This is a pretty sorry group of pitching options on this small slate tonight. The first who stands out is Jordan Zimmermann ($10,300). Zimmermann’s strikeout numbers have been underwhelming, but as always, he’s been an innings eater. He’s pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts and has thrown at least 100 pitches in every game this season. He’s earned at least 20 DraftKings points in five of his seven games this season and his best game of the year came three weeks ago against these very Twins. Zimmermann racked up seven Ks in seven innings in that start for 28.2 DraftKings points. The Twins are, by all accounts, miserable. They rank 24th in wOBA this season while striking out at the 8th highest rate.
If you want some value, look no further than Robbie Ray ($6,800). Ray owns the third highest K/9 on this slate, checking in at 10.44 K/9. Here are Ray’s DraftKings totals for the last six games: 16.9, 28.7, 0.8, 3.6, 13.8 and 15.3. Outside of the two games in the middle against COL and PIT, Ray has provided decent lines at the price point while flashing some upside. The Yankees continue to struggle at the dish, owning the 6th worst wOBA in the league.
Oh man, Yordano Ventura is in for a rude awakening tonight. First of all, this guy owns the worst xFIP on the slate and is walking more per nine (6.81) than striking out per nine (6.32). He allowed 13 runs in his last 14 IP and has to face the scorching Red Sox tonight. I cannot describe to you how hot the Red Sox are right now. The Sox have scored 68 runs in the last seven days which is 26 more than the next closest team. 26 runs is the same amount of runs that separates teams number two and team 18. That’s how far and away the Red Sox are from the rest of the league right now.
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