Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks at Marlins ($10,200 FD, $10,800 DK): For the rest of the MLB DFS season, people are going to be picking on Miami, Detroit, Seattle and the Chicago White Sox. Well, lets start with the first team on the list, the Marlins. Even though Ray has been the center of trade rumors this month, he has pitched well recently. Or maybe he has pitched well because of that? There were plenty of scouts in attendance for his last start on Monday against Baltimore. In that game, Ray fanned 10 in six innings and allowed three runs. Ray is more of a GPP option when compared to guy below.
Trevor Bauer, Indians at Royals ($11,100 FD, $11,100 DK): Today is the second day in a row where an ace is priced the same on the two major sites. hopefully Bauer will perform as well as Clayton Kershaw did yesterday afternoon. In his last start, Bauer tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings with nine strikeouts in 117 pitches against the Blue Jays. His two-seam fastball worked particularly well over that appearance. He continues to be a workhorse, with 100-plus pitches in 20 of his 23 starts. Bauer is a great cash-game option for the main MLB DFS slate.
Honorable mention: Chris Sale. Since he won’t be on any normal slate but he will pitch well against the Yankees at night.
Matthew Boyd, Tigers at Mariners ($9,700 FD, $11,400 DK): A little expensive for a middle-tier arm and not on the main-slate. Boyd returns home to his Seattle-area home for what could be his last start as a Tiger with next week’s trade deadline looming. He struck out eight Phillies over six innings Tuesday, with a HR accounting for the only runs against him. A cash-game option for the late afternoon MLB DFS slate.
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I have a pair of cheap pitchers in MLB DFS that I like better than any other middle-priced pitcher. Jason Vargas, Pirates at Mets, ($7,000 FD, $6,700 DK) and Kyle Gibson, Twins at White Sox ($7,200 FD, $7,900 DK) are the pair of arms I like. Both pitchers have a really nice combination of park factors and/or opponents that I like to attack.
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A rather easy and simple pick for me today. Trevor Bauer is in a great spot to pick up nine strikeouts. Kansas City’s lineup is full of young right-handed batters that Bauer should be able to dominate.
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