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Brown will be the highest-owned pitcher on tonight’s slate, carrying a near 50% ownership projection in our portal. Brown has lived up to his baby Verlander moniker during his rookie campaign, striking out over 28% of batters faced and inducing 12% swinging strikes. Minnesota isn’t the easiest of match-ups, but it’s not one I’m scared to target especially on a six game slate. This lineup is striking out 27% of the time against right-handed pitching this season, so despite the power risk there is definite strikeout upside to offset it. I’m always fine eating chalk at SP, and I don’t see a better option for cash games and single entry contests tonight.
We only have 14 innings of James Paxton this season. so I’m not sure what to make of him just yet. He has struggled in terms of power allowed, which was to be expected, but he has flashed more strikeout upside than I expected given how long he was out of the big leagues. I am concerned about the amount of righties he will see here, but we have limited options on a small slate, and he looks to be modestly owned compared to other options. Overall, I wouldn’t be playing him in cash games or your main team, but you can do worse than Paxton in large-field tournaments on Wednesday night.
Tellez and the Brewers are in an amazing spot tonight against Alek Manoah. Manoah has legitimately looked liked a minor league pitcher this season — he’s walking almost more than he’s striking out and owns the highest xERA on the slate at 6.42. He’s really struggled with left-handed batters and Rowdy has the most power in this lineup. He’s also been better at home during his time with Milwaukee – with a lot of his homeruns coming there. Overall, I don’t think the Brewers will be crazy high-owned as a stack due to them being underdogs in the game, but they’r emy favorite spot on the slate tonight.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)