There was a great conversation taking place on Twitter recently regarding how a pitcher has certain pitches working, or not working, from start to start. The incredible amount of feel it takes to make a baseball dance the way so many pitchers do today is something that sharpens, or dulls, at different phases of a season. German (pronounced Hair-mahn) Marquez has pitched like his hair is on fire the last few turns. When a guy strikes out 8+ a few starts in a row, it’s a good sign his feel is peaking. Get German and these other dialed-in players into your DFS contests on for today.

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James Paxton, SP: Early. All of the top options at SP have had recent stumbles. I’ll target the latest one available: that should typically be Paxton. He’s scuffled a bit in 3 starts since coming off the DL. What’s encouraging is that Big Maple has exceeded 100 pitches in the last two outings and can match strikeouts with anyone. 

German Marquez, SP: Middle. Away from Coors? Check. Pitching against a team with a sub 100 wRC+ the last two weeks? Check. Second half K/9 over 11? Check swing called third strike.

Alex Wood, SP: Late. It’s a risk, but if Wood lasts in a draft, he makes a good late-pick SP. The Dodgers’ great win odds (-185) are attractive. The gamble is how late into the game Wood will go, coming off the DL. He’s actually been rather reliable, posting a quality start in 8 of his last 10 starts.

Jesus Aguilar, IF: Early. Big Jeezy has made great strides, hitting pitchers from both sides this year. He’ll always see left-handed pitching better, though (.397 wOBA vs LHP). Lefty Jose Quintana has been below average all season. Should be a great spot in the hot Chicago summer.

J.D. Martinez, IF: Middle. Your best bet to hit a home run on any given night. He’s projected for 0.5 points by Draft, being a DH. You have to take a guess at whether he’s in the lineup on the road against the National League Phillies. Not a bad risk to take if you can monitor for a late swap.

Nelson Cruz, IF: Late. Opposing pitcher Mike Fiers gives up a juicy 1.52 HR/9. Any Mariner with power makes a good play. Cruz is just their best hitter (.557 SLG).

Giancarlo Stanton, OF: Early. If you’ve used Rudy’s Tools (you know there’s a free trial, right?) at all this year, you know where Stanton usually ranks. Cruz is starting to cruise with 6 homers in the last 2 weeks. 

Michael Brantley, OF: Middle. Against the odds, Brantley has got back to being one of the more reliable hitters in baseball (.343 wOBA). He hits righties a good bit better (.368 wOBA vs RHP), and the Indians are visiting Great American Smallpark.

Juan Soto, OF: Late. Soto remains criminally under-projected by Draft at 8.2 points. You might get lucky and have him slip past your league-mates. John Gant does not have the tools to get the Childish Bambino out.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

As usual, there’s pop-up risk in the Mid-Atlantic. The biggest risk could be in Kansas City, however. It may be raining at game time; that always makes for a bumpy ride.

Doing Lines in Vegas

Mets-Orioles features the match up of Jason Vargas and Andrew Cashner. The offenses are lackluster, but one team should go off and push the total over the 9 O/U.

  1. Alex Sutara says:

    You make a nice argument for hairman. SON doesn’t entirely agree… it’s clear w the write but do you like him more than pivetta today?

    • Alex Sutara says:

      @Alex Sutara: granted I’m h2h not dfs

    • Alex Sutara says:

      @Alex Sutara: granted I’m h2h not dfs

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      @Alex Sutara: Depends on the platform. I like Pivetta and Boston will scare away some ownership.

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