I’ll be as honest as I can here. Tonight, is going to be a tough night for pitching. Unless you’re ok with taking the chalk and beating your opponents with your hitters, it’s going to be a stretch to efficiently fill your pitching. I’ll do my best to help steer you in the right direction. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
#1) Noah Syndergaard – NYM vs. PHI – $12,100 – – It’s usually a tough pill to swallow when rostering the most expensive pitcher on the slate, but tonight it’s completely doable. Syndergaard comes into tonight’s matchup facing a Phillies team he faced twice in 2015 with great results. Syndergaard pitched 12.1 IP allowing two runs on 10 hits with a K/9 of 10.9. The Phillies are ranked 7th overall in strikeouts in the early going in 2016.
#2) Jerad Eickhoff – PHI vs NYM – $8,000 – – I don’t think I’d mind having both of these guys in my lineup tonight. Eickhoff had a nice first look last season for the Phillies, starting eight games and ending the season with a 2.65 ERA with a 49:13 K:BB ratio. The Mets are off to a VERY slow start with their OBP ranked 20th at .300 and their SLG 23rd at .347. The Mets don’t strike out nearly as much as the Phillies, as they rank 14th thus far, but for the price of Eickhoff in a good matchup, it’s hard to pass up.
#3) Jose Fernandez – MIA vs WAS – $11,300 – – It’s hard to pass up a chance to start Fernandez. At the same time, he hasn’t exactly looked sharp in the early going. The majority of it came from his first start against the Tigers where he allowed five runs on five hits in five innings pitched. The strikeouts have been here with his 18:4 K:BB ratio, but throwing 106 and 90 pitches in 10 total innings is a bit concerning. His matchup against the Nationals won’t be an easy one, especially since they rank 22nd in strikeouts in the early going.
#4) Carlos Rodon – CHW vs. LAA – $9,100 – – I’m a big fan of Rodon and you should be as well. He’s fantastic against lefties, even though he won’t be facing much of them tonight against the Angels. The savior of it all is that the Angels are doing their best to not win games. They rank 27th in runs scored, 25th in OPS and 28th in home runs. Not exactly scary stuff. As long as Rodon doesn’t lose his command (five BB in his last start vs. MIN) this could be a breeze for him.
#5) Chase Anderson – MIL vs. MIN – $7,700 – – This is more of a matchup play than an overall pitcher play. Anderson isn’t anything special, but facing the Twins can make the impression that you are. Overall, the Twins are near the bottom of the barrel in almost every offensive category. Average, runs, OPS, home runs you name it. Anderson held hitters to a .325 wOBA last season with a 6.5 K/9. The ceiling isn’t very high here, but on this slate, you could do worse.
#6) John Lackey- CHC vs STL– $8,500 – I don’t necessarily hate taking Lackey tonight; I’m just not a big fan of his price tag. $8,500 feels a bit steep to me going against the Cardinals. Their offense has been clicking on all cylinders as they lead the league in runs, are 2nd in OPS and 3rd in home runs. After alternating bad and good starts thus far this season, this doesn’t feel like a good spot for Lackey.
#7) Hector Santiago – LAA vs. CHW – $7,400 – – Overall, I like Santiago in this spot. The White Sox are not a very productive offensive team, but they don’t strike out much. Ranked 19th in the league, Santiago owned a K/9 of 8 last season which sounds great, but he has issues with walks as well. In 2015, Santiago owned a BB/9 of 3.5. Santiago is a tough one to predict and I personally would pick other pitchers on this slate before I go to him. Again, I don’t hate this spot for him, I just prefer other options.
#8) Jake Peavy – SF vs. ARZ – $7,300 – Peavy has been a punching bag in the early going. In his two starts against the Dodgers and Rockies, Peavy has allowed 10 runs on 21 hits in just nine innings. Yikes. It doesn’t get much easier with the Diamondbacks on tap. I really don’t see much value here.
#9) Tanner Roark – WAS vs MIA – $6,800 – Initial thoughts would make you think this is the slam dunk play of the night. A starting pitcher going up against the Marlins at the price of $6,800?! However, did you know the Marlins rank 6th overall in team batting average? Did you also know that this Marlins team tagged Roark for four runs on nine hits and four innings earlier this season? With not much K upside for Roark, I might just let this one pass by me.
#10) Dan Straily – CIN vs. COL – $4,000 – – $4,000. That’s what it will cost you to roster the Reds’ long reliever tonight. He faces a beat up Rockies team that overall has crushed the ball in the early going. Straily has looked decent in his long relief role thus far allowing three runs in eight innings with a 8:4 K:BB ratio. I just don’t really jump on pitchers who jump from the bullpen to starting, even if they are long relief guys. A whole different mentality. However, he is most certainly worth GPP consideration.