Starting Nine 5/26/17
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.
Max Scherzer – I hate mentioned the most expensive pitcher on the slate, but he’s in the best spot out of any pitcher. The Padres have been awful in every department this season, and now they face one of the best pitchers in baseball. Scherzer is at home, a huge favorite, has a great strikeout matchup, and he’s a bit under $13k on DraftKings. You can’t ask for much more. He’s the number one pitcher for me in all formats.
Mike Bolsinger – The next two picks are going to be price plays. I love Scherzer today and because I have to pay for him, I need cheapies as SP2’s. I also want to fit Coors while having some upside at pitcher. To do this, I’m taking a hard look at Mike Bolsinger who is below the minimum salary of $5,000 on DraftKings. He’ll face a Rangers team who can’t stop striking out right now and are currently 10th in strikeouts vs. RHP’s. He’s been surprisingly good this season against lefties, which make up the dangerous part of this Rangers team. Bolsinger has implemented his cutter a bit more this season which has been effective on lefties and using his curve ball as his out pitch. The power he gives up comes to right-handed hitter but it would be tough to see Andrus or Lucroy blast a couple out of the yard tonight. I like Bolsinger as an SP2 in tournaments.
Junior Guerra – Another cheap pitcher making his first start since going on the DL. Guerra was a great story last year after becoming the ace of this Brewers team. He pitched 91 pitches in his last rehab start so I’m not sure we see a hard pitch limit tonight. Most are quick to look at how poorly he pitched but remember it is the PCL, the most hitter-friendly minor league in Colorado. He’ll get a ton of righties and two good lefties in today’s lineups. If he’s anything close to what he was last year, he’ll have an easy time outperforming his salary and lets you roster Coors easily. I’ll be experimenting at the SP2 spot tonight.
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!