Starting Nine 6/19/17

Starting Nine 6/19/17

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.

Zach Wheeler – I won’t be mentioning Kershaw in this article. I’m looking for cheap pitchers who can get me 15 points at a minimum and let me afford all my favorite hitters. Wheeler will be one of the first I input into my lineups. He’s just $7k on DraftKings against a ton of lefties with power. For Wheeler, that’s a recipe for success. He’s been okay against lefties as they’re hitting for a .340 wOBA against him and have hit him for a decent amount of power. What I do like, is that he’s been striking them out at 27% this season! DFS is all about strikeouts for me and today Wheeler should get plenty. He’ll have to be on his A-game against Kershaw and he can with the number of lefties in the Dodgers projected lineup.

Gerrit Cole – Cole is another pitcher that will face a ton of hitters coming from his preferred side. He’s been great against righties this season, holding them to a .300 wOBA and virtually no power with a .133 ISO. Outside of Sogard, Thames, and Shaw, Cole should be able to cruise through this lineup and have himself a nice outing. I also love that he’s priced at $7.5k giving him room for error which he will need against this Brewers team. Cole is striking out righties at about 20% on the season, but at this price level, that’s more than enough.

Jake Odorizzi – Odorizzi gets a favorable matchup tonight against a Cincinnati team that is nothing to worry about outside of Great American Ballpark. Throughout his career, Odorizzi has had some significant home/away splits. He’s been significantly better at home in every full season he’s played. Odorizzi is another pitcher who has phenomenal against righties this season, and should get a heavy dose of them tonight. Outside of Votto and Schebler, there’s nothing to worry about in this Reds lineup. I don’t feel this is as strong of a play as the previous two, but it’s one that I will be rolling out in tournaments. All three of these guys make great a great pairing with Kershaw.

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!