Starting Nine 4/19/17

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.

Chris Archer – Besides one mistake to Miguel Cabrera, Matt Andriese had a ton of success against this Detroit team yesterday. Chris Archer is in the same great spot and is coming in with a price tag below $10k. I outlined the hitter who could strikeout multiple times and they should be in the lineup again. With the raw talent Archer possesses, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pick up more than one strikeout per inning, but also go deep into the game due to the favorable park. If you’re off Kershaw, Archer is your guy.

Masahiro Tanaka – Tanaka has looked atrocious to start the season, and although the last two matchups were tough, he faces the worst offense in the league. It’s no secret that the White Sox should finish the season somewhere in the bottom five in every offensive category. They are running what I consider to be close to a minor-league lineup. You add that their best hitter is going through one of the worst droughts in his career, and this lineup has nothing to fear. The White Sox have four or five guys that can strikeout multiple times, while only two hitters are hitting above-average against right-handers. I hate the park, and don’t like the pitcher too much, but the White Sox are that bad.

Jhoulys Chacin – He makes his return as one of the cheapies I’ll be using tonight. He’s at home against a Diamondbacks team who runs out a righty-dominant lineup and that fits right into Chacin’s strengths. The numbers might look average against both sides of the plate, but righties are striking out at about 25% against Chacin dating back to last year. With guys like Lamb, Thomas, Drury, Mathis, and a pitcher’s spot, strikeouts could come easy. I don’t expect him to have a scoreless outing, but he should do well enough to pay off his salary especially at home in a pitcher-friendly park. If you need the savings, which I assume everyone does, Chacin is one of my three cheapies I’m using.

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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