Starting Nine 9/26/17
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.
Alex Wood – Alex Wood had a tough stretch for a few weeks where his velocity was down and wasn’t getting good movement on his pitches. I thought he was done and just couldn’t go deeper into the season. All of a sudden, he seems to be getting on track. In his last two starts, he’s struck out 14 hitters while walking just one. He’s back to double-digit swinging-strike rates and that’s the Alex Wood I want to roster. It also helps that he gets the best matchup in all of baseball against the Padres at home in Dodgers Stadium. His price is a bit concerning as I’m not sure he’s a $10k but the spot is phenomenal. I’ll have plenty of him in all game types tonight.
Chris Sale – If you’re going to the top-tier, Chris Sale is your guy. I consider him matchup-proof so a game against Toronto in Fenway is not something I’ll be scared of with him. This is his last chance to make a run at the Cy Young and I expect him to leave everything he has on the mound tonight. The Blue Jays have just enough strikeouts in their lineup that the upside is there for Sale. He’ll go up against J.A. Happ who isn’t a bad pitcher by any means, but I do expect the Red Sox to tag him for a few runs and that should be enough to factor in a win for Sale as well. Everything is lining up as a great game for Chris Sale and if you can fit him in, do so.
Blake Snell – WHATTTTTT! Blake Snell, don’t do me dirty, please. I never roster this cat, as he’s one of the most volatile pitchers in all of baseball. Today his price is so low that I’m considering using him in some tournament lineups where I want to fit in expensive bats. This is just a price play, and one that I think could pay off if it works. A lefty going into Yankee Stadium against a ton of power righties isn’t a recipe for success but I assume the field will be thinking the same way. If there’s anything Snell struggles with, it’s right-handed power. Let’s hope and pray for a watered-down lineup from the Yankees and that Snell can outperform his salary. I’ll confirm this play on the Deeper Dive so don’t blindly assume I’m using him. Dat price tho!
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!