Saturday promises to be a great one to put together an MLB DraftKings Team. Check out the pitchers I'm considering for my squad this Saturday, July 29.
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
deGrom's showing the form that could lead to a Cy Young. Although deGrom doesn't pitch for a winning team, he's been as consistent as any pitcher in the NL not named Alex Wood. Wood broke down the last time he pitched. deGrom hasn't broken down at all this season.
His 3.30 ERA, 12-3 record, and 1.16 WHIP are impressive. The Mets battle American League squad Seattle on Saturday. The Mariners have faced deGrom 37 times in total. He's allowed 4 hits. Unfamiliarity in this case should definitely favor the pitcher.
deGrom might be a must add on July 29.
2. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Kluber's WHIP of .96 is the only thing you must know to convince you to add him to your MLB DraftKings team. But, if that isn't enough, how about a 2.43 ERA and 149 strikeouts in only 108.1 inning pitched?
The Chicago White Sox bat .291 against Kluber. Still, he should get at least 8 strikeouts in Saturday's match up. Also, when he faced the White Sox in April, he didn't allow a single run in 9 innings. Kluber goes into this off a brilliant performance versus the Blue Jays on July 23.
I'm hoping the momentum carries over to this Saturday's start.
3. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hill is suffering from a respiratory ailment. Since that was 5 days ago, he's likely to be over whatever made him sick. I hope he starts on Saturday because he's been great at acquiring strikeouts in 3 out of his last 4 starts. Hill struck out 11 Atlanta batters on July 22. Overall, the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers' opponent on July 29, bats .350 against Hill. No worries. SF isn't nearly as formidable at Chavez-Ravine as they are at AT&T Park.
Hill should be had for a salary cap discount. That could be enough of an incentive to put him on Saturday's fantasy baseball team.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
Greinke's road ERA is 3.75. Not terrible, but Zack's also 2-4 in 8 road starts this season. The Cardinals only bat .230 against Greinke. I'm still hesitant knowing how much salary I'm giving up to put Greinke on the team this Saturday.
The D'Backs have been terrible since the All-Star Break. In Greinke's last 2 road starts, he allowed 3 earned runs in 5 innings to the Cincinnati Reds, and 4 earned runs in 7 innings to the Colorado Rockies. Both were D'Back losses.
2. Ivan Nova, Pittsburgh Pirates
On the surface, Nova's set-up this Saturday looks appealing. He throws against the San Diego Padres, one of the worst hitting teams in MLB. And, he throws against the Friars at Petco Park, one of the most favorable stadiums for pitchers in MLB.
Dig deeper and things aren't as they appear. First, San Diego's got 13 hits from 45 at-bats against Nova. That's not nearly enough at-bats to make a strong conclusion. It's not a good sign for Ivan, though. Second, Nova's ERA is 4.24. Finally, Ivan's only struck out 78 batters in 131.2 innings pitched.
The strikeout to innings pitched ratio isn't enough to counter the questions. I'm taking a pass.
3. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
Porcello's been throwing much better lately. It doesn't seem to matter. He's 0 and 3 in his last 3 starts although he hasn't allowed more than 3 earned runs in his last 3 starts. He's another one of those pitchers, like Nova, who won't get you enough strikeouts to warrant adding to your MLB DraftKings team.
Since Boston appears to be flailing, the Red Sox have lost 5 of their last 6 going into their July 28 game versus the Kansas City Royals, Porcello can't feel good about his Saturday start against KC.