The pitching field is much thinner for tonight’s expert MLB fantasy picks.
Last night saw a metric ton of top pitchers take the mound in unison. This evening we’re not so fortunate, as only three or four hurlers toeing the rubber stand out as legitimate options among our expert MLB fantasy picks. Among the select grouping, one in particular is likely to be the heaviest owned player, especially when you consider what his slightly less talented teammate managed yesterday. Pay up for at least one of your pitchers tonight and you’ll thank me in the morning. Let’s dive into tonight’s expert MLB fantasy picks.
Five Guys Expert MLB Fantasy Picks
All salaries listed are for DraftDay player pricing.
Clayton Kershaw $21,050 - I’ll waste no time revealing the identity of our mystery man. His Dodgers companion, Zach Greinke, went 7.2 innings strong with 11 strikeouts and three earned runs last night. The Reds offense is a mess right now, hitting just .225 against lefties with a 22.1% strikeout rate. Take away Kershaw’s lone blowup versus Arizona and you have an ace with 26.2 innings pitched, 34 K’s, and just four earned runs on the season.
Michael Brantley $9,750 - Brantley is at a perfect price for a showdown with far below average righty Hector Noesi. I expect the Indians offense to perform well this evening, and given his recent offensive output I’m most locked in on Brantley’s bat. He’s in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak, and has crushed righties to the tune of a .283 average and .326 wOBA since 2011.
Dayan Viciedo $9,100 - Opposing pitcher T.J. House is a converted reliever with very little upside, and I’ll certainly be wanting exposure to right-handed White Sox bats this evening. Viciedo is my favorite way to accomplish this, as his .316 batting average, .383 wOBA, and .215 ISO versus lefties since 2011 is nearing elite.
John Lackey $12,900 - Lackey isn’t a pitcher I target often, but his price point among a few other factors makes him an appealing option today. Over his last six starts he’s tossed 41.1 innings with 12 earned runs and 36 strikeouts. Take away his poor outing against Detroit though and those numbers become even more palpable. The Braves fan 22.9% when staring down a right-handed gunner, and are hitting just .223 versus them this season.
Matt Adams $8,800 - Fun fact: Matt Adams leads the league in hits versus right-handed pitching this season with 56 total. His .326 overall average on the year is already impressive, but it spikes to .366 when facing down an opposite-handed hurler. When you include last season, Adams is hitting .327 against lefties with a .391 wOBA and .209 ISO. The home runs have been strangely absent this year, but I’m a believer that regression to the mean will bring a power boost his way.
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