Tonight starts the 2017 MLB playoffs and the Chicago Cubs defense (god that feels great to say) of the Commissioner’s Trophy. I will give my take on the pitchers going and some bats to key in on. Let’s go get that money Sheet Squad!
Tonight, you will see each team throw out their best pitcher to win this one game series (NL is tomorrow).
While you can make a case for all these guys I rate them for these reasons.
My preference is in this order:
Luis Severino (Cash/GPP)
Not Miguel Sano gives him a slight bump down as Sano is a strike out machine but I still like Severino as top pitcher. From 2016-17, Severino has a K% of 26.6 (top on late) and missing bats at 11.4% SWSTR%. Put that with the Twins 21.4% K rate and 9.7% SWSRT rate and Severino should have a solid outing.
Jon Gray (Cash/GPP)
Gray is historically a better pitcher on the road and that shouldn’t be a surprise with where his home park is at. He has the stuff to get the strikeouts here and the Diamondbacks tend to miss bats (24% K rate and 10.9% SWTR rate). Those numbers line right up with Gray’s normal output of 24.7% K rate and 10.8% SWSTR rate.
Zack Grienke (GPP)
I am personally not a fan of Greinke and doubt I have a line of him. He is only $700 less than Severino and $900 more than my next favorite pitcher Gray. He is a fade for me.
Ervin Santana (GPP)
This is a hedge play only. Yankees bats are ones to fear so this is a risky more. Santana will be the lowest on pitcher on the slate so if he pops off you will look great. Know the risk if rostering!
My top two stacks are New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies.
New York Yankees:
This is still a tough matchup for them but this is your chalky plays. Aaron Judge and Gray Sanchez will be two of the higher owned guys on the slate. Both are in great spots and have the long ball potential
Judge: .400 wOBA and .294 ISO vs RHBs
Sanchez: .393 wOBA and .278 ISO vs RHBs
Few other Yankees I have my eye on are Greg Bird (he has been swinging a hot bat), Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Normally Rockies on road is a fade for me but this is a bit different and they are a great GPP stack. It is the playoffs, they are in a hitter’s paradise and they are highly familiar with Greinke. I expect a little lower than normal ownership on these guys. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon are out to prove something.
Blackmon: .418 wOBA and .288 ISO vs RHBs
Arenado: .372 wOBA and .257 ISO vs RHBs
Carlos Gonzalez is too cheap for his BVP here and rates extremely well for me. Others I like are Gerardo Parra and Trevor Story. With their price tags not inflated they are easier to fit here for a GPP line
Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins:
I am going with more one offs from these depending on who my pitcher is. J.D. Martinez, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and David Perralta are my favorite Diamondbacks to pick one offs from (they are in no particular order). Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier the Twins on my radar.
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Billie is currently serving active duty in the US Army and is stationed in Ohio. He is an Indiana native. He has been playing Season Long fantasy for years and in his first year of DFS. He is strictly a GPP player. So far, during the MLB Season, he has won 1K twice and has taken down several mini GPPS. He is an avid Hoosier and Cubs fan.