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Zac Gallen trails only Corbin Burnes in raw projection tonight, but has a bit better match-up against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not to say that the Reds don’t have strikeouts in their lineup, but I don’t love the form that Burnes has been in and the Reds are the hottest team in baseball sans the Braves — going 21-6 since calling up Elly De La Cruz. Gallen has been money at home this season, posting a 2.60 xFIP with 31% strikeouts in Arizona compared to 4.43 and 22% strikeout numbers on the road. Pittsburgh is striking out the 4th most in baseball as a team over the last 14 days, and I’m ranking Gallen as my number one option in all formats tonight.
I wasn’t expecting to write up Cody Bradford when I woke up this morning, but priced at just $4,000 he feels like the optimal SP2 in cash games against the Washington Nationals. Bradford is not a huge name prospect, and we’ve only seen a few starts from him at the big league level but it’s clear he shouldn’t be the minimum price. He profiles as an average MLB starter, he did strike out 25% of batters in Double A and has a 27% strikeout rate in the majors this season. Washington doesn’t strike out much, but this isn’t a good lineup and it would be hard for Bradford to hurt you at this price-tag. Typically when we get a $4K starter like this, I plan to be overweight and I would be using him in both cash games and tournaments tonight on DraftKings.
Seager and the Texas Rangers will be no secret tonight, owning a near 6 run implied team total against Trevor Williams. Williams has been bad for the Nationals this season, and has pitched to a near 5.00 SIERA with just 15% strikeouts over the last 30 days. He’s allowing a 41% hard-hit rate over that span and will likely struggle against a Rangers lineup that’s posted a .356 wOBA and .208 ISO against right-handed pitching as a team. Leading the way for them is Seager, who would be firmly in the mix for AL MVP if not for a man named Shohei Ohtani. Seager has the best numbers on the team against RHP, including a monster .456 wOBA this season. Williams throws a ton of fastballs, a pitch that Seager has crushed throughout his career. He is expensive, but is one of the top-overall bats on tonight’s slate and can be used as a one-off or in a stack.
I’ve played Cowser in each of his first two big league games, and will continue to do so while he is priced below $3K on DraftKings. Cowser was one of the best prospects in a loaded Orioles system, and it’s pretty crazy to think he made it to the big leagues this quickly. The former fifth-overall pick was batting over .330 in the minors this season and has posted 9 and 8 DK points in his first two major league games. Bailey Ober has been a respectable pitcher for the Twins this season, but this is a bet-on talent play and he is viable as a punt one off as long as they continue to price him here.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)