Starting Nine 5/9/17
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.
Max Scherzer – In what I think is an ugly pitching slate, Max Scherzer leads the pack against the righties in Baltimore. I don’t like using right-handed pitchers against the Orioles, especially in Camden Yards, but Scherzer is a top three pitcher in the league. His numbers against right-handed hitters are insane. He’s limited righties to a .206 wOBA dating back to last year and has struck them out at about 39%! Those are video game numbers! It’s safe to say guys like Rickard, Jones, Machado, Trumbo, Mancini, and Schoop will all be at a huge disadvantage. I do think Baltimore scores a couple on him, but no other option on the slate provides the floor Scherzer does.
Zach Wheeler – I already mentioned that pitching is so bad today I much rather load up on bats. Wheeler gives be the ability to do that due to his price tag. He faces a Giants team that is tough to strikeout but one that is filled with right-handed hitting. If there’s anything Wheeler excels at, it’s getting righties out. He might not strike them out at a ridiculous rate, but he’s not going to strike this team out anyway. He’s limited them to a .239 wOBA dating back to last year and that should help him go deep into this game. I’m willing to take risks at the SP2 spot tonight and Wheeler will be one of them.
Drew Pomeranz – This is another risky tournament play, but one that can pay off in a huge way. We know he has great strikeout stuff and against Milwaukee, we could be looking at a high strikeout game. The Brewers will run out almost an all-righty lineup which plays into Pomeranz’s favor as he’s struck out righties at about 28% dating back to last year. This is a risky play because the Brewers much rather face a lefty as they hit them well, but could also strikeout a ton. This is one of those examples where I’ll have a good amount of Pomeranz but also a good number of Brewers stacks to hedge myself. The perfect boom or bust SP2 for 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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