Starting Nine  – 5/5/17

The data displayed will be a combination of 2016 and 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.

Stephen Strasburg – I will gladly keep picking on the Phillies who strikeout at a nice rate. He’s amongst the league’s best for a reason. The strikeout rates against both sides of the plate are hovering around 30% which is ELITE to say the least. The Phillies have just three above-average hitters against right-handed pitchers and will also showcase a pitcher at the end of the lineup. This is one of the best matchups in the league, and even though it’s on the road, I expect Strasburg to get by this Phillies lineup easily. He’s my number one pitcher on the slate by a large margin.

Chris Archer – Toronto continues to be atrocious. They are trying many different lineups and all seem to be even worse. Archer has already faced the Blue Jays twice and dominated them both times. Some might see his early season struggle but you must factor in the tough matchups as well. Archer is a high strikeout guy that could have a ceiling game today. It also helps that with the injuries to this team, most of the guys in this lineup showcase little to no power. I love that he’s pitching at home in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the league and provides a solid floor.

Yu Darvish – No cheap pitcher?! Nope! I want to fit in as many Coors bats as I can but the drop off in pitching is extreme. Yu Darvish goes against a pretty weak Seattle lineup in my opinion. Besides their top four hitters (Segura, Cano, Cruz, Seager), they will showcase a bunch of below-average hitters with decent strikeout rates. We already know the upside Darvish brings and he’s helped by the park shift. He usually pitches in one of the worst pitcher’s parks in the league and Safeco is the complete opposite. I like this spot for Darvish, who should be less owned then the much popular Stephen Strasburg. In tournaments, I think this is a great way to be different and gain a leg up on the field.

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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