WATCH: PITCHER TO CONSIDER – JON LESTER
There are some great options taking the mound tonight on a busy Monday night of Major League Baseball. There are 11 games on the slate tonight meaning there are 22 starting pitchers to consider for your fantasy team. Here are my favorite pitchers of the night:
1. Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs. NYM – $13,500
As usual, Kershaw is the most expensive option on the mound tonight despite some uneven results in his last few outings. Kershaw is hard to argue against if you can find a way to afford his salary, though, as he takes on the Mets at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw leads the NL with a 2.23 ERA and has allowed more than two runs in only three of his 14 starts. He enters tonight 9-2 overall, and he is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his three starts this month. Kershaw dominated the Mets in two outings last year allowing only two runs in 16.2 innings while striking out 23. Kershaw had an uncharacteristically low four strikeouts against the Indians in Cleveland, but hopefully, an extra day of rest helps him return to his top form.
2. Corey Kluber – CLE @ BAL – $11,700
Kluber dueled with Kershaw last Wednesday and earned a no-decision. He struck out 10 and walked just one in seven innings of good work before the bullpen let him down. Kluber has made three starts since coming off the DL and is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his 19 innings.
If it wasn’t for one factor, Kluber would pass Kershaw on this list – matchup. Kluber has to go on the road to face the Orioles tonight in Baltimore. While he is 4-0 at home, he is only 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA this season in four road starts. He hasn’t faced Baltimore this season, and he is 1-1 in five career starts against the O’s with a 3.51 ERA. Kluber is a much more affordable ace than Kershaw tonight, but the matchup does make him a little riskier.
3. Brad Peacock – HOU @ OAK – $8,100
Peacock gets lots of attention from fantasy owners because of his high strikeout rate and potentially elite upside. He fanned 10 on Tuesday in just 4.2 innings against Texas while allowing one run on two hits and walking four. He hasn’t been able to go deep into games because of the control factor, but he has 58 strikeouts in just 39 innings.
After hosting the Red Sox in a game that closed out the weekend last night, the Astros will give Peacock the ball in Oakland as they take on their division-rival Athletics. Peacock has made two appearances against Oakland out of the bullpen striking out three and allowing a run in 1.2 innings. Since the A’s strike out a lot, Peacock should be able to pile up strikeouts tonight, and he could finally break through if he can limit walks and get deep into the game.
4. Jon Lester – CHC vs. SD – $10,500
It’s been an up-and-down year for Lester as indicated by his 4-4 record and 3.89 ERA. He looked excellent in his last outing fanning 10 Mets in seven innings allowing just one run on five hits. He has 86 strikeouts in 83.1 innings, but he also has a dangerous 1.31 WHIP.
Before that excellent start on Tuesday, Lester had given up 13 runs in 14.1 innings spanning his three previous starts. Whether he turned things around from that rough patch is still to be determined, but he gets a great matchup at home tonight against the light-hitting Padres. It’s also a great sign for Lester that he’s at home at Wrigley Field where he is 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in eight starts compared to a 5.85 road ERA where he is 1-3 in six starts.
5. Jake Odorizzi – TB vs. CIN– $7,400
Odorizzi is the top bargain bin arm of the day as he takes the mound at home against the Reds. Cincinnati’s offense has been good this year, but they have still struggled at times away from Great American Ballpark. Odorizzi wouldn’t be on this list if the game was in Cincinnati, but he’s worth considering since it’s at Tropicana Field.
At home this season, Odorizzi is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. He was knocked around in his last start which was on the road in Toronto, but fired a strong start of 23.6 DKFP in his last home outing giving him 20+ DKFP in three of his last four starts at home. He is a little risky since he’s facing a strong lineup, but his home success makes him one of my top five options to consider this Monday.
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