Starting Nine 5/8/17

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.


Trevor Cahill – Cahill has been great so far this season and it hasn’t been unnoticed. He’s been popular lately in DFS but for good reason. The guy can strike guys out and that’s exactly what we’re looking for in DFS. He’ll be at home for this one in one of the best pitcher’s parks in the league against a team that strikes out a ton. There are four hitters NOT including the pitcher that have a chance at striking out multiples times. DeShields, Gallo, Gomez, Napoli all struggle in the strikeout department and could be in for a rough night. Cahill still hasn’t reached the $8k mark on DraftKings and that’s just too cheap especially when there’s a Coors game on the slate. He’s my clear number one for all game types tonight.


Jacob deGrom – Jacob deGrom has been nothing short of phenomenal this season. A predictable hiccup in last start derailed his great start to the season, but his numbers look outstanding. He’ll be at home against a tough San Francisco team but it’s only a bad matchup on paper. This Giants team hasn’t been the same since suffering numerous injuries and now faces one of the best pitcher this season. The Giants projected lineup features six righties and the pitcher spot which bodes well for deGrom. I don’t think this is a spot to go all in as the Giants still have a tough top four to deal with and they barely strikeout. If deGrom can maneuver his way through the top of the order he should be in for a great outing and one we wouldn’t want to miss out on in tournaments.


Nate Karns – Karns has been great this season but that won’t be seen through his game log. He’s had a string of tough matchups to start the season and could be one of tonight better pitchers without ownership. He faces the strikeout-happy Rays which have been swinging a better bat, but still punch out at a high rate. Karns has developed some splits over the last year and if Tampa decides to roll out a good number of lefties, that might go in Karns favor. Over the last year, Karns has struck out lefties at a 27% clip and held them to a .289 wOBA! Those numbers are elite coming from a right-hander. If we see a lineup that includes Dickerson, Miller, Kiermaier, Rasmus, and Morrison, he could be in a sneakily good spot. Karns is a great tournament option that allows me to pay up for the great bats on tonight’s slate.


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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