We only have a 10-game slate tonight but there is a lot of interesting pitching options headlined by a Kershaw-Bumgarner duel in LA, let’s dig in.
CASH GAME PLAYS
Clayton Kershaw- Clayton Kershaw is extremely affordable tonight. In fact he’s not even the most expensive pitcher of the evening. Combine that with the fact his pitch count is up to 90-100 pitches and the fact that he is our top projected pitcher of the night and Kershaw is a no-brainer tonight. Fade Kershaw at your own risk.
Noah Syndergaard- Thor struck out seven Nationals in his last start while scoring 30 DK points and still saw his price drop by $100 on DK. Although the Braves don’t strikeout much Thor should be able to go six or seven innings and have a good shot at a win.
Rick Porcello– Porcello lost his last start against the Orioles but continued his strong season as he only allowed one run over eight innings. Porcello has strung together 13 consecutive starts with at least 17 DK points.
A.J. Cole- Cole makes his sixth start of the season tonight against the Marlins. Cole has eclipsed 10 DK points in each of his first five starts and brings a healthy 25.4% K rate into tonight’s matchup. The Marlins have been striking out more in the month of September with a 21.4% K rate.
Madison Bumgarner- Bumgarner faces a Dodgers team that has struggled against lefties this season ranking near the bottom of the league. However Bumgarner has not beaten the Dodgers in three starts this season and has allowed 23 hits and 10 earned runs in 16 innings. Bumgarner is always capable of a big game and has our highest expected K rate of the evening but he’s a GPP only option for me.
Taijuan Walker- Walker tweaked his mechanics after getting rocked by the Angels for six runs in 2/3 of an inning three starts ago. The change seemed to work as Walker was brilliant in his last outing with a complete game three hit shutout against the Angels. Walker also racked up 11 strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter in the game. The Jays run out a lineup of mostly right handed hitters and right handed power pitchers have a tendency to give the Jays problems and Walker fits the bill. Walker makes for a high risk but high upside play tonight.
Jason Hammel– Hammel has yet to allow a run to the Reds this season in 12 innings of work. Hammel has also been great at home this season and has allowed only one run in his last 20 innings at Wrigley. Hammel has either been really good or really bad in the second half of the season and with the Cubs having clinched their division already it’s tough to know how much Joe Maddon will push his starters going forward. Hammel is GPP only for me tonight.
Tyler Anderson – Anderson has been very good at home this season and faces a Cardinals team that ranks in the bottom half of the league against left handed pitching. Anderson does a good job limiting walks and homeruns while striking out 22.7% of right handed hitters.
Jharel Cotton- Cotton has been impressive in his first two big league starts holding both the Angels and Royals to one earned run each. Both those teams rank in the bottom 10 in strikeout % against right handed pitchers this season. The Astros who Cotton faces tonight ranks in the top five which should help his upside. Cotton is our top projected point/$ play of the evening.
Those are the main pitchers I’m looking at for tonight. Good luck in your contests!