Happy Tuesday, Pitcher List fam! There are 16 games on the MLB schedule for Tuesday because of a Pirates-Cardinals doubleheader. DraftKings has the second game on their featured contest to give us a whopping 15 games to pick from, but FanDuel is taking both contests off their slate and giving us 14 matchups to build our lineups. Both sites will lock their competitions at 7:05 pm Eastern, so stay tuned to the lineups as they filter out in the afternoon.
Pitching Kings on DraftKings
|Pitcher||Opp||DK Salary||ERA||WHIP||K-BB%||CSW%||DK PPG|
|Gerrit Cole||vs. TB||$10,300||3.63||1.07||24.5||31.8||20.1|
|Nick Pivetta||vs. OAK||$8,900||3.78||1.14||16.8||26.8||17.3|
|Dylan Cease||at DET||$8,800||3.14||1.33||20.6||30.6||20.1|
One of the draws of DFS to fantasy managers is the ability to shake off a bad start and move on. That’s the kind of attitude we will need from Gerrit Cole after his shellacking in Minnesota. Before that dismal start, the Yankees ace went at least six innings in eight consecutive starts, averaging 28.32 DK PPG.
Over the last month, Tampa Bay’s .213/.271/.373 slash line versus righties gives them the fifth-worst OPS vs. RHPs in the majors. Their elevated 23.2 percent strikeout rate raises Cole’s ceiling a little bit higher. The 31-year-old has bagged at least nine strikeouts in six of his previous nine games, and I expect him to put the Minnesota meltdown behind him and be lights out in this AL East matchup.
I wish Nick Pivetta’s price were a bit cheaper, but it doesn’t remove him from my player pool. He’s 5-1 in his last six outings and gets to face an atrocious Oakland lineup in Fenway Park on Tuesday night. The Red Sox righty saw this A’s team two starts ago and held them scoreless over seven innings while racking up seven strikeouts.
In the last seven games, Pivetta’s raised his strikeout rate (27.1 percent), lowered his walk rate (5.6 percent), and dealt with his WHIP problem (0.83). As I said, the price is on the high side, but it’s hard to argue with Pivetta as a low-end SP1 option against this Oakland team and their season-long .595 OPS against RHPs.
I wish Dylan would cease and desist with these walks! They’re killing us in every fantasy baseball format. Sixteen free passes over the last 19.2 innings aren’t going to get it done. However, a date with Detroit will calm down the White Sox right-hander.
Cease’s 32.7 percent strikeout rate is still the fifth-best mark in the majors, and it’s that kind of upside that has me drawn to him like the Millennium Falcon in the Death Star’s tractor beam. In the last month, the Tigers strike out 25.8 percent of the time against righties, and their .116 ISO, .258 wOBA, and .582 OPS marks all rank in the bottom four of the league. I would fade Cease in cash games, but he’s a perfect tournament play for his volatility.
Nine quality starts in his last 10 games shows us how consistent Max Fried has become as a pitcher. Despite a not-so-great matchup against Washington (17.4 percent strikeout rate vs. LHPs), I am still excited to roster Fried. Over the last three games, he’s dominated Miami, Pittsburgh, and Colorado (at Coors) while averaging 43 FD PPG.
He doesn’t have the elite strikeout upside we crave with most pitchers, but he limits hard contact, produces ground balls, and rarely gifts his opponents a free base. The Nationals are better against lefties than righties over the last month, but Fried is performing at one of the highest levels of his career. I trust the Braves ace to come through for us as the most expensive arm on FD.
Tony Gonsolin won’t elicit the most enthusiastic reaction when you plug him in your lineups, but you can make a safe bet about what you’ll receive from the Dodgers righty. He’s thrown exactly six innings in each of his previous five starts, recording a quality start in every outing and registering 31 strikeouts to five walks. The 28-year-old should continue this run against an Angels squad that’s striking out 29 percent of the time against RHPs since May 15. With so many games on the schedule, I can see Gonsolin flying under the radar and becoming a sneaky source of points for your lineups.
Let’s see if lightning can strike twice and roll Tyler Mahle out against the Diamondbacks. The Reds pitcher saw Arizona in his last start and sliced and diced his way across six innings with 10 strikeouts and 49 FD points. Mahle’s also picked up three quality starts in a row and collected 24 strikeouts across 18.2 innings in those three contests. He’s undoubtedly the riskiest pitcher I can recommend on FanDuel tonight, and, as a result, I won’t have him in my cash-game lineups.
- Give me all the Austin Slater and Darin Ruf I can handle tonight. Those two traditionally clobber left-handed pitching and Bubic’s 47.4 percent hard-hit rate and 16.7 percent HR/FB rate has me picturing several long balls in San Fran.
- I’m putting on my meteorologist cap here and letting y’all know the wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field. The wheels have fallen off the Kyle Hendricks 2022 bounceback bandwagon, and it’s time to take full advantage with a few Friars in your lineups.
- I’m not a fan of either of these offenses right now, but Urquidy is pitching horribly at the moment. My lack of excitement will probably translate to a low-roster percentage for the Texas hitters. I’m interested in Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, and Ezequiel Duran as pieces to fit together in a contrarian stack.
|Player||Position||Opponent||DK Salary||FD Salary|
|Brian Serven||C||vs. CLE (Bieber)||$3,700||$2,500|
|Bobby Dalbec||1B||vs. OAK (Koenig)||$3,200||$2,400|
|Thairo Estrada||2B||vs. KC (Bubic)||$3,700||$2,700|
|Ezequiel Duran||2B/3B||vs. HOU (Urquidy)||$2,200||$2,500|
|Garrett Hampson||SS/OF||vs. CLE (Bieber)||$3,300||$2,700|
|Austin Slater||OF||vs. KC (Bubic)||$2,900||$2,300|
|Oscar Gonzalez||OF||at COL (Senzatela)||$2,900||$2,800|
|Michael Taylor||OF||at SF (Webb)||$2,900||$2,600|