DK – Main slate (9 games) – starts 1:35 p.m. EDT
FD – Main slate (10 games) – starts 1:35 p.m. EDT
A number of games are in danger of experiencing delays on Sunday. MIL@PIT could have a delay at the beginning of the game but should be able to play a full nine afterwards. WAS@PHI and SD@CIN could be in trouble late in the games if they drag along. CLE@CHC will almost certainly be delayed for some time but as long as they are patient they can get the game in, albeit much later than expected.
A number of aces are on the board today and there are three that I am focusing on for my lineups. Spencer Strider had a brief rough stretch but he is back in form and he faces a middling Marlins lineup. When he’s on he is always the best pitcher on the slate and he looks like he is on right now.
The Red Sox have hit the ball well in the first two games of this series, but prior to that they scored four runs total in four games. Kevin Gausman has put up some insane strikeout numbers this season, including 12 against the Giants in six innings in his last start. Boston’s 26.0 K% over the last two weeks should be very conducive to Gausman’s game so I am in on him today.
Gerrit Cole might not have the gaudy strikeout numbers of Strider and Gausman but he has been a model of consistency the past month. Against a volatile Cardinals lineup, I think Cole is a lock for a quality start at the very least.
Jordan Montgomery also doesn’t post big strikeout numbers but he has allowed more than one ER just once in his last five starts. He enjoys pitching at Busch Stadium and I think he can keep up with Cole against a fairly weak Yankees offense.
Speaking of consistency, Ranger Suárez has been the Phillies best pitcher since late May and he has allowed just six ERs across his last six starts, spanning 40 innings. The Nationals can be pesky at times, but Suarez is just throwing the ball too well right now to not consider him for your DFS lineups.
Finally, while I’ve never really been a true believer in Tony Gonsolin, he has shown glimpses of his 2022 All-Star season this year. He has struggled a bit in his last couple starts but there is no better cure for pitching woes than the Kansas City Royals right now so I don’t hate playing him today.
Pitcher Pricing 7-2-2023
If I sound like a broken record in these articles with all of the Texas Rangers love I apologize, but as long as they keep smashing the ball, I am going to keep stacking their entire order in my DFS lineups. On Sunday they face Astros quasi-starter Shawn Dubin who had a 7.96 ERA in Triple-A before coming to the majors and putting up an even worse 10.80 ERA. Ezequiel Duran, Jonah Heim, Adolis García, and Corey Seager have been very hot of late but just check the starting lineup and see how many Rangers you can squeeze into your lineup.
Other hitters to consider:
- The Phillies put up a 19 spot yesterday and I don’t hate the idea of chasing that success again today against Trevor Williams. Nick Castellanos and Brandon Marsh have been hitting well of late and the trio of J.T. Realmuto, Trea Turner, and Kyle Schwarber have had success against Williams in the past.
- Keep an eye on any updates on the SD@CIN game today because there is a good chance that Yu Darvish doesn’t make the start due to illness. If that is the case, I like playing some of the Reds against a bullpen game for San Diego. Jake Fraley, Spencer Steer, and Matt McLain have been crushing it over the past couple weeks and Elly De La Cruz is always in play fantasy-wise.
Hitter Pricing 7-2-23