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Sale will face the Orioles in Camden Yards. He’s the most talented pitcher on the slate by far. The Orioles have the sixth highest strikeout rate in the league and the worst wRC+. In cash games, I have no issue paying the $13,500 price tag on DraftKings and finding value with my bats. There is merit to fading Sale at this price in tournaments, but there is no pitcher on the slate with more upside.
Bauer will face the White Sox in Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox also have a high strikeout rate at 25.3%. Bauer has pitched well this season recording at least 22 DK points in eight of his last nine starts. I can’t play Bauer over Sale as my cash game SP1, but I’m going to be overweight on Bauer in tournaments.
Weaver will face the Padres in Busch Stadium. The Padres strike out at the third highest rate in the league and have the fourth worst wRC+. It’s a good matchup for Weaver and he costs just $7,700, the perfect range for an SP2 on DraftKings. The only issue with Weaver is he hasn’t pitched well this season. He’s averaged under nine points per game over his past three starts and hasn’t shown the same upside we saw last year. I still think he’s playable at his price, but there is a very low floor with Weaver even in a plus matchup.