Pitchers, Hot or Not by @SYRACUSEEEE – 7.7.17


Happy Friday from Team WiseTake!  Fridays are one of my favorite days to play DFS because there’s always a good amount of games and the weekend starts tomorrow.  Today we get a nice 13 game slate with a ton of pitching options.  Let’s dig deep and see who has been Hot or Not.


Hot Pitchers


Jacob deGrom ($12,300-DK/$10,900-FD) – We had deGrom here the other day before the rainout so I think it’s only fair to give him another chance to continue his hot streakdeGrom 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 does get a matchup vs. the Cardinals that have hit him well in the past.  One other thing to mention that was discussed on the podcast last night is his away splits are a drop off from his home splits and is something to consider.

Kevin Gausman ($7,300-DK/$7,500-FD) – Before I started doing my research for today I really didn’t expect to be putting this guy’s name down but when you look at his last 3 games, they’ve been impressive considering his salary.  In his career, he has pitched very well against Minnesota but the one thing that concerns me is his road splits this year.  In 8 starts this year his ERA on the road is over 7.  The fact they’re playing at Target field would have me concerned to roster him today in any format.

Ricky Nolasco ($6,700-DK/$7,400-FD) – Lets continue the trend of hot pitchers in bad spots tonight with Mr. Nolasco.  In Nolasco’s past 2 starts he has just been untouchable, only giving up 8 hits in 15 innings.  Nolasco has been getting hit hard in those starts but not hard enough to roster any hits or many runs against him.  Today Nolasco will face the Rangers that hit RHP very well in the hitter friendly Globe Life Park.


Cold Pitchers


Junior Guerra ($5,200-DK/$6,600-FD) –  Guerra one of the coldest pitchers on the slate today and he gets rewarded with facing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  He has just been flat out getting crushed in has past 6 starts by giving up 3 runs per 5 innings.  Guerra ranks at the bottom in almost every analytical pitching category there is including barreled balls, exit velocity, and batted distance.  You can expect Guerra to be here next week.

Jordan Zimmermann ($5,400-DK/$7,000-FD) – Zimmerman has struggled all year and is a pitcher I always love to target against.  His best pitching performance this year was back in April against the D-Backs at home, other than that he has not been good.  Tonight, Zimmerman faces a red hot Indians team at Progressive Field (Hitters Park).  If you’re looking for another reason to target him tonight take a look at his road splits, 44 innings with a 6.45 ERA.

Felix Jorge ($4,700-DK/$6,000-FD) –  With minimal options of pitchers that were cold for today’s slate I decided to put Jorge up even with his small sample size.  In his one MLB start this year he pitched 5 innings giving up 3 runs while only having one walk and 2 strikeouts.  I decided to dig deeper into Jorges minor league season to see how well he was pitching there.  This year in AA Jorge was 8-1 in 14 starts with a 3.26 ERA.  The one constant I noticed with him is that he doesn’t strikeout or walk a lot of batters so his worth in DFS is minimal at this point.