Tabors Takes- Opening Day MLB Breakdown

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Jesus Luzardo- The Pirates were not a good team last year, moments of upside sure, but not good. Last year I didn’t like picking on them, they sucked, but lacked the K upside we need in DFS. This year they added and are bringing back a ton of strikeouts to this lineup though and I think this makes them one of my favorite teams to target early on. ONiell Cruz is a K machine, Big Ole Rowdy Tellez brings some pop with plenty of swing and miss, and Michael A Taylor?? Add that to an already unappealing lineup and I need the Lizard at home here. Tellez and Cruz are also lefty on lefty as the two scariest bats in this lineup. Luzardo is focused on pitching deep into games this year, he had a solid spring and worked the pitch count to an appealing number. We also know he brings the swing and miss with a 10.4 K/9 last year. I also love that he’s comfortable at home where he pitched a 2.99 ERA and 1.11 WHIP last season. I’m back to playing on Fanduel this year and he’s probably my solo pitcher today.


Tarik Skubal- The WhiteSox were atrocious last year, and I think they got worse. A ton of strikeouts and ground balls made up this 2023 lineup, now we add Martin Maldonado, Paul Dejong and Kevin Pillar. It’s hard not to love one of the most talented DFS arms now in good health with this kind of matchup.


Tyler Glasnow- Are the Dodgers taking the training wheels off one of the most electric pitchers in the game? I was stunned to see 77 pitches last week and you have to imagine he sees 80 plus here. He’s one of the best strikeout arms in the game and he might have the largest pitch count we see today #shitweneverexpected


I think the most popular build today is one of the Nationals/ Reds with the Dodgers. If you feel confident in a pitcher that’s lower owned then I don’t mind this build at all. They are undoubtedly in good spots and rightfully getting steamed up. They are 3 teams I’m certainly focused on, but I want a difference maker here and that’s where these stacks come in. 


Twins/Royals- This game will come in under the game in Cincinnati and I’m not sure it should. They have the best hitting weather on the slate, 65 degrees and 15mph winds blowing out. We called it mini Coors last season and somehow Kaufmann Stadium lived up to it. We saw some crazy runs in this ballpark in 2023 and if that trend continues are we that afraid of Pablo Lopez and Cole Ragans in game 1 of the season in a division series? I’m not. Most people seem to think Ragans is a stud now, but I haven’t forgotten of his blunders in Texas. He looked great last year, but he gives up hard contact and the Twins could easily knock him around here. I like both sides, but the Twins are one of my favorite stacks today.


Astros- I think Nestor Cortes sucks. I love picking on him and it hasn’t paid off a ton, mainly because of the Yankees bullpen, but there’s certainly spots it will. I love the Astros against lefties, their lefty bats are actually better against LHP and they are righty heavy everywhere else. A great pivot in my eyes over the chalk Dodgers. If they get to Cortes early we should avoid the good parts of the pen.


Orioles- I will always have interest in the O’s against LHP and they are certainly in a low owned spot here.


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Core Plays

Byron Buxton- This is always a guy I target early in the season. He might actually be the most talented player in baseball. He has the power upside of anyone in the sport and speed of the leagues top base stealers. He just can’t stay healthy, luckily that’s not a problem in game 1. I love this game today and he’s my favorite bat.

Jung Hoo Lee- I like that his first big league matchup is against Yu Darvish. I also just really think this dude is elite. Random one off play, batting lead off,  that I’ve got in my lineup today.


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