The last Sunday of MLB’s first half is upon us and we have one of the hottest pitchers toeing the rubber in Phillie ace right-hander Aaron Nola. There is a full slate of 15 games on the DFS schedule so lets jump into it.
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Aaron Nola, Phillies at Mets ($9,700 FD, $10,600 DK): A cash-game consideration on FD on with that price while probably only a GPP play on DK in the DFS world. The Phillie ace right-hander is red-hot right now. He has allowed just one earned run in 23 innings over his last three starts, striking out 28 and walking five. The ace right-hander has breathed life into a generally ho-hum ballclub as they enter the second half. Pitching against the hapless Mets is a good matchup to see if the right-hander has truly taken a step up to the next level.
Patrick Corbin, Royals at Nationals ($10,500 FD, $10,900 DK): The prices on the sites scare me off of DFS cash-games and make him GPP-only for me. Corbin will end the first half for the Nationals. He is coming off an emotional, rain-filled appearance in his last start following the death of his friend, Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. He threw seven innings of one-run ball with 7 K’s while wearing Skaggs’ jersey as a tribute. Following ace right-hander Max Scherzer’s gem on Saturday will be a tough act to follow, but the change of pace may keep the Royal batters off-balance.
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David Price, Red Sox at Tigers ($9,100 FD, $9,800 DK): A strong DFS cash-game choice given his high floor. Price will try to send the Red Sox off into the All-Star game break on a high note. Price has been pitching well for the Red Sox, being a much needed innings eater, going six innings or more in five of his last seven starts. Going against a weak Tiger lineup should play into Price’s strengths. The veteran lefty walked a season-high four batters in his most recent start in Toronto, but still made the right pitches at the right times to earn his sixth win of the season.
Dallas Keuchel, Marlins at Braves ($7,300 FD, $8,600 DK): Another DFS cash-game option, especially on FD because of his deep discount. Keuchel is getting stretched out, going seven innings in his last start against Philadelphia. Keuchel has steadily improved as he’s progressed through his first three appearance of 2019. He showed better command of his changeup and slider in his last start.
Tyler Mahle, Indians at Reds ($7,000 FD, $7,800 DK): Coming off an excellent start to his last appearance against the Brewers, Mahle looks to keep improving. Likely the second best pitcher on the Reds staff behind only ace right-hander Luis Castillo, Mahle faces the Indians. He pitched into the seventh inning, lasting 95 pitches against the Brewers on Monday. Mahle gave up a leadoff homer and then was excellent until a late rally spoiled his outing in an 8-6 Reds loss. He hopes to earn the trust again to stay out late in the game again.
Nola has reached this total in each of his last three starts with eight, 10 and 10 strikeouts respectively. Look for him to make it each of his last four starts.
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