MLB DFS 4/30: Top Pitchers
While the playoffs are still going on with the NBA, we’ve mostly transitioned into MLB (and PGA). Today we have a full slate of games, however Brewers at Cardinals and Tigers at White Sox are already underway. Furthermore, Mariners at Yankees, Pirates at Orioles, Mets at Phillies and Rays at Red Sox have been postponed due to rain.
Therefore, we’ll stay away from those games. Here are the best plays for today.
(all salaries via DraftKings)
Aaron Harang $11,800 – He’s the most expensive pitcher, but it’s for good reason. He leads MLB with a 0.85 ERA to go with a 0.88 WHIP. The O/U is 7 runs, and the Marlins are 4th in strikeouts (meaning the Marlins strikeout the 4th-most times). The downside is that he’s not a huge strikeout guy, and the Braves are only -110. Nonetheless, Harang is a great play, but he’s not a must-play and should only be used if you can find the appropriate value plays.
Tim Hudson $10,900 – The Giants are -157 with an O/U of 7 runs. Hudson has gone a minimum of 7IP in all five of his starts, and his worst outing was 15 FPTS. He’s tied for third with a 0.78 WHIP to go with a 2.19 ERA. The Padres are 29th or 30th in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Let’s also not forget that AT&T Park is historically a pitcher’s park and has allowed the fifth-least amount of runs so far. This is the best play of the night.
Tony Cingrani $9,400 – The Reds are -185 (biggest favorite of all teams today) with an O/U of 7.5 runs. The Cubs are 25 or worse in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They are also 5th in strikeouts. Cingrani has had two mediocre-to-poor outings, but he’s been outstanding in his other three and has tremendous upside in this matchup. Don’t worry, the weather finally looks clear.
Jordan Lyles $7,400 – If this play works out, you could get a huge edge on your opponent. The Rockies are +105 and the O.U is 8.5 runs. That doesn’t look good and most probably won’t go with him. However, Lyles is 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA and has gone 7IP his last two games (one at the Dodgers). He’s given up five or six hits in all five of his starts, which is very good for a man of his salary. His lineup has also been playing very well, the Diamondbacks are struggling and Josh Collmenter has only recently become a starter. The one downside is that he doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts and is more of a groundball pitcher. Nonetheless, if you pair him with Harang and it works out, you should gain a solid edge of your opponent.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz