MLB Starting Nine – 4/14/17

The data displayed will continue to be from the 2016 season until we get a big enough sample size this season. I like displaying this information on one page so I can see which pitchers have the most strikeout opportunities on a given night. We know strikeouts are huge in MLB DFS and looking at this information as lineups come out help me pinpoint which pitchers have the best matchups. With this info in front of us, here are the pitchers I think are in the best spots tonight.

Clayton Kershaw – Like Bumgarner yesterday, I feel Kershaw has complete game upside in this matchup. I’m not a fan of extremely high-priced pitchers, but Kershaw can put up a 40-spot against a team with a ton of strikeouts and a pitcher in the lineup. We don’t need to get into numbers when talking about Kershaw, as he’s in the top 1% in every category. He’s the MLB’s best pitcher and tonight could be one of those special nights.

Trevor Bauer – The crazy right-hander is back on the mound, at home, against a righty-dominant Detroit lineup. Although righties performed better against him last year, he still limited them to league-average production. He comes with huge strikeout potential and it also helps when Castellanos, Upton, Collins, and McCann are all in the lineup. He’s fairly inexpensive and on the teams you can pair him and Kershaw, don’t hesitate to do it!

Adalberto Mejia – What on planet earth?! Yeah, I will have rosters with Mejia today. If I want Kershaw but also want to keep using my strategy of loading up on stud bats at every position, Mejia will be the piece that lets me do that. He’s facing a White Sox team that has a ton of holes in their lineup but is also throwing out a mediocre right-hander in Dylan Covey. This puts Mejia in a decent spot to pick up a win assuming the Twins can provide him with run support. It’s a signature Manny price play, but one that will pay huge dividends if it works.

Feel free to message me on Twitter (@MLora) with any questions regarding todays slate. I will confirm these plays and more on the Deeper Dive later today. I’ll also be in the premium slack chat answering questions leading up to lock. Till next time, party animals!

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