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Wrigley Field Arms
We have a clear situation to target tonight on the mound, and it happens to be in the Cubs/Mets game. Anyone that plays MLB DFS knows that Wrigley Field is basically the most wind affected stadium in baseball. There are times early season where its cold with wind blowing in that makes it a nightmare for offense — and there are times in the summer with wind blowing out and hot weather that make it a nightmare for pitchers. Tonight falls under the first category, it’s 50 degrees with 17 mph winds blowing in, resulting in an insanely low 6.5 O/U for the game. I’m not even a huge fan of Kodai Senga’s form recently, but I can tell you one thing — I’m a snob for the weather in baseball. Pretty much regardless of ability, I will 100% buy the Vegas factor of a 6.5 O/U and I’m going to be plugging in both Senga and Stroman in my main team and moving on.
Paxton has looked like the pre-injury Paxton through two starts, the problem with that being it’s only two starts so how much can we draw from that? Regardless, he’s looked the part and that’s enough for me to consider him in GPPs on an eight game slate. He’s struck out over 30% of batters faced in in those starts, and there are a ton of strikeouts to be had in the middle to bottom of this Angels order. They will pile in right-handed hitters against him tonight, but that risk will be baked into his ownership — our Projections currently have him coming in around 13% owned tonight.
Suarez and the Mariners are in the top non-Coors spot tonight up against Ken Waldichuk and the Oakland Athletics bullpen. Waldichuk is bottom-five in all of baseball in homeruns allowed this season, and has been dreadful against right-handed pitching. He’s likely going to see at least seven right-handed hitters tonight, while Suarez possesses massive power in the split against left-handed pitching. I would expect there to be chalk in Coors Field per usual, but with how cheap these Mariners guys are I wouldn’t be shocked to see them just as high-owned in cash games and smaller-field tournaments. I will be building around Seattle on my main team, and likely fading them in larger-field stuff or searching out a mini-stack paired with a lower-owned team.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)