Happy Tuesday, Pitcher List fam! It’s a bit of a mixed bag for our contests on the second day of the week. On DraftKings, the featured competition is a 10-game slate starting with New York and Baltimore’s AL East matchup. Meanwhile, on FanDuel, they’re providing an eight-game schedule. It still starts with the Yankees and Orioles game, but they’ve left off the second games of the Chicago-Kansas City and Arizona-Los Angeles doubleheaders. So let’s break it all down before the contests lock at 7:05 pm Eastern.
Pitching Kings on DraftKings
|Pitcher||Opp||DK Salary||ERA||WHIP||K%||BB%||DK PPG|
|Logan Gilbert||at TOR||$10,200||2.13||1.11||27.5||9.2||20.2|
|Jameson Taillon||at BAL||$9,300||2.93||1.17||19.4||2.3||14.7|
|Alex Cobb||at COL||$8,100||3.98||1.38||31.5||9.0||15|
Logan Gilbert comes in as the most expensive pitcher on both sites, but his lack of length makes him a better pick on DraftKings for me. He’s started seven times this year but only made it to the sixth inning in one of those outings. Fortunately, he’s making up for it in the strikeout department. The Mariners ace has thrown 21.1 innings over his last four games and come away with 27 strikeouts to produce 19.35 DK PPG. While most DFS players will think of the Blue Jays as a bad matchup, their .234/.292/.387 slash line and 97 wRC+ show us we don’t have to hide in terror from the Toronto lineup right now.
Tuesday’s pitchers don’t inspire a ton of confidence up and down the board, but Jameson Taillon provides the best mix of talent and matchup among the more expensive arms. Over his last three starts, the right-handed hurler is posting a 2.81 ERA with 12 strikeouts over 16 innings, but he’s limiting the walks (two), home runs (zero), and come away with a 2-0 record. In addition, Taillon is throwing his cutter 10 percent more in 2022 than in 2021. It’s got an extra mile and a half of velocity on it this year, and the results (.143 BA, .184 wOBA) give the Yankees starter another tool in the bag to get through outings.
Yikes! Recommending a pitcher in Coors is always a risky proposition, but Alex Cobb has the most bang-for-your-buck upside on DraftKings tonight. He had a rough first start when returning from the Injured List but has twirled back-to-back impressive outings against the Cardinals and the same Rockies he faces tonight. He’s gone five innings or more in three of five starts this year, and when he reaches that milestone, he’s struck out 10, eight, and six batters. The 31.5 percent strikeout rate leads every arm on tonight’s schedule, and that’s what we want to chase on DK.
Nathan Eovaldi enters Tuesday’s eight-game FanDuel contest with the second-highest salary among starting pitchers. However, he’s got the best chance at gaining those extra FD bonus points by reaching the benchmarks for a quality start. The Red Sox righty has thrown at least six innings in three of his previous four starts, and he hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of his seven outings this year. Eovaldi’s mix of length and strikeouts (25.8 percent K rate) provide him with enough volatility to be a GPP option if other players fade him because of the tough matchup with the Astros.
If you think the pitching is tough on DraftKings, then don’t come over to FanDuel tonight. Two fewer games limit our options even more, and it’s left me with an Adrian Houser recommendation. He just faced the Reds in back-to-back starts and was far from stellar. However, I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy, so I’m going to say those two starts will throw DFS managers off the scent and turn Houser into a speculative GPP play because Atlanta is tied with Chicago for the highest strikeout rate in May (28.2 percent). If the Brewers pitcher can get back to the pitch mix from earlier in the year (fewer fastballs/sinkers, more breaking balls), I like Adrian’s chances of taking it to the House(r).
On Tuesday, rolling with José Urquidy opens you up to a mixed bag of results. His walk rate (3.3 percent) is excellent, but he’s only had one start with six or more strikeouts. He’s limited his opponents to two or fewer runs in four of his six starts but given up four and six earned runs in the other two. Fortunately, his price tag ($7,900) makes this kind of risk a lot more tolerable and will allow managers to offset that risk with some fantastic bats. Plus, Boston isn’t all that scary versus RHPs this year. Their .128 ISO, .292 wOBA, and 90 wRC+ metrics tell us not to be too scared off by the big names in that lineup.
- When Coors Field is on the schedule, it always has to be mentioned as an option. Last night’s game between these two teams produced 13 runs and six extra-base hits (four homers). Any Giants lefty is in play for this matchup, but I’m particularly fond of Joc Pederson.
- New York is cruising with a league-best 26-9 record and +73 in the run differential column. They’re averaging seven runs per game over the last week and shouldn’t have many issues dispatching Spenser Watkins or Baltimore’s bullpen. Last night, the Yankees scored six runs on four extra-base hits, and DFS managers can expect similar results on Tuesday.
|Player||Position||Opponent||DK Salary||FD Salary|
|Jose Trevino||C||at BAL (Watkins)||$2,500||$2,100|
|Gavin Sheets||1B/OF||at KC (Heasley)||$2,900||N/A|
|Thairo Estrada||2B||at COL (Kuhl)||$3,100||$3,700|
|Josh Donaldson||3B||at BAL (Watkins)||$3,900||$3,100|
|Royce Lewis||SS||at OAK (Kaprielian)||$2,200||$2,100|
|Kiké Hernández||OF||vs. HOU (Urquidy)||$3,400||$2,700|
|Darin Ruf||OF||at COL (Kuhl)||$3,300||$3,200|
|Julio Rodríguez||OF||at TOR (Berrios)||$3,000||$3,100|