This is an ugly pitching slate outside of the top dog, Gerrit Cole. Here are a couple of the pitchers we’re keying in on for tonight’s slate, with one of them being fairly obvious, and other more of a risky GPP play. Awesemo will start with a quote, and then I (Tommienation1) will follow up.
Gerrit Cole ($12,300 DK/$9,100 FD)
“Cole’s opponent has one of the lowest team totals on the board, and his elite strikeout stuff makes him worth every penny tonight against a K-happy Padres team.”
Cole was brilliant in his first start against the Rangers, posting 11 strikeouts and a swinging-strike percentage over 20 and a league-leading 46.7% whiff/swing rate. He should face a handful of righties (Margot, Pirela, Villanueva, Renfroe, Hedges) as well as a couple lefties who strikeout over 20% vs. righties. Cole’s stuff looked nasty in his first start and he could have a repeat performance tonight at home.
Chad Kuhl ($7,200 DK/$6,300 FD)
“Kuhl is a nice price-play as a -130 favorite at home in good pitching weather against the Reds, who have a team-total of 4.2.”
Kuhl has the stuff to be a solid pitcher as he showed us last year, but he can be a bit erratic sometimes which can get him into trouble. The reds are rolling out four right-handed bats tonight, and the hard-contact Kuhl tends to give up to lefties may stay in the yard with the game-time temperature under 40 degrees. This is a slate-specific play for me as I’m not super excited about clicking on Chad Kuhl, but he’s one of the best point/dollar plays on the slate.