Starting Nine 6/6/17
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.
Chris Archer – Archer has been great this season with 95 strikeouts in 79 1/3rd innings. He faces a White Sox team that strikes out 8th most against right-handed pitching and is much worse away from home. Archer has been striking out both sides of the plate at about 29% which is elite. The White Sox only have two above-average hitters against right-handed pitching which is amongst the worst in the league. Archer should be able to go deep into this game, pick up a good number of strikeouts and provide a very solid floor as well. He’s my number one for all game types.
Max Scherzer – I don’t like recommending the top priced pitcher of the day, or the chalkiest, but Max Scherzer could be under-owned tonight. With games in Coors and Chase, many would rather pay up for bats than pay up for a high-priced pitcher against a ton of lefties. I rather pay for Scherzer who has one of the highest floors in all of baseball, but also the highest upside as he’s gone 8+ innings four times this season. I’ll wait for the starting lineup to come out before determining how much of Scherzer I will have, but I will fit him in with the cheaper stacks on the night and get differentiation that way. I love the park, I love the strikeout matchup, and I love his chance at a win.
Jose Quintana – It’s going to be a strikeout fest in Tampa today. I don’t think I’ve rostered Quintana yet this season, but his numbers haven’t been bad. Quintana has been worse against righties but there are a few things going his way. He strikes out right-handers at the same rate he does lefties, he’ll be pitching in a much better park which favors pitchers greatly, and he faces the team that strikes out the most against left-handed pitching. Souza, Kiermaier, Beckham, Weeks, and Robertson all strikeout at about 30% or higher. This could be a great spot for Quintana and I love him for tournaments as a way to get off some of the higher owned pitchers.
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!