It is a decent-sized 11 game slate to choose our DFS MLB pitchers from tonight. There are plenty of top arms and bargain basement options as well.
DFS MLB Upper-Tier Arms
Gerrit Cole, Athletics at Astros $11,700 FD, $12,500 DK: A top DFS MLB option whenever he toes the rubber, and even more so on this 11-gamer. Cole has put himself squarely in the American League Cy Young race, going 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in his last 10 starts. He has struck out 94 batters in 64 innings over that span. Cole leads the Majors with 194 strikeouts and 13.47 strikeouts per nine innings. He has the potential to break this slate tonight. He is a cash-game staple tonight and probably for the rest of the season whenever he is on top of the hill.
Mike Clevinger, Indians at Blue Jays $10,200 FD, $12,100 DK: His strikeout rate this season is absurd. He has 58 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched! We will see tonight if the kid-gloves are removed from Terry Francona. Last time out, he allowed one run in six frames with 12 Ks. If you are fading Cole on FD, this guy has to be your next choice.
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DFS MLB Middle-Tier Arms
Robbie Ray, Orioles at Diamondbacks $9,600 FD, $11,400 DK: Wherever you classify him on this list of DFS MLB pitchers, his strikeout potential means I want a piece of him in my cash-game lineups. Ray has won each of his last three starts. Last time out against the Rangers he allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. In his two starts prior to that he gave up just two runs in 12 1/3 innings.
Sonny Gray, Reds at Brewers, $8,600 FD, $9,700 DK: Brewers at home!?!? No way am I using Gray here! That is what you may be saying to yourself after reading this. Well, how about if I told you the Brewers offense is 25th of the season in productivity against right-handed starters? I understand that the risk is there but to differentiate from the crowd, Gray is an excellent GPP choice.
DFS MLB Bargain Basement Arm
Homer Bailey, Athletics at Astros $6,900 FD, $7,400 DK: Making his second appearance for the Athletics, Bailey is a intriguing GPP option tonight. Bailey was sharp in his A’s debut, allowing just two runs over six innings in a win against the Mariners. The right-hander returns to his home state of Texas for a matchup with the Astros, whom he’s 4-0 against with a 1.46 ERA in eight career starts.
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