Just like what I'm doing for my Saturday, August 5, MLB DraftKings Team, I'm looking for value at the pitcher position. My new process could come back to bite me in the you know where. I get it. But, after so many failures by relying on high-cost pitchers, I felt that I needed to make some sort of change.
We'll see how it goes!
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Mike Clevinger, Cleveland Indians
The Tribe sends Clevinger to the mound to face the New York Yankees for the first time in his career. I think Clevinger could pitch a great game. His home ERA is 4.41. That's not great. But, there has been moments on the mound where Clevinger has looked like Cleveland's next great starting pitcher.
I'm hoping Sunday is one of those moments. What Clevinger's got going for him is the unknown. Todd Frazier is the only Yankees that's ever faced Clevinger, and Frazier's only faced him 4 times. The unknown, coupled with MC knowing the best bullpen in MLB has his back, means Clevinger could be tough on August 6.
2. Doug Fister, Boston Red Sox
The 5.18 ERA, 1-5 record, and 1.61 ERA means that Fister should be a low-cost pitching option on Sunday. That's great news. Fister was close to brilliant in his last start on July 31. He yielded 2 earned runs off 5 hits in 7.2 innings pitched. He struck out 5.
Fister faces the offensively challenged Chicago White Sox on August 5. The White Sox have only seen Doug Fister 20 times. That should give Fister an advantage. He's worth a look, especially after one considers his likely salary cap cost.
3. Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins
The 23-year-old Berrios might fly under the radar even though he has a 3.57 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. The reason is because there are some well-known pitchers stepping to mounds on Sunday. Hopefully, Berrios will fly under the radar.
If he does, make sure to take a long look at putting him on your MLB DraftKings squad. Berrios has only faced Texas Ranger batter Mike Napoli. And he's only faced Napoli 3 times. Berrios's home ERA is 2.61. His home WHIP is .92. The matchup on Sunday versus the Rangers sets up for Berrios.
Top 3 Pitchers to Avoid
1. Luis Severino, New York Yankees
Severino has been terrific in his last few starts. Also, his road ERA is a decent 2.71. But, he's going to cost a grip to put onto the team. Not only that, but the Tribe has been decent at the plate in recent games. Severino could pitch lights out. I'm not saying he won't. I'm just not sure the reward is going to be worth the salary-cap cost risk.
2. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
The last time Lester faced the Washington Nationals, the Cubs' opponent on Sunday, he was exceptional. He yielded 1 earned run off 3 hits in 6 innings while striking out 7. Lester, like Severino, could be awesome on August 6. But, JL's home ERA is 3.74.
The last time Lester faced Washington it was on the road. Will he be as effective against the Nationals at home? I don't know. For around $9,000 to $11,000 in salary-cap cost, I don't want to find out.
3. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
Stroman's always pitched well against the Houston Astros. The Stros bat .218 versus Marcus Stroman. I think, though, that Stroman's form might be going south. In his last 11.2 inning pitched, he's allowed 7 earned runs off 13 hits. That's not a good sign. I'm staying away.