Mondays are typically light in the terms of number of games and today is no exception. Texas looks to be the only game with major weather issues.
Carlos Carrasco, Athletics at Indians ($10,500 FD, N/A DK): The most talented arm on the slate, Carrasco is always capable of pitching a terrific game, no matter who the opponent is or where he is pitching. He has not allowed a run in his past 12 innings pitched. In his last start, he went seven innings while giving up only six hits and struck out six batters. Look at that stat line as the floor in this matchup with the A’s, who are coming off a wet weekend series in Detroit. He is likely a GPP-only option mainly due to his price. Also note, this is a strange 6:10pm start time in Cleveland that is not on any DK slate.
Patrick Corbin, Nationals at Mets ($10,800 FD, $10,900 DK): This is Corbin’s second straight start (and fourth appearance overall) against the pathetic Mets, who were just swept over the weekend in Miami. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA with a 24:4 K to BB ratio against them so far this year. And he gets a positive park upgrade in Citi Field, which always ranks as one of the best parks for pitchers year after year. As mentioned before, I like to pick on weak teams that are ice-cold in parks that favor pitchers. You can’t ask for a better matchup looking at it that way. He is a cash option across the board for me.
Mike Minor, Mariners at Rangers ($8,800 FD, $9,700 DK): The Mariners are not in a good place after losing three out of four games in a weekend series against the Twins. Minor’s last start against the Mariners was likely his best outing of his career, when he held them to one run over seven innings and struck out 13 batters. That was in Seattle, a park that strongly favors pitching and this one is in Texas, which strongly favors bats. Due to his price and this fact, he is GPP-only for me tonight and likely only on FD. Oh, and the weather could cause him to be risky as well.
Brad Peacock, White Sox at Astros ($7,800 FD, $8,900 DK): Peacock is 2-0 with 15 strikeouts, only five walks and a 0.75 ERA over his last two starts. He seems to have turned the corner from a very inconsistent start to the year. We have seen the upside his possesses, with a 12 strikeout game on May 8th against the Royals a perfect example of that upside. He is cash game worthy on both sites.
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Jake Arrieta, Phillies at Cubs ($7,400 FD, $7,800 DK): Do you believe in narratives? This will be Jake the Snake’s first appearance at Wrigley Field since signing with the Phillies during the spring training of 2018. A strange fact in the veteran Arrieta’s career is the Cubs are the only team that he has never faced. The Cubs played a night game in Washington, D.C. yesterday and will have to travel back home to get ready to face their former teammate and ace pitcher. He is GPP only but one that could pay huge dividends.
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