Starting Nine 5/22/17

The data displayed will be from the start of this 2017 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.

Jerad Eickhoff – Eickhoff has been the same pitcher he’s been throughout his short career. He’s been fantastic this season against righties and struggles against good-hitting lefties. Luckily, most of the bats he should be worried about from this Rockies team come from the right side. Eickhoff dominates righties, limiting them to a .260 wOBA and allowing virtually no power as he’s yet to allow a homerun to a right-handed hitter. Guys like Arenado, Reynolds, LeMahieu, and Desmond should all be at a disadvantage. It also helps that he has a pitcher in the lineup as an escape route. With most of the pitchers being priced up on DraftKings today, $6,900 is an extremely cheap price tag for Eickhoff in this matchup.

Jake Odorizzi – With pitching being tough on the slate and most guys priced up, my second option comes from Tropicana where the park favors pitchers greatly. Jake Odorizzi has held his own this season, limiting righties to a .255 wOBA even though he strikes them out at about 22%. He’s pitched six innings in all but two games this season and is never one to get blown up. Although they don’t strikeout as often as I would like, this team has been horrendous offensively. Outside of Mike Trout, there isn’t one hitter who’s hitting above-average vs. right-handed pitching this season. I can see this as a pitcher’s duel in Tampa where Odorizzi does well enough to pay off his salary.

John Lackey – This is a very risky play. Lackey has struggled for most of the year and on paper most would think this is a very bad matchup. The facts are there. San Francisco has been a mediocre offensive team this season. Outside of Belt and Posey, all these guys are below-average hitters as well. Lackey has flashed upside this season and still has velocity when he needs it. It also helps that the Cubs should provide run support against Ty Blach who hasn’t shown he belongs at the major-league level. Lackey will be risky but one that shouldn’t be owned at all and still showcases upside with his strikeout potential.

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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