Today’s pitching options above 11K in the early games are almost non existent. What we do have in the early slate is Zack Greinke. Greinke who is $11,900 on DraftKings, facing his former ball club, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers do have some solid hitters, but they do strikeout a lot. Braun hit the DL, and now we only have to worry about Thames and Shaw. Sure the Brewers could tag Greinke, but wOBA’s are down, and the strikeout rate is elite. Greinke is good for all formats.
Now we can’t take 2 pitchers above 11K and gets nice bats in, so Jake Odorizzi is my SP2 at $7,600. He came through for us last time, now he gets a little tougher test in Minnesota. The Twins are a team that will strikeout, and with a gross slate like this, I’ll take another 20 point performance from Odorizzi here. Jake is very tough on right handed bats, only allowing a .258 wOBA. The left handed bats of the Twins in Kepler and Grossman do scare me, but I’m willing to roll the dice on Odorizzi.
Jharel Cotton has been getting smashed by right handed bats. A 42% hard contact rate will do him no favors when facing these Yankees. He should see Sanchez, Holiday, Castro and Judge at the top of the order, not to mention Chris Carter at the bottom. If we see the wind blowing out at Yankees Stadium, Cotton and his slugging percentage of .483 vs. righties will have a tough time navigating throughout this lineup today.
The Cincinnati Reds get a shot here, because Jerad Eickhoff is bad vs. lefties. A .359 wOBA isn’t good, and it won’t help that Eickhoff will have to face Votto, Schebler, Hamilton, Suarez and Cozart. They play in a small ballpark, and Jerad has struggled to contain left handed pop. Eickhoff does’t miss many bats, and when this Reds team gets going, they use the long ball and the stolen bases.