Starting Nine 6/5/17
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 – The shark has made his return to the starting nine. This slate is difficult when choosing pitchers and the shark makes my short list. He’s going against a Brewers team which has been much better against righties lately due to the addition of Eric Sogard. The good at-bats he’s been taking at the top of the lineup has made it difficult for righties to feel comfortable. Even with the number of lefties that should be in the lineup today, I still have Samardzija as a top three pitcher today. The Brewers still strikeout a ton, and that Samardzija’s forte. He’s been dominant against right-handers this season and should get a nice dose of them tonight. If he continues to strikeout 27% of righties, he should have a solid floor tonight with upside for more.
Sean Manaea – There is no doubt that Sean Manaea has been phenomenal this season. Even through the string of tough matchups, he’s been able to post elite strikeout numbers that rival some of the league’s top pitchers. Due to the effectiveness of his fastball, his offspeed pitches have been amongst the best in baseball. He’s been getting close to 50% whiffs on both his change and slider in the last few starts which is absurd. If Manaea is on his A-game, there is no doubt we could see a ton of strikeouts against this Blue Jays team. It’s a bit risky due to how hot the Jays have been, but on a bad pitching slate, Manaea makes for a fine option.
Gio Gonzalez – Where else was I going to go? The slate doesn’t have much to offer and I’m not a fan of a $12k+ Carlos Martinez in a difficult matchup. The Dodgers have always struggled against left-handed pitching due to the amount of left-handers they have in their lineup. Today they should roll out a ton of righties, but right-handed hitters that don’t scare me. Seager, Bellinger, Gutierrez, and Eibner, all who are in the projected lineup, strikeout a ton against lefties. Throw in a pitcher in the lineup and suddenly Gio Gonzalez has a path to a good game. He has the best offense in baseball behind him who should give him run support and he’s pitching in a great pitcher’s park.
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!