Check out the pitchers I'm thinking about adding for my Saturday, July 15, MLB DraftKings Team. I also list the 3 pitchers that I can guarantee you I'm not adding to this Saturday's team.
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale has struck out 178 batters in only 127.2 innings pitched. That's a lot of strikeouts. Look, there's no doubt he costs over $13,000 to add to the MLB DraftKings squad on Saturday. He's going to be worth it. Sale faces the New York Yankees. He's struck out 34 of 94 Yankee batters. That's an incredible strike out percentage.
2. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
The Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit's opponent on July 15, bat .284 against Michael Fulmer. That's not good. Then again, the Jays have only faced Fulmer 28 times. When you think about it, Fulmer's improved this season against every team he faced in 2016. I think he comes out throwing heat on Saturday. I like Fulmer at what should be a discounted salary cap cost.
3. Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
Going into the All-Star Break, Jason Vargas had a 2.62 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. His record was a fantastic 12-3. Vargas has struggled in the second half of seasons. He's by no means a lock. Still, it's hard to not consider Jason because he pitched so well in the first half of the season. The Royals face Texas, a team that Vargas holds to a .245 batting average. Also, you've got to believe that KC remains hot in the second half of the season after getting hot towards the end of the first half of the season.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins
Santana lost his last 2 starts before the All-Star Break. He's still pitching well, but the matchup on Saturday doesn't favor Minnesota's ace. Ervin faces the Houston Astros on July 15. The Stros bat .274 versus Santana. The last time he faced Houston, he pitched brilliantly. That was back in late May. Santana has allowed 5 earned runs or more in 3 out of his last 5 starts. I'm not sure his form bounces back on July 15.
2. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
It's MadBum's first start in MLB on Saturday since his injury in April. Could MadBum come out and dominate the San Diego Padres at Petco Park? He definitely could. But, since it's his first start in MLB since the injury, he's likely to only pitch 5 to 6 innings. I'm not sure how many he strikes out on July 15. I know he could burn me, but I'll just watch on Saturday.
3. Alex Wood, L.A. Dodgers
One of my good friends loves the L.A. Dodgers. I just had lunch with him this past Tuesday. He told me that his greatest fear is that Alex Wood's form goes south. Wood has been unhittable this season. His ERA is 1.67. His WHIP is .89. The last time he faced Miami, Saturday's opponent, Wood allowed 0 earned runs off 6 hits in 7.1 innings pitched.
But, my friend knows the Dodgers much better than I do. He's a season ticket holder. I must respect my buddies opinion. Plus, there's no way Wood isn't one of the higher-cost pitcher options on July 15. Just in case my buddy's right, I'm leaving the brilliant Alex Wood off my Saturday MLB DraftKings squad.