Home Run Derby: Tuesday, June 18th

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: Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Happy Tuesday, Grinders! Last night was pretty cool for Angels fans and absolutely horrific for Nationals fans. Soapbox moment: Of all the things to get wrong — how can an organization collecting money hand over fist not handle a weather report? All about the money, I suppose… To be honest, I tend to look at these things outside of the DFS landscape. If I spent money to bring my entire family to a game just to sit for three hours in sunlight without baseball to end up being sent home, I would not go back. Ever.

Anyway, Tonight’s slate should be equally troubling with the weather but still a ton of fun. Fifteen games bring the potential of a pile of home runs and lately our contestant pool is on the mark. Mike Trout paid off for a high percentage of contestants last night. Who will be the chalk bomb special tonight? Here are my home run calls for today followed by a leaderboard update.

The statistics for each player are for the 2019 season.

Luxury Box

Yordan Alvarez – OF – $4,800

Alvarez in 2019 – .571 ISO, 35.7 FB%, 42.9 Hard%, 94.4 MPH aEV

DeSclafani vs LHH – .292 ISO, 90.5 MPH aEV, 46.5 FB%, 49.0 Hard%

Small sample size theatre alert! I, like many other baseball fans, am extremely smitten with the shiny, new Yordan Alvarez. And yes, the sample is so tiny that we cannot assume every baseball he strikes will leave the yard. But when you throw Anthony DeSclafani against him… sample size is out, for me.

Obviously, the torrid pace is going to slow down. He is a strikeout risk. Yet, DeSclafani is possibly the best matchup he could see coming off of a hot start. The fly balls will be up. The ballpark is great. The hard contact is going to be insane. Yeah, I’ll let you ponder the merits of this pick while I log on to DraftKings Sportsbook to place a bet.

DraftKings Sportsbook HR Prop — +275

Club Seats

Jose Ramirez — 3B – $3,900

Ramirez in 2019 – .098 ISO, 47.4 FB%, 38.4 Hard%, 88.5 MPH aEV

Sampson vs LHH — .175 ISO, 91.2 MPH aEV, 39.8 FB%, 48.0 Hard%

Jose, what has happened to you? Jose Ramirez is an example of why I am delighted that I do not play season-long fantasy baseball anymore. I am almost certain that I would have ranked him extremely high and had him on a roster or two if given the capability only to tilt for three months when he cannot go yard.

So, what’s working for Jose besides a cheap salary? Yo, Adrian!!!!… Sampson is pretty bad. Pitching in Arlington with these type of skills is asking for trouble and a majority of the Indians from either side of the plate deserve consideration today. At some point, Jose just needs to break out of this dreadful slump. He might not return to form from the last couple of seasons but surely he cannot be this bad… can he?

DraftKings Sportsbook HR Prop — +340

Bleachers

Jason Kipnis – 2B – $3,400

Kipnis in 2019 – .104 ISO, 34.4 FB%, 36.9 Hard%, 86.9 MPH aEV

Sampson vs LHH — .175 ISO, 91.2 MPH aEV, 39.8 FB%, 48.0 Hard%

This tier is pretty tough tonight and seems to be funneling my thought process into one of two picks. Coming off of a home run, Robinson Cano definitely merits a selection here. Yet, I like the idea of piling on Adrian Sampson with another lefty in a really good hitting environment.

Jason Kipnis is undeniably washed but keeps getting trotted out for more at-bats. The Indians will likely be in rebuild mode and nothing testifies to that regard than having Jason Kipnis hitting cleanup in 2019. Oh, I was supposed to be positive about my pick?

He is a lefty with a pulse in a good environment against a bad pitcher!

DraftKings Sportsbook HR Prop — +460

Leaderboard (sortable by column)

Player Total June 6/4 6/5 6/7 6/10 6/11 6/14 6/17
joeycis 22 6 1 0 0 1 0 3 1
erichanlon 22 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
shanekern03 37 11 2 1 0 1 1 4 2
KardiacChris 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flake022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
nrcave 14 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
mewhitenoise 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
D4RKSH33P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JustinY59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
boomanfoo 20 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
allanturner84 10 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Pgram23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hautalak 19 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 0
kdubs81 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SportsLover37 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
chdmoney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
moisheg1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
chris5764 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
donb5170 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BigWilburStyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TheDataDetective 17 6 1 0 1 0 0 2 2
pabloplyr 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
infy72 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
ropediddy 18 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
krot 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
bcorbett 29 7 2 0 0 2 1 1 1
pastorthor 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MoccasinMusic 19 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Jpl711 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gillik9486 25 6 2 0 0 1 2 1 0
Anttheman 18 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jcomm91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jaybmore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curse 20 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
TheBigMeat88 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grambus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
only1david77 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WestCrook1 32 10 2 2 1 1 1 2 1
oxlodge42 9 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
dreamweaver1984 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
strgzer585 23 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 1
okbosox26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mufasaha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
djwagner92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
cubbies66 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
weave40 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Btillman77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pryan000 28 5 2 1 0 1 0 1 0
RLane11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Speak2daman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Semaj89 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HIPPYHD 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Buchholz61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yankees2772 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
real35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
IrishCarBomb9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dhargaden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
michjim 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgehaug 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pnbohannon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
apov22 28 7 2 0 0 0 0 4 1
mmart2780 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
gswenson0607 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
mcnasty52 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
whitetrashballerz 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dankc2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AverageMoesef 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
tsall 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dgw38579 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jsherman003 5 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
DHowade 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
samsonite136 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
steelerhead 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
wcuball29 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
him 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
silverback9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
timtime33 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
steelbus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yellowzjacket 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
lertno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mattk614 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jut01013 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justboyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TheRealJosh5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jokerdpro 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dhorton8813 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yisman 21 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 1
NatemanH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
kodatazer 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SmoothLH20 16 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
DJESQUIRE 19 7 0 3 0 1 1 1 1
BigItaly42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mclellan72 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
gsquared817 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DKMaestro 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
EmceeDusty 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
sawbones529 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sochoice 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
cvdynasty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheech11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
bigstacks2015 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
XonoX 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tristanhoh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
delesboyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MattyIce07 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wencesace21 10 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 1
J_maw 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FantasyGrinder214 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TakeoverTarget 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
nearthewall 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
ajp71088 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mangone 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
dannydonahue98 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
BigPod 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
GBRollClones 4 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
HEEEEEEEEEEE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PackerOwner 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
autumnhunter33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Rcplayer07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

With 22 home runs, I would normally not spend a ton of time updating our leaderboard. That said, the popular Angels kept me busy with their barrage of bombs against the hapless Blue Jay pitching staff. MoccasinMusic, TheDataDetective, and… yeah… shanekern03 all collected two home runs apiece.

Shane is dominating in June and overall. I can’t take this anymore! Somebody put a stop to this guy! The only thing that quite possibly might stop Shane’s streak could be… the Nationals meteorology department? On that note, enjoy the slate tonight. I will be back Friday for an update and a few more home run picks. Until then, 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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