Tonight offers us a full slate of MLB action to go over in our MLB DFS Strategy. I hope you like pitching options as there seems to be 10+ pitchers that I could make a case for tonight. Make sure you hit me up on twitter as I will be talking about a lot of the pitching options today over there.
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets (FD $11,100, DK $10,900) – deGrom is a -119 road favorite tonight as he gets to take on the Washington Nationals. The Nationals got to Matt Harvey early last night before he settled down a bit which is some cause for concern, however the Nationals lineup is full of holes right now and deGrom should be able to attack them. This game has an over/under of just 7 runs tonight.
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $10,600, DK $10,500) – Cole is in the same spot as Burnett was yesterday as he faces a Royals lineup that is extremely aggressive and do not strike out much. I like the match-up for Cole a bit more than I did for Burnett and think he should see some run support as the Royals are running out Jason Vargas. The game has an over/under of just 7 runs and Cole is a -121 favorite.
Michael Wacha, St Louis Cardinals (FD $8500, DK $8700) – I love the match-up for Wacha tonight as he gets to face the Chicago White Sox. I do wish Wacha’s K numbers were higher,however with his price at the point that it is, I find it very hard to complain. Wacha and the Cardinals are a -121 favorite tonight and the game has an over/under of just 7.5 runs.
Brian Johnson, Boston Red Sox (FD $5900, DK $4500) – Johnson was a first round pick back in 2012 and has a K rate of 8.5 per 9 in AAA so far in 2015 and that is enough to intrigue me as he gets to make his debut against the strike out happy Houston Astros. This game has an over/under of just 7.5 runs which is kind of shocking since both starters are rookies and the Astros are only a -126 home favorite.
Joe Ross, Washington Nationals (FD $5000, DK $5000) – I really like Ross and hope he gets a few starts this time up as he has some really solid numbers and tonight he gets to take on the punch-less New York Mets lineup. The W might be tough to come by thanks to the Mets running out deGrom, however Ross could certainly match him pitch for pitch and last night we saw the Nationals beat Matt Harvey.
Nathan Karns, Tampa Bay Rays (FD $7500, DK $7800) – Karns and the Rays are -129 road favorites tonight in Philadelphia as the Phillies are running out their prized pitching prospect, Aaron Nola. Karns has excellent K upside and he gets to travel to an NL park so he gets to avoid the DH. I think Nola makes an interesting option as well.
Chris Heston, San Francisco Giants (FD $7300, DK $8200) – Heston has been one of my favorite plays all season long and we finally see a price jump for him. With that said, I am a little worried as the Padres are playing really well right now so that makes this a tough match-up. Heston and the Giants are a -130 favorite and the game has an over/under of just 7 runs tonight.
Texas Rangers: Rougned Odor (FD $3900, DK $4000), Shin-Soo Choo (FD $3800, DK $3900), Prince Fielder (FD $4400, DK $5200), Adrian Beltre (FD $3900, DK $4500) – Tonight is the night in Coors that I want to have pieces from both sides more than any other team playing as the pitching match-up of Harrison versus Kendrick is making me drool from an offensive standpoint. Definitely pay attention to both lineups in this game. I would love to see the Rangers find a way to get Moreland in the lineup and can make a case for using him on DK at first over Prince should he be in the lineup. I think Hamilton is an interesting option as well.
Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon (FD $5000, DK $5700), Troy Tulowitzki (FD $4400, DK $4600), Nolan Arenado (FD $5000, DK $5000), Carlos Gonzalez (FD $4500, DK $4400) – With the Rockies, I think the top 5 are in play against a left handed pitcher and I would also include guys like Barnes, Stubbs and Hundley should they be in the lineup. I really like Stubbs as he has been swinging a hot bat lately and I have a feeling he will find himself in the lineup.
Cleveland Indians: Jason Kipnis (FD $4000, DK $4900), Carlos Santana (FD $3400, DK $4100), Michael Brantley (FD $3600, DK $4700), Brandon Moss (FD $2900, DK $3800) – I love the Indians tonight against Matt Garza and I think you can add in Lindor, Murphy and even Bourn. Garza has been absolutely terrible all season and is coming off of a DL stint. I have been waiting for the Indian bats to explode and tonight might be the night.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen (FD $4800, DK $4700), Starling Marte (FD $3600, DK $4300), Jung-Ho Kang (FD $2800, DK $3400) – The middle of the Pirates lineup makes an interesting mini stack tonight as I think they do damage against Jason Vargas who is coming off of a lengthy DL stint. I think you could make a case for including Walker and Sean Rodriguez as Rodriguez does his best work against left handed pitching.
As I said to start off, I can make a case for a number of pitchers and after the 7 I listed above, I think you can look at using Brett Anderson against the Braves (Braves are terrible against LHP), Vincent Velasquez against the Red Sox (Velasquez excellent K rates), Jason Hammel against the Reds (Hammel has solid K rates and solid run support) and Danny Salazar against the Brewers (High K rate and the split advantage against the Brewers). Among some of the other bats to consider are the lefties from the Orioles against Eovaldi, Cubs against Iglesias, Mariners against Greene and the Blue Jays against Graveman.