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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Pitchers, Sunday 7/22

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The following Spotlight Pitchers were selected by Awesemo.com’s Director of Content Josh Engleman.

Chris Sale [6.3 IP, 1.9 ER, 9.8 K, 1.3 BB]

  • The better match-up

No surprise here. One of the best starters in baseball has a matchup against the soft lineup of the Detroit Tigers. Sale lands here due to Max Scherzer’s matchup with the Braves. Only one hitter in the Tigers lineup projects as an above-average hitter via Steamer (Castellanos). That’s bad. While the Tigers haven’t struck out a ton this season against lefties, the line-up itself projects to strike out a lot. With only two pay-up options on the slate, I think Sale is the better bet. Let’s be clear, though: it’s close. Like 55%/45% type stuff.

J.A. Happ [6.1 IP, 2.4 ER, 7.4 K, 1.8 BB]

  • Upside plus value

Stepping down from the upper tier, I’ll be hitching my wagon to Happ. The Orioles are a terrible offence, with tons of swing-and-miss sprinkled throughout the lineup. Happ has the third highest chance at a win for the entire slate, which is always appealing. This feels like more of a GPP play than a cash play, though. There’s a decent amount of power in Baltimore’s lineup, along with 8 expected RHHs. There are scenarios where this goes very wrong. More often than not, though, Happ should thrive.

Josh is the Director of Content for Awesemo.com where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections across all sports. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Awesemo's Premium Slack. You can contact Josh by emailing support@awesemo.com.