One of the most important things in being successful in MLB DFS cash games is nailing your pitcher. You need the perfect combination of safety and upside, for a price tag that allows you to fit at least one solid bat (aside from Kershaw). For that reason, I will be giving my favorite cash-game pitching options for you guys this season!
My three favorites for today are listed below:
Johnny Cueto($9,200) @ ARI
If you’re paying up for a pitcher for tonight’s slate, this should be the guy, not Carrasco or Arrieta. Arrieta comes in as the highest priced pitcher at $10,500 and Carlos Carrasco follows him at $9,900. Based on past performances and matchups, these two are not worth their price tag thus leaving Cueto as the next best option in a fairly favorable matchup with the D’backs in Chase Field. While Cueto’s home/away splits are nearly identical, he has yet to lose a game at Chase field in the last 3 years carrying along a 4-0 record with a 2.54 ERA. The D’backs finished the 2016 season with the 5th most strikeouts in baseball and followed that up with 12 Ks in their 2017 debut game against Madbum and co. If Cueto can avoid giving up the longball to two all-star caliber players in A.J Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt, he should be able to get through this lineup with ease. He also has peripherals on his side as both Pollock and Goldy bat from the right side of the plate and Chase field isn’t very favorable towards righties, even though Pollock managed to (barely) hit one out on Sunday The Giants shouldn’t have too much trouble pulling out the win as Patrick Corbin is certainly susceptible to giving up many runs at home as his 5.57 home ERA last year suggests.
Lance McCullers Jr.($8,800) vs SEA
McCullers is a very intriguing play today and has a fairly reasonable price tag against a Seattle team whom he has had success against in the past. In the last 3 years, McCullers has had a very impressive 2.12 ERA at home and a 2.28 ERA against Seattle over 5 games started in which he averaged 7 Ks per outing. The one downfall to this matchup is that Minute Maid Park is generally known as a hitters ballpark, but Lance hasn’t let that affect him in the past so I’m not too worried about it. Similar to Cueto, if he can miss the bats of Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, he could be in for another successful outing against Seattle, who failed to score a run last night with only 3 hits.
Kenta Maeda($8,600) vs SDP
Maeda comes into this slate with the best matchup against the lackluster Padres who are tagged with the lowest projected run total today for good reason. He holds a 3.27 ERA against San Diego over 4 starts averaging close to 7 Ks per. San Diego batters finished the 2016 season ranked #2 in most strikeouts and while Maeda isn’t exactly a strikeout pitcher, 6-7 Ks seems accurate for tonight. The reason Maeda has a cheaper price tag however is his inability to go deep into games as he averages 5.4 innings pitches and 91.6 pitchers per game in 32 career starts. Maeda is never a sexy pitching option but he provides safety which obviously bodes well for cash games. He basically has one bat to pitch around in Wil Myers otherwise this Padres lineup leaves much to be desired. The Dodgers should have very little trouble getting the win tonight against Clayton Richard as well.