Starting Nine 7/15/17

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.

Madison Bumgarner – Bumgarner is finally back from the DL and gets the favorable task of going up against the San Diego Padres. The Padres haven’t been hitting for quite a while now and pose one of the best matchups in the league for pitchers. Bumgarner looked great in his rehab outing where he looked to be fully stretched out. The only knock on him would be his pitch count coming back from injury but that’s out the window considering his last start had an emphasis on getting him back to 100-pitch shape. His breaking stuff also got a tune up in the rehab starts and pitching coaches could count on one hand the amount of times he missed spots. If he’s fully healthy and ready to go, Bumgarner could perform close to the levels of Kluber and Scherzer tonight for a significant discount. I love Bumgarner today in all game types.

Joe Musgrove – I haven’t seen anything to fear from this Twins team so I’ll continue to roster pitchers against them. Outside of a leadoff homerun to Dozier yesterday, Charlie Morton was dealing. He got himself into long innings due to his command issues but was able to rack up 10 strikeouts. Musgrove doesn’t have command issues, is a heavy favorite, has a good strikeout matchup, and is extremely cheap across the industry. Tonight, you actually need the salary savings in order to afford some of the better bats/stacks on the night. It’s risky because he hasn’t been good this season, but some of it can be attributed to his tough schedule. I like Musgrove as my cheap pitcher of the night.

Tyler Chatwood – This is a deep tournament play that I’m rolling out with some of my expensive hitters. If I want to fill every hitter spot with top-tier bats, Chatwood is the pitcher that’s letting me do that. He’s not someone I would ever roll out in cash in this spot, but it makes a lot of sense as he’s outside of Coors and has pretty good raw stuff. He has been a much better pitcher outside of Coors for the last two years and the upgrade in park he gets today is well worth it. Last year he finished with a .253 wOBA against on the road, while allowing just four homeruns away from Coors. If he continues his success in New York tonight, he could deliver in a huge way especially point-per-dollar.

Starting Nine Charts 7-15-17 (click here)

Feel free to message me on Twitter (@MLora) with any questions regarding todays slate. I’ll also be in the premium slack chat answering questions leading up to lock. Till next time, party animals!