The 9/5 MLB main slate has some really awful pitching on it. This is not a slate that I would suggest playing heavily. That said, hopefully we can pick out a few options that aren’t too rough on the stomach.
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9/5 MLB DFS Pitcher 1: Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals (Both Sites Cash and Tournament)
$11,200 FD / $11,100 DK
Stephen Strasburg is the top arm on the 9/5 MLB DFS main slate in all formats. The Braves are not an ideal matchup by any stretch of the imagination. There are only three hitters in Atlanta’s projected lineup striking out over 20% on the season against righties. Strasburg has very equal splits with an even .170 ISO against both sides, a 31.1% strikeout against righties and a 28.1% strikeout rate against southpaws. This should prove beneficial versus an Atlanta team that can confound other righties by starting six lefties. Because he is the most talented pitcher on the slate and most likely to drop a big game, I am listing Strasburg up top. Jose Quintana is nothing special and Wade Miley hasn’t even reached six innings in five prior starts (including starts against Detroit, Baltimore, and the White Sox).
9/5 MLB Pitcher 2: Jose Quintana – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Cash and Both Sites Tournament)
$9,000 FD / $10,500 DK
This is more of a FanDuel play for me as on DraftKings I think you just find the $600 for Strasburg or pay down. Earlier this season I never expected to be sitting here writing up expensive Jose Quintana, but here we are. His mention is solely the by-product of a bad pitching slate. Aside from one outlier game versus the Phillies, Quintana has not exceeded seven strikeouts in the last three months. Regardless, the Brewers haven’t exactly been death on lefties lately. This largely because Milwaukee’s traditional key righty bats such as Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun, and Hernan Perez have not been striking fear into any pitcher’s hearts. If I had to sum him up, I’d say Quintana in this spot is decent but nothing spectacular.
9/5 MLB Pitcher 3: Kolby Allard – Texas Rangers (DraftKings Cash and Both Sites Tournament)
$7,700 FD / $7,700 DK
Kolby Allard has been significantly outperforming his cost, as all but one of his five major league starts have been respectable. His pitch count has routinely reached around 100 pitches and he draws a free swinging Baltimore team with nothing to play for. In the minors, Allard possessed normal splits and gets a righty heavy Orioles lineup which works against him. But yeah, it’s still the downtrodden Orioles so on this slate I wouldn’t try to get too fancy. He is my favorite paydown pitcher on the 9/5 MLB Slate.
9/5 MLB Pitcher 4: Austin Pruitt – Tampa Bay Rays (Tournament)
$6,300 FD / $6,900 DK
Austin Pruitt brings a lot of uncertainty to the table. Because of the inconsistency of his pitch counts, it is hard to consider him for cash when he is not $4,000 on DraftKings. Furthermore, his numbers against righties are very weak. Pruitt needs other pitchers to fail and for nearly everything to go right for him to really make you pay for fading him. Nonetheless, with as weak as this slate is he gets a top five rank!
9/5 MLB Pitcher 5: John Means – Baltimore Orioles (DraftKings Cash and Both Sites Tournament)
$7,400 FD /$6,100 DK
Speaking of volatile, next up we have the chairman of the “Ways and Means” Committee himself, John Means. The possibility of outcomes here is tremendous but he has considerably more upside than many peers in his price range. At his DraftKings price, Means is definitely a fringe play for cash despite the up and down nature. I think he will be really popular in fact. I will likely be a bit underweight as the Texas Rangers projected lineup only has two lefties. Means’ strikeout rate drops nearly 10 points to a paltry 17% against righties.
9/5 MLB Pitcher 6: Dario Agrazal – Pittsburgh Pirates (DraftKings Large Field Tournament Only)
$5,300 DK/$5,600 FD
Don’t turn away, you know you love it. Now I don’t think “Super Dario” makes any sense on a one pitcher site like FanDuel. However, as the cheapest pitcher on the 9/5 MLB DraftKings slate, a very poor pitching slate, Dario Agrazal is worth consideration. The Marlins do get a nice park bump and some such as Garrett Cooper, Starlin Castro, Jorge Alfaro, et al., had good evenings last night. Regardless, it’s the Marlins, they’re still awful and a team you want to attack. If Agrazal can get you 11-15 DraftKings points and access to some contrarian bats and builds, in my opinion it is worth a stab or two.
Kolby Allard – Texas Rangers – Over 5.5 Strikeouts – Between his tendency to throw strikes, decent leash, and matchup, I think Allard can rack up six strikeouts. I wouldn’t bet the house on it but it seems fair enough.
Wade Miley – Houston Astros- Under 5.5 Strikeouts – As he has not reached six innings in his last five starts as mentioned, this will be tough for Miley. Not surprisingly, he only reached six once in that span when he put up eight strikeouts versus the Tigers.
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Rich Masana is a real money daily fantasy player and sports bettor who plays DFS on DraftKings under the username “JetsFan303” and on FanDuel under the username “JetsFan3032”. Rich has been ranked as high as in the top 3% of all DFS players according to Rotogrinders.com and has lifetime profitability across all of the applicable betting sites since legalization in Colorado in 2020. Rich does not guarantee the accuracy of all advice and reserves the right to use different players on occasion as necessary to fit roster builds. You can reach him on Twitter @JFan303 or on Discord at @RichMasana