Check out the pitchers I'm thinking about adding for my Sunday, July 16, MLB DraftKings Team. I also list the 3 pitchers that I can guarantee you I'm not adding to this Sunday's team.
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Sean Manaea, Oakland Athletics
Cleveland batters have faced Manea only 44 times. Still, he's been great when allowing 5 hits and a .114 batting average. He's allowed 3 runs or fewer in his last 10 starts. Hopefully, the rest did him some good. If it didn't, adding Manea could blow up in my face. If it did, he should raise his strikeouts to 5 or 6 in this game versus Cleveland. From those 44 Cleveland at-bats, Manea has struck out 14.
Ace pitchers are are hard to find on Sunday. Chris Archer allows the Angels, the team the Rays face on July 16, to bat over .280 against him. I'll side with Manaea.
2. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Martinez might be one of those higher salary cost pitchers this Sunday. Martinez battles NL Central Division foe Pittsburgh on July 16. The Pirates bat .320 against Martinez. But, this is the 25-year-olds breakout season. He hasn't faced the Bucs yet this year. I think he does well. I could tell that Carlos needed to rest. He got a nice, long one during the All-Star Break. My hope is that he's his best form shows up come Sunday.
3. David Price, Boston Red Sox
I had David Price on my pitchers to avoid list. Then, I remembered that he was got hot after the All-Star Break. Price starts in the second game of a double-header versus the rival New York Yankees on July 16. The Yankees do bat .333 versus Price. Still, I think I'm taking a shot that the grumpy starter in Boston's rotation begins the second half of the season on fire. NYY should light up Rick Porcello in the first game of the double-header. It will be up to Price to get the Red Sox back on track in the second game.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
Porcello pitched great in his last on July 8. He went 8 innings. He allowed 1 earned run off 6 hits. He struck out 7. But, the Yankees bat .270 lifetime versus Porcello. Not only that, I've got the feeling the form he displayed on July 8 was an anomaly. We'll see. I can't put him on the MLB DraftKings team just yet.
2. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hill's been fantastic in his last 3 starts. He's gone 7 innings in each while yielding a single earned run. Miami doesn't have a lot of bats against the 37-year-old left-hander. That's why it's tough for me to put Hill on my squad. When he steps to the mound on Sunday, it will have been 10 straight days without a start. That could work against Hill who found a rhythm with 5 days between starts. He's tough to endorse although I can't blame anybody for taking a shot.
3. Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs
Quintana changes addresses in the Windy City by going from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs. I'm not sure how much he helps the Cubbies who are trying to catch Milwaukee in the NL Central Division. He won't help them a lot on Sunday because the Cubs have an interleague matchup against the Baltimore Orioles. The O's bat .250 against Quintana. In his last versus the Orioles, Quintana recorded a 7.20 ERA. I don't see him pitching better on July 16.