Again, we have a day with no major weather issues. CLE, DET and CHC all have minor weather issues. Very warm in TEX so the ball should carry well.
Upper Tier Arms
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals at Padres ($11,500 FD, $10,600 DK): We just saw what Mad Max did to the Padres on Saturday night. We can use the same stats to recommend Strasburg this afternoon. This is the fifth time in that he will pitch in his hometown of San Diego. He is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his previous four starts at Petco Park. Strasburg’s high floor makes him cash safe on both sites.
Walker Buehler, Dodgers at Giants ($11,300 FD, $10,200 DK): A very nice price on DK, making him cash worthy on that site, while on FD he is more of a GPP option. Buehler pitches in the best park for pitchers against a weak lineup. He is coming off his best performance of the season when his fastball was effective, he mixed his pitches well, and he racked up 11 strikeouts in a victory against the D-backs.
Middle Tier Arms
Chris Paddack, Nationals at Padres ($9,000 FD, $10,000 DK): Paddack is a tremendous pitcher at home. In 36 innings pitched at home, he has only given up 23 hits and 10 earned runs. He has struck out 43 batters in that span with only four walks. His batting average against is only .177. Especially on FD with that price, he is cash worthy. There is some debate on whether he will pitch or not so make sure you check on that.
Jake Odorizzi, Twins at Tigers ($9,800 FD, $10,900 DK): Really a cash game consideration with that discount on FD, he is the AL ERA leader at 1.96. He faces a weak opponent in Detroit. He has held opponents scoreless in six of his last seven starts, dating back to April 29 and while no earned runs is a lot to ask, pitching a great game is not.
Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks at Blue Jays ($8,800 FD, $10,600 DK): Another FD cash worthy pitcher, Ray lasted a season high seven innings in his last start against the Dodgers. He recorded a loss in that game after allowing three runs while striking out nine. With the Blue Jays not hitting the ball well, we can expect a similar outing.
Bargain Basement Arm
Reynaldo Lopez, White Sox at Royals ($6,000 FD, $4,600 DK): For a guy who struck out 14 batters in a start a little over a month ago, these prices are just too low. Use him and pay-up for any bats that you want.
Jake Odorizzi Over 6.5 Strikeouts: The AL ERA leader has struck out nine batters in consecutive starts. Seven should occur with relative ease against a team (the Tigers) with the third highest strikeout rate (26.2%) against righties.
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