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The top pitcher today for me is Max Scherzer ($11,900) vs the Brewers, who have the highest K% vs RHP at 26% with a below average wRC+ of 91. Scherzer's 32% strikeout rate is third best in baseball for starting pitchers, and combined with the swing and miss in the Brewers lineup, will be a threat for a massive strikeout total today.
Steven Matz ($10,400) faces a Braves offense that has a disastrous 59 wRC+ vs LHP this year over 938 PA, the second most PA any team has registered vs lefties this year. It comes with a below average 22.6% K%. Matz has a 2.74 ERA, 2.71 FIP and will be in great position to prevent runs against this offense. He will likely be on somewhat of a pitch limit today, though, as the Mets attempt to ease him back in after his elbow flared up, so take that into consideration.
Masahiro Tanaka ($9,500) faces a bottom third Twins offense that has the 10th highest K% vs RHP at 22.4%. Tanaka is a little cheaper than the other two and could be a good option to use if a fantasy owner needs the extra $1,000 in salary room.
For more salary relief, Jameson Taillon ($7,200) faces the Dodgers in Pittsburgh. Taillon does not have great numbers at the MLB level over 3 starts, but he had a 2.04 ERA and 1.95 FIP in AAA this year and his stuff is ridiculous, showcasing a late breaking curveball with a fastball that sits 95 mph and a two seamer that has nasty late movement. The Dodgers offense has been mediocre vs RHP this year.
The Diamondbacks face a lefty in Coors Field today, and the Diamondbacks have some players with elite numbers vs LHP this year. Paul Goldschmidt ($4,900) has a 195 wRC+ and .219 ISO vs LHP this year, while teammates Yasmany Tomas ($3,800) has hit LHP to a 177 wRC+ and .333 ISO, with Wellington Castillo ($3,600) at a 183 wRC+ and .352 ISO. This stack is expensive with an average salary of $4,100, so concessions will have to be made elsewhere, perhaps by using a salary relief pitcher like Taillon or one or two punt plays in the hitting slots.