MLB Grind Down: Wednesday, June 19th - BAL @ OAK

Baltimore at Oakland – 3:37 PM ET

Jimmy Yacabonis will start today’s game against the A’s with Rogers serving as the primary reliever. I don’t expect either pitcher to last more than a few innings and it’s not like we want to target them in a road start against the A’s anyway. Oakland’s projected lineup boasts an average xwOBA of .348 with a strikeout rate of only 18% against left-handed pitching.

Quick Breakdown: Avoid any and all Orioles’ pitchers today.

My Gerrit Cole fade likely won’t be a popular route to take in the early slate on DraftKings, but I like the price points on both Patrick Corbin and Bassitt. I like being able to spend up on bats, so that’s my plan in tournaments. Bassitt has cooled off a bit recently, but still owns a 23% strikeout rate on the season. He should be able to bounce back in a big way, as he draws the best matchup of the slate. The Orioles’ projected lineup has an average xwOBA of .314 with a strikeout rate of 27% against right-handed pitching.

Quick Breakdown: This is a great bounce-back spot for Bassitt and we get to play him at a discounted price point.

Batter Grind Down

The Orioles are playing on the road in a pitcher-friendly ballpark and they draw a fairly difficult matchup against Chris Bassitt. To make matters worse, they have one of the least talented lineups in all of baseball. The only three hitters with an xwOBA over .315 against right-handed pitching this season are Anthony Santander (.366 xwOBA), Trey Mancini (.355 xwOBA), and Chance Sisco (.370 xwOBA). I doubt they’ll make my lineup given the fact that I will be playing Bassitt.

Elite Plays – None

Secondary PlaysAnthony Santander (GPP), Trey Mancini (GPP), Chance Sisco (GPP)


The A’s are my favorite offense of the early slate and it’s not particularly close. They will open the game against Jimmy Yacabonis and then they’ll face off against Josh Rogers. Both of these are exploitable matchups and if they get to Rogers early, they’ll be able to feast on a beatable Orioles’ bullpen. Batters from both sides of the plate are viable here. Marcus Semien has recorded a hit in 15 straight games, while each of the three-through-nine hitters boast a .350+ xwOBA against left-handed pitching this season.

Elite PlaysMarcus Semien, Matt Chapman, Khris Davis, Chad Pinder

Secondary PlaysMark Canha, Matt Olson, Roman Laureano


About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.


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