MLB DFS Pitching Coach: August 7
Published: Aug 07, 2021
Julio Urías vs. LAA
Everything lines up for Urias to have a big outing here. The Dodgers southpaw has strung together three strong outings in a row, allowing one earned run or less and has accomplished that in six of his last seven starts. He draws an Angels offense that is reeling right now, ranking 29th in OPS and wOBA over the last month. The Angels don’t strike out a ton -- just 22.6% of the time over that span -- but Urias has swing-and-miss stuff everytime he graces the mound. He’s one of the better options on the slate.
Yu Darvish vs. ARI
I could see a lot of ownership coming Darvish’s way considering his match-up. He hasn’t been pitching very well himself, yet is still priced above 10K. Arizona, despite looking a little better offensively, ranks 21st and 19th in OPS and wOBA respectively over the last month. They also strike out over 23% of the time, which Darvish can exploit. On the year, Arizona ranks 28th in OPS against right-handed pitching. I like him more in tournaments, but can get away with using him in cash games too.
Shane McClanahan vs. BAL
June 9th was the last time we didn’t get double-digit fantasy points out of McClanahan as he’s been pitching extremely well for the Rays. He’s notched two straight quality starts and has allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his last four starts. McClanahan and his 28% K-rate plays against everyone in the league, especially these O’s. He started against them three starts ago and he allowed just one earned run over five innings while striking out seven. McClanahan is one of my favorite mid tier options of the slate.
Kwang Hyun Kim vs. KC
Although he didn’t look great in his last outing, Kim was dominant for a stretch of five games, winning each of them and putting up 16.5 DKP or more in each. KC hasn’t fared well against southpaws this season, ranking 21st in OPS and wRC+ and 23rd in wOBA. I lean McClanahan in the mid tier, but Kim is a nice GPP pivot off of him.
Vladimir Gutierrez vs. PIT
I’m willing to take some shots at the value tier today, hence Gutierrez and Gomber making the cut. Gutierrez has not pitched well in Cincinnati at all. His ERA has ballooned above seven, but the Pirates don’t pose much of a threat. At all. They’re a bottom five offense in OPS, wOBA, ISO and wRC+ against right-handed pitching this year. On the flipside, Gutierrez is coming off back-to-back quality starts and has accomplished that feat four times over his last five games. I’d be OK with using him in cash games considering the price and match-up.
Austin Gomber vs. MIA
Was Gomber at all good in his last outing? No, he lasted one inning, but the brightside is he gets to face the Marlins here. Miami is 29th in OPS and wRC+ and 30th in wOBA against left-handed pitching. The bonus is that Miami strikes out 27.9% of the time against southpaws this year, which is the highest mark in the league. Gomber himself has a 23.9% K-rate on the year and sure this game is in Colorado, but Gomber has pitched to a 1.98 ERA at home and has held his opponents to a .164 BAA. Fire him up in tournaments.