Pitchers to Target
Clayton Kershaw – Anytime you can get Kershaw under $10,000 (FanDuel) you roster him. It’s a bit risky because he’s pitching in Colorado, but he is good enough to shutdown the Rockies – even in Coors. He got a bit roughed up in his last outing there, but I am hoping that just keeps his ownership in check. Kershaw will be my main pitcher on Friday. Even if he has a bad outing by his standards he should still end up in the mid-twenties, but his upside is unrivaled
Jhoulys Chacin – If you’re looking to save money or need a second pitcher on DraftKings, look no further than Chacin. Chacin has been a seesaw so far this year, sandwiching respectable starts with bad starts. If there were ever a matchup where Chacin made sense, it would be this one.
His opponent, the White Sox, have a league worst 0.270 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season and strike out over 24% of the time, which is sixth worst. Over his last two starts, Chacin has allowed the third lowest hard hit rate and is tied for the third lowest exit velocity. The next statement is something I never thought I’d write or say, but I feel good about Chacin as a fantasy option on Friday!
Stacks to Target
As always, you can stack Coors (only Dodgers players for me Friday), but that’s too obvious, so I’ll mention a couple other options.
Washington Nationals – The Nationals are always in play, but are sometimes too popular. I don’t think that will be the case on Friday against Nick Pivetta. They’re expensive, so I think they’ll be a bit overlooked. They just faced Pivetta a week ago and got to him for four runs on nine hits over five innings. He has the second worst batted ball distance and exit velocity against on the slate over his last two starts. He also has the absolute worst hard hit percentage against. This has stack written all over it!
Just one more tidbit. On the season, Pivetta has faced 32 right-handed batters and allowed a 0.581 wOBA and four home runs.
Los Angeles Angels – Jordan Zimmerman is entering gas can territory. He’s allowing a 0.340 wOBA to lefties and 0.430 to righties and has given up eight home runs already. On top of that, he has the worst batted ball distance on the slate over his last two games to go along with the second worst exit velocity and hard hit percentage. I think the Angels lineup sets up to succeed here, so wait for the lineup and stack the meat of the order.
Batters to Target
To be completely honest, I want to continue to recommend the same two guys for Friday that I do every time I write one of these. However, I’ll try to give you some different options today.
But before I do…
Miguel Sano and Jay Bruce – I couldn’t help myself. These guys have consistently crushed the ball harder and farther than anyone this season. We know Sano hits right-handed pitching with a ton of power, and his opponent (Tomlin) has allowed a 0.397 wOBA to right-handed batters. That has ballooned to 0.584 when he has pitched at home. Bruce faces another righty (Garza), and said righty has given up a 0.442 wOBA to left-handed batters so far. He’s an excellent play.
Okay, now I’ll try to give you some other options, but those two are seriously two of the best plays on the slate once again.
Khris Davis – Another guy who has been hitting the ball really hard and really far is Davis. That should be no surprise. He’ll be playing in an excellent hitting environment versus a pitcher who has struggled versus right-handed batters this season. Davis has as good of a chance as anyone on the slate to go yard, and a two home run game isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.
Josh Harrison – Harrison should lead off against the left-handed pitcher, and he has been outstanding in such matchups averaging a 0.446 wOBA and 0.307 ISO against lefties. Patrick Corbin has struggled versus right-handed batters to the tune of a 0.358 wOBA. Throw in Chase Field and Harrison becomes an elite play.
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