Rain, Rain GO AWAY!!!! We have some weather concerns tonight. Make sure you are up to date on the latest forecasts before letting your lineups lock. It maybe a night that you will have to pivot away from your initial thoughts. Lets take a look at my favorite pitchers and stacks in the MLB DFS Strategy.
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox (FD $11,300, DK $12,800) – So Sale is pretty good at the strike outs as he has punched out double digit batters in 7 straight games and 8 of his last 9. He managed to strike out 10 Twins his last time out, even as they were taking him behind the woodshed for a beating. I like his K potential tonight against the Cardinals as I would expect him to either be facing a few left handed hitters or hitting sub-par bench bats in their places. The W might be tough to come by as the Cardinals are sending out Lance Lynn (as you will see in this stud category)
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals (FD $8300, DK $8400) – Zimmermann gets to take on the same Braves lineup he recently shut out over 8 innings en route to a no decision thanks to a blown save by the Nats bullpen. The Braves are running a pretty identically not so tough lineup tonight and I think Zimmermann continues his last outing against them.
Lance Lynn, St Louis Cardinals (FD $9100, DK $10,000) – Like I said above, the Cardinals take on Sale and the White Sox tonight in what should be the lowest scoring game of the evening I would have to believe. Lynn returned from his stint on the DL and managed to throw 6 scoreless innings while striking out 6 and allowing just 2 hits in a win @ Miami. The White Sox offense has been pretty terrible most of the season and I think Lynn makes an under the radar SP1 type option on DK. The W for FD purposes will be tough to come by thanks to Sale being the opponent.
Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays (FD $7900, DK $6300) – Estrada has been spectacular recently and I think his offensive teammates are going to put him in a great spot against the Red Sox’s rookie left handed starter. Estrada has managed a no-hitter/perfect game into the 8th inning in each of his last 2 starts and is coming off of a 10 k performance. He will be trying for a little pay back as he gave up 5 runs in 5 innings the last time these two teams met.
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants (FD $6900, DK $6100) – Vogelsong brings his 2 start streak of no runs allowed into tonight’s game against the Stanton-less Marlins, in Miami. His opposing pitcher is Mat Latos, who has been getting spanked around all season and I think Vogelsong is in a great spot to pick up a win tonight and for extremely cheap.
Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres (FD $7400, DK $8100) – Kennedy has given up just 1 earned run in each of his last 3 starts and gets to take on a struggling Mariners offense in Petco tonight. I actually like his opponent, Montgomery, a little more in this match-up however I think Kennedy makes a stronger GPP play because of his up and down season so far.
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros (FD $10,300, DK $9800) – Keuchel is coming off of a 12 K, complete game shutout and normally would be in the stud category, however he faces off with the Royals tonight and we all know that the Royals tend to strike out very little and make for a very dangerous opponent, especially for a left handed pitcher. I like his teammates to get him some runs tonight against a left handed pitcher in Danny Duffy.
Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson (FD $4100, DK $4800), Jose Bautista (FD $4900, DK $5200), Edwin Encarnacion (FD $4100, DK $5300), Russell Martin (FD $3500, DK $4400) – The Jays get to take on the rookie left hander of the BoSox that they touched up for 9 runs in 4 innings recently. I think the entire lineup is in play as a stack tonight and think you should stack it a few different ways to not miss out on any of the action.
Houston Astros: George Springer (FD $3700, DK $4300), Carlos Correa (FD $4100, DK $4600), Jose Altuve (FD $4300, DK $4900), Chris Carter (FD $3400, DK $4000) – Like I said earlier, the Astros take on a lefty in Danny Duffy tonight and are in a spot to break out and put up some runs as they love to mash against left handed pitching. I lean towards Chris Carter over Gattis because of his recent home runs. Springer has been struggling of late so he would be the first of the 4 that I would drop if you wanted to go with a 3 man or 2 man mini stack.
Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy (FD $2800, DK $3100), Ryan Braun (FD $4800, DK $4300), Carlos Gomez (FD $4200, DK $4200) – I kind of expect this stack to be very under owned tonight as people will be on the side of Hamels (generally for good reason). I like the career numbers of the Brewers right handed bats against Hamels and think they can go off as Lucroy and Braun seem to be swinging it extremely well.
Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock (FD $3800, DK $4300), Paul Goldschmidt (FD $5200, DK $5600), Yasmany Tomas (FD $3200, DK $4100) – I think this is another under the radar stack as we usually want to target the D’Backs against left handed pitching. Frias has not been very consistent of late and I think the D’Backs can get to him early. I would definitely include Peralta and Lamb to make a bigger stack on DK and will be paying attention to the layout of the lineup.
Looks like some wonderful weather to be worrying about tonight so you will want to pay attention to your favorite website to make sure games are good to go. If weather is not an issue, there are quite a few pitching options that I like tonight along with a few interesting stackable teams. The Reds are a team that intrigue me as Hughes loves to give up the long ball. The others that I wasn’t able to list above are the Dodgers, Cubs and the Indians. Pitchers like Jungmann, Hamels, Miller, Cole, Salazar and Montgomery make intriguing GPP options in my eyes.