The Orioles, despite their high upside, are one of my favorite teams to target with pitchers. They are volatile in their scoring and strike out at nearly 23% of the time. Today, they are going to face Danny Salazar whose K/9 might surprise you. He’s racking up a massive 11.1 K/9 which is second-best on this slate, behind only Noah Syndergaard. The knock on Salazar is his walks but it’s hard to overlook his 18 Ks in his last two starts (12.1 IP). Both Salazar and the Orioles are volatile options, meaning I wouldn’t touch him in cash games but think he makes for a solid GPP selection.
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It’s obviously been a rough season for Diamondbacks free agent prize Zack Greinke, but he’s showing signs of turning it around. Despite his struggles, he still boasts a 8.07 K/9 which is in the top third of this slate. He’s struck out 7 or more batters in four of his last five starts and has a date tonight with the San Diego Padres. I probably don’t need to tell you how miserable the Padres are offensively, but I will. They are the second-worst offense in the league and striking out at the third-highest rate. If there was every a night to invest in Greinke, it has to be tonight.
The month of May has not been kind to Phil Hughes. In his four starts, he has only lasted a total of 18.1 IP while surrendering 15 ER and six (!!) homers in the process. He’s not missing many bats, only striking out six batters in that span and only one strikeout combined in his last two starts (12.1 IP). The Mariners will get to face Hughes tonight and Seattle has been a pleasant surprise this season. Their .329 wOBA is ninth in the league this season and they have slugged 65 HRs, which is third most in the league. I’d prefer if this game wasn’t played at Safeco Field, but it’s difficult to pass up picking on Hughes.
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