Welcome back to another episode of “Hot or Not”, I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July yesterday.  Today we have an Early 3 games slate and a 12-game main which in my opinion is a great size for a slate.  Let’s look at who’s been Hot or Not.

Pitchers, Hot or Not by @SYRACUSEEEE

Hot Pitchers

Jacob deGrom ($12,300-DK/$10,900-FD) – deGrom has just been flat out smoking hot in his last 4 starts averaging (8 IP, 3.75 Hits, 1 ER, and 7.7 K’s) per start. A few things I noticed when looking at his past 4 starts is that his BB% was down along with his hard contact.  After a tough stretch back in the beginning of June it appears that he has regained his form as one of the top pitchers in baseball.  deGrom has pitched well versus the Nationals in his career but today will tell how hot deGrom really is as he faces a tough Nationals team.

Alex Wood ($11,600-DK/$9,400-FD) – What’s not to like about Wood he’s been one of the best pitchers this year in baseball.  Woods worst game came back in April where he pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 4 runs, other than that he’s been very consistent.  In the past month Wood has ranked in the top 15% of pitchers in exit velocity, teams are just not hitting him hard.  Woods comes into today with the lowest hard contact percent on the slate.  Tonight, he gets a Diamondbacks team in Dodger Stadium which we all know is a great park to pitch in.  Wood should continue his hot streak tonight.

Scott Feldman ($5,500-DK/$6,600-FD) – I’ve been on Feldman his last few outings so I can tell you this, has treated me well in last 2 starts.  He does get an unfriendly Coors Field tonight but with the way the Rockies have been swinging the possibility of another great outing could be possible.  Feldman’s success can be credited to his hard contact percent, in his past 2 starts its averaged 26% which is very good for pitchers this year.

 

Cold Pitchers

Jaime Garcia ($5,400-DK/$7,300-FD) – Garcia comes into today with a gas can alert attached to his name.  His last 3 performances have been lackluster to say the least, he had a nice little stretch back in June but since then has come back down to earth.  Part of Garcia’s issues have been that teams are hitting him very hard.  Garcia has a terrible hard contact percent over his last few starts and opponents are barreling balls versus him.  Garcia will face off against the best offense in baseball tonight in a ballpark that’s been great for hitters.

Tanner Roark ($6,600-DK/$7,600-FD) – Until I looked at Roark’s game log I was unaware at how bad he’s been pitching of late.  His best game in his last 5 starts has been (6 IP, 2 ER, and 4 K’s) which still didn’t get him many fantasy points.  The one thing Roark has going for him is he has pitched well against the Mets in his career but I still think that won’t be enough to warrant a decent game from him.

Joe Musgrove ($7,300-DK/$7,200-FD) – In Musgrove’s past 5 starts he’s had one good performance vs the Orioles, other than that he’s been atrocious.  Musgrove has ranked at the bottom of Exit Velocity and batted ball distance for pitchers in the past 2-3 weeks.  Musgrove’s away splits are not very good either this year, 2-1 with a 7.41 ERA in 4 games.  Tonight, he will face the Braves in one of the better hitters parks this year.  It’s safe to assume that Musgrove will continue his downward trend.