Starting Nine 6/26/17
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.
Jeff Samardzija – It’s the Rockies on the road. I played every pitcher in the Dodgers series, and I’ll consider every pitcher in this series. They have been horrible on the road and face Samardzija who is having a great season. I love when he’s at home and when he has a great strikeout matchup. The Rockies should roll out a righty-heavy lineup and Samardzija has been good against right-handed hitters this year. He showcases a strikeout rate of about 25% against righties which should work in his favor. I love the $8.4k price tag on DraftKings which gives you room to fit in the bats you want.
Chris Sale – If you want to save with your bats and spend up at pitcher, Sale is a no-brainer. The Twins looked awful in their last series, where the Indians starters took full advantage. If the Twins are anywhere close to how they hit the last three games, Sale should have a dominant outing. I know he hasn’t done well against this team in the past, but he’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball and I wouldn’t shy away from the twins. He should face a heavy dose of right-handers, but Sale has actually been better against them this season. He’s striking out righties at a 36% clip which is ELITE to say the least. Lefties are striking out at just 28%, so the difference between both sides is worth noting. Sale has the highest upside today out of any pitcher, as he usually does.
Ricky Nolasco – This is just a price play. The pitching slate isn’t too deep where I have many options I feel comfortable with. Nolasco is minimum salary against a team who should run out a ton of lefties. Nolasco hasn’t been good against any handedness this season, but he has performed better against lefties. I wouldn’t try to explain this play, as there is no explanation, it’s just a way for me to fit in multiple stud bats in tournaments. With this being such a short slate, getting a nice floor from your pitchers might be the way to go. Nolasco is too risky and should not garner much of your ownership.
Feel free to message me on Twitter (@MLora) with any questions regarding today’s 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!