WATCH: PITCHER TO CONSIDER – ROBBIE RAY
After five games this afternoon, we’ll have seven games under the lights tonight, giving us 14 pitchers to examine for tonight’s top arms. Here are the top-5 I think you should consider for your roster this evening.
1. Chris Sale – BOS @ TB – $13,300
The Red Sox lost their six-game winning streak last night in Texas, but they’re giving the ball to the right person to get them back on the winning track as Sale takes the mound tonight in Tampa. Sale has at least nine strikeouts in four straight starts and six of his last seven giving him 166 this season in 120.2 innings. He is 11-3 on the season with a 2.61 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.
In his last start, Sale blanked the Blue Jays on four hits over seven innings while striking out 11. He will look to continue that success on the road against the AL East tonight in Tampa as he makes his third start of the season against the Rays. Sale is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA against Tampa this season with 24 strikeouts in 14 innings against the free-swinging Rays. No team in the Major Leagues has struck out more than the Rays this year, and they also lead the league in strikeouts against southpaws.
2. Gio González – WSH vs. ATL– $11,300
Another lefty who has been dialed in lately is the Nationals’ Gio González who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts. He finished June with a 2.53 ERA to go with his 3-1 record while striking out 35 batters in 32 innings and holding opponents to a .175 average. He has at least 22 DKFP in five straight starts.
He has been the victim of some tough-luck losses and his 7-3 record isn’t a good indication of how well he has pitched especially at home. He’s only 1-1 at home in eight starts despite a 1.64 ERA. He should be in a good spot to get the win today with another good start as he faces the Braves. Atlanta got to him for four runs in 5.2 innings earlier this season, but González is dialed in right now and a very solid play if you can’t scrape together Sale’s massive salary.
3. José Berrios – MIN vs BAL – $9,600
My favorite pitcher under $10K tonight is Berrios who is looking to bounce back after a pair of rough road starts against two teams surging in the standings–Kansas City and Boston. Berrios allowed nine runs in 11.1 innings over those two starts, but he should be in a place to bounce back as he faces Baltimore tonight at Target Field.
In his four home starts, Berrios is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. He has posted 31 DKFP and 26.4 DKFP in his last two home starts and had 22.7 DKFP back in May when he faced Baltimore. He’ll look to beat the O’s for the second time this season as he goes head-to-head with Dylan Bundy.
4. Lance McCullers Jr. – HOU @ TOR – $11,000
McCullers has a very high ceiling as the Astros start their series in Toronto tonight, but he hasn’t been locked in lately and has had a few issues on the road this season which is why he doesn’t come in higher on this list.
On the year, McCullers is an impressive 7-1 with a 2.69 ERA and 1-3 strikeouts in 87 innings. His strikeout rate is lower on the road and his ERA a little bit higher, but he has tantalizing potential to go off if he piles up the strikeouts. He had 30 strikeouts in 21.2 innings in June which included a quick trip to the DL. He should be back to full strength tonight as he and Houston look to put the finishing touches on an impressive first half of the season in Toronto.
5. Dinelson Lamet – SD @ CLE – $7,100
If you have to save some salary but still want high upside, check out Lamet as he starts for the Padres who are looking to close out a sweep of the Indians at Progressive Field tonight. He showed his upside in his last three starts posting 29.1 DKFP, 17.1 DKFP and 32.8 DKFP. His best start of the season came against the Braves last Thursday when he held them to just four hits in seven shutout innings and struck out eight.
Lamet has a high enough strikeout rate to make him a good play tonight against a struggling Cleveland lineup. However, he also has a 5.35 ERA on the season and a 7.07 ERA in three road starts. He pitched well in his last start on the road when he had 29.1 DKFP against the Brewers, but he’s still a high-risk, high-reward option on tonight’s 14-team slate.
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