MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Hitters & Stacks for Tuesday, May 25th

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MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Hitters & Stacks for Tuesday, May 25th
MLB DFS Picks & Stacks for Yahoo, DraftKings + FanDuel daily fantasy baseball lineups, including the Yankees and Giants | Tuesday, 5/25
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Tuesday, May 25, is apparently Ace Day in Major League Baseball. Even with quite a few top-shelf pitchers taking the mound today, there are still a couple to target with bats. Let’s get into the top MLB DFS picks for hitters and stacks for Yahoo, DraftKings and FanDuel.

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MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Hitters and Stacks, Tuesday, May 25th

Yahoo Stack of the Day: New York Yankees vs. LHP Steven Matz — 5.4 implied runs

Even with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks on the shelf, the Yankees are well equipped to take on a middling southpaw. While Steven Matz has above-average strikeout capabilities, challenging hitters also leaves him vulnerable to home runs. Over the last few seasons, his walk rate has ticked up to where he is allowing nearly three free passes per nine innings of action. All it will take is one untimely mistake, and New York could unleash crooked numbers. Over his last 265 lefty/righty matchups, Matz has ceded a .280 ISO and 2.91 HR/9 on a whopping 27.9% HR/FB rate.

The Yankees will be popular, but the salaries on Yahoo are just too good to pass up. There are other ways to differentiate lineups, particularly with the ample premier pitching options. Aaron Judge ($24) and D.J. LeMahieu ($14) are the slam-dunk options. Since the beginning of 2019, Luke Voit ($13), Gleyber Torres ($17) and Gary Sanchez ($11) all have ISOs over .200 in righty/lefty matchups. Clint Frazier ($10) and Kyle Higashioka ($9) do not have the same lengthy track record, but being at the bottom of the lineup will suppress their popularity. Gio Urshela ($15) will likely be in the cleanup slot, though leaving him off rosters will also supply a path to some contrarian builds.

Late Slate

San Francisco Giants vs. RHP Corbin Martin — 5.2 implied runs

Tonight the Chase Field roof is scheduled to be open for the 6:40 p.m. local start time. That will counteract the humidor and keep the positive hitting environment of the warm temperatures in play. This is a very favorable park shift for the Giants, which is something a lot of gamers still overlook. The 5.2 implied run total for San Francisco is going to draw some interest, but the names in the lineup are not going to be as exciting given the biased memories of subpar performances from their home park.

Rookie Corbin Martin got the call up from Triple-A to replace Luke Weaver in the rotation. He projects to have above-average strikeout stuff and should be a third or fourth starter in the rotation as he continues to get high-level, on-the-job training. With all that said, it is unclear what Martin will offer in the near term, as he has only thrown 14.2 innings between two starts for Triple-A Reno and one for Arizona. Again, while he was stretched out enough to go 96 pitches over five innings against the Dodgers, he missed the entire 2020 season while rehabbing his surgically repaired elbow. The results this year are likely to be uneven, and that makes Martin an interesting option to target and target against in tournaments depending on his matchup and the slate size.

Brandon Belt is an underrated hitter, and he has had essentially the same career path as Freddie Freeman, albeit in a much worse home park. In his last 706 at-bats against opposite-handed hurlers, he has tallied a .366 wOBA, .230 ISO and 13.7% walk rate. By comparison, in his last 920 at-bats against righties in the same timeframe, Freeman has a .424 wOBA, .289 ISO and 15.8% walk rate. Taking into account the difference between hitting in San Francisco and Atlanta, this duo is eerily similar.

In addition to Belt, gamers can target Mike Yastrzemski, who has excellent power as a late bloomer and will likely be batting near the top of the order. Brandon Crawford can be infuriating, but he gets his fair share of extra-base hits when he connects and is always a threat for a strategic stolen base. Alex Dickerson is an underrated option who has had a resurgence since being cast aside by the Padres a couple seasons ago, and Mike Tauchman is a solid differentiation play or as part of a wrap-around stack.

Final Thoughts for the Tuesday, May 25th MLB DFS Slate

Outside of a little rain potential in Chicago, the games are mostly clear and still feature warmer temperatures. As always, be mindful that salaries and scoring formats differ across the various fantasy sites, and a home run play on Yahoo may be a below-average MLB DFS pick on DraftKings or FanDuel.

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