .197 ISO, 87.4 MPH aEV, 42.6 FB%, 31.1 Hard%

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Arenado.

Arenado who?

Knock, Knock.

Who’s there?

Arenado.

Arenado who?

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you surprised that I didn’t pick Nolan Arenado? Trevor Story is just as qualified to hit a home run against a lefty as Nolan Arenado. To be honest, anybody with a pulse and a baseball bat is pretty qualified to hit a home run tonight against the Orioles pitching staff that just gave up 3,132 home runs to the Yankees in Camden Yards. No relief for the O’s — the thin air in Coors Field will likely not be kind.

Club Seats

Chris Davis – 1B – $3,600

Davis in 18-19 – 21 HR, .132 ISO, 39.2 FB%, 37.3 Hard%, 89.1 MPH aEV

Hoffman vs LHH – .103 ISO, 94.6 MPH aEV, 8.7 FB%, 39.1 Hard%

Even in Coors Field, Chris Davis is a bargain because of his difficulties at the plate. The numbers above do not make a strong case for the overpaid slugger — but the combination of Coors Field and his 2019 numbers have me drawn to him today.

Jeff Hoffman does not have a big sample since 2018 against LHH so I am going to ignore his batted ball information. What we do know is that Hoffman does not miss bats. His combined K-Rate of 16.9% is pretty bad and mitigates the strikeout problems that Davis continues to struggle with to this day. Add in a sprinkle of Coors Field thin air to Davis’ stats this season — .148 ISO, 38.9 FB%, 41.7 Hard% — and you have someone capable of sending one out of the ballpark.

I will pivot to Ruiz at 3B for $3800 in the same game with Davis sitting.

Bleachers

Steve Pearce – 1B/OF – $3,000

Pearce in 18-19 – 12 HR, .189 ISO, 36.3 FB%, 34.5 Hard%, 89.3 MPH aEV

Miley vs RHH – .133 ISO, 86.2 MPH aEV, 26.3 FB%, 36.2 Hard%

Why couldn’t Chris Davis be $200 cheaper? This tier is no fun tonight so I will just roll with Pearce against a lefty. To be fair, Miley is actually pretty good against righties — especially in the power department. But, the tier is bad, Pearce is cheap, and Houston isn’t the worst ballpark. Woof.

Leaderboard (sortable by column)

Player Total May 5/1 5/2 5/7 5/8 5/10 5/14 5/15 5/17 5/21 5/22
joeycis 13 8 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 3 0
erichanlon 18 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1
shanekern03 22 8 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 1
KardiacChris 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Flake022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
nrcave 10 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
mewhitenoise 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D4RKSH33P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JustinY59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
boomanfoo 11 5 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
allanturner84 6 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 2
Pgram23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hautalak 13 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1
kdubs81 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SportsLover37 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
chdmoney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
moisheg1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
chris5764 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
donb5170 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BigWilburStyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TheDataDetective 7 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
pabloplyr 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
infy72 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
ropediddy 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
krot 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
bcorbett 19 7 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2
pastorthor 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MoccasinMusic 12 6 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
Jpl711 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gillik9486 15 5 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Anttheman 12 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
Jcomm91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jaybmore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curse 16 6 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
TheBigMeat88 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grambus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
only1david77 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WestCrook1 19 5 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
oxlodge42 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
dreamweaver1984 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
strgzer585 17 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
okbosox26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mufasaha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
djwagner92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
cubbies66 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
weave40 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1
Btillman77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pryan000 17 7 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1
RLane11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Speak2daman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Semaj89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HIPPYHD 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Buchholz61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yankees2772 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
real35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
IrishCarBomb9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dhargaden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
michjim 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgehaug 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pnbohannon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
apov22 15 7 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0
mmart2780 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
gswenson0607 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mcnasty52 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
whitetrashballerz 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
dankc2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AverageMoesef 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
tsall 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dgw38579 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jsherman003 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DHowade 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
samsonite136 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
steelerhead 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
wcuball29 13 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
him 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
silverback9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
timtime33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
steelbus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yellowzjacket 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
lertno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mattk614 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jut01013 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justboyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TheRealJosh5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jokerdpro 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
dhorton8813 4 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
yisman 14 10 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 3 2
NatemanH 1 0 .0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
kodatazer 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
SmoothLH20 11 11 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2
DJESQUIRE 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 3 1
BigItaly42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mclellan72 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
gsquared817 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DKMaestro 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
EmceeDusty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sawbones529 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sochoice 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
cvdynasty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheech11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
bigstacks2015 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 3
XonoX 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tristanhoh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
delesboyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MattyIce07 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Wencsace21 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

bigstacks2015 collected three home runs on Wednesday night by getting a solo shot from all three of his picks. Meanwhile, SmoothLH20 hopped into a first-place tie for May with two home runs off the bat of Gleyber Torres — while Bcorbett and yisman kept pace with two home runs apiece.

Shanekern03 is developing a distance between his 22 home runs and the second place 19 home run total. That makes three slates in a row with a home run for the seasonal top dog — we will see if he can continue his streak tonight to build a further lead.

Will the Orioles hold the Rockies under ten runs? Can SmoothLH20 and DJESQUIRE keep up their torrid May pace? How many home runs will the Twins hit tonight? I will be back next week with these answers and a slate update. Until then, enjoy your holiday weekend and good luck, everyone.

I am happy to announce that at the end of each month I will be rewarding the highest home run total with a RotoGrinders T-shirt. Having a rough month? Don’t let up. The RotoGrinders member with the most home runs throughout the season — until the end of August — will be awarded a 3-month Combo Premium subscription to start the NFL season!

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed the article, stick around for the rest of the MLB season. Want to compete against me? Drop your expensive, mid-tier, and cheap home run calls in the comments (DraftKings pricing). Otherwise, give me a follow on Twitter where I typically post slate-relevant statistics and embarrassing comments about professional wrestling.

Statistics for this article are obtained from FanGraphs, Baseball Reference, RotoGrinders Daily Research Console, and Baseball Savant.

About the Author

  • Joe Cistaro (joeycis)

  • Joe Cistaro has blogged on RotoGrinders since January 2017. He fell in love with daily fantasy sports after winning an NBA single-entry tournament on FanDuel in the fall of 2013. A small-time player, Joe enjoys writing about MLB and NBA DFS while connecting with the RotoGrinders community.

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