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Sale will face the Royals in Kauffman Stadium. He is the biggest favorite on the slate and has an OTT (see pitcher chart) of 2.5, lowest of the day. The Royals have one of the lowest strikeout rates in the league and Kauffman Stadium is one of the worst parks for strikeouts. Sale will likely have a solid outing, but he’s priced at $14,000. Sale is always in play for tournaments and is a fringe cash game option, but with other pitchers priced more reasonably, I may lean toward someone else for my cash game SP1.
McCullers will face the White Sox in Minute Maid Park. He’s priced $2,100 cheaper than Sale and has similar upside. The White Sox have the highest strikeout rate in the league. Only Sale is a bigger favorite, and only Sale has a lower OTT than McCullers. At the discount, McCullers is in play for cash games and is one of the top tournament options.
Also consider: Jacob deGrom
Godley will face the Padres in Chase Field. He’s struggled recently, even in good matchups, but the price is right for an SP2 on DraftKings. The Padres strike out 25.3% of the time, second highest rate in the league, and Godley has an OTT of just 3.5. Godley is a quality SP2 for cash games, and offers enough upside at $8,600 to be considered in tournaments as well.