Reminder: Always double check the lineup card before rosters lock to make sure that a player you've chosen to roster is playing that day, and check the weather to make sure your players won't get rained out of their game.
There are multiple good options for pitching in today's game, ranging from higher priced to middle/lower tiered. For the higher priced guys, the pitcher who stands out most to me is Chris Archer ($12,000). Archer and his 31% K%, 2.8 ERA and 2.6 FIP take on a Yankees offense that is without Mark Teixeira, may be without Jacoby Ellsbury (who has been battling dehydration), and contains a 40 year old ARod, who appears to be physically wearing down as the season enters its 6th month. Yankee Stadium is a difficult place for righties to pitch in, but Archer misses a lot of bats with a mid 90s fastball and devastating slider; he is also tough to square up, lessening the risk of him being burned by Yankee Stadium's park effects. Archer possesses the knockout stuff to rack up a huge strikeout total, giving him a high ceiling. His pitching opposition is RHP Ian Nova, who has struggled in his return from TJ surgery. I suspect Archer's expensive price will make him low owned in tournaments today.
For the middle to lower tiered pitchers, Joe Ross ($7,900) and Steven Matz ($8,100) stick out. Ross and his 24% K% face a vile Braves team that has traded most of their big league talent and is currently running the worst run differential in baseball. Ross looks to be a good bet to be in position for a win with a decent strikeout total and above average run prevention. Matz similarly faces a bad Marlins team that also gives him good upside for strong run prevention and a win, and Matz' nasty stuff always makes him a strikeout threat. Both of these pitchers provide salary relief to spend on hitting, but I suspect they'll be higher owned because of the lower price.
Two pitchers with massive platoon splits vs lefties stick out in today's game: Michael Lorenzen and Rubby de la Rosa. Lorenzen faces the Brewers, while de la Rosa faces the Cubs. Lorenzen has allowed a .319/.434/.590 slash to LHB with a 6.81 FIP, while de la Rosa has allowed a .309/.372/.568 slash to LHB with a 6.03 FIP. Brewers lefties in particular get a great park to hit in today in Great American Ballpark. Adam Lind ($4,100) has hit RHP to a 143 wRC+ and .226 ISO. If Scooter Gennett ($2,200) is hitting leadoff, he becomes an appealing punt play vs Lorenzen. Gennett has been slightly below average vs RHP this year with a 95 wRC+, but his career 119 wRC+ vs RHP and potential leadoff slot make him a good salary relief gamble for me against Lorenzen in Great American Ballpark to fit more expensive players in elsewhere.
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