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A pitching option I am targeting that combines both upside with some salary relief is Adam Wainwright ($8,700) against the Brewers. Wainwright is having a down year by his standards with a 4.67 ERA and 18% strikeout rate but he faces a bottom third, high strikeout offense that is starting Wily Peralta. The Brewers are striking out 25.4% of the time vs RHP, the highest in baseball, and rank as the 5th least productive offense vs RHP by wRC+. The Cardinals rank as the 3rd best offense vs RHP this season by wRC+ and should be able to score runs off Peralta, who is pitching to a 6 ERA and 5.3 FIP. Wainwright should be in position to get the win, get a few strikeouts and prevent runs at an average to above average level. Using Wainwright over a more expensive option like Max Scherzer will allow more flexibility for better hitters.
The most expensive pitching option is the aforementioned Max Scherzer ($11,200), who also has a good matchup against the Phillies. Scherzer is having another top fantasy season with a strikeout rate of 32%, ERA of 2.92 and FIP of 3.23. The Phillies offense ranks as the third worst offense by wRC+ vs RHP at 83 and they have one of the top 10 highest K% vs RHP at 22%. The Phillies start Jerad Eickhoff, who has been above average by ERA at 3.87 and average by FIP at 4.17.
Johhny Cueto ($10,300) faces a bottom 6 offense vs RHP at home in a pitcher friendly environment in San Francisco. The Diamondbacks rank 6th worst vs RHP by wRC+ at 87 and have the 6th highest K% vs RHP at 22.5%. Cueto has a 2.86 ERA, 3.09 FIP and 22% strikeout rate. Cueto is opposed by Zack Greinke, who is having a below average year but has pitched much better away from hitter friendly Chase Field with a 3.41 ERA and .663 OPS against on the road vs a 5.13 ERA and .801 OPS against at home.
Of the 3, Wainwright looks best to get a lot of run support, while Cueto and Scherzer look much better to generate strikeouts and prevent runs.
I will likely avoid Coors Field today as Rich Hill faces Tyler Anderson. Hill has been one of the top pitchers in baseball this year with an ERA of 2.09 and FIP of 2.51 and Anderson has been above average with an ERA and FIP in the mid 3s.