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Daily Fantasy MLB Pitchers for FanDuel and DraftKings - 5/31/17
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The question here is what kind of leash will Paxton be on as he makes his return from the DL. As of Wednesday morning, there's been no announcement of a pitch count limitation, but you'd have to think the Mariners are going to be careful with their emerging ace in his first big-league action in four weeks. However, if we were to get word that he's cleared to throw 90-plus pitches, Paxton's definitely a guy we need to look at in GPPs. Prior to getting shelved with a forearm injury, he was pitching like one of the game's best, notching 10.75 Ks/9 with a 1.43 ERA/1.52 FIP in six starts. Also, with the series moving away from Coors Field, the Rockies' offense becomes much less-imposing, especially against southpaws. They rank 19th in wRC+ vs. LHP this season, with a healthy 23.4% K rate.
Early slate special here. We're not completely sold on Straily -- he's still walking too many guys and he's due for some BABIP regression -- but he's in a good spot today. He's striking out a batter per inning in 10 starts this year, and the Phillies should help him keep that going. They've got a 22.3 K% vs. RHP this season, which isn't egregious, but isn't great, either -- and that's actually one of their better numbers relative to the rest of the league. They rank 25th in both wOBA and wRC+ vs. righties this season, and 26th in team ISO. So the matchup is soft, and the park provides a nice cushion for all those fly balls Straily gives up. Don't get carried away, though. Straily's no sure thing. He's made it out of the sixth inning in only two starts, and the Phillies have guys who will work the count, which could lead to a shorter outing than we'd like. For that reason, we're not recommending him for cash games, but he's worth some exposure in tourneys, because there's some upside worth speculating on.
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