With 14 games on tonight’s MLB slate, we have a number of interesting pitching options to choose from. Let’s get right into my top-5.
1. Corey Kluber – CLE vs CHW – $12,600
I have a very unofficial stat on Corey Kluber for tonight. There has never been a 14 game DraftKings slate with a bigger chasm between the top option and the rest of the guys on the board. Kluber is head and shoulders above the rest of tonight’s pitchers. He is making just his second start since returning from the disabled list, but he was dominant in his return start. He was on a pitch count but still managed to go six innings with 10 strikeouts. He was going up against Oakland and finished with 35.70 DKFP. He should be allowed to work deeper into tonight’s game. Kluber also has a plus matchup against the White Sox who are 28th in baseball with a .293 wOBA against right-handed pitching. He has already faced the White Sox once this year and pitched a complete game shutout with 44.25 DKFP.
2. Brad Peacock – HOU vs LAA – $7,900
Peacock is in the middle of transitioning from being a reliever to a starter. Overall his stats are fantastic this year. He is striking out 13.5 hitters per nine innings to go along with a 2.30 ERA. He has been able to keep up his impressive strikeout numbers during his move to the starting rotation. In 15 innings across three starts, he has registered 25 punch outs. He hasn’t been able to go past six innings as a starter, but he might be able to work longer in tonight’s game now that he as three starts under his belt. Despite a limited pitch count, he is averaging 22.65 DKFP per start. The Angels have also struggled against right-handed pitchers this year, ranking 27th in baseball against righties with a .298 wOBA. The Angels are also are without Mike Trout, who is the best player in baseball.
3. Jordan Montgomery – NYY vs BAL – $7,600
There are a couple of Baltimore injuries that impact the viability of Montgomery as an option tonight. Last night they were without both Adam Jones and Manny Machado, which lead to them fielding a really weak lineup. The result was a monster 12 strikeout performance from Joe Ross, who has not been an effective pitcher this season. Both Jones and Machado are once again questionable to play tonight, and it would be a massive bump for Montgomery if either or both are ruled out. Montgomery has also been consistent this season with at least 14 DKFP in eight of his 10 starts.
4. Rich Hill – LAD vs CIN – $8,100
Hill was one of the better starting pitchers in baseball for the past two seasons. However, this season it has all come crashing down. The main cause of his issues has been a massive spike in his walk rate. Hill is issuing 6.23 free passes per nine innings. The positive is that he has still managed to strike out a batter per inning, so there is still upside in his arm. While pitching at his best, Hill was price around $12,000 last season. He has struggled with injuries and has only made six starts this season, so it is possible that his poor performance has just been a sample size issue. Without many great pitching options on the slate, Hill could be worth taking a flier on with the hopes he can rediscover his form from the last couple of years.
5. Michael Wacha – STL vs WAS – $7,300
Michael Wacha has had a strange route as a big league pitcher. He was a highly touted prospect who burst onto the scene and immediately found big league success. He was great for his first few seasons before he completely fell apart last season. He appeared to be revitalized this year by starting off his 2017 campaign with six quality starts in his first seven outings. Without warning, Wacha quickly turned back into a pumpkin and has gotten rocked in his last three starts. The matchups have been difficult, with two games against the Dodgers and one at Wrigley Field, but the results have been poor. It is possible that they were just a blip on the radar and could rebound with an easier home matchup against the Phillies, who have the worst record in baseball.
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