We have a split MLB DFS slate today due to travel. Weather should not be an issue anywhere.
MLB DFS Upper-Tier Arms
Justin Verlander, Athletics at Astros ($11,000 FD, $12,100 DK): The perennial Cy Young award candidate, and this year is no different, gets a good match-up this afternoon. Verlander struck out 12 batters in six innings in his last start Friday night against the Rangers, throwing a season-high 116 pitches. He’s 7-1 with a 3.41 ERA against American League West opponents this year. If you are playing the early or all-day slate, Verlander needs to be your cash game option.
Shane Bieber, Indians at Blue Jays ($10,100 FD, $10,500 DK): Man oh man, the Indians have quite the threesome of starting pitchers right now. Monday night it was Mike Clevinger pitching a gem, last night it was Trevor Bauer’s gem that was wasted and now the Jays get a shot against Bieber. No wonder why the Indians have taken control of the wild card race and are closing the gap on the Twins. Bieber was not at his sharpest in his last start, allowing five runs on seven hits through 5 2/3 innings against the Royals on Friday. But he battled without his best stuff and kept his team in the game. In two career starts against the Blue Jays, Bieber is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA with 15 strikeouts over 12 1/3 frames. Bieber is certainly a cash game option this evening.
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MLB DFS Middle-Tier Arms
Noah Syndergaard, Padres at Mets ($10,000 FD, $10,000 DK): Thor has pitched two fantastic games in a row. Now he gets the Padres, who struggle against righties and on the road. This looks to be a showcase outing for Noah, because if the Padres are indeed interested in acquiring Syndergaard before the July 31 Trade Deadline, they’ll receive a first-hand look at him. Earlier this season, Syndergaard allowed five runs (four earned) in a Mets win in San Diego.
Julio Teheran, Royals at Braves ($8,400 FD, $8,000 DK): Teheran has been sharp the last month or so. Now he gets a juicy start against the Royals minus one of their best players in Adalberto Mondesi. Teheran was thrilled with the fastball command he possessed while pitching six strong innings against the Nationals on Friday. Ten of the first 19 two-seamers he threw resulted in a called strike.
MLB DFS Bargain Basement Arm:
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals at Pirates ($8,000 FD, $7,700 DK): Wainwright has turned back the clock to 2014 the last few starts. This is, of course, if you ignore his last start where he was knocked around for 10 runs. Pitching at PNC Park against a scuffling Pirates team might be just what the doctor ordered to get back on track.
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