I'll be looking to cash on Saturday by putting 2 of the 3 pitchers I've got listed here on my MLB DraftKings Team. I plan on avoiding the other 3 pitchers listed here. I know it's going to cost me a grip to put Sale on the same team as Gio Gonzalez or Zach Greinke. But, that's what I've got to do.
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
Boston battles the Toronto Blue Jays this Saturday. Chris Sale has dominated Toronto. From 136 at-bats, the Blue Jays only have 25 hits. The batting average is .184. The last time Chris Sale faced Toronto, he yielded only 4 hits in 8 innings. He didn't give up an earned run. He struck out 13. I don't see Toronto having better luck versus Sale on July 1.
Sale is going to dominate. I think he's worth the salary cost.
2. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
I keep waiting for Gio to fall apart. He hasn't yet. Gonzalez has a 2.48 ERA. He's also got a 7-2 record. Although the St. Louis Cardinals have great numbers overall versus Gio, he dominated them the last time he faced them. Gonzalez yielded 1 earned run off 6 hits while striking out 6 in 7 innings. I'm hoping he pitches a decent game on Saturday. It's sort of slim pickings after Sale, which is why Gonzalez shows up on my to add list.
3. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
Greinke's on my to add list for the same exact reason. Like Gonzalez, Greinke makes the list by default. Am I positive Greinke shuts down Colorado on Saturday? Nope. In fact, Colorado bats .275 against Zack. My hope is that Greinke pitches like he did versus Colorado on May 5 when he yielded 2 earned runs off 6 hits and struck out 7.
If Greinke pitches against Colorado like he did on June 20, he's toast. Colorado laid 9 hits and 4 earned runs on Greinke that day.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
In Hamels first start back from the injury that kept him out of action since April 26, he allowed 7 earned runs off 8 hits in 4.1 innings pitched. That's terrible. Things could go worse for Cole this Saturday. The Chicago White Sox batted .290 versus Hamels before the injury.
2. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
I like Carlos Carrasco. I think he's a good pitcher. I can't trust him to bounce back from his last start, though. I mean, he allowed 8 earned runs off 6 hits in 3.1 innings. Detroit bats a sensible .250 against Carlos. If Carrasco pitches a gem on Saturday, that's great. I can't take the chance that he will.
3. Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays
Odorizzi is a decent pitcher. But, he faces a team on Saturday that has had nothing but success against him. The Baltimore Orioles bat .282 against Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi's given up 66 hits to the O's from 234 at-bats. 12 of the 66 hits went for home runs. I think Jake has a tough day on July 1.