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.
Chris Sale – This one is fairly easy. Chris Sale comes in as my number against a Tampa team that is still striking out at a ridiculous rate. The majority of this team has strikeout rates closer to 30%, swing from the right side which Sale strikes out at 37%, and the three lefties in the projected lineup have cooled off significantly. There is no reason Chris Sale shouldn’t pitch a gem today and any time we get him under $13k should be considered a bargain. With Austin Pruitt on the other side, Sale should have some run support and be in line for the win as well. I love Sale for all game types tonight.
Corey Kluber – WHAT?! Two high priced pitchers on the same slate? Tonight, there aren’t many high-priced bats in good spots. I’ve actually made quite a few lineups pairing Kluber and Sale while having hitters I feel comfortable with. Kluber will get the Rockies away from Coors and lately he’s looked like the best pitcher in baseball. I just wrote about Sale striking out 37% of righties, Kluber is striking out 38% and has a better swinging-strike rate of 20%! Kluber has been lights out and the streak should continue tonight against a team that’s struggling and isn’t at home. If you can fit both Kluber and Sale, which both have tremendous upside today, do it and reap the benefits.
Ariel Miranda – Miranda has looked sharp at times throughout the season. The strikeout stuff seems boom or bust from start to start but when he does have a good matchup, he can take advantage. He’ll face the Oakland Athletics who strikeout about 25% of the time against lefties and Miranda has the arsenal to make them swing and miss. I love his price across the industry where I can pair him with Sale or Kluber and pay up for some of the expensive bats I’d like to have exposure too. If I’m not paying up at both pitchers spots, Miranda is the cheap pitcher with great strikeout stuff and a good matchup that I want as my SP2. I don’t think he’s cash viable with how volatile he is, but in tournaments he’s a great option. Guys like Davis, Pinder, Chapman, Canha, and Garneau all strikeout close to 30% or higher! The upside is there for Miranda tonight.
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!