Daily Fantasy Strategy — June 13 — For Draftstreet

C.J. Wilson is taking the ball for the Angels today. I’ve written a little about him before, but yesterday I was fooling around with the pitch value leaderboards after reading Dave Cameron’s post on Johnny Cueto, and noticed something that I found pretty neat: Wilson has three pitches that have been top 10 offerings this year. His fastball, slider, and change-up have all graded out phenomenally. He’s facing the Braves tonight, a team that has hit left handed pitching very well, so it’s a very interesting matchup. And speaking of the Braves, Julio Teheran also has three pitches in the top 10 (fastball, curveball, change-up). Adam Wainwright comes close; his curveball currently sits twelfth, but his fastball and cutter are firmly planted near the top. Side bar: Please be ok, Adam.

There are a lot of fun ways to grade out pitches. Whiff rates are my favorite, and we all know they’re Eno’s favorite. The pitch values are also fun though, because it’s always nice to know how these pitchers come to their over numbers. Most of the time, at least to me, the parts that make up the whole are more interesting when they’re viewed as separate entities.

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Today, we’re #blessed with a phenomenal pitching slate. Wilson will share the stage with Aaron Harang tonight, who somehow keeps pitching very well. His FIP- of 79 is the 21st best mark among starters. Seriously, how is this still going on?

Felix Hernandez is on the mound. So are: Clayton Kershaw, Sonny Gray, Jose Quintana (vastly underrated), Jordan Zimmermann, Andrew Cashner, and Alex Cobb. It’s an easy night to sit back and just flip back and forth watching batters swing and miss at high rates.

Not every starter tonight is in the upper echelon, though. Jeff Locke and Jeremy Guthrie are both on the mound. Locke’s facing a Marlins’ lineup that has more ability to put runs on the board than we anticipated. And, for Guthrie, the White Sox’ lineup has the ability to leave the yard early and often.

Chase Anderson, David Phelps, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Gibson, and Drew Smyly all have tough matchups, respectively. Jimenez has had more trouble keeping the ball in the yard than he ever has; he’s facing the best power hitting team in the league. Gibson and Smyly square off in Detroit. Gibson doesn’t miss bats. He does get groundballs; he’ll need them all tonight. Smyly’s stuff has always been good, but pitch counts have been the death of him lately. In his last four starts, he’s made it out of the fifth once. Considering how rare it is for a Twins’ batter to swing the bat, he could be in for a short night.

The Daily Five

Twins stack

Josh Willingham – $6,435
Brian Dozier – $7,685
Kendrys Morales – $5,265
Trevor Plouffe – $4,785

All righties [switch in Morales’ case] versus Smyly.

Corey Dickerson – $5,804

Not many people have been better than Dickerson lately. He’s posted a .440 wOBA over the past 14 days, not including yesterday’s two hit effort.

Jose Quintana – $12,439

I have no idea why Quintana is so cheap today. His peripherals are sterling and he’s facing one of the worst offenses in the majors versus left handed pitching. Trot him out there with confidence.

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Landon is a senior writer at The Fantasy Fix. You can follow and interact with him on Twitter (@joneslandon).

4 Responses to “Daily Fantasy Strategy — June 13 — For Draftstreet”

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  1. Michael Kofsky says:

    Can you please tell me where you are getting your Sheet info because according to fangraphs, Collin McHugh vs. LH batters this year is vastly different then what you are listing:

    2014 vs L 8.38 2.79 3.00 0.31 22.9 % 7.6 % 15.2 % – – – 1.00 .238 76.9 % 2.70 3.69

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  2. thalooch says:

    I’m not sure if sterling is the word I’d use on Quintana. 3.51 xFIP, 3.76 SIERA. I think his price is fair, maybe a tad bit low.

    while the royals offense is pretty awful vs LHP, or any handed pitching for that matter, they also have the lowest K% in the majors, which really limits his upside. You more or less need him to get the win tonight, which to me is a lot tougher to bank on than it is to bank on strikeouts, which are really what us daily leaguers are after.

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    • Landon Jones says:

      Maybe a little too strong, but his FIP- ranks 18th among qualified starters and his GB rate has bounced back from last year’s numbers.

      You make a good point on the strikeouts. I might have overlooked just how good KC is at making contact a little. When I made the pick I had something along the lines of: 6 innings, 2 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts in mind; with a little upside for more.

      There weren’t many cheapish options I liked today, other than him.

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