Starting Nine 7/24/17
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.
Jacob deGrom – Jacob deGrom gets the San Diego Padres today in Petco. It’s safe to assume he should be the highest owned pitcher on the slate and for good reason. I’m projecting five righties to be in the lineup for the Padres and add the pitcher spot which should do wonders for deGrom’s strikeout total today. You will need to pay for him today but there are some cheap pitching options and cheap bats that you can fit into your lineups to make it work. deGrom has been dominating right-handed hitting this year striking them out over 30% on the year while limiting them to a .274 wOBA. deGrom is my clear number one tonight in all game types.
Justin Verlander – #TeamLoyal. Verlander looked phenomenal last start against the Royals where he went seven innings striking out eight hitters and walking just one. His fastball was extremely effective as he was able to place it anywhere he wants and made hitters chase. Walks have been the issue for him this season but if he’s able to command his pitchers like he did last time out, we could see similar results. I’m not a fan of using a pitcher after he just faced the same team, but this time it will be in Detroit where the weather seems tolerable and doesn’t favor hitting. His price tag on DraftKings is too low for a pitcher who reaches 100+ almost every start. I love the floor and upside you’re getting from Verlander tonight.
Kevin Gausman – Kevin Gausman gets to face his favorite team, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays were the ones who started this hot-streak for Gausman as he struck out nine Rays in seven innings on his way to one of his best fantasy outings of the year. This time he’ll get them in Tropicana, a much better park, and has the ability to replicate his success. Kevin Gausman’s splitter has been devastating as of late and makes one of the better compliments to his 98mph fast ball. The change of pace is keeping hitters off balance and giving his defense soft contact as well. What has plagues Gausman throughout his career is his inability to have consistent control, but if we get the same Gausman, who walked just two in that last Rays start, he could be in for another great outing. I don’t ever find him “safe” so I don’t recommend him in all game types, but he is a great GPP pitcher.
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!