Home Run Derby: Tuesday, June 25th

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 Tuesday, Grinders! June is winding down and the action, like the climate, is just warming up. We are graced with a massive slate tonight. The Orioles are back in Camden Yards equipped with their woeful pitching staff. The Yankees take on the Blue Jays in the Bronx. Finally, Wrigley Field could have the wind blowing out again. These are just a few of the better offensive contexts on tonight’s slate. Who is going yard? Here are my home run calls and a recap of the leaderboard after a big Friday slate.

The statistics for each player are for the 2019 season.

Luxury Box

Freddie Freeman – 1B – $5,500

Freeman in 2019 – .289 ISO, 34.9 FB%, 51.7 Hard%, 91.3 MPH aEV

Alzolay vs LHH – meaningless sample

Adbert Azolay dazzled the Wrigley crowd in his debut relief appearance — receiving a standing ovation as he earned the win for the Cubs at home against the Mets. While this is certainly a beautiful tale, today’s game in Wrigley Field might have other reasons to go down in Chicago lore.

The wind is blowing out… HARD. In the past, I wrote up a few samples from Kevin Roth’s WeatherEdge tool highlighting the potential impact of weather to home runs. Without giving away the goods, I can tell you today that impact is pretty enormous. If you have not subscribed to Premium — or just the WeatherEdge — today, might be a good day.

With the winds potentially creating a massive boost to home runs, Freddie Freeman feels like a really good fit in this tier. Freddie hits the baseball extremely hard and should benefit greatly from the winds blowing out to center field. Azolay is a regarded prospect but this Braves lineup is very good. Given the impact of weather, advantage Freeman.

Club Seats

Franmil Reyes — OF – $4,200

Reyes in 2019 – .251 ISO, 35.9 FB%, 47.8 Hard%, 92.5 MPH aEV

Yacabonis vs RHH — .188 ISO, 87.6 MPH aEV, 42.5 FB%, 29.2 Hard%

Speaking of good weather, Camden Yards is another environment set to receive a nice boost for bats courtesy of WeatherEdge. The Padres gain a DH, get a great park upgrade, and face one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball tonight. Ummm… jackpot!

Yacabonis will likely not be long for this game. Instead, the Padres will receive plenty of at-bats against a dreadful bullpen. Franmil Reyes eclipsed 20 home runs already due to his hard-hitting ways. A shift to Camden Yards might feel like a move to a whiffle ball field for Reyes tonight.

Bleachers

Francisco Mejia – C – $3,300

Mejia in 2019 – .159 ISO, 31.7 FB%, 35.4 Hard%, 87.3 MPH aEV

Yacabonis vs LHH — .228 ISO, 90.9 MPH aEV, 45.2 FB%, 32.9 Hard%

I sifted through this tier and really did not like what I saw for today. Admittedly, I am intentionally avoiding a couple of spots that I think could be pretty popular in favor of a catcher.

Mejia certainly has the ability to get into one or two baseballs and this is the perfect pitching staff for that profile. All of the reasons that benefited Reyes above fit Mejia just the same. Extra exposure to the Padres in this park is probably an advisable strategy, tonight.

Leaderboard (sortable by column)

Player Total June 6/4 6/5 6/7 6/10 6/11 6/14 6/17 6/18 6/21
joeycis 23 7 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 0
erichanlon 22 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
shanekern03 38 12 2 1 0 1 1 4 2 1 0
KardiacChris 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flake022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
nrcave 14 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
mewhitenoise 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
D4RKSH33P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JustinY59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
boomanfoo 20 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
allanturner84 10 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Pgram23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hautalak 20 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
kdubs81 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SportsLover37 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
chdmoney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
moisheg1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
chris5764 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
donb5170 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BigWilburStyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TheDataDetective 18 7 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 0
pabloplyr 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
infy72 7 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
ropediddy 20 7 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1
krot 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
bcorbett 30 8 2 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 0
pastorthor 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MoccasinMusic 22 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 2
Jpl711 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gillik9486 25 6 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
Anttheman 18 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jcomm91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jaybmore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curse 21 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0
TheBigMeat88 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grambus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
only1david77 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WestCrook1 32 10 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 0
oxlodge42 10 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0
dreamweaver1984 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
strgzer585 23 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0
okbosox26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mufasaha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
djwagner92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
cubbies66 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
weave40 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Btillman77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pryan000 29 6 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
RLane11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Speak2daman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Semaj89 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HIPPYHD 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Buchholz61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yankees2772 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
real35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
IrishCarBomb9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dhargaden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
michjim 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgehaug 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pnbohannon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
apov22 29 8 2 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0
mmart2780 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
gswenson0607 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
mcnasty52 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
whitetrashballerz 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dankc2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AverageMoesef 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
tsall 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dgw38579 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jsherman003 5 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
DHowade 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
samsonite136 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
steelerhead 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
wcuball29 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
him 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
silverback9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
timtime33 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
steelbus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yellowzjacket 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
lertno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mattk614 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jut01013 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justboyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TheRealJosh5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
jokerdpro 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dhorton8813 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yisman 23 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
NatemanH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
kodatazer 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SmoothLH20 16 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DJESQUIRE 20 8 0 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
BigItaly42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mclellan72 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
gsquared817 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DKMaestro 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
EmceeDusty 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
sawbones529 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sochoice 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
cvdynasty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheech11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
bigstacks2015 11 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
XonoX 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tristanhoh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
delesboyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MattyIce07 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wencesace21 10 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
J_maw 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FantasyGrinder214 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TakeoverTarget 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
nearthewall 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
ajp71088 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mangone 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
dannydonahue98 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BigPod 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
GBRollClones 5 5 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0
HEEEEEEEEEEE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PackerOwner 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
autumnhunter33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Rcplayer07 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Well, Friday brought 40 home runs. We must have collected, right? Nope. Not really. Four people collected a solitary home run. Shanekern03 finally came up empty and nary another leader took advantage. In the words of Yankees sub-par broadcaster, John Sterling, “That’s baseball, Susan.”

Tonight? We have a 15-game slate on tap. Will the warmer temperatures elevate the home run tally? Will some of the aforementioned contexts produce power? Who will take advantage? We will discuss the answers to all of those questions on Wednesday within the next edition of this article. 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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