1.Patrick Corbin – Paying up for pitching could very well be a good way to go tonight with a limited slate in terms of quality arms. Corbin has been awesome this year and he’ll get a Rockies team on the second half of a doubleheader that just can’t hit on the road. Both Story and Arenado were in the lineup for the first game so there is a decent chance one sits in the night cap, and that would be an addtional boost for Corbin. I expect a strong performance here and he’s my SP1 (though there are several good options up at the top).
2. Noah Syndergaard – Syndergaard has certainly been disappointing this year, but he’s made some improvements recently and I think has a chance to throw a true gem tonight against the Padres. The key here is the matchup. The Padres are extremely strikeout prone against right-handed pitching and we know Syndergaard has some of the best raw stuff of any pitcher in baseball. He can never be fully trusted and I like Corbin better in cash for sure, but Syndergaard brings the highest ceiling of any pitcher on the slate to table.
3. Zac Gallen – I continue to believe in Zac Gallen who has had some tough matchups recently but faired pretty well anyway. There is more here coming, and why not start it tonight against a White Sox team that has an enormously high strikeout rate. Bet on the talent of Gallen here who is reasonably priced on both sites.
4. Reynaldo Lopez – The wild card on the slate. Reynaldo has been very bad overall this year, but is coming off two of his best starts of the year that featured increased velocity on his fastball (and other pitches) post All Star Break. Lopez is capable of getting blown up in any start, even against tonight’s opponent, the Marlins. But you’re just not gonna find this level of upside for this price very often. If Lopez is throwing 98 in the first inning again, you’ve got a good chance that you’ve got one of the top pitchers on the slate on your team at a low price.
5. Ross Stripling – He’ll be super low owned tonight with a tough matchup against the Angels, but Stripling is a very effective pitcher and he’s finally fully stretched out. He *should* be able to push toward 100 pitches tonight and is going to fly under the radar at his price points on both sites.