Two of the high-salary cost pitchers for Sunday don't look appealing at all. The situation? Stephen Strasburg and the Nats travel to Arizona to battle the D'Backs and Robbie Ray. Both are fantastic pitchers. But, there's an issue with adding either to your MLB DraftKings team this Sunday.
Before getting into that, I talk about the 3 pitchers I'm considering adding for my July 23 MLB DraftKings squad.
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw's going to cost a grip. By a grip, I mean that if you add Kershaw to your team, you're going to have few dollars left to add either another star pitcher, or to get some decent batters into the line-up.
Even though Clayton's going to cost a ton of dollars, he might be worth it. Yes, he's that dominant. He should easily eclipse 10 strikeouts on Sunday. Depending on your philosophy as a MLB fantasy player, 10 strikeouts might be enough to justify Clayton's salary cost.
2. Parker Bridwell, Los Angeles Angels
Bridwell's not going to sniff a Kershaw type salary. That's great news. The last time he faced Boston, he threw well. Bridwell gave up 2 earned runs off 7 hits in 6.2 innings pitched. He struck out 4. If you're looking for a low salary-cost option, Bridwell might be your guy.
I'm definitely considering using him on Sunday. I mean, his ERA of 3.18 is nice. Not only that, but Boston's batters always get overplayed.
3. Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs
Man, Jose Quintana made me look like a fool. I thought he was a play against in his first start for the Chicago Cubs. Not only was Jose not a play against, he was an absolute start. I mean, he threw 7 innings, struck out 12, and gave up only 3 hits. What's scary is that Quintana was brilliant against a team that knows him well, the Baltimore Orioles.
What's he going to do against on Sunday? I'm not sure. My guess is that with a solid bullpen backing him up, Quintana doesn't feel the need to save pitches. He can go out there and throw with confidence. I think he might be good for the Cubs from now until the end of the season.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
Now on to the 2 pitchers that are going to cost the farm that I must look past. Stras is the first pitcher. I love Stephen Strasburg. I think he's dynamite. But, facing Arizona in the Valley of the Sun? Yeah, that's something that doesn't appeal to me.
Stras has faced 89 Arizona Diamondback batters. The D'Backs have 25 hits. That's a .281 batting average. Paul Goldschmidt bats .313 versus Stephen Strasburg. I'll keep my hands in my pocket when it comes to putting Stras on my MLB DraftKings team for Sunday, July 23.
2. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
It's impossible to trust Ray at Chase Field. He's fantastic on the road. He's terrible at home. Ray has a 1.51 road ERA. At home, Ray's ERA is a terrible 4.64. To make matters worse for Ray and the D'Backs in their game versus the Nationals, Washington bats .290 when facing Robbie.
I can't endorse Ray or Stras for my Sunday MLB DraftKings squad.
3. Ivan Nova, Pittsburgh Pirates
Nova doesn't strike out a lot of batters. That's the first problem. The second problem is that he and the Pirates face the had hitting Colorado Rockies on Sunday. The Rockies bat a ridiculous .388 against Nova. Nolan Arenado bats .600 versus Nova. Charlie Blackmon, Ian Desmond, and Carlos Gonzalez all bat .500 versus Nova.
I don't believe Ivan's got much chance versus the Rockies on Sunday.