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Tyler Glasnow and Company
Glasnow checks in as my top option tonight, matched up against the New York Yankees. Even with Judge back in the lineup, the Yankees have struggled at the plate while Glasnow has been rounding into form. He’s struck out 34% of batters faced over the last 30 days and the Rays absolutely need him to be himself as they finish out the season. He is the top cash game option tonight, and can be used in tournaments as well though he is projecting for high ownership.
Charlie Mortan and George Kirby are two guys I don’t typically like to roster in DFS — so I would be looking at Corbin Burnes for the top pivot off Glasnow on both sites.
Pivetta has bounced from starter to bullpen for the Red Sox this season, so there is some risk in rostering him tonight. That being said, he has been unreal for them down the stretch sporting a 1.96 SIERA and 43% strikeout rate over the last 30 days. We have seen him top 80+ pitches a few times over the last four weeks — and I’m going to assume that’s his max tonight. Even with a pitch count, those K numbers are much more indicative of an upper mid-tier arm, not someone priced below $7,000 on DraftKings. Seattle has a very free-swinging lineup that will strike out a ton — as long as Pivetta is confirmed as the starter he is the top point per dollar option for me on Monday.
Noah Syndergaard will be starting for the Guardians tonight, which essentially means I will be stacking the Astros. Cleveland is one of the best organizations in baseball when it comes to pitching development and coaching — whether they think they can try and fix Thor or not — I’m not sure how much that will help him against the Astros. He’s been dreadful against left-handed hitters this season allowing a .388 wOBA and .271 ISO in the split. Tucker continues to mash against right-handed pitching — and grades out as one of the top-overall options on tonight’s slate.
Suzuki and the Cubs are in a good spot tonight against Andrew Abbott, who has outperformed his metrics this season. Abbott is a good young pitcher that I like long-term, but he’s pitched above his head for the Reds this season. He’s significantly worse against right-handed hitters than lefties — so I’ll be looking to target the Cubs that bat from the right side. Leading the way is Suzuki and his .346 wOBA against LHP this season. He matches up well against Abbott’s pitch mix, and can be used in all formats as a value one-off.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)