MLB DFS: 5/2 Pitching Notes

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There are so many pitching targets for tonight’s 15-game MLB DFS slate, so I’ll be going over notes on some pitchers to help with who to target, and what offenses to stack up on.
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There are some heavy favorites for the win tonight, but Chris Sale (FanDuel: $11,700/DraftKings: $12,500) and the Red Sox are currently the heaviest at -240. He’s pitched at least seven innings in each of his starts this season, while hitting double digits in strikeouts in all but his first start. Sale has been dominant, even in home games where some were worried about the Green Monster. On the other side of it, Alec Asher (FanDuel: $6,300/DraftKings: $4,500) takes the mound for the Orioles and has just one other start this season. He’s had two other appearances of one inning each. The Red Sox are still a potent offense, and could be a target for a team stack with an implied total of 5.3 runs.

Another big favorite are the Cardinals, but I’m not rostering Carlos Martinez (FanDuel: $9,100/DraftKings: $8,900). He still doesn’t have a win this season, and his starts have been volatile. If you look at his game logs, CarMar’s strikeouts look fine but he’s giving up too many homeruns and walks. The way the Brewers have displayed their power, they could be worth a stack in a lineup in case Martinez implodes again.

It’s a duel of aces in Detroit between Corey Kluber (FanDuel: $10,300/DraftKings: $11,600) and Justin Verlander (FanDuel: $9,600/DraftKings: $10,400). People were worried about Kluber, but he’s one of those pitchers who starts off slow in April. His last two starts should erase those concerns.Even with Miguel Cabrera expected to be back, Whether you roster him or not really depends on the batters you want (same goes for Sale). Verlander is cheaper on both sites, but he does have a tougher offense to face. This game has one of the lowest game totals of 7 1/2, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t even reach that mark.

The battle of the southpaws: Jose Quintana (FanDuel: $8,700/DraftKings: $9,100) vs. Danny Duffy (FanDuel: $8,900/DraftKings: $8,800). Duffy struggled in his last start, which just so happened to be against the White Sox. Quintana has been on track to returning back to the form that we’re expecting from him. Many times, I’ll consider Duffy, but not tonight. The White Sox offense has looked better lately, and helped with their six-game winning streak. This game is at Kauffman Stadium, which is fairly neutral and isn’t one to necessarily avoid for hitters. White Sox RHHs could make for a nice stack.

The Giants and Dodgers game didn’t as expected last night, with Clayton Kershaw taking the loss. I’m surprised to see the Dodgers as a -170 favorite (thought it would be lower). I always really like Matt Moore (FanDuel: $7,900/DraftKings: $8,200) when he pitches against the Dodgers because struggle a bit against LHPs, and not having Logan Forsythe hurts. I also really like Alex Wood (FanDuel: $7,600/DraftKings: $7,900) in this match up too. The Giants are second to last in MLB in runs scored with 91. They are in the bottom three in OBP and wOBA, so Wood could be in for another solid outing.

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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