It's another weekend, which means I've got a couple of MLB blogs about the best pitchers to use and the ones to avoid on all DFS DraftKings baseball teams. Check out Saturday's list!
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
The Astros' ace isn't confirmed to start on Saturday. No matter. He was playing catch this past Wednesday. I think he starts for sure on Saturday. If he doesn't, I'm just going down my list, and adding the other two players on here.
If Kuechel does start on Saturday, I'm paying the exorbitant salary cap cost. From my perspective, he's as good as they get. Dallas has a 7-0 record, a 1.84 ERA, and a .86 WHIP. The one knock is that Baltimore bats over .280 versus Kuechel, and he hasn't faced the O's yet this year.
What I've noticed about Dallas this season, though, is that he's made overall adjustments. What it means is that he should pitch just as well versus Baltimore as he's pitched versus every other team he's faced in 2017.
2. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
No Cole Hamels? No problem! Darvish has been as good as almost any pitcher in the American League so far this season. His 5-2 record, 2.83 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP are outstanding. But, the real reason to consider Yu for your May 27 MLB DraftKings team are his 68 strikeouts.
Darvish could tear up the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. He's struck out 37 Toronto batters from 87 at-bats. If Yu's got his best stuff working, forget it.
He might be a must add. Yep…even a must add for Kuechel. I haven't decided.
3. Brandon McCarthy, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers face the Cubbies on May 27. It might cost you more to add Cubs' listed pitcher John Lackey than it will to add McCarthy. That should be good news to those considering McCarthy.
I think the Dodgers have a decent starter in McCarthy. His overall numbers aren't bad at all: 3.76 ERA, 4-1 record, 1.18 WHIP. The last time McCarthy faced the Cubs, he held them to 4 hits in 6 innings. He struck out 4. He didn't give up a single earned run. That's called domination.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
Salazar faces Kansas City on Saturday. The Royals are the worst team in the American League. That doesn't mean that you should blindly put Danny Salazar on your DFS squad. The last time Salazar faced KC, the Royals rolled him for 8 hits and 2 earned runs in 4.2 innings.
Oh, he struck out 8 in the 4.2 innings. So, there is a chance that he steps it up on May 27. But, are you willing to pay the cost for that chance? I'm not!
2. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
Greinke's back to being the Greinke of old. His 2.82 ERA and .97 WHIP are fantastic. His 6-2 record is also great. Still, I can't help but believe he has some difficulty versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Greinke's road ERA is 3.60.
That's not the only reason. He's only faced Brewer batters 16 times. I've got to believe that the Brewers, who average a terrific 5.11 runs per game, get to Greinke in this match up. I'm leaving the possible highest-priced salary cap cost pitcher off my MLB DraftKings' Fantasy Team this Saturday.
3. John Lackey, Chicago Cubs
Lackey was brilliant the last time he faced the Dodgers. He allowed only 1 earned run from 4 hits and struck out 10. He was as good as he's been all season long. But, the game took place on April 12. I just don't feel he can come up with as big of an effort on May 27. Not on the road at Chavez Ravine.
I'm leaving Lackey off my MLB DraftKings Team. His 9.00 ERA in the past 7-days as well as his 4.32 road ERA forces me to.