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Tom Verducci: Pitchers Win in 2020

Tom Verducci: Pitchers Win in 2020

MLB DFS: Quick Hits - Saturday, September 26

Check out the top MLB DFS plays from SI contributor Stephen Marsella, for Saturday, September 26th.
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The MLB regular season is winding down with two days left. Today, DraftKings has 11 games starting at 7:05 p.m. EST.

Weather: There are a few spots that have warmer weather with the wind blowing out. It will be close to 80 degrees in St. Louis, with 11-mph winds blowing out. In Kansas City, it will be 82 degrees, with 15-mph winds blowing out. The ball should fly there tonight. Also, in Cleveland, it will be close to 80 degrees, with 10-mph winds blowing out.

Pitching

Brandon Woodruff

Woodruff has been solid most of the year with 85 strikeouts in 65.2 innings pitched. Over the last three games, Woodruff has pitched seven innings and thrown 100 plus pitches in two of the three games. Tonight, he faces the St. Louis Cardinals, who have lacked offensively this year.

Cardinals vs. right-handed pitching on the year: .238 average, .138 ISO, and 22% strikeout rate.

Zack Wheeler

Wheeler has pitched well this year, posting a 2.67 ERA and has never allowed more than three runs in a game. He limits home runs, only allowing three on the year, and has thrown between 80 and 100 pitches. His pitch count has topped 95 or more in six of ten starts and exceeded 100 in three of those six. Tonight, he faces the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa. The Phillies still have a chance to pick up a wild card spot, so I expect Wheeler to go his full pitch count.

Rays at home vs. right-handed pitching: .223 average and 28% strikeout rate.

Other option

Aaron Civale

Dark Horses

Tanner Houck

Kyle Gibson

Teams to Target

SD Padres/SF Giants

Oracle Park was considered a pitchers park in the past, but this year it has favored hitters. The ball is flying a bit more at Oracle Park, and the wind blowing out will help.

Johnny Cueto has allowed 11 runs over the past two games.

Padres bats: Trent Grisham, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Jake Croneworth. Tommy Pham is a cheap option and only $3500 on DraftKings.

Zach Davies has pitched well this year but has allowed five home runs and 20 hits over the last three games.

Giants bats: Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Brandon Belt and Donavan Salamo

KC Royals

Nice weather in Kansas City tonight with wind blowing out. They Royals fave Matt Boyd who has allowed a .410 wOBA and .312 ISO to right-handed hitters.

Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez, Hunter Dozier, Maikel Franco and Ryan McBroom for value.

Chicago White Sox

Against Jon Lester: .334 wOBA and .212 ISO to right- handed hitters.

Tina Anderson, Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion all have over .300 ISO against left-handed pitching. James McCann and Adam Engel are also good options.

Other options

  • Bobby Dalbec- crushes LHP
  • Xander Bogaerts SS
  • Colin Moran 3B
  • Jared Walsh 1B
  • Jose Ramirez 3B
  • Mookie Betts OF
  • Franmil Reyes OF
  • Leody Tavares/Joey Gallo OF
  • Christian Yelich OF
  • Miguel Cabrera 1B
  • Corey Seager SS
  • Mike Moustakas 2B

The MLB regular season is winding down with two days left. Today, DraftKings has 11 games starting at 7:05 p.m. EST.

Weather: There are a few spots that have warmer weather with the wind blowing out. It will be close to 80 degrees in St. Louis, with 11-mph winds blowing out. In Kansas City, it will be 82 degrees, with 15-mph winds blowing out. The ball should fly there tonight. Also, in Cleveland, it will be close to 80 degrees, with 10-mph winds blowing out.

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