There were 15 games scheduled for our MLB DFS slate on Wednesday but only 14 were played as the Yankees and Rays were rained out. Points and salaries are based on DraftKings.
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Yu Darvish ($9,400)
Darvish and the Cubs beat the the Reds 5-2 on Wednesday and Darvish was credited with the win. He pitched six full innings and struck out seven while only giving up two hits. He was only allowed to throw 83 pitches as he was pinch hit for in the seventh. His season ERA is now at 4.46 and his WHIP is at 1.24. He has been very impressive in July, throwing 18.2 innings while giving up only four earned runs, all in one start.
Yu Darvish’s next projected start will come on the road against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, July 23rd. The Giants have had one of the worst home offenses in the league this year. They have averaged only 3.39 runs per game at home. San Francisco is also Top 10 in strikeouts in the month of July. This sets up really well for Darvish to continue his hot July and be an asset for your MLB DFS squad.
Amed Rosario ($4,000)
Rosario and the Mets took it to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Rosario went 4-for-4 with a walk and was a double shy of the cycle. He scored four times and added three RBI. Rosario extended his hitting streak to seven and upped his batting average and OPS to .274 and .754. Rosario has gotten a hit in every game since the All-Star break and upped his batting average 14 points in just five games.
The Mets now head to San Francisco for a three game series against the Giants. As mentioned above, the Giants have a horrible offense at home but also pitch well at the pitcher friendly park. They have a home team ERA of 4.03, ranking 12th. They also avoid giving up home runs very well at home. This could keep some people off Rosario in MLB DFS but I would like to ride the hot hand as Rosario doesn’t rely on the long ball much anyway.
Mike Clevinger ($9,900)
Clevinger pitched a very good game Wednesday, getting the win over the Tigers. Clevinger racked up strikeouts at a sky high rate and fanned 12 over six innings. He gave up one earned runs on six hits and walked only one. This was Clevinger’s third straight good start after two horrible ones. His K/9 is out of this world at 14.79.
Clevinger’s next projected start will come on Monday, July 22nd on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto has avoided the strikeout better lately but still rankw in the Top 10 in strikeouts on the season. I do not see Clevinger having any problem keeping his strikeout rate up in this matchup while also keeping the Jays off the board. Toronto has averaged five runs per game in July. Clevinger will be a popular MLB DFS choice.
Daniel Murphy ($4,900)
Murphy and the Rockies hosted the Giants Wednesday and lost 11-8. There was a lot of offense in this one but Murphy was the only starter to not reach base. All other starters on both teams reached base at least once. Murphy went 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Murphy’s batting average dropped to .288 and his OPS fell to .822. He has hit nine home runs with 49 RBI.
Murphy and the Rockies now head to New York for a three game series with the Yankees. The Yankees’ pitching staff has been lights out lately and have an ERA if just 2.62 in the month of July, second best in the bigs. Although Yankee Stadium is a hitter friendly park, I am staying away from Murphy here. He is really only worth a look in MLB DFS when playing at home where his batting average is .341, compared to .239 on the road.
Jon Gray ($8,600)
Gray was also a part of that high scoring game in Colorado and he was additionally on the bad end of things. Gray gave up six earned runs over 5.1 innings. He gave up 11 hits and walked three. Two of those hits were home runs and he was only able to strike out three. His ERA is now at 4.11 and his WHIP is at 1.39. His K/9 is in good shape at 9.27 but that number has been a bit down in July.
Gray’s next start will come on the road against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, July 23rd. Washington has averaged 4.5 runs per game in July, just about league average. They have avoided the strikeout well lately too, whiffing only 7.6 times per game in July. Gray has surprisingly been worse away from Coors Field. I will be fading Gray in MLB DFS for this one as well because of his low K numbers of late.
Niko Goodrum hurt his pinky finger in warmups and was scratched Wednesday. His X-ray came back negative and he shouldn’t miss much time.
Mike Trout is expected to return Thursday from his calf injury.
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