DraftKings Sportsbook: Saturday Best Bets

DraftKings Sportsbook: Saturday Best Bets

This article is part of our DraftKings Sportsbook series.

Previous: 2-2, -0.29 RW Bucks         
Season: 56-60-5, -7.41 RW Bucks

With an all-day Saturday slate on tap, I'm honing in on what I think will be strong offensive performances by two of the most potent lineups in baseball.

Tigers at Blue Jays, 3:07 p.m. EDT

Starting Pitchers: Wily Peralta vs. Hyun Jin Ryu

The Pick: Blue Jays Over 3.5 runs first 5 innings (+115) for 1 RWBuck

Secondary Pick: Blue Jays to score first and win (+105) for 1 RWBuck

Peralta has been better than expected this season but does have a couple blowups on his ledger against the Royals and Twins (combined 11 earned runs allowed). He faces a Blue Jays squad with increasing urgency and a collective .379 average and 1.245 OPS against him (32 career PAs). Toronto also averages an MLB-high 3.8 runs in the first five innings per home game and boasts a .361 wOBA and .246 ISO against visiting righties in the second half.

Braves at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. EDT

Starting Pitchers: Drew Smyly vs. Matt Harvey    

The Pick: Braves over 5.5 runs (-135) for 1 RWBuck

Secondary Pick: Over 8.5 runs first 7 innings (-105) for 1 RWBuck

Smyly has been a slightly more effective pitcher on the road and has allowed three earned runs or less in 13 consecutive starts overall. Harvey has also largely turned things around after a ragged start to the season, but he is still 2-7 with a 6.60 ERA and 1.64 WHIP at Camden Yards. He's done a reasonably good job against current Braves bats (collective .220 average and .272 OBP), yet the O's bullpen is among the worst in baseball in August with an MLB-high 8.31 ERA and AL-high .381 wOBA surrendered.

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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