Today’s Friday slate brings us 14 games, and Clayton Kershaw, at $13,100 on Draftkings. I’m going to fade him, but there’s nothing wrong with him in Milwaukee. I’m going to Stephan Strasburg at $12,000 in a massive ballpark in Oakland. He was lacking some strikeout upside, until his past 2 starts, striking out 26 hitters, and will get another strikeout heavy team. Obviously you could fade the top end pitchers in tournaments to get some big hitters.
My second pitcher today will be German Marquez at $7,200 in San Diego. Marquez has been very good on the road scoring 15.7, 20.9, and 25.3. Obviously this is a massive park shift form Coors to Petco, and the Padres stakeout a ton. He does give up a few knocks vs. lefties, but the lefties in this lineup could be Schimpf, Spangenberg and Aybar. Schimpf may get a bomb here, but Marquez should be in for a solid showing.
Francisco Liriano gets his first start since returning form the DL, and gets thrown into the fire vs. the Yankees. We all know that Liriano could get yanked in the first inning, or K 11 and throw a gem. I’m will to take the chance that the Yankees get to him early wight the big bats of Judge, Castro, Gregorius and Hicks. Obviously Sanchez and Holiday are in play, but I’m willing to take the lower ownership in Didi and Hicks, who both hit lefties well.
This Boston @ Baltimore game has the making of a high scoring affair. Porcello’s fastball has been getting smashed this season, and he is still throwing it a ton. Porcello has been getting hit hard from both sides of the plate. The Orioles can hit the ball very hard with the top of the order in Machado, Jones, Davis and Trumbo. On the other side of the ball, Alec Asher has been solid out of the bullpen, but as a starter not so much. The Red Sox have a stacked lineup, and I expect them to get to the bullpen early. Betts, Bogarts, Benintendi, Moreland and Hanley are my preferred plays.