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Scherzer will face the Yankees in Nationals Park. The Yankees have the second highest wRC+ in the league, but Scherzer still has an OTT of three (see pitcher chart). The Yankees lose their DH in this series, so Scherzer will face CC Sabathia instead. With the platoon advantage against the Yankees three top hitters, I love Scherzer for both cash games and tournaments. It helps that the matchup has dropped his price to $12,500.
Earlier in the year, I struggled to play Sale because he wasn’t going deep into games. He’s thrown 100 pitches in four of his past five games, and reach 116 his last time out. The A’s have some solid righties in their lineup, but strike out at the tenth highest rate in the league. Sale is priced at $11,800, so he offers a slight discount over Scherzer. Sale is the biggest favorite on the slate, and has a low OTT. Lineups will determine whether Scherzer or Sale will be the top pitcher on the slate.
Once again, Richards is way too cheap. Priced at $5,800, he’s my favorite SP2 on the slate. I realize he has a tough matchup, but the Astros take a park hit and Richards has an OTT of four. With a 28.8% strikeout rate this year, I think there is enough upside to use Richards in tournaments, especially at his price. I will also strongly consider him for my cash game lineup to pair with either Scherzer or Sale.