Starting Nine 8/7/17
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.
Max Scherzer – There’s nothing to pay for outside of Max Scherzer who will be at home against the Marlins. This is a situation for me where all the boxes are checked and Scherzer becomes a must in all game types. I love him at home, there should be 4-5 right-handers in the lineup for Miami, and he faces Chris O’Grady leaving him perfectly in line for the win. Scherzer has been the best pitcher I’ve ever seen against right-handed hitting, limiting them to a .174 wOBA and striking them out 45% of the time. The neck issue seems to be behind him and was just a one outing problem. I’ll Scherzer in every single lineup I play tonight.
Tim Adleman – This slate is terrible and gets real ugly outside of Max Scherzer. I haven’t rostered Adleman at all this season and there are no numbers to backup this play outside of the terrible Padres he’ll get to face. The only thing going for him is that he actually has decent swing-and-miss stuff against right-handers and he should face a lot of them today. The Padres also strikeout a ton against right-handed pitching so Adleman, even if he gives up a couple runs, could easily outperform his salary if his stuff is on. Guys like Meyers, Renfroe, Hedges, and Coleman could all strikeout multiple times and he still has the pitcher spot each time around the order. I don’t mind pairing Adleman with Scherzer in tournaments, but know that it’s not safe whatsoever.
J.C. Ramirez – Can I just pray for eight innings of no-run ball even if the strikeouts aren’t there? I’ll gladly take that on this slate if I could. He’ll face Baltimore this time around which isn’t a good matchup, especially with how they’re hitting right now, but it’s in LA and that park will suppress their power greatly. Baltimore is full of righty power, that’s no secret. JC Ramirez has allowed a .073 ISO against righties this season, that’s just our HR’s total against right-handed hitting and just two of those have been at home. This is a perfect spot for the Baltimore bats to cool down. If JC Ramirez can showcase why he limits right-handed hitting to a .283 wOBA and go deep into this game, he could have a solid performance and leave you sitting pretty in tournaments. If Baltimore has any ownership at all, this would be even better.
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!