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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Pitchers, Thursday 7/12

Jake Hari



MLB Twitter has erupted after it was reported that the San Diego Padres were acquiring Nationals ace Max Scherzer in a blockbuster deal

The following Spotlight Pitchers were selected by writer Jake Hari. For more analysis on the slate, check out Awesemo’s Rankings and Ownership Projections.

Max Scherzer ($13,300 DK/$12,000 FD)

Scherzer is the best pitcher on a slate that doesn’t lack depth, but he won’t be tough to fit in with some of the viable punts in the low-tier. The Mets ran out a Triple-A lineup yesterday, and if they do that again today, double-digit strikeouts is more than in play. Even if they roll out a regular lineup, the Mets have a 22.7% K-rate against righties over the last month and it looks like he could see up to 5 right-handed bats, who he strikes out nearly 40% of the time on the season. If you can afford him, Scherzer is the best option on the slate.

Blake Snell ($11,700 DK/$10,500 FD)

Snell is coming off 3 straight fantastic outings, going at least 7 innings and 9 strikeouts in all of them while allowing 1 total earned run against the Nationals, Astros, and Mets. The Twins are a sneaky-good matchup for lefties, as they rank 4th in K-rate against LHP on the season, while posting a bottom-5 ISO (.123) and wRC+ (84) against them. Snell may go somewhat overlooked tonight because of the immense talent at pitcher that we have, but he’s my 2nd-favorite behind Scherzer, and he’s been doing this while struggling to get ahead early, posting First-Pitch Strike rates of 56%, 50%, and 46.4% in his last 3 outings. If he can get ahead of the Twins righties, he should have no problem with the rest of the lineup, as he’s elite against lefty bats.

Kyle Gibson ($6,700 DK/$8,600 FD)

I’ll be rooting for a pitching duel in Minnesota, as Gibson is currently my favorite low-priced SP2 tonight against a lack-luster Rays team that will feature a majority of righties. Gibson’s slider has been nasty this year, as it ranks 2nd behind only Patrick Corbin’s with a 54.7% Whiffs/Swing rate. After a hiccup in the first inning against the Orioles in his last start, Gibson was dominant, posting his 3rd straight game with at least a 33% O-Swing rate and 12.4% Swinging-Strike rate, as he had a season-high 19.3% Swinging-Strike rate. Give me Gibson in this tier at somewhat low ownership, as many will be scared off because of the favorable hitting weather in Minneapolis tonight.

Jake Hari is the Director of NHL Content at and contributes to the site's NHL and MLB coverage as a writer of the spotlight stacks articles and host of Strategy Videos and Livestreams. Jake has been dubbed "the Baseball Savant" thanks to his immense knowledge of MLB but he's achieved some of his best success as an innovator in the world of NHL DFS. You can contact Jake by emailing [email protected].

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