It’s time to kickoff the second week of the MLB season! Don’t panic! If things haven’t gone your way so far, there’s only six months to go! Let’s stick with the grind and continue our research process.
Would you kill me if I mentioned Michael Pineda again? Absolutely scorched everyone in his first outing of the season, allowing four earned in just 3.2 IP to these Rays that he has to face again tonight! What a start to the season! Thanks to those fun facts, I expect most owners to avoid Pineda like the plague. The metrics are still in place, however. Pineda is one of only two pitchers on the slate with a 10+K/9 (Verlander) and the Rays have the fourth highest K% in the league.
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Another day, another Phillies target? No one in the league is striking out more than the Fightin’ Phils (27.1%) and now they face the ever-nasty Jacob deGrom. JG dazzled in his first start of the year, hurling six innings and striking out the same number while surrendering just two hits. deGrom should feast on the NL East this year and today is just another opportunity. It’s fairly shocking that three pitchers are more expensive than deGrom today.
To say that the Mariners are starting slow would be an understatement. I know this is only week number two, but not team has scored fewer runs than Seattle. They also own the league’s worst wOBA, second-worst .ISO and fifth worst K%. They will face Charlie Morton today. By no stretch do I think Charlie Morton is an excellent option, but I think he’s an appealing #2 pitcher on DraftKings at only $6,600. Rostering him against a struggling team, in a pitcher’s park would allow for plenty of roster flexibility.
Let me get some of that Diamondbacks stock for today. They will face Matt Moore for the second time already this year. In the first outing, they knocked Moore around for eight hits in 5.1 IP, scoring six runs. Not only are the Diamondbacks leading the league in wOBA this season but they also led the league in wOBA versus LHP last season.
Chris Sale versus the Tigers offense is a heavy-weight bout. Sale enters the slate as the most expensive pitcher on both sites but his matchup is far from sublime. The Tigers own a stellar record against LHP this season, with the 4th best wOBA (.462) and only striking out at 14.9%. This matchup will be divisive but could be impact to winning a GPP. I’ll embrace the volatile side of stacking the Tigers.