Starting Nine 8/9/17
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.
Rick Porcello – This might be the pitcher that has burned me the most this season and for some reason I still keep rostering him. Porcello is no Chris Sale, that’s for sure, but he’s been a tad better against the opposite handedness like Sale. He’s striking out lefties at 22% on the season and we know that most of the power in this Tampa lineup comes from the left side. It also helps that Dickerson, Duda, Morrison, and Miller all strikeout about 25% or higher. Porcello is always a risky play, but the park shift and good matchup make me like him a lot for tournaments tonight.
Zack Greinke – Greinke has been great this season, especially at home, which is surprising. At Chase against a red-hot Dodgers team could make people shy away from a pitcher sitting at double digit swinging-strike rates his last three games. Two of those were great outings, but a hiccup against the Cubs might get people off Greinke who’s still pretty expensive. Greinke has no true splits, so the lefties in this Dodgers lineup shouldn’t be an issue for him. The numbers against righties look impeccable, holding them to a .292 wOBA and striking them out 29% of the time. This could be the game where the Dodgers finally cool off and I’ll be all over Greinke when it happens.
Sean Newcomb – This one is scary. Not even Newcomb himself knows where the ball will end up every time he throws a pitch. He has been as wild as it gets with 32 walks in 52.2 innings. The bright said is, he has a ton of strikeouts to show for it, 55 to be exact. This is a tournament play only and one that can give you access to some of the more expensive bats on the slate. The Phillies have been amongst league worst in many categories this season, and if it wasn’t for Herrera’s golf dong yesterday, they would have failed miserably against Teheran. I like Newcomb as a cheap tournaments option knowing that it can go one of two ways, he can give up 5 earned in three innings or go six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts. I hope it’s the latter.
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!