It is a rather full Monday schedule for MLB DFS Pitching with 11 games on the schedule. Only 10 will be on the main DFS slate because the first game of a doubleheader between the Giants and Rockies will be played in the afternoon.
Upper-Tier MLB DFS Pitching
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers at Phillies ($10,300 FD, $10,700 DK): Kershaw seems like a safe floor guy tonight and thus is a good cash-game choice. With the Dodgers coming off an extra inning victory last night at Fenway, the lefty hurler may be asked to go deeper in the game than normal. The Dodgers, with a big lead in the NL West and trying to manage Kershaw’s workload, pushed him back and this is his first start in 10 days. His last start was classic Kershaw against the Padres, allowing two runs (one earned) in seven innings with nine strikeouts. He’s 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA at Citizens Bank Park.
Luis Castillo, Reds at Cubs ($9,700 FD, $11,800 DK): Castillo also pitched an inning in the All Star game like Kershaw did. Castillo has been pitching well recently, highlighted by 7.2 innings of one-hit, one-walk baseball with nine strikeouts in his last start before the All-Star break. That performance was against a solid hitting team at home in the Brewers. Now he gets to try to tame the Cubs at Wrigley. He is probably a DFS Pitching GPP-only choice for me as I will most likely go cheap on arms and spend up on Coors bats.
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Kyle Hendricks, Reds at Cubs ($8,700 FD, $9,500 DK): Hendricks has struggled in his first two starts since returning from the IL. But look for him to go deeper into the game in this one. A DFS philosophy is always look to use arms against a team leaving Coors for the first day or two as the bats have trouble adjusting to “normal conditions”. Well, the Reds are that guinea pig today and Hendricks is the arm to target if you want to test it out.
Bargain Basement MLB DFS Pitching
Joe Musgrove, Pirates at Cardinals ($8,300 FD, $5,800 DK): This is a DK-only MLB DFS Pitching choice considering the prices at the DFS sites. A concern here is the weather, as thunderstorms from the meteorological remains of Barry will be near the Gateway to the West. Musgrove entered the All-Star break pitching very well. Since he allowed six runs in Atlanta on June 13, the righty has posted a 1.64 ERA as the Buccos have won each of his four outings. Though the recipe did not work out yesterday with Greinke on the mound, the Cardinals have generally struggled against righties this season, ranking near the bottom in ISO, wOBA and OPS against them.
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