MLB Starting Nine – 4/15/17

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 for today’s games.

Chris Sale – Plain and simple; One of the best pitchers in baseball against one of the worst teams in baseball. The strikeout matchup is fantastic as the Rays are striking out just as much as last season. Every hitter in this lineup can strikeout multiple times and even without a pitcher in the batting order, Sale has a huge ceiling in this matchup. It also helps that he’s facing Jake Odorizzi which isn’t a huge strikeout guy and is expected to run into trouble against this Red Sox lineup. Sale is a huge favorite per Vegas, but rightfully so, as I have him pitching a great game while getting tons of run support.

Brandon Finnegan – If you’re rostering Sale, which you all should, you’re going to need some value. Finnegan is priced at $6,800 on DraftKings and is just too cheap for a matchup against the strikeout-prone Brewers. He struggles with command, that we know, but when he’s on and locating his fastball he is a very difficult pitcher to hit. The strikeout numbers are still there for this Brewers team and it helps that their hottest hitter, Thames, will be at a disadvantage coming from the left side of the plate. If I include the pitcher, the Brewers have six hitters who can strikeout multiple times tonight, making Finnegan a great tournament option.

Corey Kluber – I loved Bauer yesterday only to see him blow up towards the end of his start, but that means I’ll love Kluber today. The same matchup with sneaky strikeout upside. I love that he’s at home against this lineup, one that he can dominate since it’s purely righties. Kluber has been elite against right-handed hitters, striking them out at about 30% and limiting them to a .267 ISO last season. If that continues today, Detroit has no chance against Kluber and he should be in for a monster outing.

Feel free to message me on Twitter (@MLora) with any questions regarding todays slate. I’ll also be in the premium slack chat answering questions leading up to lock. Till next time, party animals!


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