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MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Hitters & Stacks for Monday, May 3rd

Eric MacPherson



MLB DFS Picks & Stacks for Yahoo, DraftKings + FanDuel daily fantasy baseball lineups, including the Mariners and Mets | Monday 5/3/21

Monday, May 3, provides a nice tournament mix; there are a couple of aces, a couple of gas cans and a Coors Field Extravaganza. Action spread across four slates. Today, stacks like the Mariners and Mets look like quality MLB DFS picks. Let’s break down the hitters to roster in our DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo lineups.

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MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Hitters and Stacks, Monday, May 3rd

Yahoo Stack of the Day: New York Mets vs. RHP Adam Wainwright — 4.6 implied runs

Adam Wainwright is coming off a complete game against the Phillies in which he allowed just two runs on a pair of solo shots. That is pretty darn impressive for a hurler who will be turning 40 later this summer. While he never had much of a fastball, Wainwright does have an outstanding curveball and good command that limits walks. This year he has been hammering the strike zone, as evidenced by a 67.6% first-strike rate. This is going to catch up to him at some point, and when it does, the crooked numbers will follow.

The Yahoo salary algorithm is giving a lot of respect to Wainwright, and that includes amazing deals on Francisco Lindor ($9), Jeff McNeil ($9) and Dominic Smith ($10). This will allow gamers to average down the impact of  Pete Alonso ($18) and Michael Conforto ($14) for an incredibly cheap full stack. As a bonus, it is going to be in the mid-70s during the first half of this game, and there is a 6 to 8 mph breeze blowing out to left field.


Mid-Evening Slate

Cleveland Indians vs. LHP Daniel Lynch — 4.4 implied runs

All indications are that rookie southpaw Daniel Lynch will be making his MLB debut on Monday night against Cleveland. During spring training, he threw 11.2 innings and struck out 14. However, he was betrayed by three home runs and six walks, leading to a 7.71 ERA. At best, Lynch shows enough for a second turn in the rotation or a stint in the bullpen for a week or two before being sent back to the alternate training site for more seasoning. He is currently Kansas City’s second-best prospect and is in the top 25 of most prospect lists. On this short slate, most gamers will be flocking to Coors Field, so understand what the other options are.

Late Slate

Seattle Mariners vs. RHP Dean Kremer — 4.6 implied runs

This is a representative example of how low the Orioles pitching staff has fallen when the Mariners are not only a viable stack on the late slate, but they are also worthy of main slate consideration as well. It is going to be chilly, with game-time temperatures in the mid-50s and a 4 to 6 mph breeze coming in from center field.

Over his four starts this season, Dean Kremer has been a marginal performer. He is averaging 77 pitches per start, making it beyond the third inning just twice. In 155 career matchups against MLB hitters, Kremer has a woeful 11.2% walk rate and a 48.2% hard-contact rate. Lefty hitters have done the most damage given their .241 ISO, though righties are faring poorly with a .183 ISO in the same timeframe.

While Seattle does not have a particularly deep batting order, it definitely is improved with Kyle Lewis back from his injury. The DraftKings and FanDuel salary algorithms are not sure what to do with him, and Lewis comes at a significant discount for a cleanup hitter. Kyle Seager gets the platoon advantage, and he is by no means an easy out. Mitch Haniger is back after missing the better part of two seasons, and though he is an unconventional leadoff hitter, he will likely see at least five plate appearances. Jose Marmolejos is a fine addition for a full stack with his developing power stroke.

The Baltimore bullpen has the fifth-most innings of any in the league this season, and two of the teams ahead of them employ openers to run up their usage. By most metrics the Orioles relievers are in the bottom third of the league, which bodes well for the opposition when they are able to frequently chase starters to an early shower.

Final Thoughts for the Monday, May 3rd MLB DFS Slate

It is going to be chilly across the U.S. compared to Sunday. Watch the forecasts for Philadelphia and Chicago, as both games have some precipitation risk. Keep in mind 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.

Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing

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