FanDuel MLB: Sunday Breakdown
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Breakdown

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

Sunday's main MLB slate begins at 1:05 PM Eastern time and features 11 games. Below, you'll find which individual pitchers and hitters are primed to provide the best value, as well as the top lineup stacking options in this slate.

Pitching

This slate offers plenty of flexibility on the mound, with enticing pitchers from all over the price spectrum available.

Those who like to pay up for top arms should feel comfortable with Houston's Justin Verlander ($12,000) at home against the Angels. Verlander's 35.3 percent strikeout rate represents the best of his career, and that coupled with a 2.50 ERA has him firmly in the Cy Young mix. Meanwhile, the Angels are limping to the finish line with an injury-depleted lineup.

Nationals' righty Austin Voth ($7,700) has shown a proclivity for missing bats with a 26.9 percent strikeout rate. He has a respectable 3.58 ERA and 4.20 FIP through 32.2 innings this season, and gets a nice opportunity to lower those marks at Marlins Park against Miami's 29th-ranked offense.

Reynaldo Lopez ($8,200) of the White Sox qualifies as a high-risk, high-reward option in Detroit. His 5.44 ERA and 4.97 FIP leave a lot to be desired, but he's tossed in quite a few gems this season and reached double-digit strikeout totals three times while limiting the opposition to one or zero earned runs nine times. Those totals include a six-inning outing with no earned runs allowed and 14 strikeouts in one of his three prior meetings with the Tigers this season, and Detroit sports the league's worst offense while striking out more than any other team.

Key Values/Chalk

The Braves, Brewers and Rays all find themselves in position to make the playoffs, and their offenses are likely to find success against vulnerable pitchers. There's also value to be found outside of those three stackable lineups, as evidenced below.

Switch-hitting Twins' shortstop Jorge Polanco ($3,700) is far more dangerous from the left side, having produced a .377 wOBA from there compared to a .311 mark from the right. He'll bat from his preferred side against Royals righty Jorge Lopez, who has surrendered a .398 wOBA to left-handed hitters.

Royals' second baseman Whit Merrifield ($3,300) has recorded a .364 career wOBA against left-handed pitching. The right-handed slugger faces a vulnerable one in Minnesota's Martin Perez, who comes in with a 6.39 ERA and 6.02 FIP over his last 11 starts.

Blue Jays' outfielder Randal Grichuk ($3,100) has been a Yankee killer this season, having crushed eight home runs, 15 RBI and a .642 slugging percentage in 17 games against. Owners who believe in the predictive power of such stats should turn to him against Luis Severino in the right-hander's second appearance of the year.

Stacks

Braves vs. Giants (RHP Logan Webb)

Freddie Freeman (1B - $4,200), Nick Markakis (OF - $2,800), Josh Donaldson (3B - $3,400)

Webb has struggled on the road over his limited time in the majors, posting a 7.79 ERA while allowing a .390 wOBA over 17.1 road innings. Freeman has been mired in a slump recently, but the left-handed slugger still owns a .419 wOBA against righties. Markakis also enjoys the platoon advantage, and his .358 wOBA against righties climbs to .384 at home. Donaldson is another guy who has stepped up at SunTrust Park, with a .425 wOBA in righty-on-righty matchups.

Brewers vs. Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams)

Trent Grisham (OF - $2,800), Mike Moustakas (3B - $3,600), Yasmani Grandal (C - $3,300)

Williams has surrendered a .394 wOBA to the 251 batters he's faced from the left side, and the Brewers have no shortage of left-handed batters to throw at him. Grisham leads off against righties and has registered a .391 wOBA against them at home. Moustakas and the switch-hitting Grandal both boast .350 wOBAs against righties and occupy the third and second spots in the order, respectively.

Rays vs. Red Sox (RHP Nathan Eovaldi)

Austin Meadows (OF - $4,400), Ji-Man Choi (1B - $3,000), Joey Wendle (3B - $2,700)

Eovaldi's another righty who has struggled to get left-handed batters out, allowing a .412 wOBA to the 117 hitters to face him from that side. Meadows represents Tampa Bay's best option from the left side, with a .395 wOBA against righties. Choi's wOBA against righties sits over .350. Wendle enters as a nice low-cost option at third base, having produced five multi-hit games in the last 13 while occasionally leading off.

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