Today’s 14 game slate has some really good pitchers on it. So shockingly enough, Chris Sale ($13,000) tops this list as he takes on the A’s in Oakland. The A’s are not a very good ball club, they strike out a ton, and have a few boom or bust hitters. Sale loves strikeouts, and every time he takes the mound, he has 40 point upside in him. When Chris Sale is on the slate, you play Chris Sale.
Michael Pineda ($8,800) takes on the strikeout happy Rays in Tropicana Field. The Rays strikeout out at the league’s most 27%. They do have some solid hitters that will smash balls, in Logan Morrison, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson, but they strikeout a ton as well. Pineda is more of a GPP play, if you wanted a second cash play, maybe look to Taijuan Walker at $8,400.
Trevor Williams screwed us last time out, throwing well vs. the D-Backs last time out. Now he takes on the Phillies at home, and whilst PNC Park is big it does favor lefties. Williams is very bad vs. righties, so look to the power of the righties and the table setting of the lefties. I’m looking to Hernandez, Altherr, Franco, Herrera and Saunders if he plays.
If somehow you find a cheaper pitcher you like, and want to pay up for a stack, look at the Houston Astros. They face Trevor Bauer, who is an OK pitcher at best. He holds a .405 wOBA vs. lefties and .344 wOBA vs. righties. This Astros team has power from both sides of the plate: Gattis, McCann, Gurriel, Altuve, Gonzalez, Correa, Beltran, Reddick and Springer. The whole lineup is in play, just make sure you are stacking to get the right correlation.