Like Saturday, July 1, there's a sure-fire pitcher add to my MLB DraftKings Team for Sunday, July 2. No matter how I cut it, Max Scherzer is a must add. It took me a while to find 2 other pitchers that could help my team.
I'm iffy on both the other pitchers after Scherzer on my to add list. When it comes to pitchers to stay away from, high salary cost guys with spotty reputations against their opposing teams rule. Check out my Top 3 pitchers to add, and to avoid, for this Sunday, July 2.
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Scherzer's allowed 2 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched. He's struck out 27 in those last 22 innings pitched. The St. Louis Cardinals, Washington's opponent this Sunday, has never had great success versus the Nationals' ace. From 98 at-bats, Scherzer has struck out 31. Dexter Fowler has 12 strikeouts from 24 at-bats versus Max. The overall batting average is .235.
Yes, he's the obvious choice. Yes, he's going to cost a lot of salary dollars. But, there's a good chance he pitches brilliantly on Sunday. Max Scherzer is the must add for July 2.
2. Sean Manaea, Oakland A's
Manaea and the A's face the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The only 2 Atlanta batters that have faced Manaea are Kurt Suzuki and Danny Santana. Manaea's control on July 2 should be much better than it was on June 27 when he yielded an earned run off 9 hits in only 5.2 innings.
I think Manaea could approach double-digits in strikeouts versus the Braves, a team that should be at a huge disadvantage having never faced Manaea before. Maybe, I'm hoping too much. But, like I wrote above, after Scherzer, it's difficult to find that second pitcher.
3. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
Paxton shows up in my Top 3 for July 2. Surprised? I bet you're not as surprised as I am. Paxton doesn't have the best numbers. Still, he has pitched extremely well against the L.A. Angels, the team he faces on Sunday. The Angels only have 25 hits from 115 at-bats versus Paxton. He's struck out 27 of those 115 batters. He could have a decent game at a bargain salary cost. That's what I need after spending so much money on Scherzer.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Luis Severino, New York Yankees
Luis Severino was brilliant in his last start. He pitched 7 innings. He struck out 12. He allowed 1 earned run. But, that game was versus the Chicago White Sox. Severino's opponent on Sunday, the Houston Astros, bat .304 versus the Yankees' budding star. Severino's going to be a high-cost add. I'm staying away.
2. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
I'm not sure if Jake Arrieta is elite anymore. Arrieta allowed 5 earned runs off 6 hits in only 4 innings in his last start versus Washington. Arrieta also allowed 6 stolen bases. That's crazy. Oh, yes, he also walked 4. Cincinnati, Sunday's opponent, only bats .230 against Jake. Still, I can't put him on my team, right? Not after the performance versus the Nats?
3. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Verlander's last start wasn't that bad. He yielded only 3 earned runs off 9 hits. He pitched 7 innings. Unfortunately, Verlander faces the Cleveland on Sunday. The Tribe has their sights on the AL Central Division. They figure to come out blasting. It's just too tough to have faith in Verlander after a couple of decent outings. I'm leaving him off my July 2 MLB DraftKings Team.