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Verlander will face the Rays in Minute Maid Park. He’s priced as the top option of the day on DraftKings, but is in play in both cash games and tournaments. Hopefully we can find some value plays to make it easier to fit one of the aces in cash games, otherwise Verlander may be more of a tournament play with a Coors game on the slate. Verlander has the lowest OTT (see pitcher chart) on the slate and is also the biggest favorite. The Rays trot out quite a few righties, so Verlander will hold the platoon advantage against most batters. With a 31.7% strikeout rate this season, Verlander has both safety and upside making him a great play in all formats.
Sale will face the Twins in Target Field. He has an OTT of three, and is a big favorite. The Twins offense hasn’t been good against lefties, striking out 24% of the time and earning a wRC+ in the bottom third of the league. The slight downside to the matchup is the Twins have two high-strikeout bats currently in Triple-A, making it a bit tougher for Sale to reach his ceiling. At a slight discount from Verlander, I prefer Sale in cash games, but weather, umpires, and opposing lineups could change my mind before lock.