Pitchers, Hot or Not by @SYRACUSEEEE – 7.6.17


Tonight, we get a juicy 7 game slate with some possible weather concerns so please stay up to date on the weather today.

Hot Pitchers

Chris Sale ($13,300-DK/$11,800-FD) – Lets make this simple, Sale’s been the best pitcher in baseball this year in my opinion.  He’s had one game all year that he got hit around a little.  Sale is on a 3-month heater striking batters out at 35% which is just gross.  Today his streak will continue as he gets the strikeout happy Rays.

Dinelson Lamet ($7,100-DK/$8,400-FD) – Lamet has made some noise in DFS land the past few weeks and its justified.  He is ranked in the top 10% in batted balls and average distance the past few weeks, teams are just not hitting him well.  In his last 3 starts he has a K% of 35.0 which as I mentioned with Sale is great.  Lamet will face the Indians in a hitter’s ballpark but don’t sleep on this guy he’s been red hot.

Mike Foltynewicz ($7,200-DK/$7,800-FD) – If you remember last week Folty as I call him was on his way to a no hitter but it was broken up in the later innings.  Folty in his last 2 starts has averaged (13 IP, 2 Hits, 2 Runs, and 8 K’s) per game.  One thing I noticed while looking at his past few games is that in addition to his Strikeout percent being up, his walk percent is up as well.  It appears that Folty is being more selective with his location but its worked these last few starts.  Tonight, he will face the Nationals in Washington so it will be a tough matchup for him to continue this trend.


Cold Pitchers

Robbie Ray ($10,500-DK/$9,300-FD) –  I’ve loved Ray all year, but as of late he hasn’t done much for me.  His last 3 outings he’s had a tough time getting the value at his price.  Ray has given up 10 ER in his last 18 innings but at least he’s had the K’s to keep him from blowing up from a DFS standpoint.  In the past few weeks Ray has been in the bottom 25% in Exit Velocity so when teams are hitting him its hard.  Ray will face off against the Dodgers tonight, a Dodger team that’s finally hitting lefties.  Be cautious with Ray as he hopes to regain his early season form.

Jose Berrios ($9,600-DK/$9,300-FD) – Berrios has struggled in his last few performances after a great start to the season.  The one trend I’ve noticed in his past 2 starts is how much he has thrown his changeup.  Typically, he throws his changeup at about 8% but in his last 2 games he has thrown it at about 14% against teams that hit the change up well.  Today he will face a cold Orioles team and might be able to get back to form.

Josh Tomlin ($6,400-DK/$7,400-FD) – Tomlin will be a regular on this list for a while.  Just when you think Tomlin couldn’t get any worse, his last 3 games say otherwise.  Tomlin ranks among the worst in most analytical categories for pitchers over the past few weeks.  Tonight, he will face a bad Padres team but this is the type of pitcher they love to hit against.  I look forward to Tomlin making a return to this section next week.