Starting Nine 6/12/17
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.
Jacob deGrom – deGrom has been awful lately, with two putrid starts in a row. Tonight, he faces a Cubs team that at this point in the season is overrated. The Cubs have failed to produce as the top owned stack various nights in a row. We saw the Rockies pitching staff hold their own against the World Champs. Jacob deGrom looks totally fine despite his poor outings and should return to form here. The Cubs have a ton of strikeouts in their lineup, especially against right-handed pitching. Guys like Schwarber, Happ, Contreras, and Baez all showcase high strikeout-rates. This is the perfect spot for deGrom to get back on track.
Stephen Strasburg – It will be hard to pair them both together, but I think the bats on today’s slate let you do it. Strasburg has been phenomenal this season and now gets another juicy matchup at home. Atlanta has been recently and doesn’t scare me when roster a pitcher against them. Outside of Kemp, this team is full of mediocre hitters who hit well below-average. I love using Strasburg at home when he’s a huge favorite. He has one of the highest floors in all of baseball, but in matchups like this, he also showcases some of the highest upside as well. Strasburg is suitable for all game types tonight.
Yu Darvish – The gpp play of the day will be Yu Darvish. Any time I can get Darvish for a mid-tier price, I’ll gladly take a shot in tournaments. He has some of the best strikeout stuff in the game and by default has some of the highest upside out of any pitcher in the league. Darvish has been great against right-handers this season, holding them to a .286 wOBA while striking them out at about 25%. If there is anyone who could neutralize this Astros offense, its him. It’s scary, but due to his matchup and how good the Astros have been, he shouldn’t hold too much ownership and makes for a perfect tournament play. All three of my choices are the top priced guys, but because I love the cheap bats today and make it easy for me to build lineups.
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!