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Pitching doesn’t look super exciting today but we have some solid spots. Senga is looking like the best overall option for me. Sporting a 28.3% strikeout rate to go along with an xBA of just .225. Senga is a guy who can finish off batters and keep hard contact to a minimum. Kodai gets a matchup against the Cardinals who have looked pretty mediocre recently. Teams tend to go through bad stretches through out the year and thats what is happening to St. Louis right now. While they don’t strikeout a ton, they also don’t make a ton of hard contact and there is realy only a couple of guys he will have to worry about. I expect around 6-7 innings out of him and around 5-7 strikeouts and they are heavily favored to win as well.
Going right back To Garrett here with a matchup against The Nationals. Washington is another team that doesn’t strikeout a ton but they also don’t hit the ball extremely well either. Garrett has also been pitching at an elite level this year with a 26% strikeout rate along with walking batters under 5% of the time. Braxton does tend to give up a good amount of hard contact but again, Washington isn’t really a good hitting team. This is more matchup based but I don’t think he should garner a ton of ownership (just like last week when he dropped 27.6 DK fantasy points). It is just really hard for me to see The Nationals lighting him up and Miami is also heavily favored to win the game.
The most obvious play is Ohtani but I think we all know about him and he should be heavily owned. I want to focus on a lower owned play here in Bryson Stott. Stott gets a matchup against James Kaprielian and it is a very favorable matchup. Oakland’s bullpen is nothing much to talk about either so it doesn’t factor into this play much. Kaprielian’s top 3 pitches thrown are a 4 seamer (41.2%), Slider (30%) and a Sinker (15.6%). All of these pitches are good ones for Stott who is has a BA over .300 for all of them. Out of his 81 hits this year, 55 of them have come off those pitches along with 6 homeruns. This isn’t a very hitter friendly ballpark but I just can’t ignore the numbers. Bryson can be used as a oe off and is needed in a Phillies stack.
My favorite stack for today is going to be The Angels against Mayers! Other teams to stack that I am interested in are The Braves and The Mets!
Spike’s Fun Fact of the Day
Nolan Ryan once threw 235 pitches in one game against Boston in 1974 while striking out 19 batters!
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