Starting Nine 7/3/17
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.
Carlos Rodon – If Rodon is on my short list of pitchers, it shows how bad this pitching slate is. Rodon looked terrible in his rehab starts, he looked okay outside of his six walks in his first start (LOL), and I’m still willing to use him today. He’s on the road but in Oakland where the park greatly favors pitchers. Oakland hasn’t been a threatening offense this season and one that Rodon can gather himself against. We know he’s a boom-or-bust option, but one that comes with a ton of strikeout upside. Davis, Barreto, Brugman, and Rosales all have potential to strikeout multiple times, making Rodon a viable TOURNAMENT option. There is nothing safe about him.
Aaron Nola – Aaron Nola has quietly put together two outstanding starts in a row. When the two-seamer and curveball are working, he can be the most devastating pitcher in this rotation. Even in this tough matchup, I’m willing to take Nola as a pitcher who will provide a solid floor and my number one in cash games. I don’t love the price tag against a Pirates team who does a great job limiting strikeouts, but he does give me peace of mind pitching at home knowing he won’t get blown up. I expect him to be one of the highest owned pitchers, so in tournaments it makes a lot of sense to get away from him and get a little riskier.
Jharel Cotton – Jharel Cotton will be my tournament pick of the night. He also has put together two good outings in a row in situations where I thought he couldn’t preform. He’ll be at home against a White Sox team that has their moments. The park shift for the Sox should hurt them, and the weather isn’t as hot as they’re use to. I love that Cotton is at home in what I think should be a pitcher’s duel between him and Rodon. Cotton also lets you afford Coors bats if you wish, or even expensive hitters from the Texas game. I love the differentiation I’m getting in lineups and as of now, I plan to use Cotton quite a bit.
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!