It is a Sale day, and when Chris Sale is on the slate, you play Chris Sale. 12.42 K/9 is amazing, he did give us a scare last start when he threw the ball behind Machado, but he got it done. He is averaging a ridiculous 33.6 points per game. The matchup is not the best for Sale, but Chris Sale is on another level and is borderline matchup proof. Sale should be the highest owned pitcher in GPPs, so you can always consider fading him, but I will not be.
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Matt Shoemaker starting against the Astros tonight makes for a solid play. Shoemaker has only been rocked one time this year, and has been fairly safe this season. A 8.44 K/9 is solid but his walks have been a concern. If he can control the walks and keep the ball in the yard he should be looking at another 20+ point performance versus the Astros.
Coors Field: Taijuan Walker is not great versus lefties or righties and neither is Tyler Chatwood isn’t great either. I will slightly lean to whichever side I think is lower owned, and I think it is the Rockies. Blackmon is a must play in cash games.
The Mets have been red hot of late, tearing up the Braves and the Marlins. Here in City Field, the Mets will see Jose Urena, a struggling “prospect” for a spot start. Urena has been solid out of the bullpen this season, he shouldn’t last too long before they get to the bullpen. Urena has been good against lefties this year, but awful in his career. Bruce and Conforto are my favorite plays. I expect the Mets to have another solid performance.
The Cubs might not be the chalk in today’s afternoon slate with Coors Field in play, so I like this spot versus Luis Severino. Despite a good start to the season everyone is in play, as we have seen Severino get beat with long ball and lose control in past starts. Wrigley Field is a big ballpark, so hopefully the wind blows out to center field. The top of the order is in play, and Rizzo or Bryant makes for good one off.