Starting Nine 6/28/17
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.
Stephen Strasburg – It’s no secret that Strasburg has struggled lately and because of that he’s come down in price. We saw Scherzer have a nice outing against this Cubs team who hasn’t been that imposing on offense. The amount of strikeouts in this Cubs lineup bodes well for Strasburg who could use a good start here at home. To be fair, Strasburg has faced the Dodgers, Braves, Mets, and Reds, all who have dangerous lefty bats who hit righties well. Strasburg still showcases some of the best strikeout stuff in the game as he averages a 27% K-rate against both sides of the plate. I love him in all game types tonight.
Rick Porcello – Porcello finally had a good outing last game where he racked up eight strikeouts in 6.3IP. If Porcello really figured things out, he could return some great value in these next starts. He’s priced down to $6.8k on DraftKings and that’s too low going against a Twins team that’s ice cold right now. They haven’t hit at all in this series or in the last one against the Indians. Even in one of the best hitting parks in the league, I feel comfortable rolling out Porcello in any game type. At this price, he has the room to give up a couple runs and still outperform his salary which is exactly what I’m looking for in tournaments.
Carlos Rodon – If you’re not familiar with Carlos Rodon, stay away and don’t watch the game. He’s one of the most volatile pitchers in the entire league and will make you sweat like no other. Rodon is making his first start of the year after returning from bicep tendinitis and was utterly atrocious in his rehab starts. This Yankee team just got dominated by a lefty and we could see more of that tonight. Rodon has great strikeout stuff but he tries to strikeout every hitter, racking up his pitch count and generating a ton of talks. This is your typical boom or bust spot for Rodon, but one that could pay off if he has his strikeout stuff working.
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!