Starting Nine – 4/28/17

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.

Ian Kennedy – I haven’t heard anyone mention Ian Kenny in any start this season. He hasn’t been lights out, but he’s performed very well two starts in a row. He’ll be back at home where he faces a Twins team that strikes out a ton. This is a perfect matchup for Kennedy who can rack up strikeouts in bunches. When his fastball is working and he’s painting the corners, he’s a tough guy to hit. Outside of Dozier and Mauer, the rest of the team is barely average against right-handed pitching. I like Kennedy as one of the top point-per-dollar plays on the slate.

Marcus Stroman – Whoever faces the Tampa Bay Rays will most likely make my list. Today we have a great pitcher in Stroman get a plus matchup with the Rays. I mention it every time, but they keep striking out at a high rate, and Stroman who struggles at times with strikeouts, should get some help in that department. I don’t love the price tag, but the upside is there in this matchup and I think he’s worth it. It would help a ton if the Blue Jays could provide him with run support but either way he should go deep into the game and provide a solid floor.

Kenta Maeda – He’s been atrocious to start the season, but won’t factor in the tough schedule he’s gone through. Has pitched against Arizona twice, once in Chase, and had a game in Coors. The matchup is a lot easier this time around and he’ll be at home, a park which favors pitchers greatly. The Phillies have been on and off to start the year and the ones who are hitting well will come from the right side today. Maeda has dominated righties in his short tenure and if that continues tonight, guys like Franco, Joseph, and Altherr should be neutralized. You add a pitcher to the lineup and this seems like a spot where Maeda can go six or seven innings with a good chance at the win. If the field will be scared to roster him due to prior performance, I’ll take a large stake in a pitcher who could outperform his salary.

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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