There are plenty of MLB Fantasy pitching options for Sunday, June 18. I'm going to build my fantasy teams around the following 3 pitchers. I'm avoiding the other 3 pitchers listed here. Checkout what I'm thinking for Sunday's MLB DraftKings Fantasy Team!
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
Ray's on fire. He's won 5 straight starts. He's struck out 12, 11, 10, 9, and 6. He's allowed a single earned run in his last 5 starts. His ERA is now down to 2.62 while his WHIP is 1.07. The D'Backs take on the Phillies in Philadelphia this weekend. Ray hasn't faced Philadelphia yet in 2017. All signs point to Robbie dominating the Phillies on Sunday.
2. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Houston's running away with the AL West. But, the Rangers remain in contention for a Wildcard berth. Darvish comes off a fantastic game on June 12 where he held Houston's high-powered offense to a single earned run from 1 hit in 7 innings. Darvish struck out 4 while walking 3. This weekend's opponent, the Seattle Mariners, bat .290 versus Darvish.
If Yu can keep both Kyle Seager, who has 10 hits from 29 at-bats, and Robinson Canoe, who has 8 hits from 22 at-bats, from getting to him early, Darvish could put together a decent game. I think he's worth a look because he held the Mariners to 1 earned run off 1 hit in 7 innings the last time he faced them.
3. James Shields, Chicago White Sox – In his first action since April 16, there's a chance that James Shields bombs. I mean, Toronto could run him off the mound after 2.1 innings. I must admit, though, I'm curious to see how he does. Before heading to the DL, Shields had allowed 9 hits and 3 earned runs in 16.2 innings pitched. His ERA was 1.62 while his WHIP was 1.14. He had struck out 16 batters in those 16.1 innings. That's a batter an inning.
Toronto only bats .256 against “Big Game” James. Yes, I'm taking a huge shot if I choose him for my team. But, I don't believe Toronto scores that many against him while James has had plenty of time to get his arm ready. I might take a shot.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. David Price, Boston Red Sox
So far, Price hasn't gotten into a groove. He's been downright awful in a few games. His 5.09 ERA is terrible. He was fantastic versus Baltimore 3 starts ago. The Astros in Houston should be a different story. Houston bats .290 against Price. Last season, it took Price until after the MLB All-Star Game to start zoning in on batters. I think we're looking at the same case this season.
2. Kenta Maeda, L.A. Dodgers
MLB batters often figure out Japanese pitchers. That might be the case with Kenta Maeda. Maeda has a 4.95 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He lasted only 4 innings versus Cincinnati on June 9. The Dodgers have a great bullpen. It was the second straight game where LAD manager Dave Roberts pulled Maeda after only 4 innings. Roberts isn't fooling around with the former Japanese superstar.
3. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
deGrom dominated the Chicago Cubs in his last start. He allowed 1 earned run off 5 hits. He pitched a full 9 innings. He was fantastic. Unfortunately for deGrom and the Mets, he's been terrible in games following terrific performances. In his last 12.2 innings versus this weekend's opponent, the Washington Nationals, deGrom has allowed 6 earned runs off 14 hits. I'm staying away from him on June 18.